Thursday, 31 July 2014

Our Pick: The War and Peace Revival

This wartime and vintage themed festival is held every year in the South east of England, this year at Folkestone Racecourse for 5 days. The largest gathering of military vehicles on the planet, we mainly go for the vintage side of things in the Peace part. This year the weather created a quagmire amongst the army paddock but equipped with wellies and rain macs we set off for a day out.

Rows of mocked up 1940's style shops line the old stables, complete with real life shop keepers in full period outifts.

Even if you don't like the Military side of things, this show is a must visit for vintage lovers with many stalls selling random bits and pieces.

This stall even offered an ugly woman discount of 50%! Outrageous!!

This war time pub boasted a parked vintage motorbike which caught our eye. Many more vintage motorcycles were scattered around the show, some for sale and some to lust over. If you like the military side of things then there are full-scale choreographed battle reenactments everyday.

I particularly loved the row of mocked up shops and we spent a good half an hour wandering into each of them.

A full on vegetable garden complete with hen and Anderson shelter.

An RAF encampment with spitfires, army tents and chaps in full uniform drinking tea. All very British!

This French cafe was in the middle of the show as a display, the lady in the entrance looked rather scary with her gun! Many visitors to the show were dressed in their favourite period costume, lots of soliders and military personnel as well as lasses in vintage tea dress with victory rolls and chaps in smart 40's cut suits. We enjoyed people watching whilst taking a break to have some lunch from one of the many catering vans.

Last but not least were the 1940's style tearooms in this beamed barn. The hour long wait for a table left us tea less but the tiers of petite sandwiches and cakes and scones looked so delicious. Next year we will definitely get here early!

22 - 26 July 2015
Folkestone Racecourse

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