Vintage by The Sea are winners of the Large Tourism Event 2016! We have also been shortlisted for the UK Festival Awards 2016.
Vintage by the Sea, led by Wayne, Gerardine and Jack Hemingway, burst onto the festival scene back in 2013 and returned to Morecambe for a third time in September 2015. Produced under our events brand Vintage, its first year marked The Midland’s 80th anniversary and was a total sell-out, attracting over 7,000 visitors to the town. We upped the anti in 2014 and expanded the event to a weekend extravaganza for 40,000 and we did the exact the same again this time round – it was our best year yet!
"In my 24 years in Morecambe I have never experienced anything that quite matches this year's Vintage by the Sea Festival which it is estimated to have attracted more than 40,000 to Morecambe for the weekend. We should never lose faith in Morecambe's intrinsic potential. This spectacular success of the event showed conclusively and convincingly that a real breakthrough has been made in bringing something unique and energising to Morecambe and which will be talked about for years to come." - Coun Ron Sands, Lancaster City Council's Cabinet member for leisure, culture and tourism
Whether your thing is swing, rockabilly, mod, soul, funk, disco, ska, film, art or design – or even if you just fancy getting an authentic makeover for a day – the Vintage by the Sea festival is a sensual delight, a big dressing-up box, a collector’s dream and a joyous creative feast for all ages. For one glamorous weekend, the very best cultural delights from the 1920s to the 1990s will be up for grabs for all to enjoy and admire. The fantastic setting of Morecambe’s seafront is the backdrop and transforms the festival into a multi-venue playground where visitors can learn the dances in specially curated live performances, listen to exclusive DJ sets, see evocative fashion, taste brilliantly conceived food and cocktails, ogle over beautiful vintage vehicles or take advantage of the hair and beauty makeovers and, of course, all the wonderful vintage shopping that's on offer.
And that’s not all – Vintage by the Sea includes bespoke experiences designed specifically for a day out at the seaside. Last year the seafront swelled with people as they enjoyed a once-every-50-years historic flypast by three Lancaster Bombers!