Review: The Vintage Carnival – Colwick Race Course Nottingham


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I’ve never been to a Vintage Carnival before, so didn’t know what to expect. Drawn in by the glamour of years gone by, I thought I’d give it a go.
For one day only, Colwick Race Course was transported back to the good ole days with the huge vintage extravaganza. Folks got into the spirit of things by donning their finest gear and best red lippy to throw some moves on the outdoor dance floor.
The weather was kind to the hundreds of visitors who came along to shop till they dropped at over 80 stalls from some of the best vintage traders in the country. Items ranged from vintage clothes, jewellery and home-ware in the huge marquee and within the racecourse Centenary building.
A selection of classic cars were a crowd pleaser, with many stopping to have their photograph taken by the Cadillacs and vintage caravans.
An old fashioned Ferris Wheel on site enjoyed wonderful views of the carnival and Race Course from the top. Further funfair attractions awaited visitors, including an inflatable bouncy helter- skelter, children’s go-cars, a selection of classic games and crazy golf.
Live music was enjoyed throughout the day. The Pavilion Stage saw performances from Major Swing & Kitty, Swing Gitan, Louis Louis Louis and The Hummingbirds. The audience could enjoy the bands whilst sitting in traditional and oversized deck chairs, or just laying basking in the sunshine on the grass, whilst the more energentic danced the day away.
The Rock & Roll Tent housed DJ’s and also competitions throughout the day
Themed workshops took place in the Centenary Building. Visitors could learn how to make rag rugs, headscarves and macramé plant holders. Children enjoyed a hula-hooping workshop by Dynamique Dance & Parties, who were also offering face painting.
Something I’d love to have tried was the Beauty Lounge where you could perfect your vintage look. Some of the make up and hair styles sported by visitors was fabulous. I’d love a vintage make over, it’s such a glamorous look.
We were spoilt for choice with delicious street food from many vintage style catering vans serving chips, burgers, wraps, toasties, churros, crepes and more. Lil’s Parlour, a funky, vintage style mobile tearoom, was just one of the traders serving up cakes and cuppas, or if like me, you fancied getting into the spirit of things, there were plenty of Prosecco bars, Gin bars, cocktails and of course, Pimms.
The event offered a great atmosphere and a fantastic family day out with a difference. Tickets for next year’s event on Saturday 1st  September are already on sale. Buy yours now and you can save 50%, which means you pay only £5 for entry.
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My tickets were complimentary, but the views are my own.
By Tanya Louise


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