Bunting was flying high, the smell of fish and chips was in the air and sounds of greats; including Sinatra and Holiday echoed in the grounds. The rumours that Scampston Hall was the place to be on Sunday 9th June had been heard and visitors were flocking.
As the sun shone over Scampston visitors from across the UK descended on the simply stunning venue’s grounds to see what the hype had all been about. For the first time in the estate’s history Scampston Hall was throwing a Vintage Festival and Classic Car Rally. As you stepped inside these historic grounds it felt as if you had been transformed back to a day when Queen Elizabeth was still a young girl, a game was something you played outside (and not on a TV) and Great Britain was still considered great. (Although we must admit we have always thought GB was great!)
The day offered a variety of activities for the young and the old to get involved with. While performers such as Phil Lyons, The Vintage Vocalist and The Singing Major sung classic songs throughout the day visitors rolled out their blankets, set out their picnics and grabbed a vintage cocktail from the quirky vintage caravan bar offering thirst quenching cocktails. Not to forget the popular traditional ice cream stall which was never without a queue. Children were kept busy at the craft workshops, giant noughts and cross’s and the bouncy castle, as well as the ample grounds where they could run around in. If that wasn’t enough, visitors could shop amongst the vintage stalls and 130 classic cars, which included a 1938 Bentley and Aston martin DB9 to name a few. (We have never seen so many gorgeous cars!)
As the day drew to an end, awards for the best dressed were awarded by Chris Legard – owner of the estate to Elizabeth Szkeller and her gorgeous vintage pram, who we believe (and hope you agree with – see picture below) are worthy winners (Elizabeth’s pram was a particular highlight of the day). Also the award for the best vintage car went to the Bentley 1938, which was a huge highlight for every grandfather, father and son in attendance. The car was by far one of the most outstanding pieces of machinery we’ve ever seen – immaculate, eye-catching and simply spectacular!
As people left the grounds with beaming smiles (and slightly pink from the sun) there was an overall feeling amongst the staff, hosts and visitors that the day had been an almighty success. Only question left on everyone’s lips was when is the next event is going to be!?!!?
All members of the Britain Does Vintage, Scampston Hall, and NECPWA-York would like to thank everyone who attended the event and made it so special. We look forward to seeing you all next year!
What a chuffingly, almightily, spectacular day we had!
Pictures have been supplied by the hugely talented Todd and Moore Photography – Julie and Jill are by far (in our opinion) one the best photography duos around!
We’ll be back soon with more pre-loved inspiration and humbling stories! Alex and Sam x