Photo Diary | Crafty Vintage 'Spring By The Lake'

Friday 31 March 2017

Hey everyone, how has your week been? Everyone hoping the sun comes back for another beautiful weekend? After sorting through the photos for this post I am! 

Last Saturday I was invited along to the Crafty Vintage fair at Brockholes nature reserve for their 'Spring By The Lake' event. I'd visited a Crafty Vintage fair before but over at Houghton Towers, and I'd also been to Brockholes nature reserve before. I loved both these things separately so I was looking forward to the two combining! Especially as the Nature reserve is so beautiful, and the fair took place on it's floating visitor centre space, it was the perfect place to spend a sunny Saturday afternoon.

I took Lucy along with me for the afternoon and it was the perfect place for us both to destress, catch up and oggle over all the gorgeous things on sale.

Lucy and I both walked away with some goodies. Lucy bought some of those gorgeous blue porcelain vases from Lottie and Bea, and a gorgeous kimono style cover up, and I bought a denim jacket and a floral pleated skirt - both for only £20! But other than the actual shopping the best part about this type of event is getting the chance to chat to all the stall holders, most of who are local business people, about how they make or source the goods on their stalls. Lets face it - haven't we all imagined how nice it would be to own a vintage shop?

Of course, you would expect a fair called Crafty Vintage to ace crafts and vintage, but what the name doesn't give away, is just how good the food on offer is! There was woodfired pizza, churros and burgers, but we opted for the healthy option at The Green Canteen and I had some of the best falafel I've ever had. We then promptly ruined our 'green' lunch with tea and cake...

Lucy went for this unicorn cake in a jar (yes the instagram factor heavily swayed her decision) but I decided to visit Polly's pop up tea room for something a little more classic.

I didn't catch the ladies names, running the pop up tea shop but they were SO nice, chatting to us about renovating their caravan and changing the name of the tea rooms, and happily posing for photos. They were selling afternoon tea in a bag but I opted for a slice of red velvet cake and a cup of English Breakfast Loose Leaf Tea. 

The site at Brockholes isn't huge, but the fair had this really lovely intimate feel to it. Their were live musicians playing all afternoon, all te stall holders were so friendly, and we spent the rest of the afternoon sat by the lake, taking in the sun and catching up. Even though we were only 20 minutes away from my flat it really felt like we'd escaped for the afternoon.

Crafty Vintage very kindly sent me two complimentary weekend passes, but their usual entrance fees are only £5 for a family day pass or £2 per person. For a list of their upcoming events, which happen in beautiful spaces across Lancashire, check their website here. I'd also really recommend giving Brockholes a visit if you ever fancy an afternoon wander!

Thanks again to Crafty Vintage for inviting me along, I had a truly gorgeous afternoon and will be making sure to visit another of their fairs again soon!  What are your plans for the weekend? x

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