Firle Vintage Fair Review.
So we return with a review of a fantastic family event that took place in Sussex this weekend at the lovely Firle Estate which is just off the A27 in East Sussex, near Glynde.
This will be the 4th year that we have visited Firle Vintage Fair and Firle holds a special place in our hearts, as we had our wedding reception at Firle Place in May 2015.
If you are local and have never visited Firle Place or Firle village; do it!
Country Estate of Mind.
Firle village has got to be one of the quaintest and most picturesque places to spend time in the whole of Sussex.
It has some ace walks across the South Downs behind it and also, and more importantly, it has the best pub ever called The Ram.
We stayed at The Ram on our wedding night as it has some great rooms above the pub and it was literally a few yards from where our wedding reception was, in the barn at Firle Place.
The pub, and the village have a really olde worlde feel to them and are so cosy for a summer’s day out or a brisk winter walk.
The event organisers had made some big improvements this year with stacks more space to walk around once inside the fair, this made a big difference and was an added bonus.
We arrived and had to sit in the car for a good 45 minutes as little LT fell asleep (after a game of screaming loudly which lasted for at least half an hour) so by the time she woke up LT was more than ready for a run around in the long grass of the fields that surround the estate.
We got into the fair and settled down on a picnic rug for lunch with Nonna, Pops, Aunty Faye and Uncle Colin.
LT takes a seat!
We sat right next to a tent which had all sorts of different food and drink for sale inside including retro sweets, macarons, as well as gluten and dairy free cakes.
Quench Your Thirst.
There were loads of options for food including Thai street food, Curry Pakora, sausage Baguettes, burgers, and chips.
Then to wet your whistle there were mobile coffee shops, Prosecco bars and a personal favourite in the Taylor household; a Harvey’s beer tent!
Prosecco in the sun anyone?
One of the best things we saw this year though was a really cool Tuc Tuc that had been converted into a mobile bar. I got chatting to the owners and they hire it out at weddings or any event and can change the beer or wine that it stocks to suit you; cool idea!
Tuc Tuc tuck in!
I love Firle, I love anything vintage and I love spending time with all my family so it was a win win before we even started.
Having been to the Firle Vintage Fair for the last 3 years this was definitely the best yet. The parking was better organised, the stalls seemed to have more space to move around and there were fewer queues at the food & drink stalls; bonus!
We’ve always felt there has been a lovely atmosphere at the vintage fair and everyone is so friendly; stall holders and visitors alike.
The range of goodies available to buy this year was similar to the previous year, I think that a lot of the stalls were perhaps run by the same people.
There is a great mix of new and old, ranging from knitted goods, children’s clothes & toys plus lots of vintage crockery and furniture. Some stalls are a little pricey but that’s the way it goes when you say the word ‘vintage’.
I actually didn’t buy anything this year although I had my eye on a gorgeous sequined jacket but couldn’t justify spending £60 when I rarely go out these days. It was amazing though…
LT was absolutely mesmerised by the old fashioned fair ground rides and I think next year she might just be big enough to go on them.
She also loved dancing along to the band that was playing and made a few little friends along the way. This is one of the highlights of the fair as everyone sits around the stage area and you can see them enjoying the music just chatting away to friends or family.
We also enjoyed some of the food & drink that was on offer including cake and ice creams; the boys especially loved the Harveys stand; typical Sussex boys.
We had a little look at the cars on our way out which was great and my Dad started reminising about his younger days!
All in all we had a lovely day out as always and cannot wait for next year to come around.
Until next time…..
Be excellent to each other.
The Taylors xxx