Craft Fairs and Events

Craft Fair Review – Crafty Vintage at Lancaster Castle

Where: Lancaster Castle

Date: Saturday 29th April, Sunday 30th and Monday 1st May (bank holiday weekend.)

How Often: Monthly events throughout Lancashire (visit the website for more details about upcoming events.)

Venue: On their website, Lancaster Castle describes itself as “one of the most historically fascinating surviving buildings in the country.” Its history dates all the way back to Roman times and interestingly, up until 2011 was a HM Prison. The venue was as beautiful inside as it was outside and the fact that it was so spacious made the perfect venue for a Crafty Vintage event.

Cost of Stalls: Price dependant on size of stall. Information can be found on the Crafty Vintage website.

Number of Stalls: On Saturday, they had 30 stalls and 10 street food trailers/classic vehicles.

Entrance Fee: £2.00 (plus booking fee) online or £2.50 on the door.

Under 5’s free entry.

Discounted family/weekend tickets.

Type of Crafts: Vintage fashion, antiques, woodwork, handmade soaps/bath bombs, jewellery, photography, food.

Crowd Type: Locals, families, vintage-lovers.

Car Parking: Restricted car parking onsite but there was plenty of short stay/long stay pay and display parking nearby.

Other Facilities (Toilets, refreshments etc): There were plenty of options when it comes to food and drink. We opted for freshly wood-fired pizzas from All Fired Up, accompanied by a tasty Fentimans Ginger Beer and peach flavoured cider. The churros from Love is Churros van proved to be so popular and delicious they had sold out so unfortunately we couldn’t try them. Instead we opted for a homemade peanut butter brownie from Cake⋓ the perfect way to end our fun day out!

Transport links (Train/Bus): Lancaster castle is located just 300m from the train station, with services running from London, Manchester and Scotland. The city’s bus station is in walking distance too, meaning that visitors from local areas could easily get to the Crafty Vintage event.

Accessibility: Wheelchair users could enter the castle through the main entrance via ramp access. The interior of the castle is not wheelchair friendly, however, most of the fair was outside so this didn’t seem to be a problem.

Vibe: From magic shows and live music to craft beers and street food, this event really had it all. Not only did it bring together people from the world of vintage but was also the perfect place for families over the bank holiday weekend.

General Comments: We had heard of Crafty Vintage quite a while ago but never managed to get to one of the events. When we noticed that there was an upcoming fair at the Lancaster Castle, and after speaking to the organiser for our Crafter in the Spotlight interview, we decided that it was finally time to go.

There was a nice and relaxed atmosphere at Crafty Vintage. We spent some time in the outdoor seating area and listened to the live music, while others around us enjoyed a refreshing glass of Pimm’s, G&T or prosecco. There was also an area nearby which has activities for kids and they all seemed to be having lots of fun.

We enjoyed looking around the variety of stalls and were really pleased to see such a mix of different vintage and crafts, especially the nice smelling sweets and bath cosmetic stalls!

Stallholder Comments: There aren’t many other events in the area like Crafty Vintage and it was definitely welcomed by stallholders. It was described as a great city centre event that brought a community of vintage enthusiasts together.

What did we buy?

A cute, beautiful smelling tub of the Sugar Rush Smoothie Whipped Soap and Madamoiselle Smoothie Whipped Soap from http://heavenlybubbles.co.uk

Fair Organiser: Crafty Vintage
Website: https://www.craftyvintage.com
Contact details: laura@craftyvintage.com