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Ormskirk Vintage and Handmade Fairs, 17 May 2013

17 May 2013, 2013/91


Ormskirk Vintage and Handmade Fairs

Take a step back in time this bank holiday weekend by visiting Ormskirk’s first Vintage and Handmade Fair, taking place in the town centre and at the Chapel Gallery.


The fair on Sunday 26 May will be the first in a series of exciting vintage events in Ormskirk this summer. These will aim to inject a vibrant art and craft culture into the historic market town and attract shoppers. 


More than 30 hand-picked artisan exhibitors from across the North West who specialise in true vintage, up-cycled and handmade products will have stalls at the fair.

Over the course of the events visitors and shoppers can enjoy traditional workshops at the Chapel Gallery such as lace making, cross-stitch and calligraphy, The gallery will also host demonstrations of newer crafts such as t-shirt printing and furniture restoration

Further events will take place on Sunday 30 June, Sunday 28 July and Sunday 25 August, the same day as the Ormskirk MotorFest. 


Councillor David Sudworth, portfolio holder for Leisure, said: “In the light of the Portas Review arts and culture are being used to make high streets places where we go to engage with people in our communities. Shopping is just one small part of a rich mix of activities. Ormskirk Vintage and Handmade Fairs epitomise this new concept. I would encourage everyone to come along and enjoy the events.”


The fair on 26 May begins with the Chapel Gallery opening its doors at 10am offering the perfect vintage tea from the Hunkie Dorrie Café. The ‘Vintage Voice’ Francesca Georgeson will add an extra touch of nostalgia to the event with her renditions of 30s, 40s and 50s favourites.


Visitors to the fair can get into the swing of things by visiting a fully functional hair and beauty salon offering 40s and 50s hairstyles and styling, manicures, make up , hand and arm massage plus temporary eyebrow shapes. For children there will be temporary Glitter tattoos, nail art and plaiting. For a keepsake of the occasion why not have your photograph taken of your glam new look.


Stalls will be on Moor Street, Ormskirk, and indoors at the Chapel Gallery, with a great range of quality goods, including true vintage handbags, clothes and accessories, up cycled goods, handmade items and lots more besides.


For a fun day enjoy the antics of Charlie Chaplin who will be walking through the town centre and the free creative workshops on offer. These will include mask making , vintage rod puppets provided by Faceless Outdoor Community Arts Company in their eye-catching creative activity dome called Space to Create where activities will include mask making  based on vintage cartoon characters such as Desparate Dan and Felix.


Visitors can also use their imagination and ideas in the Re-Imagine Your High Street workshop with artist Angie Thompson using your imagination and ideas.


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Last Updated: 5/17/2013

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