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