Step back in time at the National Memorial Arboretum’s Vintage Fair and Tea Dance this May Bank Holiday 

Published on: Wed, 13/04/2022 - 10:03

Step back in time at the National Memorial Arboretum’s Vintage Fair and Tea Dance this May Bank Holiday 

Visitors to the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire can step back in time this May Bank Holiday with toe-tapping live music, tasty treats and a vintage market at the annual Vintage Fair Weekend from Saturday 30 April to Monday 2 May. This year will also feature a brand-new Vintage Tea Dance on 2 May.

1940s and 50s fans can indulge their vintage style by coming to the Arboretum dressed in period fashion or can create the look by having their hair and makeup styled at the Fair. The vintage market on the Naval Review will feature stalls from a range of local sellers and small businesses for unique finds and individual gifts. 

Across the weekend, a range of musical groups will be performing live music from the era and families will be able to enjoy traditional games at the coconut shy, Hoop-la, Limbo and Skittle Ally. 

It is free to visit the Vintage Fair at the Arboretum, but to guarantee entry visitors are encouraged to book their visit online in advance on the Arboretum’s website

Vintage Tea Dance: Monday 2 May (booking essential) 
For the full vintage experience, guests can bring their Victory Rolls and dancing shoes to a Tea Dance at the Arboretum on Bank Holiday Monday. 

Taking place during the Vintage Fair Weekend, guests will enjoy a delicious afternoon tea before Chico and Jacqui from Lichfield Lindy lead them through a 30-minute vintage dance class, teaching the Lindy Hop including Rock step, Tuck turn, Bring in, Promenades, Jigs and Jockey. Dancers can practice their new moves by dancing the afternoon away to live music from Tony & The Sapphires band. 

Vintage Tea Dance costs £26 per adult (£18 for under-12s) and must be booked in advance by visiting the website

“After two years away, we are so pleased to bring back our Vintage Fair Weekend this Early May Bank Holiday,” says Mark Ellis, Interim Lead at the National Memorial Arboretum. “There is always a wonderful atmosphere at the Arboretum during the Fair, with visitors embracing fashion, music, old fashioned games and the many treats that can be found in the market. This year, groups of friends can book an extra special vintage experience with our fantastic live musicians, a dance lesson and afternoon tea at our Vintage Tea Dance."