Newbiggin ready for Vintage Festival over Easter weekend

A postcard promoting the Vintage Newbiggin Festival.
A postcard promoting the Vintage Newbiggin Festival.

Excitement is running high in Newbiggin-by-the-Sea with final preparations under way for its Vintage Festival.

Local B&Bs and caravan parks have been booked up for weeks, and the town is ready to open its doors to visitors from across Northumberland this weekend.

The bunting is hung and vintage shop windows are under construction for the best dressed competition.

Fair rides, street food and vintage traders are laying out their stalls, while an array of classic cars are newly polished, ready to line the front street.

Local brass and steel bands have been practicing for performances at the town’s bandstand, and specialist Lindy-hop dancers have choreographed a routine specially commissioned for the weekend.

Pubs and cafes are turning into music venues as musicians book in. Artists have pooled their work in an exhibition celebrating the town’s coastal location and seafaring tradition, and poets have provided a collection of writing inspired by Vintage Newbiggin.

There truly is something for everyone, and event organiser the Newbiggin Town team is still receiving calls from organisations asking to take part.

Events kick off with preparations for a big Saturday night out, the Black and Gold Vintage Ball. Hair and beauty make-overs and dance workshops are available on Saturday afternoon to help get ready for a glamorous celebration of swing music and dancing.

Sunday is about a traditional family day out at the seaside, with rides and walks, ice cream and music. Children will be stars of the day with their Easter bonnets and playing in their own steel band.

Bank Holiday Monday will see a classic car rally, with vehicles from the 1920s to the 1970s, while a diverse collection of vintage market traders will bring style and nostalgia.

History and heritage buffs will have a bumper day as two county history projects will share their research.

It will be Easter 1875, thanks to the town’s Genealogy Project, which will present an hour-long walk through the streets and landscape of the fishing village of five to six generations ago. On the way some extraordinary characters from the period will join in and share tales of bravery, skullduggery and romance.

The event is free and will start at 2pm on Easter Monday from Newbiggin Memorial Park. There will be a collection for Newbiggin RNLI lifeboat station.

The Newbiggin Heritage Partnership, which manages the Maritime Centre, will host a display of the town’s long association with the lifeboat service, fishing industry and mining, and give a glimpse of their next project, the restoration of the old rocket house.

Town Team chairman Lynn Burns said: “Everything is in place for us to have a vintage Easter – one Newbiggin will remember for a very long time indeed.

“We are looking forward to welcoming visitors from all over Northumberland.”