York May 2016

York is one of my favourite places, so I obviously jumped at the chance to visit for a couple of days with my parents. I had just handed in my dissertation and was ready for a much-needed rest before the final push of third year. It was perfect; we shopped, drank lots of tea and finished the weekend off with a huge roast at Middletons Hotel. I thought I’d share some of my pictures of the weekend here on my blog.

Lovely tea and an omelette at The Drawing Board
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York Does Vintage

I recently attended York Does Vintage, one of the several Britain Does Vintage fairs that take place across the country. In the beautiful setting of York’s Merchant Adventurers’ Hall, the fair tied two of my favourite things together – vintage and history. The grade 1 listed building has a rich history, dating back to 1357 and houses extraordinary collections of furniture, paintings and silverware.

The oak beams in the main hall create the perfect setting for a vintage fair. Britain Does Vintage put on multi-award winning fairs across the whole of Britain. Offering vintage clothing, homeware and accessories as well as retro inspired designs from a wide range of eras and styles. In the main hall, there was also pop up tearoom and live music to add to the ‘olden day’ vibe.

 

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Hull’s Assemble Fest and The Cautionary Tale of Horrid Ham Carver

Assemble Fest will be taking over the Newland area for the second time this May bank and it looks like we’re all in for a great weekend! The festival is all about celebrating the local businesses of Newland Avenue through theatre. As I live and work in the local area (TheHull Pie2 – which of course is Newland’s finest takeaway), I am particularly excited for the show that is about Pies – The Cautionary Tale Of Horrid Ham Carver. The show takes place behind Pie in The Rosebery Gardens and promises to be a ‘a contemporary twist on [the] gruesome Dickens classic’. Also across the weekend we’ll get to see buskers, magicians, puppet shows and even get our faces painted! So why not pop along, grab a Pie and enjoy the show!


The Cautionary Tale of the Horrid Ham Carver takes place on Saturday 23 May 2015. 1:15pm*, 2:45pm, 4:15pm, 5:45pm, 7:15pm (*part of Happy Hour – first come, first served, pay what you feel)

TICKETS: £3.00 on the day, available from the box office inside the Community Church. PLEASE NOTE: Age suitability 12+

There are also a whole range of other shows from theatres: Bellow TheatrePinUpRoundThe Roaring GirlsSilent Uproar, and Open Umbrella in association with Apus Productions.

Photos courtesy of Jerome Whittingham

Photos courtesy of Jerome Whittingham

Photos courtesy of Jerome Whittingham

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Hope and Glory Co. Coffee Cupping Event

Hope and Glory Coffee Co is a North Lincolnshire coffee company set up by coffee lovers for coffee lovers” and I was lucky enough to attend their ‘Coffee Cupping’ Launch night on the 22nd of April. A strange time to ‘get caffeinated’ for most but I love coffee so I was super excited! The night included a lot of interesting filtering demonstrations (involving a French Press, Kalita, Aeropress and Syphon) by their ‘Taster’, Kieran and of course we got to judge the end result! Then we were shown a coffee roasting demonstration by ‘Q Grader’ Rebekah! Who knew coffee was so scientific and technical? 
At the moment you can get coffee beans and ground coffee from Columbia, Peru and Ethiopia to name a few at an affordable price on their website. To see more of Hope and Glory please visit their website www.hopeandglorycoffee.co.uk. They also have a Twitter, Facebook and Instagram page! 

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One of the many coffee filtering demonstrations!

Before and after roasting.

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Hull Fashion Week – WI Clothes Swap

Being slightly obsessed with second hand clothes you’d be suprised to learn that I have never attended a clothes swap, well until now at least. The WI Clothes Swap was just another exciting activity at the Hull Fashion Week Finale. As one of the main focuses at this years HFW was most defiantly reworked and vintage clothes, the clothes swap fitted perfectly into the day. I feel clothes swaps are such a brilliant idea; everyone has excess clothes and sometimes I feel quite bad about how many clothes I have but don’t want or wear. Of course you can obviously sell them on or give them to a charity, however if you’re wanting to do something a bit different then a clothes swap is just for you! I don’t understand why these things are not more popular, Charley from Ramblings of a Beauty Blogger managed to bag herself 2 items for just £2! I also just want to say about how fab it is that this was a Women’s Institute clothes swap! I’ve been interested in the WI for quite a while as I can see it being a really cool and empowering thing to be involved in, what do you think? 

If you’d like to know more about Hull Fashion Week please visit their website and follow them on Twitter @HullFashionWeek 
I also posted about the Hull Fashion Week catwalks and the vintage market so please be sure to check out them too!Follow Retro and Thrift on BloglovinLike Retro and Thrift on FacebookFollow Retro and Thrift on TwitterFollow Retro and Thrift on InstagramEmail Retro and Thrift

Hull Fashion Week 2015 – Vintage Market

If you’ve been reading this blog for even a few minutes you’ll know that I love anything vintage! So I was very pleased to hear that, whilst the fantastic catwalk show was taking place in Hull’s City Hall during the Hull Fashion Week Finale, there was a quaint little vintage market going on as well. Many of Hull’s own boutiques and other alternative stores set up shop in the sunny Queen Victoria Square including one of my favourites, The Magpie’s Den as well as Asylum IndustriesBritish Red Cross and Chinese Laundry. As the catwalks were showcasing pieces from many of these brands it was a brilliant opportunity to be able to walk outside and have a look around the shops themselves. 

If you’d like to know more about Hull Fashion Week please visit their website and follow them on Twitter @HullFashionWeek 
If you’d like to read my post on the catwalks themselves then click here. Keep your eyes peeled for my post on the WI Clothes Swap! 
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