The Isle of Wight Vintage Experience

Calling all vintage lovers, history buffs, teapot fanatics and retro divas to the floor please!

The time has come for a celebration of all things vintage, and the wonderful Isle of Wight has plenty to shout about from military museums to Vintage car boot sales, plus a fabulous array of hidden gems dotted around the Island, and we want you to experience them all… well, at least some of them, which is why we have put together a ‘must see’ checklist. 

Just before you embark on this wonderous shindig, I should just point out that this trip can’t simply be done in a day! There is too much to explore, too much to see and quite frankly this beautiful Island has a habit of leaving you wanting more. So, whether it’s a short break or a week-long stay, you will be needing a nice retro base right here on the Island. So how does a unique, charming and all round fascinating tin tabernacle sound?

Intrigued? Let me tell you more

Tucked away in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, just minutes from the breath-taking coastline stands a green tin tabernacle with a bright red door.  As you step inside you enter a world of dreams created for admirers of retro & vintage memorabilia.  Its like stepping into a museum but you can touch and live amongst the spectacular display, no amount of words can describe the beauty of this place both inside and out! I’ll just leave these pictures here and you can see for yourself!

Not a bad start eh? Sleeping in a vintage capsule in one of the most beautiful spots on the Island. Now, where to go from there…

Well If anybody out there is a history buff and enjoys anything 1940’s or WW2 related then you simply must visit Wight Military & Heritage Museum. With a street scene set in WW2, various uniforms, model tanks, rifles and an area dedicated to female conscription during WW2 there is something for everyone. This museum is constantly being updated and improved all the time and it’s a must on our check list!

Next up on the ‘must see’ list is the Isle of Wight Steam Railway.  Visiting some of the last surviving steam trains will certainly make you feel nostalgic – a full sensory experience with the smells, unspoilt countryside and sound of the train in motion. Why not take the opportunity to ride the tracks between Havenstreet, Wootton and Ashey in either 3rd or 1st class in their beautifully restored Victorian or Edwardian carriages?  I promise you, you won’t regret it!

Another bonus of the Steam Railway is the sheer number of events they hold throughout the summer! Everything from Motor shows to beer and bus festivals. On the 29-30 July visit the Railway Folk, they are guaranteed to be anything but sensible as they tackle a pirate invasion – perfect for the kids! See the full list of events here.

Fancy a little bit of retail therapy? No problem I’ve got you covered….

I absolutely must share with you the vintage themed car boot sale in Yarmouth. 40 sellers, selling vintage and antique items from the boot of their vintage cars and trucks, alongside food stalls from vintage vehicles, live music and thousands of vintage items from clothing, antiques and memorabilia. As if this wouldn’t feed your antique appetite enough you can also take a stroll around the historic town of Yarmouth, full of character and charm. To give you a taste of this unique vintage experience have a browse below and check out the hidden gems you could find!

Check out the Yarmouth Vintage Car Boot Sale this summer on Sunday 26th August at Yarmouth Primary School grounds, River Road, Yarmouth PO41 0RA. 10AM – 4PM

Another tick on the vintage list.

Now onto entertainment! There is nothing better than relaxing with an ice-cold G&T or a comforting cup of tea, listening to a truly wonderful music set in the great outdoors. So, for those of us who enjoy a cheeky jive or full-blown swing dance, (why not, we only live once) we have for you the fabulous Bunker Girls! Singing to you a set of Andrew Sisters songs including ‘Chatanooga Choo Choo’, ‘In the mood’ and ‘Rum and Cola’, they will surely have you singing along and feeling nostalgic with them in no time. These truly talented ladies will be at several free entry ‘Station Events’ around the Island in the coming months, as well as performing at Isle of Wight Pride on the 21st July 2018. They are NOT to be missed, and a definite box to tick on our vintage ‘must see’ list.

See the bunker Girls at:

Brading Station on the 7th July

Ryde Esplanade on the 11th August

Shanklin Station on the 1st September

Our vintage ‘must see’ tick list is a great head start to discover the Island in all it’s vintage and retro glory. There are, of course, many other places for you to explore, but I don’t want to take away the joy of discovering a hidden gem tucked away in a quaint village – so I shall leave you with these tips and wish you a wonderful Vintage adventure on the beautiful Isle of Wight!