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Vintage Norwich Top Events for March

We’ve got some great events coming up in March.

Here are our top picks at Vintage Norwich that you wont want to miss.

Norwich Fleamarket does Vintage Fashion – Saturday 8th March 8:30am-4:30pm

Best vintage fair winner in 2013, Norwich Fleamarket is hosting a special event as part of Norwich Fashion Week. At 2pm there will be a fashion show on the stage of St. Andrews and all the clothes modelled will be available for sale to raise funds for Sams in the City. 24 different sized models will be showcase ‘eight classics three different ways’ to demonstrate how vintage and charity shop finds can provide high fashion on a budget.

The Vintage Show – Norwich Fashion Week 2014 – Sunday 9th March 7pm

This years vintage offering from Norwich Fashion week promises ‘vintage avant garde’. Showcasing some of the very best local vintage fashions and designs in a unique historic setting, this show is the perfect mix of fashion and history. There’s also cocktails from Norwich Cocktail Club, Burlesque from Natalya Umanska and music from Three Bits of Rhythm.

A Beginners Guide to Vintage Hairstyling – Monday 10th March 7pm

hs-hair-logoThe Historical Sauces return for Norwich Fashion Week with one of their hugely popular vintage hair classes, featuring small groups of tuition to teach you the basic techniques of vintage hair styling and send you home looking like a vintage goddess.
Ticket price also includes cocktails, light refreshments and a goodie bag of essentials to take away.

Little Vintage Lover Fair – Sunday 23rd March 11am-4pm

A Vintage Norwich Favourite, the Little Vintage Lover Fair returns to Dragon Hall. To help you find your perfect look Hair by Laura will be on hand and the Fabulous Miss K is offering personal shopping consultations. You can win a personal shopping consultation worth £15 by popping over to Facebook to visit the Fabulous Miss K.

Hanks Hillbilly Hayride – Friday 28th March 8pm

1932672_593858384025659_839414964_oOur favourite Hillbilly Deejay Hand J.D.Sleek is back with Norwich’s only Honky Tonk club night, featuring free candy and some stonking tunes. A nice relaxed night, not to be missed!

Imelda May at Bo Nanafana

On Saturday night Vintage Norwich award winner Bo Nanafana was back at Open with a cracking night of fun and frolics as they bought Imelda May to the stage in front of a packed out crowd.

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Imelda May went down a storm, as to be expected,but as ever all the real action at a Bo Nanafana night takes place off the main stage. We’ve always found that regardless of the headline act a night at a Bo Nanafana event is a night to remember, which is why they’ve been our top Club Night 2 years in a row!

There was cabaret, comedy, walk about and burlesque tucked away in secret rooms. Whoever you speak to after a Bo Nanafana evening will always tell you they found something you never saw, which is what makes the night so special.

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Of course, Bo Nanafana wouldn’t be the same if the audience didn’t outshine the performers for sheer gorgeousness, and this time didn’t disappoint with a fabulously dressed crowd all ready to dance into the small hours to the Henry Brothers and Black Kat Boppers.

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We’re very excited to see the New Year return of Bo Nanafana to the Talk on Oak Street. Keep an eye on the events calendar and we’ll let you know more details as soon as we have them!

Missy Malone & Friends at The Playhouse

At the weekend the fabulous burlesque revue show Missy Malone & Friends finally came to Norwich and we just had to head down to the Playhouse to check it out.

Hosted by the fabulous Des O’Connor, in a natty white suit and with banjo in hand, the show was a feast of some of the best of British Burlesque.


With a stage showered in glitter and feathers we were treated to a traditional fan dance, balloon pops and even fire eating in a 90 minute show that passed in what felt like moments.

Audience participation was encouraged, and we loved watching unsuspecting audience members dragged up on stage and involved in acrobatics with the ever hilarious Miss Peggy-Sued. Other performances were from Scarlett Daggers, Gwendoline Lamour, Mille Dollar and our host Missy Malone herself.

As if there wasn’t enough glamour up on stage for the evening, the audience pulled out all the stops with their outfits and prizes were even awarded for the best dressed. We’d have put in more effort if we’d known, but when you’re up against a woman in a corset and a tutu there’s probably little hope for prizes.

If you missed Missy Malone and Friends this time then we recommend keeping an eye on their website for upcoming dates nearby as it’s a fabulous evening of glamour and glitter!



New Dr Martens Store Opens in Norwich

Last night saw the opening of the UK’s largest Dr Martens store, right here in Norwich on Castle Street.

The shop is situated between Cath Kidston and Joules and at 2000 sqm is the largest store the brand has in the UK. Vintage Norwich popped along to the Launch night party last night to check it out.IMG_6545

The store space is open and airy with exposed bricks and a photobooth in the corner that we sadly didn’t get chance to play in! It sells clothing and accessories, as well as shoes and boots and is decorated with squishy leather sofas and a juke box.

Last night the space was packed with local invitees to the the launch, enjoying mini sausages and mash with Colmans mustard, and ales from local brewery Woodfordes as well as live music and exclusive opening night discounts. There were even jelly sweets presented in a pair of DM Boots, with jelly laces, for those with a sweet tooth!


Dr Martens began in 1960, producing boots in it’s factory in Northampton that were favoured by workers that spent a lot of time on their feet, before being rapidly adopted by counter cultures and becoming a symbol of rebellion. These days Dr Martens classic AirWear shoes and boots are available in everything from florals to tartans and metallics. They also sell a range of more unexpected styles, such as heels and ballet pumps. The brand have said they are hoping to attract the large student population in Norwich and we’re sure it will be a hit with everyone!


For more photos of the store launch party take a look at our Facebook album

You can find the Dr Marten store at 23-25 Castle Street, Norwich


After the blackout – Sheringham 40’s nightime

You get a lot of coverage of the steam trains and activities at Sheringham 1940s weekend on the North Norfolk Railway, but when a lot of the day trippers go home, weekenders and re-enactors take to the streets, and pubs to celebrate 40’s style with dancing and singing in the bars.

Although there are a few dances put on around Sheringham and neighbouring towns such as Holt we at Vintage Norwich decided to stay around the town centre to soak up the atmosphere. Locals and visitors mixed together to hear 32 piece youth orchestra that were squeezed into The Lobster Pub courtyard.





DSCF0904All the pubs made such an effort to get involved with decorations, flags and bunting – the places were so packed that people spilled out onto the streets creating a great atmosphere.

We move on to The Robin Hood which was again packed – a group of sailors pushed the tables and chairs to the side to create an make shift dance floor!!



DSCF0929We just had to take this picture it could have been taken during the war – with the cigarette sign and 3 guys propping up the bar.

Sheringham weekend is a fabulous place to visit but it is well worth staying as there is more to just the trains, come the evening it is like stepping back in time with people chatting and drinking to folk they have never met before and having great conversation and making there own entertainment – just like the old days!!!