This year, as the Munchkin was in school, it was just the two of us and we did things a little differently. We stayed firstly in the well-known White Swan Inn right in the main street of Pickering.
Cosy little bars with log fires and yummy hearty meals were the order of the day, much appreciated after a long (but very enjoyable) day on our vintage feet! The weather sadly was not kind this year, cold and blowy, sometimes wet.
The first day dawned bright and sunny, however. It was the Friday of the three day weekend, so on with the first vintage outfit it was. First time out, too, for what is a favourite 1940's hat. We set off to explore the town.
Another day, we headed for the station and admired the vintage bus along the way.
There was time to stop for groceries at the little mobile van.
My favourite engine, Sir Nigel Gresley, was in steam. Marvellous!
On the Saturday, which was the busiest day, the station was packed with people. The platform you can see in the photo below is reserved solely for re-enactors so always makes a perfect people watching spectacle.
On the train, it was time to sit back with a spot of apposite reading material.
Back in the station yard, there was a great display on the theme of women in wartime. So there were lots of highly covetable items of clothing and accessories to admire and many bits of new information to learn and take away.
Of course, I was highly delighted to see this display of typical fabrics of the time!
There were many many opportunities to shop over the weekend, there were more stalls in Pickering than ever. A few goodies came home, it has to be said.
By night, we repaired to the fabulous Talbot Hotel in nearby Malton where we were spoiled with super comfy beds and deep bath tubs. Bliss!
Another day, another 1940's outfit!
We headed up to Grosmont by train where there was an RAF display and Mr HH was most interested to have a gander at the (replica) Spitfire.
No visit to Pickering would be complete without a visit to Anne's pop-up tea room above Reeds newsagent in the main street. Anne and her friends, not forgetting the lovely Cheryl Ann, turn this into a fabulous vintage-styled tea room for just two days each year and they do a splendid job. There are vintage embroidered cloths, floral china and yummy home-cooked pastries and cakes.
More usually, the shop offers a gorgeous array of vintage and retro goodies for sale. Oh the quilt top!
All too soon, it was time to close the chapter on another wonderful trip to Pickering.
Next year cannot come soon enough and we have some super memories in the meantime.
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