Vintage Tents

Pop-Up Restaurant in a Spiegel Tent

Monday, November 19th, 2012
Events, Festivals, Tents.

As the festive season approaches and we seek comfort in cosy places and enjoy the lights, sounds and smells of the season why not try a Pop-Up retaurant inside the Christmas Spiegel Tent in Bristol?

Britains burgeoning pop-up restaurant scene is gathering pace and culinary delights can be found in the quirkiest of places, Sea Scout Huts, summer time gardens, festivals and tents!   Pop-Up restuarants bring the buzz of spontaneity, the spice of an unusual setting (and we all know that presentation is key to a good meal) and very ‘Now’ in the UK.   The Spiegel Tent is a vintage veteran tent that we reported on in this earlier article. The Christmas Spiegel Tent site has some history of the Spiegel Tent too.  This Christmas you can find one in Bristol hosting a pop-up restaurant from Mi Casa who are regular pop-up peeps in Bristol and the South West.

Also in our local Somerset area is Matt’s Kitchen in Bruton, the hot off the hob Kitchen Table in Wincanton. Wells chef AWARD-winning chef Adam Fellows took his Goodfellows restaurant to Glastonbury to create its first fine dining pop-up in a tent and an old Vintage Bedford TK supplied by Malinkey’s Mobile.

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Britain’s Tents go Vintage for the Diamond Jubilee

Saturday, June 9th, 2012
Events, Tents.

Lots of vintage military tents were out on duty last week keeping villagers in Charlton Musgrove, Somerset & West Meon, Hampshire dry for the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations.

Charlton Musgrove's Diamond Jubilee Tent

The 60 year old tents preformed valiantly staving off the wind and rain and creating a great atmosphere for the celebrations.  They got lots of good comments and at West Meon villagers partied their way into the night on the dancefloor.

Vintage Spiegeltents Still Beating The Rounds

Saturday, June 9th, 2012
Events, Festivals, Tents, Vintage.

I first came across these wonderful tents at the Glade Festival in 2004 when Pussy Parlure’s venue was a SpiegelTent.

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A Spiegeltent (Dutch for “Mirror Tent”, from spiegel+tent) is a large travelling tent, constructed in wood and canvas and decorated with mirrors and stained glass, intended as an entertainment venue. Originally built in Belgium during the late 19th and early 20th Centuries, only a handful of these Spiegeltents remain in existence today, and these survivors continue to travel around Europe and beyond, often as a feature attraction at various international arts festivals

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The original Spiegeltents were constructed in the Flemish Region of Belgium in the late 19th century as mobile dance halls. They were transported around the country and assembled for town fairs in areas that did not have a proper dance hall.

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Dust off your Vintage Tent & head to Wiltshire

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012
Events, Music, Tents, Vintage.

THE VINTAGE  NOSTALGIA SHOW begins this summer in the beautiful Wiltshire countryside. Their website encourages classic canvas lovers to get the tent out of the shed and give it an airing (might be worth checking the proofing first though).  The website says,

If you love vintage then dig out the old bell tent from the loft and come along! Everyone is welcome. Bring your old ridge tent, teepee, yurt, vintage caravan, classic car, vintage motorbike, steam engine, tractor, push bike. Whatever your interest come and celebrate with us. On Saturday night we have the  Obscuritones playing live fast paced 50’s rockabilly.

Here at VintageTents we are mighty tempted to set up our vintage tent & caravan and spend the weekend.

Life on the Holme Front – 1940s Weekend

Friday, October 7th, 2011
Events, Tents, Vintage.

I wandered around in the glorious 30’c heat and enjoyed this event very much.  Learnt a lot about Holme’s part in WWII, reading the display and looking at the extensive photos in Holmewood Hall. It was very evocative and easy to be transported back to those days.  The Hall itself was great to see , a lovely building and one not generally open to the public.

There was one rather tatty looking military tent serving as the newsreel cinema, and it was providing sterling service keeping the hot October sun off people.

This was a nice event with a good range of stalls, displays, vehicles and it was nice that it was integrated into the village of Holme.  The sun really helped add a lovey golden late summer feel.

Retro Lifestyle at Kustom Kulture

Sunday, September 4th, 2011
Events, Fashion, Vintage.

I enjoyed wandering around the sites and Rockabilly sounds at

This was the second year of this event. Numbers were up and the vibe was positive on the Sunday. Met some interesting suppliers many of which I was familiar with from Milkcow Magazine.  Got some great presents bought and stocked up on some good early Elvis and some Western Swing tunes.

Had a scumptious ice cream from this vintage styled van. Chatted to the proprietor Kate and made a note of the name.

Yummy Vintage styled ice cream at teh show