• Symon Leech

The Nostalgia Show - a perfect English Festival

Updated: Feb 18

What is not to love about this place? We returned for our third visit and it was fabulous. The grounds at Stansted House are everything you imagine a stately home to be. Pair this with the quintessentially English experience of a village fete and you have a perfect day out.


Mrs Brambledown relaxes on the lawn before the start of the festival

With gazebos set out on the lawn, tea with cake in copious amounts and even a dog show, this could be any event from my childhood. What is slightly different is the number of vintage cars and hot rods on display and the delicious street food; jerk chicken was definitely not around in my version of the 70s!


Dolly and Gracie, the hostesses with the mostesses

The event was ably hosted by Dolly and Gracie, two char ladies with buckets of charm. Their wit and humour added a whole new element to the event. When the dulcit tones of the Dolly and Gracie weren’t drifting across the lawns, the live music was. A full program of live music and dancing was put on under the captaincy of Johnny Victory, a talented vocalist and thoroughly dapper chap.


Where did you get that hat? Where did you get that tile? Isn't it a nobby one and just the proper style?

We met loads of new customers and plenty of ‘old’ ones, all dressed up in their vintage finery including matching face masks. We also got to meet up with the lovely Alex the organiser, who runs this event and also hosts the vintage areas of Car Fest. We couldn't have hoped for a better return to trading.


In short, the Nostalgia show is a fantastic day out, one we shall be returning to year after year!


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