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Go retro at Mount Ephraim Gardens' A Gloriously Vintage Day Out on Sunday, May 11

Child of the seventies Julia Woodcock has created a family day out this Sunday based on all the best bits of the past.

Vintage enthusiast Julia, 39, loves not only the fashions and fittings of the Seventies, which remind her of the happy days of childhood, but also the glamour and grit of forties war-era memorabilia.

It was only a matter of time before her passion for all things retro – which came to the fore after the sad loss of her mother in 2007 and a wish to remember the good old days – went public.

There will be fun for all the family at Mount Ephraim

A teacher by day, Julia, from Hernhill near Faversham, launched the first Gloriously Vintage Day Out at Mount Ephraim Gardens last year, with no idea what the take-up would be.

“It was a phenomenal success with about 1,200 people visiting, we didn’t expect that at all!” she remembers.

This year she’s back with an even bigger event, having joined forces with her classroom teaching assistant and fellow fan of all things vintage Debbie Norton, who has connections on the farmer’s market scene having traded in the past at Brogdale Farm.

“Debbie is an experienced events organiser who’ll be bringing her favourite foodies from across the county with their Kentish produce.

“We’ve created a very full day out, so families can dig the wicker picnic basket out, fill it up and head out for a great days with the kids. Music and entertainment for adults and children is a big part of the event, so we promise vintage fun for everybody.”

Dress to impress at Mount Ephraim on Sunday

A Gloriously Vintage Day Out is at Mount Ephrain Gardens near Faversham on Sunday, May 11 from 11am to 5pm. Entry on the day is £6 for adults and free for children under 16. This includes access to Mount Ephraim Gardens. For more information call 07966 510012.

A Gloriously Vintage Day Out will feature music, food and entertainment as well as stalls


Stalls featuring all sorts of vintage and retro clothing, homewares, furniture and memorabilia.

Brides-to-be can peruse the retro wedding section, called Just say I do, with experts in the field including cake makers, photographers, florists, event stylists and wedding dress specialists.

The Make-Do-and-Mend area will feature craft suppliers and suggestions for those into this economic and practical vibe.

Vehicles and retro caravans will feature in the outdoor area, along with vintage sweet stalls.

Children are admitted free of charge to the event, and entertainment for them will be provided throughout the day, including puppet shoes, old-fashioned story-telling and traditional songs in the gardens.

Music from the Swingtime Sweethearts and dancing by the Hep Cats lindy hoppers.

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