Earlier this year when I was talking with my dear friend Eniko about the possibility of visiting her in the UK first thing that we had to do was to decide when is the right time for a trip. Eniko suggested August so that we could go to Twinwood Festival. And so it became the highlight of my trip!
Eniko got tickets for Saturday 27th in May and since the Festival is 3 hours away from Eastourne (Eniko's home) we decided to take a train on Friday and enjoy Bedford.We stayed at Castle Inn, charming 19th-century redbrick inn near the town centre:
After a long but cozy trip (yes I sad cozy, you should see trains in Croatia hahaha) we took an evening walk trough Bedford and it left us breathless! Beautiful houses, peaceful neighborhoods and gorgeous park where we made friends with animals (or so we thought hahaha) are amazing.
Bedford really is enchanting...I like that it has that romance in the air... lights, flowers and benches by the river are mesmerising!
After a walk trough the town and encounter with a young but brave (at some point) black boy, we got back to Castle Inn. Subway dinner and a good night of sleep were highly required. Next morning after delicious English breakfast we took some relaxing time to get ready for Twinwood. The weather was not promising and drizzle began while we were waiting for a cab.
ME: dress by Mistress of Vintage ENIKO: dress by Collectif
purse is true vintage purse by Woody Ellen
earrings by Daisy Jean
After a 15 min ride we came!! We were there!!! Twinwood!!!! Queue for tickets was long but moved quickly so in no time we got our festival bracelets and entered the Twinwood shuttle (I found that super cool hahahha shuttle)
The first thing we saw was a camper area (it is HUGE!). I believe that this is the best way to experience Twinwood. View of the main arena is the first thing you see when you enter the festival area and it seemed to me that there's not much to see further. I was wrong. Again.
As soon as you enter you get a splash of excellent energy! It was not at all what I imagined, because I couldn't imagine that vibe. It was like I'm home! Music, fashion, dance, smiling faces everywhere!!! I am very happy that I was able to meet some wonderful people (I saw a lot of gals I follow on Instagram in that crowd) ♥
Huge thanks to everyome that came and said Hi! ♥♥♥
After a quick look on the first stalls we entered into traders area- OMG!! It has no end!!! We toured the stalls for hours! Thanks to Collectif sale at Brighton and Camden my budget for Twinwood was hilarious hahahha so I wanted to take a good look on everything before I open my wallet.
My wish was to buy lingerie set, seamed stockings and true vintage glasses, maybe a suit. But the fact is that there was not enough time to dig a little deeper and find something affordable and good in my size. There was a lot of vintage reproduction clothes and accessories that were (in my humble opinion) a little more expensive that usual.
True vintage is to die for but if you're not ready to rob a bank don't look at it. I'm sure there was cheaper things but time was running out and we wanted to get to Main arena for a show. We took just a small break in the tiki bar, mojito was delicious!
I found a great lingerie, seamed stockings, colorful bangles and gorgeous cascade hair flowers. Vintage glasses that I found were soooo tiny, I don't know how adult women wore them! We also got a chance to try on a true vintage Dior 50's hat, that was amazing! There really was not enought time to look trough everything slowly. There is a reason why Twinwood runs for days hahaha
After I looked every booth I have made a decision! It was not an easy one hahaha but I decided to buy only one thing instead of a couple of cheaper ones. So I ran back to La Vintage and put all of my money on outstanding 40's jacket. Je ne regrette rien! (insert face with tears of joy emoji here)
I do regret that I didn't try on Rocket Originals shoes to know my size if I ever order from them, those shoes are outstanding! You know, when I got there I couldn't care less about shopping..I was happy and blessed just to be there.
Oh and I wish I could go to a dance class! I was watching so many people rocking that dance floor! There was not much old cars but some of them were very memorable!
Rain was just waiting for us because the minute we decided to go eat something and sit to watch the music program it started to pouring. And no one bothered! Everyone remained sitting in their seats, pulled out umbrellas and enjoyed. Some continued to dance in the rain! Pardon my excitement, it is not common in the place where I come from hahaha
Unfortunately, after the rain and the wind it got quite cold so my new La Vintage jacket came in hand. We took shelter in the bar and enjoyed the rest of the day dancing on The Puppini Sisters, Elvis and Bootleg Beatles. Evening ended with impressive fireworks that accompanied us while we were leaving Twinwood.
Before and after the rain:
I brought so many happy memories from Twinwood, I sincerely had the time of my life!
This photo with my dear Eniko is my favorite, none of this would be possible without her and Andras. ♥♥♥
Next blog post will be the last one from my series of posts about my adventure in the United Kingdom. Stick around to hear my final thoughts about UK...