Americana day

I went to an Americana day at Horham airfield recently and had a wonderful time. You may have heard me mention the event last week in my vintage dress blog post: I picked up a lovely dress from one of the vintage stalls and although it needs a lot of sewing repairs, I thought I would take a chance on it and try to fix it. But that wasn’t the only thing that caught my eye during the day and I wanted to share some photos of the event with you.

The airfield was the home to the 95th Bomb Group during WW2 and the Horham base has been restored by the heritage association and is now open as a museum throughout the summer. I’d discovered the museum thanks to a visit earlier in the year to Parham, to attend the opening of a new extension to the airfield museum there. I picked up a leaflet for Horham’s museum and, luckily, I visited the website only days before their Americana event.

I was very pleased that I went along to the event because it was packed full of all my favourite things; classic vehicles, vintage fashion stalls, American food, gramophone music, retro homewares and, of course, militaria. The museum comprises of a series of hangars and the layout of an old bunker, plus it even has a ‘prison’ building and ‘beer shed’. My husband and I spent a full day at the event; shopping in the old hangar, studying the museum exhibition, munching on hotdogs, looking at all the classic vehicles and chilling out with a beer. I thought that we might be able to show off our new swing dance-moves (read about my new hobby here) but even though 1940s music was playing all around the site, no-one else was up and dancing and I certainly didn’t want to be the only one, seeing as I’m such a novice! Maybe I’ll feel more confident about dancing next time, after a few more lessons!

The museum is open on the last Sunday of every month from April to October and runs a series of special events throughout the year so check their website for details.

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Cassie is a freelance writer with a Masters degree in lifestyle promotion studies. She loves to 'get the look for less' so regularly shares thrifty fashion posts, DIY interior design ideas and low-cost recipes on her blog.

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