When I have a weekend with just my girls I sometimes worry if I’ll manage, if they’ll get bored or if they’ll just play up for me the whole weekend and I’ll be weeping into a glass of wine come bedtime. You never can tell quite what the days will bring! Single parents I apologise for this, as if I were you I know I’d probably be rolling your eyes at my dramatic stance but as someone not used to solo parenting at the weekend it can be both exciting and rather daunting! For this particular weekend I was pleased to note that one of our favourite events was on, something that my girls love going to, so having that up my sleeve definitely helped. Early on Sunday morning we got dressed had breakfast and at ten headed out the door to the Crafty Vintage Fair at Brockholes Nature Reserve.
We’ve been coming to this for years and know how massively popular it has become. I figured that Sunday morning would be the quietest time and would hopefully get us a parking space. The last couple of times we’ve had to abandon the idea of coming because its been too full to get in. In other words avoid going in the early-mid afternoon!
There’s a variety of food trucks and pop ups as well as vintage stalls and locally made crafts. I particularly love going to the one before Christmas as it feels really festive and is a great place to pick up Christmas presents.
We fell in love with these gorgeous handmade felt characters from PepperPot Crafts, with the mermaid being a particular hit with the youngest.
Unlike a lot of craft and vintage events there’s lots to keep the kids happy too, with facepainting and a craft corner.
Hands down, my youngest girl’s most favourite thing about this event is the ‘Magic Man’. Both my girls have watched this magician countless times and they adore him. He does the same magic tricks that I saw as a child and they mesmerise my two as they did me when I was little. In such a digital age where children are constantly being bombarded with the latest tech for entertainment, it warms my heart that simple tricks that have pantomime ‘it’s behind you’ elements still get kids excited and involved.
Of course we can’t come to Brockholes and not have a walk and play in the play parks!
We had such a lovely trip and I’m so pleased that we managed to get there before it got too busy. The Crafty Vintage fair was the perfect mummy-daughters trip and we’ll definitely be going again.
PS I survived the whole weekend.. and so did the children 😉