Monday, 4 August 2014

chillin' VW-style...

Once a year, a VW festival called Whitenoise comes to the area - we have been a couple of times over the last few years and the venue has changed as the festival has grown. This year it was at the rather lovely estate of Euston Hall near Thetford where the bulk of the action was at the bottom of a gentle slope in front of the estate Church...


The sun was shining on rows of campervans, some beautifully restored and polished...


and others with more worldworn features...


There was a bit of a breeze and the festival flags fluttering...



I thought it had maybe a slightly more commercial feel this year, with a lot of the stalls that seem to be at every festival now, selling varying degrees of expensive tat, but Whitenoise has a lovely friendly feel and definitely is full of VW enthusiasts with a range of everything you might need for sale, from 70's deck chairs and crockery to unidentifiable (to me!) bits of metal VW parts. There is an endless choice of the kitsch and 'vintage', some authentic (I swear one stall had the contents of my Nannie's bungalow from the chairs to the potato masher!) to the currently available vintage-style. I remember rather loving this stall full of pretty fabrics when we came before...





There is something about these events that makes you feel a bit chilled and lazy, so we took a coffee to the stage area and took to the stage area to listen to a very relaxed set, ended by an unlikely and quirky rendition of 'Mysterious Girl' which had us all smiling and tapping our feet...



 I think this was my favourite van, actually not in the display bit of the field but obviously used and loved...


whereas Tom was taken with this rather less 'subtle' version! 


Something for everyone.



Lovely little trip out.

S x

4 comments:

  1. My friend has a beautifully restored VW which she takes to shows up here in the north. She has spent a small fortune on it over the last few years.

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    1. I can imagine - don't think they are a cheap hobby! Though looking at some of the prices people were asking for the ones that were for sale, maybe a long term investment??!!

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  2. I'm with you, the blue & white one is lovely.

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  3. I looked back at the post I wrote from the same festival a few years ago and it was blue & white for me then too! Though, we have booked a trip away in a rather lovely red and white number later in the year... So looking forward to it!

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