Atomic Festival 2016

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Another great Atomic Festival this year, despite the bloody British weather!

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Having attended Atomic Festival last year, a highlight in my vintage calendar despite the cold weather, I have to say that this year’s sporadic morning downpours still didn’t curb my enthusiasm for this event. I truly love Atomic Festival, which sets itself apart from other events with its distinctly rockabilly appeal.

This year I enjoyed far more bands and entertainment options than ever. Although I must admit I felt pretty unfortunate when I realised I’d missed the swimwear catwalk but I guess I had to leave something new for next year. 😉

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atomic festival, atomic rockabilly, rockabilly festival, old is now vintage

Highlights for me included being a passenger in a gorgeous, classic American car. Not only are they surprisingly speedy, but we had a very excitable couple who took us out. It was the first time they’d brought the car to Atomic and they gave us a second loop of the runway, as well as treating us to a race with another car. I know it sounds silly, but it really was awesome! Last year I hadn’t managed to fit a car ride into my visit so I was pleased to have managed it this year. It really is worth the queue, which actually disappears incredibly quickly.

Another great aspect to Atomic Festival is the UK Rock’n’Roll Jive Championships that they host. Last year my boyfriend and I had watched the heats from the back of the hangar in total awe. This year, we knew how popular they would be so arrived early to bag good seats. Having taken jive lessons this year I could really appreciate the skill and stylised jives on the dance floor. It was excellent being able to point out some moves that we had learnt and woop at the occasional aerial that was featured. Something to aim for next year? Pahh!

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atomic festival,  atomic rockabilly, rockabilly festival, old is now vintage

I also enjoyed the music even more than last year. Although I would say that perhaps the big top’s sound was a little bit echoey, I loved jiving away and singing along to all the bands I saw. The Revolutionaries had one of the biggest crowd draws early on in the day; however it was Coral Lee who came all the way from Australia, The Sureshots and The Jive Romeros who I really loved!

There was plenty of shopping to be done, with a good mix of reproduction and genuine vintage. I was well behaved and only came away with a couple of Luxulite and Splendette goodies. My boyfriend on the other hand bought a Clumsy Kate mexican cactus shirt, which I’ve had my eye on for a while, cheeky bugger!

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atomic festival,  atomic rockabilly, rockabilly festival, old is now vintage

With the bumper cars, roller skates, drag races and dance lessons there is plenty to keep anyone entertained at Atomic Festival. I only visited on the Saturday but the campervan field was full. One day I might risk camping in a tent for the weekend but hopefully I can squeeze into the hotel next year!

Before I go, I have one last recommendation, which you may be able to guess from my previous photo. When you are getting cold and tired in the evening, go and hit up the donuts stand! Not only are the workers in the air stream lovely, but the donuts are fresh and therefore warm. Literally the best sugar pick me up to keep you dancing into the morning.

See you next year Atomic Festival.

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Morgan Factory Tour

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Warning: This may will not be the most factually informative blog post written about the Morgan Factory tour but for non-car-ish people this is probably quite a helpful read.

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As a gift I thought I’d get my Boyfriend a Morgan Factory tour. It’s something he’s mentioned before (a lot) and I thought it was high time I got the trip organised since we now live only an hour from Malvern where the factory is based. I won’t lie, I was a little apprehensive. I would class myself as a car enthusiast but the kind that can appreciate the aesthetics of a car and really does not know anything about them! However it was an interesting tour, followed up by afternoon tea and that can only mean good things.

First up is an introduction to the company, with a presentation showing all the different cars they produce. I liked hearing about the heritage of this prestigious company and was thoroughly impressed that everything truly is hand crafted.

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The presentation also introduced me to the three wheelers that Morgan produce and I instantly fell in love with them! They appear to attract a more quirky audience and lots feature impressive custom paint work. There was a Churchill design hung up on one of the walls that really caught my eye.

The day takes you around their factory, show room and museum. Having no idea what a car factory might be like it made for an interesting day out for someone who wouldn’t usually consider attending a factory tour! What made this car factory tour most interesting, for my Boyfriend who is in to cars more than me, as well as myself, was that everything is made by hand. The attention to detail, hard work and precision must make this job really quite incredible. There was also a fun family feel to the workforce, and it was nice to see so many people united by craftsmanship.

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morgan factory tour, morgan, morgan factoy, morgan motor car, morgan vintage, old is now vintage

This was a thoroughly enjoyable tour but if I had to criticise for me was that it’s noisy and I’m a little deaf. At times it was difficult to hear our guide, however when we could he was passionate and highly informative. Realistically a noisy workshop only goes with the experience of touring a live factory! Also, on a more personal issue… I got hungry! My advice would be more forward planning if you fancy visiting. I found myself drifting a little bit towards the end and it was all due to craving cake.

One thing our guide kindly told us was the story behind the wings on the logo. It felt really special to be told this in the museum, however I won’t share it here. You can ask on the Morgan Factory tour yourself. 😉

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If you are looking for something a bit different, this is a great interactive experience where you can see a rare and impressive method for car manufacturing. The amount of detail and effort that goes into each part is truly impressive and the enthusiasm of the people who work there is really infectious. Morgan is a great brand and one that I enjoyed learning a little bit more about. For a true car enthusiast and particularly lovers of Morgan’s this would be a great experience, although I do think one of the driving experiences would have had the edge.

Leaving in my battered Peugeot 206 was pretty sad. Give me a Morgan… any day.

Here’s to hoping I win the lottery… or that Morgan decides it wants to sponsor my blog 😉