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18 July 2012


Traders selling vintage clothing, homeware, crafts and up-cycled or handmade goods are being encouraged to book lucrative space at A Vintage Guild Weekend in September, curated by internationally-renowned designers Wayne and Gerardine Hemingway.

Stallholders who book their space before the end of July will receive an early-bird reduced rate. They can also take advantage of a free space on a professional development boot camp in August.

Delivered by Creative Lancashire in partnership with expert business consultancy, Insight with Passion, the boot camp will teach traders exhibiting at the festival how to expand their business, market their goods and maximise online selling.

During A Vintage Guild Weekend on September 1-2, the walkways of Avenham Park will be lined with pop-up vintage boutiques and mini marquees filled with mid-century furniture, homewares and hand-crafted goods.

The two-day event will see Preston’s Avenham Park and surrounding areas transformed for the opening weekend of the Guild City Festival. The event will celebrate the creative cultural past, present and future of the region, through fashion shows, music, art and food.

Throughout the weekend, visitors will be able to experience a 1920s themed tea brunch and a 1940s ball, learn the Charleston or the foxtrot, and dance the night away to music from the Guilds of 1952, 1972 and 1992. The weekend will culminate in a headline performance by ‘80s new wave stars The Human League.

Organisers are calling on local sellers and artisans to act fast and book their space in order to take advantage of this early-bird opportunity.

Wayne Hemingway, along with Preston Guild 2012 festival director Stella Hall and a small army of local creatives, has spent months planning the event. He says: “A Vintage Guild Weekend is as much about local people as it is about headline acts such as The Human League.

“A Vintage Guild Weekend will be a celebration of all things creative: music, film, art, fashion and food. The Vintage Guild Marketplace selling vintage wares, anything from up-cycled to handmade goods, will complement the huge range of activities and workshops that will be available throughout the weekend.

“Stallholders will not only receive a reduced rate if they book early, but they will also benefit from a development workshop that will allow their business to thrive long after the weekend has finished.”

To claim a reduced rate to trade at A Vintage Guild Weekend, and also benefit from a business development workshop, contact Amanda Hennessy, the stalls curator, by emailing [email protected] or calling 01772 253731.


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  • Preston Guild is a historic celebration dating back to 1179, and represents a significant

            element of the North West’s rich cultural heritage and tourism offer. The holding of the

            Guild was a major occasion and the cause of much celebration across the city. Preston

            Guild is the only Guild still celebrated in the UK and as such is unique.

  • Led by and invested in by Preston City Council, Preston Guild is the only Guild still celebrated in the UK and as such is unique.

            and you can follow the Guild on Facebook (Preston Guild 2012) and Twitter


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