Friday, April 16, 2010

All the fun at the fair

A few days ago, I went to the Black Country Museum ('Black Country' is defined here) which is essentially a heritage park full of buildings from the Victorian era and the early 1900s. These buildings were originally from around Birmingham and have been saved from demolishment, rebuilt brick for brick and preserved as a little bit of history.

As a school kid, I've been on a lot of school trips here...but this time, I went back with some friends and armed with a camera, I was able to capture some snaps!
Off to the village!
The actual museum is constantly expanding, with the local heritage trust gaining new buildings all the time and they're currently rebuilding a 1930's high street from the local area. There are also actors aplenty who wander around or sitting in the houses, but it's weird wondering whether to respond to them in the present day...or whether you should pretend to be Victorian too!
Outfit
Cardi (Oasis) Dress (Mina UK) Belt (Vintage) Shoes (Converse) Bag (Marc by Marc Jacobs)
I took a crazy amount of photos, far too many to share on here but here are my favourites.
Victorian Village
Victorian Hardware
Victorian Shop
Empire Lamp Oil
Now it wouldn't be right if I hadn't chosen to sit next to the painted picture of a narrow boat with 'Diamond' on it.
Name sake.
For readers abroad, this is a narrow boat which used to be used when waterways (canals) were essentially the roads of Britain. In the present day, some people still live on them but canals are not really used anymore.
Narrow Boat
We visited the old Victorian School which featured rows of desks, chalk and slate and if you were old enough to use them, inkwells! I remember being at primary school and having inkwells at school, unfortunately they were the places to store erasers and pencil sharpenings and not filled with ink. I've never taken part inEaster Egg Rolling before...shame we missed it! Sounds like fun!
Random Egg rolling sign
My favourite photos of the day were of the old, Victorian fairground.
Victorian Fairground Sign
'Bostin' is Black Country Slang for 'Cool'. I didn't know this word until I came across a particularly Brummie housemate at uni.
Funny Mirrors
Speedway
The Amazing Helter Skelter.
Helter Skelter
Carousel
The Brooklyn Ride
Victorian ArcadePot Luck
We all handed over 20p and hoped we got a good fortune from the creepy fortune teller. It reminds me of old 80s film, 'Big' starring Tom Hanks. Anyone remember that film?
Victorian Fortune Telling machine
My fortune was creepy too. Mainly because according to friends, this is true...apart from the whole strange bald comment. However, unbeknown to them, going bald is a minor fear of mine. Ahaha, which makes this super scary!!
Fortune
If you want to see more, check out my Flickr!
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47 comments

  1. Oh my! That's so awesome. I really want to go to something like this..Would make an awesome day out!

    I want a go on that fortune teller.. My friend actually has one that looks like the one in Big in their living room(sadly doesn't work)..but still Uber creepy.. xx

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  2. ooooh! Looks like a FUN time. I love the way your dress fades down into the same color of your tights. I just really like the bright colors in your outfit in general... and the converse. I need to wear converse with a dress sometime soon. ;) You look fantastic.

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  3. What a cool place! Have you ever heard of Williamsburg, Virginia. It's a recreation of a colonial village in the US and I use to love visiting it as a little girl. Maybe someday I'll make it to Black Country. I love all the pics!

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  4. wow that place looks really fun and big! historical places like that around here are usually just one house :/ ahh i love that fairground too!

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  5. sounds like a fun day!!!! I love to eat all the junk food at the fair.

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  6. The retro arcade and fortune teller remind me of Carter's Steam Fair. They're in London in May/June.

    As for the contest no worries about the 'Friend Connect' thing. I will put all comments into a random draw.

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  7. its been long since the last time i saw someone wearing chuck taylors ! i wish the trend would come back..

    michelle ||
    www.GlistersAndBlisters.blogspot.com

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  8. Oops I left a comment and it seems to have disappeared? Anyway was just saying I have never heard of this place, it looks so cool and I'm glad you had fun! :)

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  9. ive been there lol i loved it! i bought barley sweets from the old fashioned sweet shop...they werent nice haha
    margief
    x

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  10. I went there on a schoolm trip too. Loved it!

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  11. It's like walking into another century! the photos are beautiful!

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  12. lovely photos honey, thanks for sharing!
    oxoxo
    marian.

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  13. It looks like such an amazing place. I'm definitely going to try making it there this Summer. It seriously llooks like such a cool place.

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  14. I've been there! I think there are some old Victorian mines there and I remember a lot of people in my class getting claustrophobic in them haha. xx

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  15. Great photos, seems like an amazing time. And I love your dress!

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  16. Absolutely love the look of this museum. I love how it's all so interactive too. And your dress/belt/cardi are all awesome too!

    - Anna Jane xxx
    (PixelatedBlonde.com)

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  17. wow, imagine living in a boat! This place really transports us to another time.
    I loved your outfit!

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  18. Wow this looks like such a fun time! And I like your dress - v pretty! This whole post just makes me want to spend a sunny saturday at the fair!

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  19. that's awesome dear! i loove fun fair :)
    but we rarely have that in here
    lovely dress :)

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    xoxo

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  20. So fun!

    By the way love Ur dress, dearest Winnie!

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  21. Oh my gosh, I live so close to this! The old sweet shop is the best :D hehe - glad you had a lovely day

    Danni

    xxx

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  22. this place looks so cool
    it's got a vintage but yet very chilled vibe
    love your outfit, especially the bright colours :)

    x

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  23. Wow that looks fun - I might have to go sometime soon ... I wanna try the "big" machine :D

    You look fab too xXx

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  24. I love going to fairs and feel like a child again... thanks for the beautiful pictures. And you are so cute in your outfit. xoxo

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  25. ooo yes strange fortune. gorgeous belt!

    x

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  26. fun but creepy~ :P it's giving me the chills

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  27. Wow seems so much fun ! I love your dress anyway . And that fortune teller is creepy ! Haha .

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  28. Looks like so much fun, I love places like this! I especially love the photo with the kids playing with a skipping rope, makes it look properly 'olde worlde'!

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    x

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  29. such fun shots and you love so sweet in that outfit.

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  30. Hi there-looks really great here and wonderful pictures too, have a nice weekend!!

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  31. Fabulous pics, darling!
    Love your outfit too!

    xoxox,
    CC

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  32. oh this reminds me of beamish museum near to me, great pics, looks like you had a fun day!

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  33. beautiful picturea and beautiful outfit looks awesome

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  34. Hey! I came across your blog via Tania's! I LOVE THIS PLACE! WHERE IS IT?! Also, I totally remember BIG and the Zoltar machine. CLASSIC! Your style is great too!

    I'll be back around!

    Chelsea

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  35. re: I know! Their totaly gorgeous!!

    Oh, gosh! I would love to go to a place like this! Great pictures!:)

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  36. I've always wanted to get my fortune told!!
    also, love the blue and purpley color scheme of yours :)

    xxStace

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  37. The dress is so adorable. And kind of 60s-ish. *love*
    Great photos! :)
    Xx

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  38. Wow! Nice dress. I like the color.Your pictures make me want going to there.

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  39. This sounds like the most phenomenal outing EVER, Winnie! Aside from the creepy fortune, that is! :)

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  40. Love the dress and belt! Looks and sounds like such a delicious day, the shops and funfair look amazing!

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  41. So much fun! I don't know if I would have been brave enough to go on the Helter Skelter - it looks ancient.

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  42. Looks like you had fun!
    And I really like your dress!

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  43. hope you had a lovely wknd
    xx
    marian.

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