Vintage Garden Party at Highclere Castle

Last year we had the pleasure of being invited to style the guests at Highclere Castle’s Vintage Garden Party, they have just launched tickets for this years event. This year the theme is the Roaring 20’s

If you are thinking of going please enjoy reading below, hopefully this will set the scene for you.

Vintage Victory Rollers had the privilege of styling at the Vintage Garden Party at Highclere castle, even though I myself am not a viewer of Downton Abbey, I didn’t need to be. From the minute my team arrived I felt part of this period drama.

Nothing could have prepare us for just how grand Highclere Castle was, as we drove into the ground’s along a very picturesque drive the castle appeared. It was jaw dropping. Due to the English weather our pop salon was moved into the castle, we were where I can only describe as the ‘Downstairs’

Our team got straight to it transforming one of the teaching rooms into our salon for the weekend. During set up The Countess od Carnarvon arrived, she had roller set her hair for the day but it was destroyed due to the rain. She had a beautiful hat so I dressed her hair to compliment this. Lady Carnarvon was a truly lovely lady, ever so friendly and kept ensuring we were happy and had everything we needed.

10am the castle opened to the public. The weather did not dampen anyone’s spirits. Visitors took their tour around the castle and the Egyptian exhibition and we were positioned so that the salon would be the last stop. I couldn’t believe just how many people came dressed up; some of the costumes were hired, some were handmade and some were lucky enough to have true vintage. They all looked fabulous. Even the gents got into character.  I was unaware of the huge following Downton Abbey has in the states – people from Utah , Texas , Denver and San Francisco had come over here just for this prestigious event. Every lady that sat in the styling seat had a different story to tell and we have now made connections across the globe.

A few of the highlights that stick out in my mind are twins from the States, both very glamourous and wanted hat hair, only one of the twins had it done at first then the other insisted when she saw how lovely it looked. Some of the ladies had seen we were attending on the programme and were happy to come in and have a pamper. We met a lady from Denver who was writing a book about the art of drinking tea and her book focused on Tea on the Titanic and at Highclere Castle, whilst she was sat in the chair being styled Lady Carnarvon reappeared, she wanted to have her hair done for an evening soiree. The ladies that were in the salon at this point were overwhelmed that she was there. She was so graceful and happy to have photos taken. Since the event we have be contacted by a number of the ladies we styled to thank us for making them feel amazing!

During the weekend they had Morris dancers on the lawns and a string quartet performing in the music canopy. The lunches that were provided were in beautiful individual boxes containing a Highclere sandwich, traditional pork pie, homemade cupcake and a bottle of water.  It wasn’t until the Sunday that we got to really soak up some of the atmosphere – we walked the grounds with the sun beaming on the castle, the sounds from the carousel in the background, people walking around in period drama costumes, the grand piano being played in the outside art deco cocktail bar. You really did then start to feel like you were at Downton. Each day they had a prize giving which was hosted by the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon, they awarded the best Upstairs & Downstairs, the best Carson, and the best hat. A number of the ladies that we had styled were entered into this competition.

I can’t express in words just how amazing the experience was, on Saturday we took the opportunity to walk around the castle. In the rooms that were featured in Downton Abbey that had photographs with scenes from the TV series. Just walking around the castle and soaking it all up made me feel very proud to have been part of this event. We have been asked back next year for their garden party and taking bookings from the states already!

If you would like to book in for 20’s inspired hair & make up please contact us!

Meet the Team

Founder & Director of Vintage Victory Rollers
Founder & Director of Vintage Victory Rollers



Raye is the Boss lady! Founder, Director, Sales & Marketing, Promotions, Trainer & Vintage hair and make-up artist. Vintage Victory Rollers was established in 2013. Vintage Victory Rollers now have a salon based in Swindon , Raye is constantly securing contracts with new clients and ensuring the team of stylists are trained and share her passion for the vintage glamour. Raye is a self taught stylist, which comes natural due to her love for vintage.

The Little Vintage Business Company

Frome Vintage Festival Review

Mandi and I set off early doors on Saturday to get to Frome. We were joined by Lauren , a known face in Frome as she works for Deadly is the Female. We had a lovely set up for the Saturday , our own work stations were our ladies could relax and be pampered. I personally didn’t leave my station all , I’m saving hard for driving lessons! We were all flat out it was fabulous! Some very happy ladies ,lots of them that were getting ready for the dance in the evening.

Throughout the day there was live music , rock n roll dance classes, oodles of stalls and yummy food!

The event was in it’s first year , and the turn out was brilliant! After a busy first day Mandi and I checked into our lovely hotel – The Cornerhouse and celebrated with Prosecco in mugs – Clink!  Dressed up in our fabulous dresses ( Pin Up Clothing & Collectif ) we headed to the Rock n Roll dance in the evening.

King Pleasure and the Biscuit Boys – Boy did they have us dancing! All of us girls took advantage of having our big circle skirts on!

Second day the VVR relocated to join all the new vintage stalls in the main all , they also had a clothes show which my dear friend Miss Cherry Bomb compered. Mandi styled all the models for the catwalk and I was flat out styling the public.

For it’s first year it was brilliant and VVR will be back next year!

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The Royal International Air Tattoo- Vintage Village


VVR are absolutely delighted to of been asked to be the stylist in the Vintage Village this year at the The Royal International Air Tattoo – Vintage Village event page on Facebook

The Vintage Village is where you can come for some true vintage retail therapy, indulge in our all day tearoom, eat and drink from an array of vintage mobile wagons, and view historic aeroplanes and cars, all whilst being entertained with our nostalgic singers.

The Vintage Parade retail selection will include purveyors of housewares, fashion, accessories and jewellery from the 1900’s onwards, bringing vintage authenticity at affordable prices. With vintage stalls, hair stylists and live entertainment, you will always have plenty to do at the Vintage Village

VVR will be onsite for the three days offering vintage inspired updos so you ladies can ensure to look fabulous! 

If you would like to book an appointment please contact us via the contact page on here. xx


Rockaflower : Hair flowers and accessories


Nothing sets off an updo better that a gorgeous flower! Rockaflower offer handmade one off hair pieces at very reasonable prices.

If you are getting married Lesley will work with you to create some fabulous! Or if you just love a selection of flowers for everyday wear. 

Find Rockaflower on Facebook :


Miss Bones Make Up at The Vintage & Retro Festival

Ali from Miss Bones Makeup will be offering a full pinup service, including touch ups to your base, and adding killer flicks, lips, brows and lashes. She’s worked with some of the country’s top alternative and pin up models, and is part of the Pinup UK makeover team, taking pinup glamour around the country. If you’re already made up, come and talk to her about ideas for your wedding, prom, hen night, makeup lesson or other special occasion…or just how to create some pinup style makeup for yourself at home 

If you would like to book in with Miss Bones you can contact her directly on Facebook


Finding that dress…

I love the 50’s style dresses, being a larger size I feel at my most comfortable when I am wearing something that fits well and look’s good.

I have tried all sorts of brands to no success. There is nothing more depressing than having to buy a dress two maybe three sizes up.

Last year I discovered the Lindybop range…. That’s when it all changed. They fit , they have pockets and they are very reasonably priced!!

Because I had so much confidence in this range I convinced the guys at Carry on Vintage to try them out , stocking a large selection of styles in all sizes.

The Lindybop sizes range from 8-22.

When the dresses are on the mannequins in the shop window , people stop in their tracks.. they are drawn in. The Lindybop range is suitable for all occasions, they make a great bridesmaid dresses or if you are just having a night out. If you are of a fuller figure I totally recommend this range and if you are near to Swindon come see us at Carry on Vintage



Vintage & Retro Festival Swindon


It’s back and it’s bigger than before! The Vintage & Retro Festival returns on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th March.

We have vintage stalls, the Demon Drome Wall of Death, vintage and custom cars and bikes plus fashion shows, live music and make-up and hair demonstrations.
Bring your Mum along on Mother’s Day to meet our cheeky 1950’s gossipy housewives, enjoy lunch in Boswell’s Café Diner and listen to the music.

Saturday Night – Live Music from The Excellos and Lew Lewis & the Twilight Trio.  Licensed bar available and Boswell’s Café will be serving their Diner menu.

Tickets are £8 per person available from the Centre Management Office, Upper level The Plaza, adjacent to Plaza Pets or phone 01793 525857

Avoid the rush and book in now for your hair and make up!!

VVR will be taking appointments for this event and will have an assistant available for walk in’s. We can also offer make up this year for £10.00!

Last year this weekend was super busy and this year you’ll have a dance to go to in the evening. I will be offering appointments from 9am until 6pm on the Saturday and Sunday 10am until 4pm.

VVR will have a pop up salon on the top floor of the plaza, just a stones throw from Carry On Vintage
To book an appointment please mail via the page or email

Vintage Inspired Wedding updos

Vintage inspired weddings are becoming ever so popular, every one wants to add their only little touch to their wedding. If you are planning to have a 30’s inspired lace dress or a 50’s inspired swing dress a vintage updo will complete the look!

If you are planning a wedding next year you can arrange a trial for you and your hand picked bridesmaids.

Why stop there, get the vintage car, the vintage band and dress your venue with gorgeous bunting… VVR can help with pointing you in the right direction. Find us on Facebook: