Wednesday, December 4, 2013

England 2013 Part I – Rhythm Riot!

Can’t believe we have already been home a week from our England adventure this year! Had an amazing time as always but this year was different as it was our first attending the Rhythm Riot. We were in London just one night before heading down to Camber Sands at the coast so I figured I would begin my vacation blog posts there.  Sorry, but this is going to be a long one!

After taking two trains from London we arrived in Rye and caught a cab to Pontins where we would be spending the next three days for the Rhythm Riot. I couldn’t believe my luck as we walked into the check in area, I right away got to meet Melanie from Incendiary Blonde after all this time! Such a sweetheart! Only briefly said hello but was able to catch up with her again the next evening. After making it to our “chalet” and getting the electricity going (it was absolutely freezing!) it was time to change and check out some bands and DJs.

Between my camera, phone, and dim red lighting it was extremely difficult to get good band photos in the ballroom so please excuse the quality of the few I did get...

Friday evening outfit

Riot Madness

Nikki Hill

Saturday we began the day catching the 1956 Bedford coach into Rye to explore. I’ll leave Rye to its own post. It was beautiful! Then back to Pontins for some more Rhythm Riot action!

 Rhythm Riot TV!

1956 Bedford Coach

Having coffee in Rye

Smallest car show!

Saturday night outfit

At long last with the lovely Incendiary Blonde!

Bobby Brookes Wilson

Sunday we walked over to the beach and had a coffee before watching the cars line up before they headed over for a cruise through Rye. We stayed on the street outside Pontins to watch the procession but it would have been really cool to see all of those old cars winding through the medieval streets of Rye. There were a ton of American cars but it was the rest I was excited about since they were models I am unfamiliar with, such as the Zephyr and the Zodiac.  I want one!

Felt like summer!

Leading the cruise to Rye...

Shaheen borrowed from a generous friend!

Sunday night is tropical night at the Riot!

Our fave DJ of the weekend, it's Wildcat Pete!

My other fave chalet DJ Ben!

With some new friends made from sharing a taxi!

Truly Lover Trio

Last band, Ray Collins Hot Club!

Monday we took the train from Rye to Canterbury where we would be staying the evening before heading back to London for 6 nights. Overall we had a great time at the Rhythm Riot and hope to make it there again one of these years!

Tips from our first Rhythm Riot:
- Do not book ‘classic’ accommodation unless you enjoy electricity vouchers and hiring towels. At least the rooms no longer have carpet as I was told they used to! That could have been scary.
- Send in ID photos ahead of time so you can use fast track check in. So worth it!
- Do grocery shopping for your room at the market across form the train station when you arrive in Rye. They have much more variety than the on-site facilities at Pontins.
- Take a taxi from the train station to Pontins and book one ahead of time to pick you up and take you back to the station when the event is over. Our guy gave us his card so we knew who to call and were not left trying to get a cab with everyone else on Monday.
- Make sure to explore Rye and make it to the top of the church for beautiful views!


  1. Yaaaaay! You got some great shots (love that one of the TV) and it looks and sounds like you had a very well-rounded Rhythm Riot experience, really making the most of everything! It was awesome to finally meet in person, and I'm glad we got to hang out in London too. :) I agree with all of your tips at the end of the post!!!

    1. That day in London was sooooo much fun!!! Hope you are enjoying your new fab coat! So happy it is less than 5 months until we'll meet again in Vegas!

  2. Wow! This sure looks and sounds like a fun! And I adore all of your outfits! Especially that blue sweater!


    1. Thank you, Janey! I am still very excited about that sweater! Definitely one of my most favorite sweater finds of all time! xoxo

  3. Looks like you had a great time! You had some marvelous outfits too.

    So are the voucher like rationing? Because that sounds so weird and no fun at all.

  4. Thanks for the compliment on my outfits! So much harder to choose what I was going to take since I had limited space unlike Vegas when I bring a ton of outfits!

    I was really dreading the electricity vouchers but I think our machine must have been broken because we put one in there at the beginning and it lasted us the whole time! You can buy as many as you like so it really isn't all bad. Guess that is why our room was a bit cheaper.

  5. You and your fella looked amazing as always! I adore all of your outfits!! The event must have been a total blast! I have not been to the UK since I was 14 and I have been dying to go back. (My mom's sisters live there). Nevertheless, how lovely that you got to see Incendiary Blonde in person and see Nikki Hill perform! I love her! Anyway, so happy that you had a great time!

  6. Thank you so much, Tara!!! How fabulous to actually have family that lives there! You definitely need to get back to the UK. We go each year and there is always something wonderful and new to discover! xoxo

  7. You look beautiful. All dresses are wonderfully suited for you. I especially love your floral skirt. I have this weird obsession with 50s floral skirts:)

    1. Thank you so much, Joanna! The floral skirt is definitely one of my favorite finds as of late. My favorite thing about it is that upon closer inspection, the flowers are butterflies! Too bad that I did not get a better photo of it :)