FABULOUS FESTIVALS NOT TO BE MISSED! - click through to read more details
Roll up, roll in to the stately pleasure dome for miracles, song, symphony and enchantment. Musicians, horses, clowns and tumblers enfolded in this joyful paradise, with music loud and long – the Giffords Circus caravan will be taking to the road for a 2019 summer of love with their new show Xanadu.
Set against a backdrop of vintage fashion and live music, Simply VW kickstarts this great car weekend with over 500 VWs and camper vans rocking up on the Saturday. The Bows & Braces Vintage Village will be packed with nostalgic collectables, from vinyl to clothing. There will be a Best Dressed competition, you can chill out in the Vintage Tea Tent, or take to the dance floor.
THIS FATHER’S DAY, transport yourself back to the past... fast! Retro Show is a classic car and bike show with a difference. Unlike most shows where you might park up in a field and sip tea, Santa Pod Raceway brings you an extravaganza of full throttle action where you can take part in the racing and ‘Show & Shine’ events regardless of the type of retro machinery you are the proud owner of.
DRAGSTALGIA HAS BECOME one of the most celebrated events on the Santa Pod calendar and with a real throwback theme throughout the whole event, and some pristine machinery on display, it’s no surprise!
Step back in time for an action-packed weekend of Nostalgia Drag Racing and entertainment; an adrenaline-fuelled blast from the past! Dedicated to historic drag racing in one of the season’s largest celebrations of the sport, expect race classes, cars, bikes, hot rods and off-track fun and frolics from a bygone era.
Set in a leafy suburb of Cardiff, this boutique Vintage Festival is the best kept secret in the events calendar – but we are delighted to be able to tell you all about it!
Inspired by the romance and glamour of Vintage fashion and nostalgia, visitors can drift back in time and soak up the atmosphere. The Vintage Emporium will be filled with stalls selling all manner of vintage and vintage inspired clothing and accessories to add to your collection so you can dress up to the nines in timeless vintage style.
IF YOU FANCY spending the weekend in wartime Britain, then this atmospheric event is a must! The entire Black Country Living Museum, set across 26- acres of recreated period shops and houses, will be transformed as vintage vehicles, 1940s civilians and army personnel fill the streets.
Get a real feel for daily life as you soak up the wartime atmosphere. Stroll through memorabilia markets filled to the brim with vintage fashion and wares, meet 1940s characters and even prepare yourself with an evacuee lesson in St James’ school.
Due to the roaring success of last year’s fabulous 1920s themed weekend, The Great Gatsby Fair, held at Bexhill-on-Sea, will return for the second year.
Held on the seafront, the event promises fun and high jinks for all the family with a vintage fair, Jazz bands, classic cars and vintage bikes, plus dance competitions, Morris dancing, Children’s entertainment, fun fair, food festival and a Brolley Parade.
There will be over 40 classic cars on display, vintage clothes stalls, a raffle, food stalls and as always a colossal dance-floor to keep dancers on their feet for five hours of cheerful lively, upbeat jive and swing music. All of this is in aid of charities which include the Not Forgotten Association and local charities in East Grinstead. Ian Clarkson of the Jive Aces comments: “We love organising Summertime Swing! It’s such an atmospheric and unforgettable fun day! Last year we raised over £20,000 for our chosen charities.
We had 1,800 people and are expecting 2,000 this year. The natural outdoors setting in 100 acres of Saint Hill Manor is just magical. We are always blessed with great weather. We feel that our contribution to help the local charities is important and we hope to set a good example.” jiveaces.com
AFTER THE PHENOMENAL success of last years Newbury Retro Festival, this year promises to be the biggest (221 acres!) and best yet! Event organiser Paul says, “Last year was the most successful ever, with over 35,000 people attending. We’ve exceeded last year’s sales and filled the campsite already and so have had to hire another 44 acre field next door just for another campsite, and we’ve already sold 50 per cent of that!
Retrofestival is the only vintage festival that is still expanding. We asked Paul what the secret was: “There’s no secret really. We just give people what they want. We cover every era from the 1920s to the 1960s.”
THERE’S A NEW EVENT on the block that will celebrate all things Rockabilly, Rock ’n’ Roll and Rhythm & Blues – it promises to be straight from Nashville to Nash Street!
This weekend family event will bring music galore, including big band swing from DJ Gypsy John, dance displays and competitions; you can show your motorbike, hot rod or classic vehicle for just £5, or book a pitch at the Auto Jumble.
LINDY HOP THE weekend away at this popular event, called ‘one of Britain’s best vintage festivals’ by The Telegraph and get ready to fully immerse yourself in the nostalgic days of the 1940s.
Music will fill the air throughout the dockyard, with songs of the time from a fantastic line up of musicians. There will also be plenty of opportunities to shop for those 1940s fashion essentials with vintage clothing stalls throughout the site. Arrive in your best wartime fashions or buy when you’re there – but don’t miss out on joining the fashion parade at the end of the day!