What's on in Vintage Wiltshire

A listing of Wiltshire and East Somerset vintage, steampunk and retro events. From 1920s jazz to big band swing to rock 'n' roll and even swinging pop, if it's (roughly) Victorian to 1960s, and within or very close to Wiltshire, I'll cover it here.

Please note: I do my best to keep this listing up to date, but can’t guarantee its accuracy. I’ve linked to official websites where possible, so please double-check details on those before heading off to an event.

This listing is done on a no-fee, purely voluntary basis. I started it to give local events a boost. If you’re running an event in Wiltshire or the Bath area that you think would fit in, please email the details to crinolinerobot AT yahoo DOT com - if it’s suitable, I’ll add it to the list.

Whatever sort of vintage you love, you can find it in Wiltshire!
REGULAR EVENTS 
Bath Vintage and Antiques Market
Green Park Station, Central Bath
First and last Sunday of every month.
Free entry

Antiques and Collectors
Cheese and Grain, Frome, from 9am
Every Wednesday
Free entry

Swindon and Cricklade Railway 
Blunsdon, near Swindon
Wiltshire’s only heritage railway runs steam trains every Sunday, and heritage diesel trains on Saturdays from April to October. Check website for details.

Motorcity
Komedia, Bath
Soul, funk, Motown and disco, every Saturday

Ginger Jive
Civic Centre, Trowbridge
Learn to jive, every Monday in the heart of Trowbridge. No partner or experience needed.
£7 per class

Lindy hop lessons with Swingout Swindon
Term-time classes on Thursdays at Buckhurst Park Community Centre. Check website for experience levels and also special workshops during the summer break.
£5 per class

ONE OFF/IRREGULAR EVENTS (in date order)

The Matt Monro Story
Trowbridge Civic Centre, 15 November, 7:30pm
Matt Monro Jr pays tribute to his father's music.
£22.50

The Dreamers and the Temple Brothers: Tribute to the 60s
Neeld Community and Arts Centre, Chippenham, 16 November, 7:30pm
Members of the 60s group (Freddie and...) and the country's leading Everly Brothers tribute in concert.
£20

Vintage Bazaar
Corn Exchange, Devizes, 17 November 2018, 9am-3pm
Fabrics, clothing, accessories and more.
£2 adults

Britain on Film: South Asian Britain
Trowbridge Town Hall, 17 November, 2pm
Compilation of films from 1902-1989 celebrating the South Asian diaspora's contribution to Britain.
£5 adults, £3 under 16s

The NWSO Autumn Concert
St Andrew's Church, Chippenham, 17 November, 7:30pm
The North Wiltshire Symphony Orchestra celebrates American greats including Gershwin.
£12

Garden of Gods
Pound Gallery, Corsham, 21 November-1 December
Exhibition of photos by award-winning vintage photographer Neil Kendell, inspired by the glamour of vintage Hollywood.
FREE

A Country House Christmas
Lydiard House and Park, Swindon, 21 November-23 December
Swindon's Grade I-listed Palladian house is all decked out for the festive season, complete with kissing ball and Christmas tree.
Standard house admission price

The Christmas House
Mompesson House, Salisbury, 24 November-23 December
National-Trust-owned 18th century townhouse in the Cathedral Close is decked out in festive styles through history, right up to the 1950s in the library.
Standard admission charges apply

The Heartbeats
Melksham Rock 'n' Roll Club, Melksham Assembly Hall, 24 November
Three-man rockabilly band performing live.

A Very Vintage Christmas Fair
Guildhall, Salisbury, 25 November, 10am-4pm
Get in a spot of Christmas shopping in lovely surroundings.

Tea Dance
Trowbridge Town Hall, 29 November, 2pm
Shake a genteel leg! Can't dance? Teachers mike and Lesley Freke can sort that...
£5, inc. tea/coffee and cake

Santa Specials
Swindon and Cricklade Railway, 1-2, 8-9, 15-16 and 22-23 December 2018
Take steam the train to Santa!

Brilliance
Trowbridge Town Hall, 1 December, 7:30pm
Play split between 1948 and 1963, covering rural electrification and the human desire to connect.
£11 (concessions £9)

A History of Christmas lecture for adults
Trowbridge Town Hall, 6 December, 6:30pm
Trowbridge Museum takes you from the earliest celebrations of Christmas to the modern extravaganza, via medieval revelry and Victorian fashions.
£7

Rat Pack Swinging Christmas Show
Neeld Community and Arts Centre, Chippenham, 10 December, 7:30pm
Tribute act to Frank, Sammy and Dean to get you in the festive mood.
£20

Tea Dance

Trowbridge Town Hall, 13 December, 2pm
Shake a genteel leg! Can't dance? Teachers mike and Lesley Freke can sort that...
£5, inc. tea/coffee and cake

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!
Chapel Arts, Bath, 14 December, doors 7:30pm
The 20th Century foxes crowd perform their fabulous Christmas cabaret.
£15 in advance, £17.50 on door

The Downtown Daddyo's
Melksham Rock 'n' Roll Club, Melksham Assembly Hall, 22 December
Rock and roll your way to Christmas.


2019
Tea Dance
Trowbridge Town Hall, 31 January, 2pm
The Town Hall's first tea dance of the year, with tuition from Mike and Lesley Freke if you need it.
£5, inc. tea/coffee and cake

Ma Bessie and her Blues Troupe
Chapel Arts, Bath, 8 February, doors 7:30pm
Narrated tribute to legendary blues artist Bessie Smith.
£16 in advance, £18 on door

Miss Rosie and Moonshyne Runners
Chapel Arts, Bath, 23 February, doors 7:30pm
Classics from the Great American Songbook.
£14 in advance, £16 on door

Chapel Arts, Bath, 2 March, doors 7:30pm
Battle of the tribute acts!
£16 in advance, £18 on door

Vintage Nostalgia Festival
Wylye Valley, 31 May-2 June
Weekend-long festival with music, cars, stalls for excellent shopping, and more. Grab your tent and go camping!
£41 per adult, £12 per child, see website for camping prices