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)

Side By Side: America and World War I
American Museum, Bath, 17 March-28 October
Exhibition exploring the relationship between America and Europe, and the stories of the Americans who served in the Great War.

Transport: Seven Swindon Stories
Swindon Museum and Art Gallery, 16 May-1 September
Discover how transport changed Swindon - and not just the railway! Canals, the M4 motorway and the 1906 Swindon Tram Disaster are among the stories.
FREE

Love on the Links
Salisbury Playhouse, 31 May-23 June
Stage adaptation of PG Wodehouse's hilarious golf stories.
Check website for times and prices

Barry Steele and Friends - the Roy Orbison story
Wyvern Theatre, Swindon, 8 June, 7:30pm
The music and life of 'The Big O'.
£25.50; see website for discounts

The Big Chris Barber Band
Wiltshire Music Centre, Bradford-On-Avon, 8 June, 7:30pm
A performer since 1949, Chris and his band explore the music that's shaped his career.
£24; under 18s and students £12

Kids For A Quid
Swindon and Cricklade Railway, 9-10 June 2018
Give the nippers an affordable day out.

Eddie Cochran Memorial Fundraising Gig
The Consti Club, Chippenham, 9 June, 7pm
Rock 'n' roll gig raising funds to restore the memorial to the legendary musician, who died after an accident near Chippenham.
£12 in advance, £15 on door

Dr Strangelove
Little Theatre, Bath, 10 June, 1pm
The 1964 cold war satire with a triple shot of Peter Sellers is being shown during a Kubrick-focussed Vintage Sundays season.

Vintage Tea and Cupcake Day
Wyvern Theatre (foyer), Swindon, 14 June, 10:30am-1pm
A cuppa and a cake to support the Alzheimer's Society's national cupcake day.

Murder Mystery Evening
Swindon and Cricklade Railway, 15 June 2018, 7:30pm
Unleash your inner Poirot and take part in this murder mystery on the railway.
Prebooking essential. Price includes two-course buffet and tea/coffee; pay bar available

The Reading of the Will
Angel Hotel, Chippenham, 7pm
1920s murder mystery. Dinner included.
£40 per head, overnight stay bookable

Big Girls Don't Cry
City Hall, Salisbury, 16 June, 7:30pm
Tribute to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons; now in its tenth year.
£25.50; concessions available

Petrol and Percussion
American Museum, Bath, 16-17 June, 10am-4pm
Give Dad a day out with classic American cars and barbecue. (And do drag him round the museum, because it's fascinating.)

Spartacus
Little Theatre, Bath, 17 June, 1pm
1960 epic (nearly three hours!) about rebellious slaves under the Romans. Part of the Kubrick-focussed Vintage Sundays season.

Father's Day
Swindon and Cricklade Railway, 17 June
Take Dad for a ride on a train. Dads love trains. Mine does, anyhow.

Father's Day at STEAM
STEAM Museum of the Great Western Railway, Swindon, 17 June, 12 noon
With a carvery lunch and guided tour, including the chance to go hands-on with artefacts, this is another day out sure to please train-loving dads.
From £25 per head adults, £15 children, deposit required

Jazz in the Garden
Rowley Grange, Farleigh Hungerford, 3pm-6pm
Charity event supporting local hospice Dorothy House, with music from the American Songbook.
£16 per head

An Evening of Songs from the Great War
American Museum, Bath, 23 June, 7pm
To tie in with the museum's WWI exhibition, Patricia Hammond and Matt Redman perform the sings that kept the home fires burning and cheered the lads on the front.
£10

Steaming Weekend
Crofton Beam Engines, nr Marlborough, 23-4 June
See the oldest working steam engines in the world still doing the job they were built to do.

Songs and Stitches
American Museum, Bath, 23-24 June, 11am-4pm
To tie in with the museum's WWI exhibition, Patricia Hammond and Matt Redman reveal how injured soldiers were treated, and the music they recuperated to.

Knit For Victory
American Museum, Bath, 24 June, 1-4pm
To tie in with the museum's WWI exhibition, your chance to learn something new while discovering how knitting contributed to the American War effort.

Chalke Valley History Festival
25 June-1 July
All sorts of talks and living history events are going on for this packed festival, mostly pre-20th century (so, fascinating but not what I cover on this blog), but there is a fair bit of WWI and WWII content, plus a morning dedicated to the history of the RAF on 25 June. Check out the website for full details.

Whisky Galore!
Salisbury Playhouse, 26-30 June
1955-set stage adaptation of the beloved film about Scottish islanders who find a cargo of whisky after a shipwreck.
Check website for times and prices

Cilla and the Shades of the 60s
Wyvern Theatre, Swindon, 26 June, 7:30pm
Enjoy the songs of Cilla and more (Dusty, the Beatles).
£25; see website for discounts and concessions 

Salisbury Vintage Market
Guildhall Square, Salisbury, 29 June
Pop along and rummage through vintage and bric-a-brac with live musical accompaniment.

Come Die With Me
The Place, Wyvern Theatre, Swindon, 29 June
Comedy murder-mystery set just after WWII when rationing is still going on. 
£40 inc. three-course meal

Big Band Event For Dorothy House
Bath Rec, 29 June, 7-10pm
The rugby ground swells with a new sort of noise, as The Park Lane Big Band put on a charity gig.
£26

Vintage Bazaar
Cheese and Grain, Frome, 30 June, 9am-3pm
Fabrics, clothing, accessories and more.
£2 adults

Yellow Submarine
Little Theatre, Bath, 8 July, 11am and 6pm
The Beatles' 1968 psychedelic animated classic returns to the big screen. Attendees at the Little also get a special collector's pack with stickers and cards.

Murder Mystery Evening
Swindon and Cricklade Railway, 13 July, 7:30pm
Unleash your inner Poirot and take part in this murder mystery on the railway.
Prebooking essential. Price includes two-course buffet and tea/coffee; pay bar available

Kids For A Quid
Swindon and Cricklade Railway, 14-15 July
Give the nippers an affordable day out.

Chippenham Vintage Carnival
Chippenham Town Centre, 14 June, 12 noon-8pm
I'm honestly not sure what the vintage element of this is, but that's how they've billed it, and it certainly looks traditional.

Steam, Cider and Sausages
Swindon and Cricklade Railway, 21-22 July
What a perfect combination!

Secret Spy Trail
American Museum, Bath, 21-22, 24-31 July and 1-19 August, 10am-5pm
Can you crack the code, solve the puzzles and become WWI's greatest secret agent?
£2.50 per trail (includes prize)

WWI at The Rifles Museum
The Wardrobe, 58 The Close, Salisbury, 26 July
Event commemorating the end of the First World War, including challenges and dressing up.
FREE

Salisbury Vintage Market
Guildhall Square, Salisbury, 27 July
Pop along and rummage through vintage and bric-a-brac with live musical accompaniment.

Steaming Weekend
Crofton Beam Engines, nr Marlborough, 28-9 July
See the oldest working steam engines in the world still doing the job they were built to do.
 
Rock and Roll Revolution
Wyvern Theatre, Swindon, 5 August, 7:30pm
The Bluejays bring the music of the late 1950s to life.
£23.50; see website for concessions and discounts

Vintage and Sensational 60s Weekend
Swindon and Cricklade Railway, 11-12 August, 10:30am-5pm
It's like Beeching never wrecked the railways!

Northern Soul Live
Trowbridge Civic, 11 August, 7:30pm
The Edwin Starr Band are keeping things cool...
£22.50, £20 concessions

The Elvis Presley Show
Consti Club, Chippenham, 18 August, 8:30pm
Tribute to the King.
£6 members, £8 non-members

Textiles Fair
American Museum, Bath, 18-19 August, 10-4pm
Now two days long, this is a treasure trove of antique and vintage textiles, notions and yarn.

Here Come The Doughboys
American Museum, Bath, 25-27 August, 10am-4pm
To tie in with the museum's 'Side By side' exhibition, meet an American serviceman, or 'doughboy', and discover what life was like for soldiers on the Western Front.

Knit For Victory
American Museum, Bath, 26 August, 1-4pm
To tie in with the museum's WWI exhibition, your chance to learn something new while discovering how knitting contributed to the American War effort.

Children's Treasure Hunt
Swindon and Cricklade Railway, 27-28 August
As though the magnificent trains weren't treasure enough.

Salisbury Vintage Market
Guildhall Square, Salisbury, 31 August
Pop along and rummage through vintage and bric-a-brac with live musical accompaniment.

Murder Mystery Evening
Swindon and Cricklade Railway, 31 August 2018, 7:30pm
Unleash your inner Poirot and take part in this murder mystery on the railway.
Prebooking essential. Price includes two-course buffet and tea/coffee; pay bar available

Wartime Weekend
Swindon and Cricklade Railway, 8-9 September, 10:30-5pm
A long-running event for 40s enthusiasts, train lovers... and everyone else.

The Hundred Watt Club
City Hall, Salisbury, 15 September, 8pm
The burlesque and cabaret show celebrates all things 1980s. Over 18s only.
£17 in advance, £20 on the door

Bringing On Back the 60s
Wyvern Theatre, Swindon, 21 September, 7:30pm
New Amen Corner and guests perform classics from the swinging 60s.
£21.50; see website for discounts and concessions

Kids For A Quid
Swindon and Cricklade Railway, 22-23 September
Give the nippers an affordable day out.

Salisbury Vintage Market
Guildhall Square, Salisbury, 28 September
Pop along and rummage through vintage and bric-a-brac with live musical accompaniment.

The Matt Munro Story
Wyvern Theatre, Swindon, 28 September, 7:30pm
Matt Munro Jr performs the songs his father made famous.
£26; see website for discounts and concessions

The World Famous Elvis Show
City Hall, Salisbury, 28 September, 7:30pm
Is it Elvis who's famous (well, duh!) or the show? Either way, you can enjoy a feast of the King's greatest hits.
£28

Railways on the Air
Swindon and Cricklade Railway, 29-30 September
A new event. I'll try to find out what this one involves!

Knit For Victory
American Museum, Bath, 30 September, 1-4pm
To tie in with the museum's WWI exhibition, your chance to learn something new while discovering how knitting contributed to the American War effort.

Crooners
Civic Centre, Trowbridge, 5 October, 7:30
A comedy musical in which three very British gents attempt to defend crooning in our modern world with heaps of 50s-style big band swing.
£24.50

Shoulder Arms
American Museum, Bath, 20 October, 6pm-12 midnight
To tie in with the museum's WWI exhibition, and for the film's 100th anniversary, a showing of Charlie Chaplin's silent comedy Shoulder Arms.
£10

Salisbury Vintage Market
Guildhall Square, Salisbury, 26 October
Pop along and rummage through vintage and bric-a-brac with live musical accompaniment.

Halloween Ghost Train
Swindon and Cricklade Railway, 26-27 October, 6pm-8:45pm
Wiltshire's heritage railway gets spooky after sundown.

Vintage Bazaar
Cheese and Grain, Frome, 27 October, 9am-3pm
Fabrics, clothing, accessories and more.
£2 adults

End of WWI Centenary Party
Consti Club, Chippenham, 11 November, 5:30pm
Vintage music and a traditional fish and chip supper.
£10

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

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