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)
Tea Dance
Trowbridge Town Hall, 22 Feb, 2pm
Come and shake a leg and enjoy a cuppa. Teacher Mike Freke is on hand to help out if you don't know your foxtrot from your quickstep.
£5 inc. tea and cake

That'll Be The Day
Wyvern Theatre, Swindon, 3 March, 7:30pm
The popular rock 'n' roll show returns.
£28

Bowie Experience: The Golden Years Tour 
Wyvern Theatre, Swindon, 10 March, 7:30pm
Strap on your platforms and stomp back to Bowie's greatest period.
£27.50; see website for concessions

Mother's Day
Swindon and Cricklade Railway, 11 March
Take mum for a trip on a train.

Crimes Under The Sun
Swindon Arts Centre, 13 March, 7:30pm
Comedy thriller inspired by Golden Age crime novels. A (fatal) touch of the riviera in Spring!
£16.50, see website for concessions

The Upbeat Beatles
Wyvern Theatre, Swindon, 16 March, 7:30pm
The Faux Four perform the Beatles' greatest hits.
£21.50; see website for group discounts

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.

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

Kids For A Quid
Swindon and Cricklade Railway, 18 March
Give the nippers an affordable day out.

Birdsong
Wyvern Theatre, Swindon, 20-24 March
Stage play based on Sebastian Faulks' WWI-set novel.
See website for times, prices and discounts

Tea Dance
Trowbridge Town Hall, 22 Mar 2018, 2pm
Come and shake a leg and enjoy a cuppa. Teacher Mike Freke is on hand to help out if you don't know your foxtrot from your quickstep.
£5 inc. tea and cake

Knit For Victory
American Museum, Bath, 25 March, 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.

Judy and Liza
Wyvern Theatre, Swindon, 25 March
Live performances backed with photos and movie clips celebrating the sensational voices of mother and daughter.
£28.50; see website for discounts

The Easter Egg-Spress
Swindon and Cricklade Railway, 30 March-2 April
Special easter trips on Wiltshire's heritage railway.
Check website for prices and details of which days are steam and which are diesel.

Here Come The Doughboys
American Museum, Bath, 30 March-2 April, 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.

Remembering Fred
Wyvern Theatre, Swindon, 3-4 April
Two Strictly Come Dancing stars bring their show celebrating the performances of Fred Astaire.
From £27; see website for details

Walk Right Back
Civic Centre, Trowbridge, 5 April, 7:30pm
The Everly Brothers story comes to Trow.
£21.50, £20.50 concessions

Why Did The US Enter The War?
American Museum, Bath, 6 April, 7pm
To tie in with the museum's 'Side By side' exhibition, LSE Professor David Stevenson talks about the US war effort.
£10

The Bob Dylan Story
Swindon Arts Centre, 11 April, 8pm
Show recreating the energy of Bob in his 60s heyday.
£20.50; see website for discounts

Barry Steele and Friends - The Roy Orbison Story
Civic Centre, Trowbridge, 14 April, 7:30pm
Tells the tale of his music from its 50s beginnings to the Travelling Wilburys.
£21, £20 in advance

42nd Street
Wyvern Theatre, Swindon, 13-15 April
The classic musical, presented by Tanwood Youth Theatre with full orchestra.
From £17; see website for times, prices, and discounts

The Bootleg Shadows
Swindon Arts Centre, 14 April, 7:30pm
Keeping the rock 'n' roll sound of the British guitar heroes alive.
£21.50

Vintage Bazaar
Cheese and Grain, Frome, 28 April, 9am-3pm
Fabrics, clothing, accessories and more.
£2 adults

An American On The Western Front
American Museum, Bath, 28 April, 7pm
To tie in with the museum's 'Side By side' exhibition, author Patrick Gregory tells the story of the young student who carried America's first official government flag to France.
£10

Knit For Victory
American Museum, Bath, 29 April, 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.

Kids For A Quid
Swindon and Cricklade Railway, 5-7 May
Give the nippers an affordable day out.

Tommy's War
American Museum, Bath, 5-6 May, 10-4pm
To tie in with the museum's WWI exhibition, the lives of British soldiers on the Western Front are brought to life.

New Members' Weekend
Swindon and Cricklade Railway, 12-13 May
A special weekend for supporters of Wiltshire's heritage railway.

Swing Birds
Wyvern Theatre, Swindon, 13 May, 7:30pm
Swindon's all-female big band swinging out.
£16, concessions £13.50

Diesel Gala
Swindon and Cricklade Railway, 19-20 May
There's more to classic trains than steam - go along to see the magnificence of diesel.

Morgan and West: Time Travelling Magicians
Swindon Arts Centre, 25 May, 7:30pm
The Victorian magicians bring their tricks to Swindon.
£14.50; see website for discounts

Real Ale And Cider Festival
Swindon and Cricklade Railway, 26-28 May
Enjoy a traditional pint or three as well as a ride on a train.

No Man's Land: An American Story
American Museum, Bath, 26-28 May, 10-4pm
To tie in with the museum's WWI exhibition, students from Bath Spa perform a piece showing the impact of the conflict on the young men who served.

Knit For Victory
American Museum, Bath, 27 May, 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.

Vintage Nostalgia
Stockton, 1-3 June
Discounted early bird tickets for this lovely vintage festival are now on sale.

Legend - The Music of Bob Marley
Wyvern Theatre, Swindon, 1 June
The timeless music of the reggae superstar
£26; see website for concessions and discounts

That'll Be The Day
Wyvern Theatre, Swindon, 7 June
The rock 'n' roll variety show is back in Swindon.
£28

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

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

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

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.)

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

Vintage Bazaar
Cheese and Grain, Frome, 30 June 2018 9am-3pm
Fabrics, clothing, accessories and more.
£2 adults

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.

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)

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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!