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!
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.

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

Strictly Modern 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


Victorian Cream Teas
Sensory Garden (behind the Town Hall), Trowbridge, 4 August 2017, 2-4pm
Trowbridge Museum hosts cream teas in the Sensory Garden, complete with Victorian games for children.

The Overtures
Marlborough College, 4 August 2017, 8pm
Playing every aspect of 60s pop, from the early Beatles to the Beach Boys and the Rolling Stones.

Carter's Steam Fair
Victoria Park, Bath, 5-20 August
Have a go on gorgeous steam-driven fairground rides - and they're even transported on vintage lorries. This is the funfair of your dreams.

Martha Reeves and the Vandellas
Komedia, Bath, 10 August 2017
The legendary 60s Motown group hit Bath. We'll be Dancing In The Street.
From £28.50

Steam and Vintage Weekend
Swindon and Cricklade Railway, 12-13 August 2017
Enjoy seeing all manner of steam and vintage vehicles, as well as the lovely trains.

Jazz Age Film: The Great Gatsby
Little Theatre, Bath, 14 August 2017, 8:30pm
The Little Theatre and American museum are showing a series of jazz age or jazz-age-set films to celebrate the latter's current exhibition. This is the Luhrmann version of F Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel.
£7, £6 concessions, £5 members
Lacock at War
Lacock, 19-20 August 2017
Massive WWII weekend organised by the West Wilts Military Vehicle Trust. The town setting makes this one of the best events of its kind in Wiltshire.

Festival of Flight
Blakehill Farm, Cricklade, 19 August 2017 11am-4pm
Free event celebrating Blakehill Nature Reserve's time as an airfield. Includes jazz from Sweet Swing and WWII RAF re-enactment.

Textiles Fair
American Museum, Bath, 19 August 2017, 11am-5pm
Antique, vintage and world textiles for sale - ideal for retro sewists.

The Reverbs
Melksham Assembly Hall, 19 August 2017
Rock'n'roll band. Hosted by Melksham Rock'n'Roll Club.

Family Fun: Fat Sam's Grand Slam
American Museum, Bath, 24 August 2017, 12-3pm
Make fedoras and flapper headbands and enjoy a showing of Bugsy Malone. Ties in with the Jazz Age exhibition running till 29 October.
Included in Gardens Admission price.

Steaming Weekend
Crofton Beam Engines, 26-28 August 2017
See the world's oldest still-operational steam-powered beam engines in action.

Family Fun: Action!
American Museum, Bath, 31 August 2017, 12-3pm
Storyboard your own 1920s movie. Ties in with the Jazz Age exhibition running till 29 October.
Included in Gardens Admission price.

Tea Dance
Trowbridge Town Hall, 31 August 2017, 2pm
Shake a leg - an experienced teacher is on hand if you don't know how to dance. They take bookings; I've no idea if it's best to book or walk-ins are okay.
£5 (including tea/coffee and cake)

Professor Elemental
Trowbridge Town Hall, 1 September 2017, 8:30pm
The king of chap-hop brings his steampunk stylings to the formerly steam-powered mill town, performing in the gorgeous Victorian Town Hall.
£10 in advance, £12 on the door

Murder Mystery Evening
Swindon and Cricklade Railway, 1 September 2017
Can you work out whodunnit?
Prebooking essential - see website.

The Paul Da Vinci 60s/70s Explosion
Chapel Arts, Bath, 1 September 2017, 7:30pm
Swinging sounds
£15 in advance, £17 on door

The Pleasure Grounds, Warminster, 2 September 2017
Steampunk and Victorian fete.

Kids for a Quid
Swindon and Cricklade Railway, 2-3 September 2017
Kids go cheap on this lovely vintage railway line.

Wartime Weekend
Swindon and Cricklade Railway, 9-10 September 2017
Always a wonderful event: a second world war experience with vintage trains too.

1920s Dance Workshop
American Museum, Bath, 23 September 2017, 10:30-12:30pm
Get a lesson in Jazz Age moves from the Showgirl Academy. Ties in with the Jazz Age exhibition running till 29 October.
£10, pre-booking essential

Melksham Assembly Hall, 23 September 2017
Rock'n'roll band. Hosted by Melksham Rock'n'Roll Club.

Steam Gala
Crofton Beam Engines, 23-24 September 2017
See the world's oldest still-operational steam-powered beam engines in action.

A Touch of Mrs Robinson
Chapel Arts, Bath, 1 October 2017, doors 7:30
Discover the hidden history of ur-cougar Mrs Robinson, from 50s college girl to frustrated 70s suburban wife.
£15 in advance, £17 on door

Prohibition Ball
American Museum, Bath, 7 October 2017, 7:30-10:30pm
Ball at the Museum followed by after-party in Bath. Dress to seriously impress. Ties in with the Jazz Age exhibition running till 29 October.
£15, pre-booking essential

All or Nothing: Edana Minghella Quartet Celebrates Billie Holliday
Chapel Arts, Bath, 7 October 2017, doors 7:30
An homage to the genius of Lady Day.
£15 in advance, £17 on door

Elvis 56 and the If I Can Dream Band
Chapel Arts, Bath, 21 October 2017, doors 7:30
The European Elvis Championship finalist and backing band resurrect The King for you.
£17 in advance, £19 on door

Catfish Kings
Melksham Assembly Hall, 23 October 2017
Rock'n'roll band. Hosted by Melksham Rock'n'Roll Club.

Halloween Ghost Train
Swindon and Cricklade Railway, 27-28 October 2017
Vintage trains after dark, to put some steam into your scares.

20th Century decorative arts auction
Wessex Auction Rooms, Chippenham, 27 October 2017
Pick up something nice for your home.

Ministry of Burlesque Cabaret
Komedia, Bath, 27 October 2017
Comedy, song, and sauce. Lineup TBA.

The Vintage Home Show
The Pavilion, Bath, 4 November 2017
Your chance to pick up some midcentury goodness for your home - the furniture is fantastic.

Hello, I'm Johnny Cash
Chapel Arts, Bath, 4 November 2017
Tribute to the Man In Black.
£15 in advance, £17 on door

The Elvis Years
Civic Hall, Trowbridge, 10 November 2017
Multiple costume changes mean you can enjoy the full sweep of Elvis' career in this tribute show.

Morgan and West: Parlour Tricks
Trowbridge Town Hall, 10 November 2017, 7:30pm
The time-travelling magicians put on a fun evening of entertainment.
£11, £9 concessions

The Kingcats
Melksham Assembly Hall, 18 November 2017
Rock'n'roll band. Hosted by Melksham Rock'n'Roll Club.

Trowbridge Town Hall, 24 November 2017, 7:30pm
The statue of Churchill on Parliament Square comes alive for an hour to reminisce about the great man's life.
£11, £9 concessions

Santa Specials
Swindon and Cricklade Railway, 25-26 November, 2-3, 9-10 and 16-17 December 2017
Father Christmas takes to the rails for some festive fun.

Untamed Burlesque
Chapel Arts, Bath, 2 December 2017, doors 7:30
Really good lineup of ooh la la for you here, including the fabulous Oh Carolina!
£12 in advance, £15 on door

Bye Bye Baby
Civic Hall, Trowbridge, 3 December 2017
Christmas show featuring the music of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.

A Christmas Carol
Town Hall, Trowbridge, 8 December 2017, 7pm
Pantaloons Theatre Company present a new adaptation of the seasonal classic.

The Class of '58
Melksham Assembly Hall, 16 December 2017
Rock'n'roll band. Hosted by Melksham Rock'n'Roll Club.

Super Sonic 70s Show
Civic Hall, Trowbridge, 30 December 2017
Live acts, but a party atmosphere, and all your favourite 70s choons.