What's on in Vintage Wiltshire

A listing of Wiltshire and East Somerset vintage, steampunk and retro events

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

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



ONE OFF/IRREGULAR EVENTS (in date order)


Wyvern Theatre, Swindon, 21 April 2017
All this hits from one of the biggest bands of all time.
£21.50

London Swing Orchestra
Wiltshire Music Centre, Bradford-on-Avon, 23 April 2017, 3pm
English-themed hits from the 1930s and 1940s to celebrate St George's Day.
£20, students/under-18s £10

Tea Dance
Trowbridge Town Hall, 27 April 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)

Afternoon Tea Dance
Salisbury Guildhall, 28 April 2-5pm
Music from Sticky Toffee Jazz and John Challenger, Assistant Director of Music at Salisbury Cathedral.
£10

Kids for a Quid
Swindon and Cricklade Railway, 29 April-1 May 2017
Vintage trains - take the family for less.

Rockin' the Joint
Melksham Assembly Hall, 29 April 2017
Rock'n'roll band. Hosted by Melksham Rock'n'Roll Club.

Steaming Weekend
Crofton Beam Engines, 29 April-1 May 2017
See the world's oldest still-operational steam-powered beam engines in action.

Rain, Speed and Steam!
Richard Jefferies Museum, Swindon, 3 May, 1-3pm
A family afternoon of trains and storymaking. Part of the Swindon Festival of Literature.
£5 per family (rides on the mini-train £2 per person)

Vintage Brocante
Larmer Tree, Salisbury, 1 May
'Brocante' being posh for 'fleamarket'. Ah, Salisbury, never change...

Before the Party
Salisbury Playhouse, 4-27 May 2017
Play based on Somerset Maugham's short story about upper-middle-class life post-WWII.
£9.50-£25

Death of a Salesman
Theatre Royal, Bath, 9-13 May 2017
Arthur Miller's award-winning 1940s play about the dark side of the American Dream.
Check theatre website for times/ticket prices

Remembering Fred
Wyvern Theatre, Swindon, 10-11 May 2017
Song and dance celebrating the magical performances of Fred Astaire. Includes live band, singers and supporting dancers.
From £21.50

Time-Travelling Magicians
Trowbridge Town Hall, 12 May 2017, 7pm
Morgan and West's Victorian magic show is great fun - I saw it years ago at a steampunk festival.
£10, £8 concessions

Syd Lawrence Orchestra: Golden Night of Swing
Wyvern Theatre, Swindon, 12 May 2017
Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the UK's most successful big band.
£22.50

Aerobilia
Boscombe Down Aviation Collection, Salisbury, 13 May
Like old planes, or in search of a re-enactment uniform? This is the sale for you!

Swing Birds
Swindon Arts Centre, 14 May 2017
All-female big band swings into town.
£14.50

Live On Mars
City Hall, Salisbury, 17 May 2017, 8pm
Not a Gene Hunt in sight; this is a tribute to David Bowie, including hits from the 70s and 80s.
£24.50

Jools Holland and His Rhythm and Blues Orchestra
City Hall, Salisbury, 17 May 2017
Jools and the team bring their fabulous bluesy show to Salisbury. I saw them last year, and they're great live.
From £37

City Hall, Salisbury, 17 May 2017, 7:30pm
New production of the rock'n'roll variety show - music from the 50s to 80s.
From £23.50

Bringing on Back the 60s
Wyvern Theatre, Swindon, 19 May 2017
The New Amen Corner and guests revive the decade that never really died.
£21.50

The Roosters
Melksham Assembly Hall, 20 May 2017
Rock'n'roll band. Hosted by Melksham Rock'n'Roll Club.

Patsy Cline and Friends
Civic Hall, Trowbridge, 21 May 2017, 7:30pm
Vintage country tribute acts: Patsy Cline, Jim Reeves and Hank Williams.
£18, £17 concessions

The Jive Aces
Chapel Arts, Bath, 25 May 2017
The UK's no. 1 jive and swing band comes to Bath.
£17.50, £16 in advance

Tea Dance
Trowbridge Town Hall, 25 May 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)

Chalke Valley History Festival
26 June-2 July
Details to be confirmed

Real ale and cider festival
Swindon and Cricklade Railway, 27-29 May 2017
Booze, a jazz band and heritage trains - what more could you ask for?

Steaming Weekend
Crofton Beam Engines, 27-29 May 2017
See the world's oldest still-operational steam-powered beam engines in action.

Morgan and West
Salisbury arts Centre, 28 May, 8pm
The time-travelling musicians bring their hilarious show to Salisbury.
From £12.50

Wartime Wallop 2017
Museum of Army Flying, Stockbridge, Hampshire, 29 May
Venture just over the border for a day of re-enactment and impressive air displays.

Clare Teal - Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald
Salisbury Playhouse, 31 May, 7:30pm
The jazz vocalist performs some of the ultimate jazz singer's hits.
From £22.50

All You Need Is The Beatles
Chapel Arts, Bath, 1 June 2017
Concert celebrating the 50th anniversary of Sgt Pepper.
£20, £17.50 in advance

Vintage Nostalgia Show
Wylye Valley, near Warminster, 2-4 June 2017
Fantastic weekender. Now with glamping and showers as well as fab music and great shopping.
£32 one adult (weekend ticket) - see website for full range of prices

Kids for a Quid
Swindon and Cricklade Railway, 10-11 June 2017
Take the nippers for a cheap day out on heritage trains.

Dig For Victory Show
North Somerset Showground, 10-11 June
It's over the border in Somerset, but this is one of the biggest 40s events in the south-west, and you can camp there too.
Prices vary according to number of days/party size; see website.


The Addams Family
Theatre Royal, Bath, 13-17 June 2017
The creepiest, kookiest, altogether spookiest, musical comes to Bath.
Check theatre website for times/prices

Murder Mystery Evening
Swindon and Cricklade Railway, 16 June 2017
Play your role and solve the crime!
Prebooking essential - see website.

Rock Back The Clock
Melksham Assembly Hall, 17 June 2017
Rock'n'roll band. Hosted by Melksham Rock'n'Roll Club.

Upbeat Beatles
Civic Hall, Trowbridge, 17 June 2017
Enjoy music from a Faux but nonetheless rather Fab Four.
£19.50

GBH Big Band with Lifted Voices Choir
Wiltshire Music Centre, Bradford-on-Avon, 18 June 2017, 3pm
Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf arranged for Big Band.
£15, students/under 18's £5, kid-a-quid £1

Twelfth Night
Salisbury Playhouse, 20-24 June 2017
Shakespeare's classic play is given a jazzy 1920s setting.
£10-£25

Tea Dance
Trowbridge Town Hall, 22 June 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)

The Magic of Motown
City Hall, Salisbury, 24 June 2017, 8pm
10th anniversary tour of the show devoted to the music of the Supremes, Stevie Wonder and other superb artists.
From £24.50

Steaming Weekend
Crofton Beam Engines, 24-25 June 2017
See the world's oldest still-operational steam-powered beam engines in action.

The Carpenters Story
City Hall, Salisbury, 24 June 2017, 8pm
Celebrating the hits of the 70s duo.
From £21.50

Murder Mystery Evening
Swindon and Cricklade Railway, 14 July 2017
Unleash your inner Miss Marple/Hercule Poirot on a vintage train.
Prebooking essential - see website.

Steam, cider and sausages
Swindon and Cricklade Railway, 15-16 July 2017
Three of Wiltshire's finest products celebrated at this lovely heritage railway.

Cool Britannia! A ride through the swinging 60s
Trowbridge Town Hall, 21 July 2017, 7:30pm
The 20th Century Foxes, who regularly perform at Chapel Arts in Bath, bring their blend of music and fun to Trowbridge.
£10

Kids for a Quid
Swindon and Cricklade Railway, 22-23 July 2017
Fun for all the family - at a reduced price.

The Alleycats
Melksham Assembly Hall, 22 July 2017
Rock'n'roll band. Hosted by Melksham Rock'n'Roll Club.

Tea Dance
Trowbridge Town Hall, 27 July 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)

Steaming Weekend
Crofton Beam Engines, 29-30 July 2017
See the world's oldest still-operational steam-powered beam engines in action.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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)

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

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.

Vintage
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.

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.

Rockabilly Western
Chippenham, 28 October
I'm still trying to find out more about this, but the Delray Rockets are definitely playing, and I've got my fingers crossed for a full weekender as it's hosted by the people behind the Eddie Cochrane celebrations.

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.
£20.50

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

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.

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

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.
£19