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

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)


 2017!

Private Lives
Wyvern Theatre, Swindon, 5-7 October 2017
Noel Coward's sparkling 1930 comedy of romantic manners.
£19 - see website for concessions

Paul Beaver: Winkle Brown Chasing the Nazis
Salisbury Arts Centre, 6 Oct 2017
A talk on the nation's most successful test pilot.
£10, £9 concessions

The Singular Exploits of Sherlock Holmes
Town Hall, Trowbridge, 6 Oct 2017, 7:30pm
Sherlock recounts some of his greatest exploits in this one-man show.
£11 (£9 concessions)

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

A Murder Is Announced
Salisbury Playhouse, 9-14 October
Theatre production of Agatha Christie's classic Miss Marple novel.
Times and prices vary; see website for information.

The Ghost and Mrs Muir
Swindon Arts Centre, 18 October 2017
Gently spooky 1947 comedy (set in 1900) in which a widow moves into a haunted cottage.
£9

This Evil Thing
Salisbury Playhouse, 18-21 October 2017
Something you rarely see - the story of the men who said 'no' to war,
Times and prices vary; see website for information.

Vintage Bazaar
Cheese and Grain, 21 October 2017, Frome, 9am-3pm
Pick yourself up some vintage goodies - heaven for sewists!
£2

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.

The Wipers Times
Salisbury Playhouse, 23-28 October 2017
Live production of the story of how a group of WWI soldiers found a printing press and created a newspaper for the front lines.
Times and prices vary; see website for details.

The Flying Scotsman
Swindon Arts Centre, 26 October 2017, 7:30pm
Illustrated talk by David Parker about the restoration of the iconic train.
£14.50

Tea Dance
Trowbridge Town Hall, 26 Oct 2017, 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

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.

Songs that Won the War
Wyvern Theatre, Swindon, 29 October 2017, 2pm
A musical journey through the Second World War with the D-Day Darlings, backed by original film footage from the era.
£18.50

The Magic of Motown
Wyvern Theatre, Swindon, 29 October 2017, 7:30pm
Classic back-to-back Motown hits performed live.
£29.50

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

Solid Gold Rock 'n' Roll Show
Wyvern Theatre, Swindon, 8 November 2017, 7:30pm
Marty Wilde headlines, and Mark Wynter joins the lineup this year.
£33, see website for discounts and concessions.

Martha Reeves and the Vandellas
Salisbury City Hall, 9 November 2017, 7pm
The fantastic Motown girl (well, lady!) group hits Wiltshire.
£24.50

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

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

That'll Be The Day Christmas Show
Wyvern Theatre, Swindon, 10 November 2017, 7:30pm
Festive hits from the 1950s-70s, plus comedy in the rock'n'roll variety show.
£28

The Red Shoes
Little Theatre, Bath, 12 November 2017, 5:30pm
Powell and Pressburger's classic 1948 film in which a young ballerina's life comes to echo the role she's playing

The Sensational 60s Experience
Wyvern Theatre, Swindon, 12 November 2017, 7:30pm
Lineup includes Herman's Hermits and New Amen Corner.
£32

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

The King Is Back
Salisbury City Hall, 18 November 2017, 7:30pm
Elvis has entered the building... well, Elvis impersonator Ben Portsmouth will make you think he has.
£27.50

La Belle et la Bete
Little Theatre, Bath, 19 November 2017, 1pm
Exquisite 1946 French version of the Beauty and the Beast fairytale.

Churchill
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

Vintage Bazaar
Corn Exchange, Devizes, 25 November, 9am-3pm
Pick yourself up some vintage goodies - heaven for sewists!
£2

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.

Trowbridge Town Hall, 30 Nov 2017, 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

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.
£10

Christmas Cabaret
Wyvern Theatre, Swindon, 9 December 2017, 8pm
Vintage showgirls The Flaming Feathers host an evening of cabaret and burlesque.
£40 including Christmas dinner

Snow White and the Seven Dwarves
Little Theatre, Bath, 10 December 2017, 1pm
Eighty years on, Disney's classic animation is as enchanting as ever.

Terror in Tinseltown: Murder Mystery Dinner
Wyvern Theatre, Swindon, 15 December 2017, 7:30pm
It's 1925 and tragedy is about to strike at a masquerade party in Hollywood. Can you solve the murder as you dine?
£40 inc dinner

It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year
Chapel Arts, Bath, 15 December 2017, 7:30pm
A crooning cabaret with the 20th Century Foxes.
£17, £15 in advance

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

That'll Be The Day Christmas Show
Salisbury City Hall, 16 Dec 2017, 7:30pm
Festive hits from the 1950s-70s, plus comedy in the rock'n'roll variety show.
£26/£24, see website for concessions

The Singing Ringing Tree
Little Theatre, Bath, 17 December 2017, 1pm
I haven't seen this myself, but people who saw this East German production based on Grimm's fairy tales when the BBC showed it on kids' telly in the 1960s recall it as the stuff of nightmares. Find out for yourself!

Trowbridge Town Hall, 21 Dec 2017, 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

Super Sonic 70s Show
Civic Hall, Trowbridge, 30 December 2017
Live acts, but a party atmosphere, and all your favourite 70s choons.
£19


2018!
The Pasadena Roof Orchestra
Salisbury Playhouse, 12 January 2018
The ever-popular big band returns to Salisbury.
£22

Morgan and West, Time Travelling Magicians
Salisbury Playhouse, 16-20 January 2018
Magical fun with the 19th century magicians.
£13.50

Tea Dance
Trowbridge Town Hall, 25 Jan 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

Trowbridge Town Hall, 22 Feb 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

Crooners
Wyvern Theatre, Swindon, 8 March 2018, 7:30pm
Three modern crooners perform classic songs such as Fly Me To The Moon and Beyond The Sea.
£23.50, see website for concessions and discounts

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

Vintage Nostalgia
Stockton, 1-3 June 2018
Discounted early bird tickets for this lovely vintage festival are now on sale.