Excitement is mounting as the Vintage and Retro Festival at the Brunel Centre in Swindon on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd March.
In addition to the display of around 30 vintage cars and motorbikes, there will be live music and dancing at locations throughout the town centre.
At 11am and 2pm on Saturday and Sunday, shoppers can learn to jive for free at the 1940s teach-in on the stage in the Brunel Arcade. In the Brunel Plaza (upstairs outside Boots) there will be performances of 1950s style dance, again with a chance for shoppers to join in and learn the dances. These will take place at noon and 3pm on both days.
There will be entertainment outside the centre too with busking sessions from Ode and The BeBops outside Argos in Wharf Green from noon on Saturday, plus Josie and The Outlaw who will be situated outside of Debenhams from 1pm on Saturday. The popular band will be busking to raise money for Charity Goldenhar Family Support UK.
Throughout Sunday 2nd March there will be regular busking from 11.30am outside of Argos in Wharf Green and at the Water Feature on the junction of Regent Street and Canal Walk with bands and performers such as Imperial G Men, Charlie Anne, The Taillights and Roadhouse Roosters.
On the evening of Saturday 1st March there will be a family-friendly ticket-only live music event starting at 6.30pm. Bands performing include: Sugar Belles, Josie and The Outlaw, Hot Tin Roofs and Gene Gamble and the Shufflers. Tickets are on sale from the Centre Management Offices, The Brunel at £5 per ticket or £15 for a family ticket (2 adults and 2 children under 16).
Other activities happening during the weekend include fashion shows, hair and make-up demonstrations plus a marquee with stalls selling bric-a-brac, jewellery and collectables.
Look our for a Diana Dors lookalike in various places through the weekend, commemorating the Swindon film star, who died in May 30 years ago.
Swindon historians are taking over a shop in Havelock Street (near Costa Coffee) to exhibit all manner of Swindon made memorabilia, models, rarely seen GWR/BR drawings, books and photographs and a classic Ford Capri.
There will be a display on how Swindon is marking the start of the First World War nearly 100 years ago and the chance to purchase the Spring edition of Swindon Heritage, featuring famed artist and muralist Ken White on the cover.
See more details at www.thebrunel.co.uk
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