If you’re a fan of vintage fashion, music, cars, crafts or the 1920s – 1970s’ lifestyle in general, Shake and Stir Vintage Festival from 30 June to 2 July is the place for you this summer. Southbourne’s vintage music, dance, food and drink festival takes over the town for a whole weekend, shutting down the main high street to make room for stalls, entertainment and competitions to get everyone in the festival spirit.
Classic community spirit
Now in its fifth year, this striking, free, family event brings together talented vintage musicians, classic cars, motorbikes and bicycles and combines retro entertainment with a mouth-watering mix of local food and drink.
On Friday 30th June, the Cliff House Hotel hosts a special Friday night party night to kick-start the celebrations. It’s free to come along and enjoy vintage vocal harmony trio The Bluestockings and there will be a hog roast bar and shake and stir cocktails on the menu.
Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd July sees two packed days of fun and entertainment across several festival sites including Fisherman’s Walk, a stage at Southbourne Grove and along Southbourne high street too. Various acts performing across the weekend include Bourne to Swing, Jitterbug Jive, Rip it Up and The Land Girls, with local dance schools and choirs adding to the community festival vibe.
If you’ve got a penchant for the past, why don’t you grab your vintage garb (not compulsory – but certainly encouraged!) and swing, jump, jive, rock and roll down to Southbourne? You never know, you might just become this year’s Shake and Stir Vintage King or Queen!