Two people wearing vintage clothes and dancing and the shake and stir festival

Shake & Stir Vintage Music Festival

Southbourne was buzzing on Sunday 8th August with visitors heading to Fisherman’s Walk to attend the much-loved and much-missed Shake & Stir Festival. The setting under the trees seemed to add a new dimension to the event as we wandered through the treelined walkway admiring the stands selling colourful vintage clothing and original paintings of rockstars through the ages. There was even a vintage photo stall where you could have your photo taken in the style of a bygone era.  

Around us were people dressed in vintage costumes and I was particularly impressed by the hairstyles and wondered how they had created such fabulous up-dos! I spotted a man dressed in vintage military uniform and when the 1940s music began, he was in his element. We enjoyed watching all those dressed for the era as they came to life on the dancefloor in particular the Lindy Hop Club as they danced their hearts out! There were 2 stages at either end of Fisherman’s Walk and so the entertainment was non-stop. Then it was time for Rockin’ The Joint who soon had everyone tapping their feet again. Feeling peckish we stood in line for a gourmet grilled cheese sandwich with a side of pickle and we felt transported away from the 21st century for a brief time. It was good to be out!