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Published: April 25, 2022 | Updated: April 26, 2022

Poole set to go vintage while popular Shake & Stir prepares for a return visit to Southbourne

Flashback to the 2021 Poole Goes Vintage. Picture: Mike Gardiner Photography.
By Andrew Diprose, editor

Prepare to don your glad rags with the return of Southbourne’s popular Shake & Stir Festival and also Poole Goes Vintage.

Shake and Stir Festival returns to Fisherman’s Walk on Saturday June 25 and Sunday June 26.

The annual festival features vintage fashion, local traders and live music playing the sounds of the 1920s, 1970s and everything in between.

This year, the celebration will also be raising money for the Friends of Fisherman’s Walk. 

A fortnight later Poole Goes Vintage is back on Poole Quay on Saturday July 9 and Sunday July 10.

It will include live music with music from the 1940s to 1960s.

Other attractions include a vintage fashion show across both days, fairground rides, stalls and face painting for children as well as traders selling vintage clothing, jewellery and gifts.

Motor enthusiasts can enjoy the Classic Car Exhibition and Show and Shine Competition with cars managed by South Coast Cruisers. 

The celebration of all things vintage will be managed by Stir Events in partnership with BCP Council with funding from Festival Coast Live. 

Mandy Polkey, Managing Director of Stir Events, said: “We’re really looking forward to hosting this vintage spectacular on Poole Quay this July.

“It’s such a wonderful opportunity for locals, visitors, and the business community to come together and celebrate Poole and all things vintage.

“A great day out for everyone.” 

Southbourne’s Shake & Stir Festival has delighted visitors for almost a decade, attracting 22,000 people last year.

The festival’s popularity is attributed in part to the range and quality of the live music, vintage themed workshops and classic car displays.

Retro Rita at the 2021 Shake & Stir Festival. Picture: Paul Thompson, Oak Photography.

This year’s musical highlights include the Swing Unlimited Big Band, Phil Halley and The Comments, Be Bop A Lula – Gene Vincent Tribute, Andy Kennet as Elvis and Andy Shailer, Crazy Rhythm Jukebox in the DJ vinyl booth with MR D DJ Dave Norrell as MC on the band stand.  

Shake & Stir Festival is also organised by Stir Events.

Mandy, pictured left, said: “Community is such a massive part of Shake & Stir.

“It’s the heritage and origin of the festival so I’m really excited to see the vintage lovers and local community celebrating together.

“With live music stages and over 80 local and artisan traders getting involved through performances and stalls, it will be the fabulous, fun-filled weekend we know and love.”

To find out more information about Poole Goes Vintage, click here.

Sponsors include Festival Coast Live, Poole Quay Hotel, Oak Photography, Locals Own, Warrior Agency, BCP Council, Pulford Publicity and Hot Radio. 

Shake & Stir’s website is here.

Sponsors include Bootleg Liquor (priority sponsor), Comm Group – Care and Hospitality, Warrior Agency, Party Boutique, Yellow Buses, Helpful Hounds Assistance Dogs, Vivien of Holloway, Oak Photography, Pumpkin and The Tribe, Hot Radio, Pulford Publicity, Bournemouth Mortgages, The Grove Tavern, Phoenix Digital, BH Area Hospitality Association and The Wonky Table.