Thousands flock to Port Solent for its first Retro Rewind event


Thousands flock to Port Solent for its first Retro Rewind event

Last weekend waterside leisure destination, Port Solent welcomed thousands of visitors to its first Retro Rewind event, a brand new festival celebrating a range of eras across the 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s.

Throughout the day, visitors had the chance to learn how to swing dance from the Swing Dance Company, enjoy a traditional Punch and Judy show and jump and jive to a fantastic line-up of live music.  

The music included everything from an assortment of nostalgic bands, including Portsmouth-based retro covers band The Shakeups, rock ‘n’ roll band The Rock ‘A’ Toons to swing singer Miss Amy Baker and her Swing Band plus the sassy dynamic duo The Vintage Sweethearts. 

Visitors were also able to peruse an array of retro goods at a vintage-style market filled with old timey stalls, as well as a brilliant display of classic cars. Plus, the fantastically fun, eight feet tall, Bridie the Tea Lady, who previously featured on Britain’s Got Talent, was dancing with her cake trolley. Gracie Ann’s Tea Room also provided afternoon tea outside The Trading Post so visitors could enjoy the entertainment while indulging in some English favourites.

Lisa Fowler, Events and Marketing Manager, said: “We’re delighted the first Retro Rewind event was a great success.  The amount of people dancing was incredible and they didn’t stop all day. It’s the first event of this kind we’ve held and it’s obviously proved really popular.”

“Our new event Retro Rewind was a great success. It brought together lovers of all things from the past to enjoy a bit of history in a fun and upbeat way. It was a great day and jam-packed with activities for all the family.

“We encouraged everyone to recreate their favourite pin-up look, comb that quiff, and grab their dancing shoes to join us for a fun-filled day of nostalgia.”