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Twisted Village Festival

Vicarage Farm, Woodmancott, Winchester, SO21 3BL

It was 2 hours after midnight and new moon-time dark when they arrived. Any villagers who were awake at that time may have heard the distant crunching of wooden wheels on gravel, the tiniest tinkling of bells, a creaking of ancient canvas and the gentle whisper of wishes and dreams blowing in on the breeze. Otherwise the night was silent as a nun.

Until that night, it was a quiet place where not much happened. There was happiness, kinship and friendship, but no change.

The village folk knew no other life, yet there were those among them who secretly yearned for something more, something curious, something strange.

It only took one wish, the smallest wish for something other, to bring them to the village. A wish that grew and blew, out of the valley, through faraway tree tops, carried on a kind wind only to be heard by the sharpest of ears, used to the words in the wish. Words that made them stop, turn from their original destination then follow the trail back to the source of the wish.

When the visitors came there had followed the slightest sound of a gentle twist as the village changed, shifted and became something new, something more, something other…

When the villagers awoke (some at dawn, some not) the first of the morning air they breathed that day, and for the three days thereafter, had a different taste.

From the edge of the wood where the visitors rested, the light shone more brightly, a new colour had seeped through the trees and into the homes of the willing (and not so willing) villagers.

And so they came – with their dancing and gin, feathers and fables, music and laughter, fire and light, costumes and charm, glitter and song, cartwheels and cocktails, kindness and joy, and their otherness.

So it was that the wish came true – the visitors and villagers danced, played, laughed, sang and made merry and new friendships were forged. When the revelries had ended the happy wanderers left as silently as they came, leaving not a trace; leaving nothing behind but blissful memories and the tiniest sparkle.

To find the twisted village, just follow your wish – we will be waiting here to welcome you…

Great Dorset Steam Fair

WW2 Area, Between Blanford and Salisbury, DT11 8HX

If you’re looking for an excellent fun and action packed day out for all the family, you’ll love the Great Dorset Steam Fair. Traditionally this English fair is held at the village of Tarrant Hinton, near Blandford Forum in the heart of the beautiful Dorset countryside. Further directions are superfluous. Just find the village on the map, head in that direction and follow everyone else to the show.

From small beginnings this annual event has become one of the favoured places for those interested in how people lived, worked and played in bygone years and it is now widely recognised as “THE” National Heritage Show as well as being regarded as the leading show of its type in the World. The spectacle covers an enormous showground, at over 600 acres being one of Europe’s largest outdoor event locations. 2019 sees the show in its 51st year.

The Jive Aces Big Beat Revue

Towngate Theatre, St. Martins Square, Basildon, SS14 1DL

The UK’s No.1 and worlds’ busiest swing and jive band, The Jive Aces present their biggest theatre show to date, the “Big Beat Revue”!

Featuring special guests, vintage pinup dancing, singing and tapping troupe, The Satin Dollz; The low down baritone sax of Lottie B and the smooth accordion of Grazia Bevilacqua, this show features the best in 40s and 50s jive, rhythm and blues and rock ’n’ roll.

With classic tunes from artists such as Louis Jordan, Louis Prima & Keely Smith, Big Joe Turner and Bobby Darin with the flair of an Alan Freed rock ’n’ roll extravaganza, this show will have you out of your seat with it’s larger than life big-beat sound!

"With a classic set from The Jive Aces and vintage vocals, songs from the three Satin Dollz singers, plus tap dance routines from the two dancers, the entire on-stage line-up of 12 performers was certainly giving their sold out audience value for money..." ***** (Five -Stars) - Southside Advertiser Edinburgh

"The show also ended late, on account of the stream of encores forced upon the Aces & Dollz by a full house audience which had increased in enthusiasm with every beat." - Mumble Music Reviews

"The crazy energy of the Jive Aces can certainly whisk you away to a different era and tempt you to Jump, Jive and Wail out of happiness and joy!" - The Student Newspaper, Edinburgh

The Jive Aces Big Beat Revue

Wyllyotts Theatre, Wyllyotts Place, Potters Bar, EN6 2HN

The UK’s No.1 and worlds’ busiest swing and jive band, The Jive Aces present their biggest theatre show to date, the “Big Beat Revue”!

Featuring special guests, vintage pinup dancing, singing and tapping troupe, The Satin Dollz; The low down baritone sax of Lottie B and the smooth accordion of Grazia Bevilacqua, this show features the best in 40s and 50s jive, rhythm and blues and rock ’n’ roll.

With classic tunes from artists such as Louis Jordan, Louis Prima & Keely Smith, Big Joe Turner and Bobby Darin with the flair of an Alan Freed rock ’n’ roll extravaganza, this show will have you out of your seat with it’s larger than life big-beat sound!

"With a classic set from The Jive Aces and vintage vocals, songs from the three Satin Dollz singers, plus tap dance routines from the two dancers, the entire on-stage line-up of 12 performers was certainly giving their sold out audience value for money..." ***** (Five -Stars) - Southside Advertiser Edinburgh

"The show also ended late, on account of the stream of encores forced upon the Aces & Dollz by a full house audience which had increased in enthusiasm with every beat." - Mumble Music Reviews

"The crazy energy of the Jive Aces can certainly whisk you away to a different era and tempt you to Jump, Jive and Wail out of happiness and joy!" - The Student Newspaper, Edinburgh