Gloucester Goes Retro is Back– Saturday 28 August


Gloucester City Council is pleased to announce one of the biggest events in its calendar, Gloucester Goes Retro is back.



After a one-year hiatus, the vintage car, fashion, and music festival will return this summer. One of the highlights of the city’s vibrant festival calendar, Gloucester Goes Retro organised by the city council, features over 500 classic vehicles filling the historic Gate Streets and Gloucester Docks.  

The four gate streets will once again be transported back in time: Westgate to 1900 -1949, Northgate to the 1950s, Eastgate, the 1960s and Southgate representing 1970 to modern-day times. 

The streets will be lined with historic and classic cars, and vehicles from all over the country, and themed with memories of times past, with music, fashion, food, businesses, banks, shops and re-enactors all playing their part.

Star Wars characters, army Personnel, Tank and Military Vehicles, Superhero Cosplayers, buses, motorbikes, ladies and gents in fashion, Hippies, Rock and Rollers, TV Personalities, representatives of the council and other VIPs will all be in attendance.

Visitors will find famous car brands from yesteryear including Aston Martin, Jensen, Bentley, Triumph, Morris, and Alvis to name just a few.

There are time-honoured vehicles from the turn of the last century through to the roaring twenties, from the war years to the gleaming chrome of the fifties, along with the iconic designs of the swinging sixties, and classic sports cars from the eighties.

For music and dance enthusiasts, the Gloucester Goes Retro Stage sees vintage acts, and you can even and join in with swing dancing. 

Shops, attractions, restaurants and pubs will all join in the fun by creating a retro feel, with shopfront displays and staff dressed in costume, the event brings the whole city together in celebration of our retro past.

Councillor Steve Morgan, cabinet member for Culture and Leisure at Gloucester City Council, said: “We are delighted that Gloucester Goes Retro will once again be celebrated in our vibrant city with its positive economic impact on our businesses and attractions. As we were unable to hold the event last year, we hope that this year’s Gloucester Goes Retro will be the best yet, it is not to be missed. So, choose your favourite era, don your costume of choice, and we very much look forward to seeing you there.”

For further information please visit Gloucester Goes Retro