1920s Weekend - A Celebration for the 20s - Sittingbourne (July 2021)


“Swale Borough Council had been working with local groups and volunteers to organise a 20’s spectacular for the town, but unfortunately the coronavirus pandemic has meant plans have been put on hold until next year.

Cllr Richard Palmer, cabinet member for community at the council, said:

"I’m sad to confirm that the Sittingbourne 20’s Weekend we had hoped to be enjoying this summer will not be taking place this year.

"We've been closely monitoring the situation, and we were hopeful we could deliver the event later in the year as something for us all to look forward to.

"However, after speaking to our partners and supporters, it has become clear that it's just not possible for the festival to go ahead in 2020.

"We want to extend our thanks to everyone involved so far for their support and understanding.

“All the work put in so far is not in vain though – it gives us a great platform to plan something even bigger and better for next summer. Put 16, 17 and 18 July 2021 on your calendar now so you don’t miss the fun!”

Start Planning & Save The Dates For 2021

We now look forward to a new pilot festival, a range of entertainment, events and activity at venues in Sittingbourne taking place 16 - 18 July 2021

Including three performances commissioned by Swale Borough Council in a pop up venue adjacent to Swale House which will host; 20's Themed Old Time Music Hall on Friday 16th July, A Jazz and Dance Evening featuring Sue Caroline and The Andy Wall 1920's Ensemble on the Saturday evening and a 'Murder Mystery' performed by The Company Upfront on the afternoon of Sunday July 18th. Ticket sales will open and further information will be published in 2021, look out for updates.

We aspire to build on the plans from 2020 which included participation of artistes and entertainers such Micky the Magician, Jazz Omnibus, Dance4Kent with 'Flapper Girls and Charleston Demonstration' and the 106.9 SFM Community Radio Road Show keeping everyone informed and entertained. .

Other elements of the 20's Weekend will provide the opportunity for the towns venues, attractions, businesses and local organisations to showcase what the town has to offer with a 1920's theme.

There is also an aspiration to welcome a 'Vintage Fun Fair' to the town and work is close to completion to make this happen.

Work continues to pull together a comprehensive programme of events and activities and details will be published in 2021.

The  heritage attractions have pledged to take part to tell the town's 1920's story, as well as a number of leading community groups to ensure this event provides plenty of entertainment for residents and visitors to enjoy.

Now there is even more time to plan and make your 20's costume. Organisers would love to see the town centre full with costumed characters, vintage vehicles and market. There will be prizes for the 'Best Dressed 20's Shop Window' and also a 1920's dress code for some of the entertainment and spot prizes for those dressed in 1920's costumes. With groups and organisations taking part, parade, stroll and promenade along the High Street and take in an additional offer in the town over the weekend.

So plenty to look forward to and to plan - now is the time to save the date and remember to keep an eye on this webpage as we receive more confirmation of events taking place as part of the 1920's Weekend in Sittingbourne.

For 1920's costume inspiration and research go to Vintage Dancer website for some great ideas for both men and women and be a part of this event. You could win a spot prize!

If you would like to get involved or have any questions please call: 01795 417399 or email tourismsupport@swale.gov.uk


Swale House
East Street
ME10 3HT

Entry Price

1920s Weekend will feature a range of events and different town centre venues with some free activity and others ticket entry. Further details and event programme to follow.