Open House Festival Presents

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Programme

Saturday 13 August 2022

Bangor Seafront, Co. Down
12pm – 6pm

A vintage festival celebrating Bangor’s heyday as a thriving seaside town

Featuring

Live Music including The Sabrejets
Classic Car & Bike Show • Dancing • Food & Drink
Vintage Car Boot Sale • Vintage Hair & Fashion

What To Expect

Live Music

Including rockabilly band The Sabrejets and American big band era hits from Bangor duo Jenna Frazer and David Arthur. Plus DJs playing vintage tunes throughout the afternoon.

Classic Car & Bike Show

We’re looking for pre-1985 cars, motorbikes, scooters, vans and even buses. If you have one of these classic vehicles and would like to bring it along, please click here to register.

Vintage Car Boot Sale

We’re looking for traders who encapsulate our vintage vibe and who will help to transport visitors back in time. If that’s you, we’d love you to register here

Dancing

Swing Dancers will be bringing the jitterbug and jive with demos throughout the day. You’re welcome to join in!

Food Stalls & Pop Up Bar

Please register your interest here if you have an appropriate concession for Seaside Revival.

Vintage Hair & Fashion

There’ll be Best Dressed spot prizes throughout the afternoon – we would love to see you there in your best vintage attire.

Other Events

Revival Picnic

Sunday 14 August 2022 • 3-5pm
Ward Park, Bangor

Revival Picnic returns as part of our Music In The Park series. This year we welcome the close harmony trio Victory Rollers

Pack a picnic and join us in Bangor every Sunday in July & August 3-5pm. Click the button below to see the full line-up.

Pickie to Pier Swim

Friday 8 July 2022 • 7pm
Bangor Seafront, Co. Down

The legendary Pickie to Pier Swim returned this year, in partnership with Ballyholme Yacht Club.

Once a stalwart event on Bangor’s summer calendar, the Pickie to Pier Swim was resurrected as part of the 2019 Seaside Revival celebrations after a 30-year absence – to spectacular success.

What a glorious evening we had at our third Pickie to Pier swim on Friday evening. The clouds may have hovered, but the atmosphere was as warm and sunny as ever, and the water was clear and calm.

Almost 200 swimmers took part, and hundreds of spectators gathered to cheer them on. There were no separate Men’s and Women’s awards this year, just prizes for the first three swimmers past the post – who were all women! Enormous congratulations go to Jessika Robson who took first place in 9 minutes 15 seconds, closely followed by her sister Holly just 10 seconds behind, and third placed Sian Clements who was 20 seconds behind Holly. Such a close finish!

As always we couldn’t stage this wonderful event without help from many local people and organisations, so huge thanks go Alan Whyte and his team from Ballyholme Yacht Club, Kevin Baird, our local RNLI, and of course our own volunteers.

Wondering how to get there? Or have questions about the day?
Head over to our Seaside Revival Info page

FUNDERS

2018

The first Seaside Revival Vintage Festival took place in 2018. It featured a vintage car & bike show, the best dressed window competition, vintage food & drink stalls and the Revival Picnic.

2019

30,000 people attended Seaside Revival in 2019. With a huge range of events including rebooting the Pickie to Pier swim, live music & swing dancing, vintage fashion show and a dog show.

2020

Although we couldn’t be together (due to Covid-19) we celebrated Seaside Revival in 2020 at home with vintage themed food, drinks and outfits, including a competition for each.

2021

2021 combined a mixture of ‘at-home’ events and some in person events including the Pickie to Pier swim, classic car & bike show, classic cinema in the park and the Revival Picnic.

It was epic. A wonderful mix of enjoying what’s special about Bangor (the sea & marina) as well as local talent through the arts. We had family visiting from England and they loved it. I’m not originally from Bangor but I’m proud to call it home!!

2019 Seaside Revival Attendee