Thousands came to Southbourne as a popular festival returned to the borough this weekend.

The Shake and Stir Vintage Festival, which takes places throughout Southbourne Grove and Fisherman’s Walk, includes live music, dancing, classic cars and motorbikes and a variety of local trading stalls.

The fifth instalment of the festival introduced a second stage on Southbourne Grove playing live music until 10pm, with music and dancing also taking place in Fisherman’s Walk.

Visitors enjoyed music from the likes of Rip It Up, the Red Strip Band, Jimmy Hillbillies and Hugh Budden.

The event is organised by business owners Fiona McArthur and Mandy Payne.

Mandy was delighted with how well the festival had come together after months of planning and organising.

“It is going amazingly. We’ve never had so many stands, so many people here early days,” she said.

“The atmosphere is just fantastic and we’ve had no issues at all so far.

“What’s new for the festival this year is we’ve opened a second stage on Southbourne Grove with a road closure so we have got two lots of music at one time.”

The festival, which is free to attend, is supported by Bournemouth Coastal BID and the Mayor of Bournemouth Cllr Lawrence Williams officially opened the proceedings on Saturday morning.

The event showed off a great range of classic cars, whilst a number of motorbike enthusiasts met on Southbourne beach for a special Mods and Rockers breakfast event.

The group enjoyed the views across the seafront, before riding together out to Christchurch and back through into Southbourne before parking in convoy in Fisherman’s Walk.

On Saturday evening the winners of the Vintage King & Queen competition were announced on the Southbourne Grove stage, and Mandy said: “We have a great team working on the festival this year and many of them are volunteers.

“The event puts Southbourne on the map. We have traders and shops owners coming out on the street and all getting involved.”

The festival continues with a full day of acts on Sunday. For more information, visit