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Friday, 22 June 2012

Win Free tickets to Twinwood Festival

We are very very lucky here in the UK. We have dozens and dozens of vintage festivals, (probably 100's, but I'm not about to count) with focus ranging from music, dancing, war-reenactment, steam trains, motor racing, boats, or leaping about with over-sized mustaches (Hello Chaps). I'm not sure any nation could do this vintage-loving thing better, with more enthusiasm, than we can here in the UK where heritage and a touch of eccentricity go hand in hand.
John Miller and his Orchestra entertain
Today though, I need to tell you about The Twinwood Festival because I have 2 free tickets to give away!
The festival is August Bank Holiday weekend 25th -27th and these 2 tickets are for the Monday only.
But wait - what is it all about?
A dance lesson in progress
Well Twinwood is actually an airbase in Clapham, Bedfordshire and it was from here that many stars flew out from on their way to entertain the troops in WWII. It was here at the control tower that Glenn Miller performed his last gig, just before his fateful flight in December 1944. 
Outside dancing makes for happy smiles!
Since they held a small fundraising concert in 2001, Twinwood grew into a festival, slowly but surely, that it is today. We started going in 2006 (I think), and loved every second of it, and still do.  Now, with all these lovely pics sent to me from the Twinwood Events team, you would be forgiven for thinking that you have to be really into the scene to enjoy it. Well, NONSENSE!! There are plenty of non-vintage family groups there with grandma and grandad, a picnic basket and the Sunday papers just chilling out and enjoying music that everyone can sing along to. It really truly is an event for all ages
Lola Lamour stuns John with her fruity delights!
They choose great music, not just of the swing time era, but right through the 50s as well.  Glenn's Nephew, John Miller leads his orchestra on the main stage, alongside Madeline Brown, Lola Lamour, The Jive Aces, and (perfect for Bal dancing) The Kings Cross Hot Club. There are more bands at the Control Tower Stage and  then EVEN MORE acts perform in the smaller, cabaret style venues dotted around - Kitten von Mew, the vintage burlesque dancer, who models a bit for us, being one of them. You can check out the full line up here.

Flyover - always impressive
But wait there is more! You can explore the museum, you can shop to your hearts content (I'll be there) and take some dance lessons, you could gaze at the air display, or take in some historic lectures.

Have I said enough? Well, I think you get the picture that I really truly like this event and recommend you come and take a visit. 
The Jive Aces in the Main Arena
So, without further ado, here's how you can get involved and bag yourself 2 free tickets!
  • For one entry, leave me a comment below. 
  • For another entry, you can
  •  retweet our quick competition.
  • For a third entry, post about the giveaway on your own blog! 
Please take careful note that each time you enter you must leave a separate comment. Don't leave me one comment saying you've done all three things, as it will only be counted once! 

If you commenting to say you've retweeted or blogged, please post the link.

The competition will close THIS Tuesday 26th June at Midnight BST.

Good Luck!

Shona x


  1. Ohhh pick me pick me! I've never been to Twinwood and I really want to go.

    xx Charlotte

  2. Meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeease! I shall tweet forthwith...

  3. I would LOVE to win tickets to Twinwood! Please enter me for the giveaway.

  4. I have also tweeeeted :) Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

  5. Oooh! Yes, please, Shona! and I've re-tweeted even though that means less chance! :-(

  6. Ooooh how fab. I'd lurve to go to Twinwwod.xx

  7. Ohhh i'd love to go! Always wanted to go to Twinwood!

    hannah xx

  8. Don't count me on the entries since I can't go. Boo! :( I just wanted to leave a comment for you. I'm so jealous of all of the UK's vintage festivals. I have a feeling many in the US are on the West Coast, which is just too far to travel. Have a wonderful time there! Can't wait to hear all about it and see the pictures. :)

  9. Fingers crossed! It would be the perfect prize to win!

  10. What an amazing competiton. I always want to go to these types of festivals but work always conspires against. Count me in im feeling lucky.

  11. What a great give away! This event seems worth travelling to the UK for, I should get a pass or something ;). I've been wanting to attend a vintage event in the UK for a long time hence we don't have anything quite like it, that I know of. Any tips on events/shops/fairs worth crossing the border for, are welcome, so I can plan a trip with or without these tickets ;)

  12. I would love to go, I've been dying to get to a swing class all year but it's nigh on impossible with my nursing training and working odd hours. A weekend at Twinwood would put me in the centre of whirl of dancing, music, fun and forties, please pick me x

  13. Please enter me :o) Re your last picture of the Jive Aces, you've also snapped some of the dancers from A2Jive (who are brilliant), they are dancing on the left of your snap - useless piece of information but I thought I'd share it anyway :o)

  14. Sounds great, I'd love to get involved!

  15. Hello, my name is called Manic,
    And my story is totally tragic,
    For Twinwood I’ve never,
    Visited ever
    So to win would be totally fantastic!

  16. I would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to go to Twinwood!!! Pleeeease pick me! x

  17. I've tweeted too!

    “@HeydayVS: Competition closes tonight! Which of you will win tickets to Twinwood? http://bit.ly/MAsiL1” Ohhh! Chattanooga choo choo!!

  18. Hello I am Jude I am 11 years old and I REALLY want to take my mummy to twinwood but I can't aford tickets because I have no job. So PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE pick me because it would make me and mummy very happy!!!

  19. Shona van Beers‏@HeydayVS

    Win Win Win! Free Tickets to Twinwood Vintage Festival... http://fb.me/wBDMX9Sw

    Retweeted by Jude Elliot Hoyles

  20. Hello... I would love to go to Twinwood so I can have a Boogie Woogie with a little bugle boy from company B... Please pick me.. :-) Helen Loxton

  21. Hello, I would love to win the tickets, sounds like a perfect way to spend a bank holiday!

  22. I am just learning to dance Rock and Roll, Jive and Ceroc, and this would give me the opportunity to practice the moves I have learned, also to wear my (new) vintage dress.

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