A FESTIVAL heading to Wiltshire next weekend offers visitors the chance to step back in time and forget their troubles.

Retro-Fest – taking place at Charlton Park, near Malmesbury on September 25 and 26 – features live music with a vintage vibe, inspired by favourites from the 1940s to the 80s.

A classic vehicle area will showcase cars, bikes, vans and camper vans from the 1920s onwards, while there is also chainsaw carving exhibitions, street entertainment, a funfair, a food market and a shopping area offering unique finds for the home.

Festival organiser Quint Hughes, 53, said “People want to go backwards, not forwards because looking forwards doesn’t look very good, I’ve got to be honest.

“I was brought up in the 1980s which was an amazing time for freedom – freedom of speech, being who you are, being able to express yourself and being able to go out in the world to have an amazing time.

“The 1960s was another era with the same, the 1950s was after the war where people were starting to enjoy life after being suppressed.

“People can step out of reality – who wants to live in the reality that we’re living in now?

“A weekend away at one of these shows is stepping back out and forgetting all your problems.

“It’s going to be a good fun day with laughter, what more could you want?”

For ticket prices and more information visit retro-fest.co.uk