Gloucester’s Retro Festival will be taking place on Saturday 24th August. Celebrating living history and nostalgia the gate streets at the heart of the city will be transported back throughout the twentieth century to celebrate the things we loved the most about those different eras. There will be costumed re-enactors (including a policeman back on the cross), music, dancing and lots of things to see and do for all the family. At the heart of the festival will be the hundreds of classic cars that are brought in by their owners to line the streets.
We need volunteers to steward the festival, to keep an eye on the cars, crowds and other activities and be a point of reference in their hi-vis vests for anyone that has any questions about where to find particular sections of the festival or needs directions to the different activities that will be on. You might also be asked to keep an eye on a particular car or stall whilst its owners pop off for a short comfort break. You’ll be wandering around throughout the day, to keep an eye on things but there will be plenty of opportunity for you to look at the cars and stalls and chat to their owners and indeed the visiting public. At the end of the day you might also be needed to help some of the classic cars navigate their way out of the gate streets, around any pedestrians. This would just involve guiding the cars out of their parking places and warning any pedestrians that they needed to mind out of the way whist the cars come slowly past.
The public side of the festival will be running from about 10am – 5pm, so your day will be at least 9.30am – 5.30pm, with appropriate breaks, so it will be a long day on your feet. Comfy shoes are a must!
If you fancy becoming more involved with the day why not check out our Retro Festival early morning marshals challenge. http://engageingloucester.volunteermakers.org/get-involved/hour-or-two/retro-festival-early-morning-marshals-24th-august/333/
Why get involved?
If you have a passion for classic cars or living history this is a great opportunity experience it. You’ll be able to get up close to the cars and have a chat about them with their owners. It’s also a real opportunity to be involved with a busy and vibrant festival in the city and gain some hands-on experience of the logistics of event management and stewarding. It’s a very sociable role as you’ll get the opportunity to talk to lots of people. You’ll also walk a fair bit during the day, so if you are looking to clock up extra steps without really noticing it you can combine that bit of keep fit with your volunteering.
How to get involved?
- Sign into your account or sign up to Volunteer Makers.
- Accept the challenge
- Await a response from The Retro Festival team with more information
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