Retro Festival started 12 years ago in Berkshire, and has since become the largest festival of its kind in the UK. Three years ago, the organisers decided to duplicate this successful recipe and take it further north to the Newark Showground. Wherever you live in the UK make sure you head to one of their events this summer – if you’ve never been before, you’re in for a treat!
The Newark Showground will be full of exhibits with over 1,000 classic cars, American RV’s, vintage caravans, Hot Rods, Airstreams, Steam Engines, a 100-year-old vintage fun fair, re-enactors, and airshows, plus over 200 vintage stalls in the shopping village selling everything from clothes to furniture. Add to this live music marquees from the 1920s to 1940s at The Spitfire Pavilion, 1950s Rockabilly at The Black Hangar – and exclusively for the Newark event, The Alternative Stage, all playing until 11pm.
The really great news is that you can also camp for the entire weekend. Last year over 6,000 people stayed over in their tents or caravans or in one of the glamping Brook Bell Tents available on site. Don’t worry if you’re concerned that camping might ruin your hairstyle, as there’s an onsite hairdresser and barber to keep you looking tip-top! If you’re a vintage fashion lover, there’s a Spitfire Fashion Show taking place on the Sunday where the traders will be showcasing their latest fashion pieces.
As well as the Retro Festival being a fantastic show for visitors, they’ve also raised an enormous amount of money for local children’s charities and various children’s cancer charities through sales of specially designed T-shirts and fundraising activities over the weekend. The really good news is – if you can’t make Newark this June, there’s always another, at Newbury in August!