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Retro Festival


  • Newbury Showground, Berkshire, RG189QZ UK (map)

AFTER THE PHENOMENAL success of last years Newbury Retro Festival, this year promises to be the biggest (221 acres!) and best yet! Event organiser Paul says, “Last year was the most successful ever, with over 35,000 people attending. We’ve exceeded last year’s sales and filled the campsite already and so have had to hire another 44 acre field next door just for another campsite, and we’ve already sold 50 per cent of that!

Retrofestival is the only vintage festival that is still expanding. We asked Paul what the secret was: “There’s no secret really. We just give people what they want. We cover every era from the 1920s to the 1960s.”

The festival has three massive music stages: The Black Hangar with 1950s Rock ’n’ Roll and Rockabilly, The Ricky Tick with 1960s MOD and Soul, and the Spitfire Pavilion where you can jive to the best 1920s to 1940s tunes. The curators of each marquee are experts in their field. The Ricky Tick stage was actually a night club in the 60s and was one of the first venues to host the Rolling Stones - in fact Martin Fuggles, the original DJ, is still DJing!

There will be over 1,000 classic vehicles on show from cars, motorcycles, American RV’s, steam engines, hot rods and race cars to airstream caravans, portafold caravans, tear drop caravans, military vehicles, and a field hospital - there’s plenty to see. If you fancy a bit of shopping then there are 300 vintage stalls selling everything from furniture, clothes and toys to car parts. In the arena there will be live shows plus a classic car parade and to top it all a fabulous steam powered fun fair to carry on the retro theme.

With over 40 live acts from 5pm on Friday right through until 11pm on Sunday, it’s certainly one of the best value festivals in the UK too! Where else could you camp and be entertained for three days by over 40 live bands all for £50 each for a party of four?

If you can’t manage the whole weekend, day tickets are available for as little as £10 for an adult – you can book online or buy tickets at the gate.

Last year there were over 15,000 people staying in their own tents and caravans, however if you prefer fancy glamping, then there are Blossom Bell Tents available. And if you’re concerned that camping might ruin your hairstyle, there’s an onsite hairdresser and barber to keep you looking fabulous – handy if you want to enter into the best dressed competition! And don’t miss the Spitfire Fashion Show taking place on Sunday where the traders will be showcasing their best fashion pieces.

Over the last few years the Retro Festivals have raised over £150,000 for local children’s charities. This years event will help raise money for The Children’s Bereavement Centre and The Children’s Heart Association, so you can have great fun whilst helping a really good cause at the same time. retrofestival.co.uk

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