The Vintage and Retro Festival of the Lake District
Based in the brilliant old market town of Ulverston, Retro Rendezvous is a full weekend of fabulous retro fun. Music, food, dance, cinema, clothes, markets, cars, motorcycles, drink and the famous Velo Retro old school cycling events through the Lake District World Heritage Site. It’s about as much fun as you can have with your retro clothes on! So put it in the diary and get ready for one of the great weekends of the summer.
Attention Classic Car Owners
We’d love you to come along and exhibit your vehicle in the centre of Ulverston on either or both days of the festival, between 10am and 4pm. We’ll even provide tea and biscuits.
If you’d like to attend, please help us to plan by sharing a few details with us. Click on the car registration button below.
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Calling Market Traders
Book a stall outdoors or a table in the covered marketplace for both days of the festival. Prices start at only £40 for TWO days outdoors in a 3m x 3m space, or £80 outdoors with a traditional covered market stall provided. A table in the covered marketplace will cost you £80 for the two days. Your business will be listed on our Market page as soon as you’ve booked. Find out more and book online.
À L’ancienne, Le Loafeur, and The Mighty Corinthian. Three vintage cycling events within the Lake District World Heritage Site, organised by Sportive Lakes, all taking place during the Retro Rendezvous festival weekend.
Thank you to our 2017 Major Sponsor
Cumbria Community Foundation (CCF) exists to strengthen communities by connecting people who care with inspirational, life-changing projects. CCF can trace its beginnings back to 1997 when the then High Sheriff of Cumbria John Fryer-Spedding CBE recruited a steering group to assess the feasibility of a community foundation in Cumbria. Thereafter, CCF was launched in 1999 with a founding donation of £1 million from British Nuclear Fuels Limited (now Sellafield Limited) and the support of all seven local authorities within the county. By 2016, more than £30 million in grants had been awarded by CCF throughout the county.
Thank you to our magnificent supporters
We are very grateful to the following organisations for their ongoing support to the event, and for their generous donations of time, expertise, and funding.
What happens if it rains?
We’re keeping our fingers and toes crossed for dry weather. If it’s wet, the event will still go ahead, as long as we can ensure that all the participants and visitors are safe. Many of the market stalls are in the covered marketplace. Various participating shops and pubs are indoors. The events in the Laurel & Hardy Museum and the Roxy Cinema are indoors. The outdoor music stage is covered, and we also have an extremely large marquee. In other words, we will do our best to make sure that the show goes on, and everyone stays safe and dry.