The Vintage and Retro Festival of the Lake District

Ulverston 2018

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.

The Roxy, Ulverston’s very own art deco cinema, will be showing the classic film "Grease" as part of Retro Rendezvous. The full package includes cocktails downstairs in the Laurel & Hardy Museum, whilst listening to live music, then a glamourous stroll upstairs to view the film. Tickets are available online now for £12 each, including an alcoholic or non-alcoholic cocktail.
  • Blue Heaven Jump Band
  • Steve Warton and his Ukeleles
  • South Lakes Ukelele Orchestra
  • Mark Cumberland as Elvis
  • Dave Watson
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A weekend of splendid retro fun and vintage events right in the centre of old Ulverston town!

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.

Velo Retro

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.

À L’ancienne is our classic, 84km retro bike challenge. It’s hard enough to feel like a real day out but easy enough to be tackled by any reasonably fit cyclist. Along the way, you’ll take in Coniston Water, Windermere, Esthwaite Water, Wray Castle and more wonderful scenery than you’ll see in the average year! Not enough? You even have the option of a final ride up the track to the Sir John Barrow Monument, before returning home. Le Loafeur, does what it says on the tin! It meanders around the beautiful Coniston Water on a 47km loop, which is about as easy as we can make it in this part of the world. As always, there’s a magical food stop featuring huge slices of cake in a fabulous setting. It’s all about fun, friendship and a fabulous, shared experience. The Mighty Corinthian is a replica one day classic from back in the day. Big distances, lots of climbing, spectacular locations – all ridden on vintage steel bicycles in period kit! The only difference is that you’ll receive the famous Sportive Lakes support and you’ll be really well fed! So, fish out the Sean Kelly outfit, polish up the old Raleigh and let’s go! Visit for more information about the cycling events.

Thank you to our 2017 Major Sponsor

Cumbria Community Foundation

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.

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