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.
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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 our 2020 festival, please help us to plan by registering a few details. Click on the car registration button below. Registration opens January 2020.
Calling Market Traders ~ 2020 booking opens in December 2019
Book a stall outdoors or a table in the covered marketplace for both days of the festival. Prices start at only £15 for one day (Sunday) outdoors in a 3m x 3m space. A traditional outdoor covered market stall costs £50 for the weekend. A table in the covered marketplace close to the main music stage is £80 for the weekend. Your business will be listed on our Market page as soon as you’ve booked. Find out more and book online. Photo by Steve Fleming.
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. Photo by Steve Fleming.
Thank you to our magnificent supporters
We are extremely grateful to The Northern Line and Ulverston Town Council for their ongoing support, and to Ulverston BID for their generous donation towards the 2019 festival. As the event continues to grow, we would really love to work with one more major partner or sponsor. It this idea floats your boat, please get in touch with us via the contact form. Thank you.
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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Ulverston is a medieval market town, with a rich history, and a lot of character. It contrasts with nearby Barrow-in-Furness, which grew up from virtually nothing in the 1800’s as a consequence of local iron ore and slate mining, the coming of the railways, and of course shipbuilding. Find out about the history of Ulverston and the Furness area at OldFurness.com.