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Old Time Sailors Show

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Old Time Sailors is a flashmob musical show designed to take the audience back in time through an unforgettable trip to the 19th century.

A night for fans of Flogging Molly and Gogol Bordello. The Sailors dock at Ford Park Ulverston at 7pm on Friday 10th June 2022.

Seventeen singing sailors will keep you entertained in a highly interactive show.

The show takes place in the main marquee on the Retro Rendezvous festival site at Ford Park.

There will be a licensed bar at the event. Please DO NOT bring your own alcohol. There are no concessions as this is not intended as a family show and is recommended for ages 16+.

Old Time Sailors

Retro Rendezvous 10th to 12th June 2022

Retro Rendezvous Ulverston

Based at Ford Park, in the brilliant old market town of Ulverston, Retro Rendezvous is a full weekend of fabulous retro fun. Music, food, dance, clothes, markets, cars, motorcycles, drink and the famous Velo Retro old school cycling events through the Lake District. It’s about as much fun as you can have with your retro clothes on! Entry to the festival site for most events is free of charge. So put it in the diary and get ready for one of the great weekends of the summer.


Market Traders ~ 2022 stall booKING IS NOW OPEN

Book a space outdoors or in the marquee for both days of the festival. Prices are £70 for an outdoor 3m frontage or £120 for an outdoor 6m frontage. A space in the marquee is £110 for 3m frontage or £190 for 6m frontage. Find out more and book online.

The Friendly Festival
"Retro Rendezvous Festival delivers a finely tuned blend of live music, vintage vehicle displays, artisan food & drink, specialist stalls, and stunning retro cycling experiences. It has a well-deserved reputation as 'The Friendly Festival'."

Attention Classic Car Owners

We’d love you to come along and exhibit your vehicle on both days of the festival, between 10am and 4pm. We’ll even provide free tea and biscuits.

If you’d like to attend our 2022 festival, please help us to plan by registering a few details. Click on the car registration button below.


Retro Rendezvous vintage car display

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 magnificent supporters

We are extremely grateful to Ulverston Town Council for their ongoing support, and to CGP and Ulverston BID for their generous donations towards the 2022 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 huge marquees. The music stage is inside the main marquee, and we have an indoor food court and bar area available. 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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