The Vintage and Retro Festival of the Lake District

Retro Rendezvous 4th to 5th September 2021


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.

We have decided to go ahead with the festival on the weekend of 4th to 5th September 2021. We have now put together a full programme of cycling, live music, and other entertainment. Stall booking is open.

We are well aware that Covid-19 remains a notifiable disease, and therefore we will be taking a cautious approach. Most of our events are outdoors, and we will be letting lots of fresh air into the marquee by leaving large sections of the sides open. Our main indoor event in the Roxy cinema will have a capacity of 200, compared with a normal capacity of 330.

Our headline event for the evening of Saturday 4th September 2021 features South Lakes Rock School performing ABBA, followed by a showing of Mamma Mia in The Roxy cinema (capacity 200). Tickets are £12 per person, and include a free glass of prosecco (alcoholic or non-alcoholic) in the marquee. A limited number of tickets is available for the band only. Help us to support The Roxy, and have a great sing-a-long evening.

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 2021 festival, please help us to plan by registering a few details. Click on the car registration button below.

Market Traders ~ 2021 stall booking is open

Book a space outdoors or in the marquee for one or both days of the festival. Prices start at only £30 for one day (Sunday) outdoors in a 3m x 3m space. A table/space in the marquee next to the main music stage and food court is £90 for the whole 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.

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. Photo by Steve Fleming.

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 for their generous donation towards the 2021 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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