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Dan Cooper

Dan Cooper


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THIS year’s Retro Festival will take place at Newbury Showground today.

Retro Festival is a celebration of all things vintage, from the 1920s right through to the 1980s.

The 177-acre showground will be crammed with attractions and eye-catching displays, with more than 1,000 classic vehicles from cars, motorbikes, scooters, caravans, hot rods, military vehicles, RVs and steam engines.

Many of the steam engines will also be providing rides for visitors.

For anyone interested in the military, there will be plenty of vehicles and displays on show – and there will also be a field hospital set up.

If you are looking for that elusive car part, you will almost certainly be able to find it in the vintage auto jumble.

Meanwhile, there will be more than 300 vintage stalls – the largest collection in the UK – where you can buy anything your heart desires from the eras.

There will be a retro market, vintage market, rock ’n roll boulevard and indoor marquees all around the festival.

There is a full weekend of live acts and DJs playing music in three distinct marquees.

The Black Hangar Stage will be all things rock ’n roll and rockabilly, the Ricky Tick Marquee is all things 60s, Mod and soul and in the Spitfire Pavilion you will be transported back to the good old 1920s and 30s when swing and jive ruled.

Gates open at 6pm on Friday until 11pm, on Saturday the festival is open from 10am right through till 11pm, and until 10.30pm on Sunday.

Weekend tickets cost £45 and day tickets are £20. Evening tickets are £9.

Children under 11 go free.

The car park is adjacent to the main entrance and costs £5 a day.

Tickets are available at retrofestivalnewbury/

Day and evening tickets will be available on the gate, but will cost a little more.

Other events today:

Explore Newbury Heritage Walk with Jane Burrell: In the Footsteps of Newbury Artists. Newbury Town Centre from outside the Corn Exchange at 2.30pm Walk lasts approx. one hour. Book via Corn Exchange Box Office 0845 5218218

Garden open under the NGS scheme: 2-5pm Kings Copse House, Bradfield Gate RG7 6JR Admission £4.50, teas available  AND PIC

West Berks Classic Vehicle Club 25th Classic Vehicle Show 10am-4.30pm Newbury College, Monks Lane, Newbury RG14 7TD Adults £6, concessions £5, children under 14 free.

SAM Festival 11-5pm, at Newbury Rugby Club:

SAM festival is a Science, Arts & Music Day aimed at families with kids 0-6 yrs. There'll be a variety of free workshops where kids & adults can play & learn together, make things, do science experiments and sing & dance! There'll also be two local music acts, free face painting, prize draw & goodie bags, plus a BBQ and ice cream van - so something for everyone! 

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