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Retro Festival is heading to Newark

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Retro Festival, the largest festival of all things past in the UK, will be heading to Newark Showground for the second year running next weekend (June 8-10).

If you have never been to the Retro Festival you are in for a treat.

The showground will be full of exhibits with more than 1,000 classic cars, American RVs, vintage caravans, hot rods, Airstream caravans, Portafold caravans, steam engines, a vintage 100-year-old funfair, army re-enactors, plus more than 200 vintage stalls selling everything from clothes to furniture.

Add this to three live music marquees, Spitfire Pavilion – 1920s to 1940s swing and jive, The Black Hangar – 1950 rock n roll and rockabilly, and exclusively for the Newark event a new alternative outdoor stage, all playing till 11pm. Over the course of the weekend there will be more than 30 live bands performing; a full list can be found at www.retrofestival.co.uk

On Saturday evening, the Spitfire Pavilion hosts the Spitfire Cabaret, transporting you back to the days of vaudeville with the best talent on the cabaret scene for your viewing pleasure. Expect glamorous burlesque beauties, tap dancing, songs from the music hall, not to mention skills from top circus acts.

Camping and glamping are available and don't worry if you are concerned that camping might ruin your hairstyle as there is even an on-site hairdresser and barber to keep you looking fabulous throughout the day and night.

Handy if you want to enter into the best dressed competition and if you are a vintage fashion lover you will not have to miss the Spitfire Fashion show taking place on Sunday when the traders will be showcasing their latest fashion pieces.

As well as the fantastic show the Retro Festival put on they have also, over the last few years, raised more than £65,000 for local children's charities and this years event will help raise money for Liam Andrew, a five-year-old boy from Newark who has been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour.

Camp and be entertained by more than 30 live bands all for £50 each for a party of four. Day tickets are available for as little as£10, and under-11s go free.

And if you can't go for the full weekend, day tickets are available on the gate as well as through the website www.retrofestival.co.uk

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