Frequently Asked Questions
Can I buy tickets on the day?
Yes you can buy them at the gate.
Do you allow dogs on site?
We are dog friendly, please keep them on leads at all times, respect others, clean up and look after your pets
Are there cash machines on site?
No, at Newbury the nearest cash machine is at Chieveley Services. The situation at Newark is still being checked out. We will provide cash back facilities with a minimum of £20 with a £1 admin fee
What are the opening times?
Friday 6pm till 11pm, Saturday 10am till 11pm, Sunday 10am till 11pm
Are there toilets any disabled facilities?
Yes there are both.
What time do we have to be onsite if we are exhibiting cars?
Friday by 2pm, Saturday by 9am, Sunday by 9am
Is there a free shuttle bus?
Yes there is one at Newbury, it picks up from Newbury railway station (north/town centre side) and drops you off at the showground entrance. First pick up at the railway station is 09.45 going to the Showground via the Travelodge at Chieveley Services, then on the hour until 10pm. The last bus from the Showground to the railway station is at 11pm.
Arrangements for Newark Showground are still under consideration.
Can you hire a mobility scooter or wheelchair?
Arrangements to provide them at Newbury Showground in 2017 have been finalised –
click here for more information – and they will be available at Newark Showground in 2018.
Is there car parking available?
Yes there is free parking. At Newbury we also have PREMIER PARKING available. It is closer to the festival entrance and costs £5. The public parking area is NOT for camping, and campers using this area will be asked to leave the area and go to the camping area.
Can you bring your own alcohol?
No alcohol is to be brought on to the site. Due to licensing laws, it will be taken from you or you will be asked to leave the site. We have bars and catering throughout the festival site which sell at normal pub prices.
Can you bring your own chairs?
Yes you can.
Is First Aid available?
First Aid and a Paramedic team are available during the festival.
Are Security staff on site?
Yes, they are. If you experience any difficulties or have any problems at all while at the festival, please report it to any security stewards on site straight away
Is photography permitted?
Cameras for personal use are welcome, no professional filming or photography is allowed. Unless prior permission is obtained from Retrofestival (SHC Ltd).
Please note that visitors might be photographed by Retrofestival (SHC Ltd) photography and may be used in retrofestival promotional literature.
Liability for Damage/Loss/Injuries?
Retrofestival (SHC Ltd) does not accept liability for personal damages, losses or injuries sustained at this event –including damage and losses to property and motor vehicles.
All Scheduled Performances & Artists
are contracted to Retrofestival (SHC Ltd) accepts no responsibility if an act fails to attend, or at the time scheduled. Aircraft displays flyovers etc are subject to aircraft availability, operational circumstances and weather permitting.
The Dance Floors
Please note all dance floors are temporary wooden structures for the period of the event and placed on the grass, Retrofestival (SHC Ltd) cannot accept responsibility for accidents which may occur on/off the dance floor.
Please wear at all times, replacements can be exchanged from the ticket office or the information marquee.
What is the deadline for booking camping?
For Newark – May 7th 2018.
For Newbury – July 9th 2018.
What is the size of a pitch/accommodation?
Please note that your caravan, motorhome or tent must not exceed 7 metres in length.
What time can we get there if we are camping?
You can arrive at the site from 12pm on Thursday onwards.
What time do we have to be off the camping site?
You have to be off site by 12pm on the Monday unless prior arranged
Are there showers and toilets?
Yes showers and toilets are provided
The selling of goods, distribution and advertising, etc. is strictly forbidden, except by official traders who have paid their pitch fee, and have the permission of Retrofestival (SHC Ltd).
What time can we trade from?
Trading opens at 6pm on Friday and at 10am on Saturday and Sunday. You can trade for as long as you like but most traders are expected to stay open until at least 9pm every evening.
Thank you for your help and understanding in aiding and keeping RETROFESTIVAL a fun filled friendly weekend .