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A message about Coronavirus (Covid-19) and our 2020 Festivals

In order to minimise the spread of Coronavirus (Covid-19) on Monday March 16th the government stated that that everyone should stop non-essential contact with others (this is particularly important for people over 70, those with underlying health conditions and pregnant women), people should stop all unnecessary travel and those with the most serious health conditions should be shielded from social contact for 12 weeks. In light of this and after careful consideration we had already concluded that, regrettably, we had to cancel Retro Festival Newark 2020 in June.

Subsequently, after much deliberation and waiting to see how things evolved it is clear that social distancing measures are likely to be with us for some time to come. Given the popularity of our festivals we feel that it would be very difficult, if not impossible, to effectively police and control social distancing. We are also conscious of the fact that a large number our attendees – visitors, exhibitors and traders – are likely to be in the most vulnerable categories with regard to Covid-19. Consequently, we have come to the heart-breaking decision that we must also cancel Retro Festival Newbury 2020 in August.

So what does this mean to you if you have already booked for 2020?

Entry Tickets

These will be accepted at Newark 2021 or Newbury 2021. Alternatively, you could apply for a refund (see below).

Camping, Exhibitor and Trader Bookings

Customers have the options to:-
• transfer their booking to 2021;
• apply for a refund.

If you would like to transfer your booking you do not need to do anything more at this stage, just bring your 2020 booking paperwork with you to Newark 2021 or Newbury 2021. This will ensure that your booking remains at 2020 prices.

As the dates for Newark 2020 have now passed we are assuming that all remaining bookings are transferred to Newark 2021. If you would like a refund for Newbury 2020, please click here

If you have any queries about these arrangements, please contact us at and provide as much detail as possible (including the booking reference number where appropriate) but please do bear in mind that it may take us a few days to respond.

We are now actively planning for Retro Festival Newark on June 11/12/13 2021 and Retro Festival Newbury on August 13/14/15 2021. (Please note that the Newbury dates have been changed recently to avoid a clash with our friends at the Gloucestershire Vintage and Country Extravaganza.) Subject to their availability, we will transferring all the acts that have been booked for 2020 to 2021. We are continuing to update the web site as bookings are confirmed but please bear with us in the meantime.

We are very sorry to have to disappoint all our customers like this but your safety, as well as that of the bands, acts, traders, exhibitors and staff is the most important consideration. BUT, we will be back bigger and stronger next year!

The Retro Festival Team