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Newstead Abbey RetroFest 2019

Updated: Oct 3, 2019

As we start planning our 2020 events we thought we would give you an overview of our first RetroFest event which took place at Newstead Abbey Nottingham 29th and 30th June 2019 and what an event it was. The Abbey provided a fabulous back drop and we were blessed with the weather with the sun shining all weekend.

Video shows a snap shot of our RetroFest Newstead Abbey June 2019

The Venue

Newstead Abbey was originally a monastery founded by Henry II between 1164 and 1174. It was sold to Sir John Bryon of Colwick in the 16th century during the Dissolution of the Monasteries. The Abby’ past is long and intriguing, there have been many owners the most famous being George Lord Bryon, who lived at Newstead Abbey from 1808-1814.

Inside the Abbey there is much to explore including Victorian room settings, and the poets private apartments. The gardens and parkland at Newstead Abbey cover more than 300 acres with paths that meander past lakes, ponds and waterfalls. The formal gardens are the perfect place to relax.

The entrance fee for our RetroFest event also included entry to the house and gardens.

Live Music

Live music is at the heart of our RetroFest events, and for Newstead Abbey we had a fabulous line up. Local artist Lynz Crichton kicked of the event, super talented guitar vocalist Lynz played and sung an array of songs from the 60s and 80s. Razzor Holler rock a billy band had the crowd dancing away to the sounds of the 50s and 60s and jazz was in the air on the Sunday as the Gershwin Gang took to the stage.

Razor Holler, Lynx Crichton and The Gershwin Gang at RetroFest Newstaed Abbey 2019

Chainsaw Speed Carving

Ian Murry, Clarkey Whiteman and Sabina Schflinger were the three carvers who gave speed carving demonstrations on both event days. Using a chainsaw and power tools they had 30 minutes to produce a unique carving. There were some fabulous results, with owls, egales and hedgehogs all being produced.

After each speed carve the carvings are auctioned off, Quint Hughes chainsaw carving auctioneer entertained the crowds with his unique banter. The auction gave the public an opportunity to buy a bespoke piece of art.

Speed carving and auction at Newstead Abbey

On the Sunday there was a special appearance in the carving ring from Quint Hughes, who joined the speed carving team for one of the demonstrations producing his famous owl on a shovel.

Classic Vehicles

We love classic vehicles at RetroFest, from the old Rolls Royce's through to retro camper vans. We were lucky to have a great selection of local vintage classic vehicles, which gave for a very colourful display. All the classic vehicles owners loved chatting to the public and were happy to show people their pride and joy. Such enthusiasm from all the vehicle owners. The winner of the Classic Car weekend award went to a 1924 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost.

Selection of vintage cars and vans at RetroFest Newstead Abbey 2019


We all love to shop and at RetroFest we had a fabulous range of retro and vintage finds just waiting to be discovered. From homeware to vintage pieces for your gardens, to quirky recycled pieces.

Selection of the retro, vintage and up cycled finds at RetroFest Newstead Abbey 2019


From the moment you entered the event you were entertained, from the heath and safety inspector at the entrance to the crash dummy crashing in front of you, the wonderful incognito Stretch the Clown was full of surprises all weekend. If you fancied leaning a bit of juggling he was on hand to show you how its done.

Stretch the Clown, Roy Bond and Vintage Fair

On the Sunday we had the award winning magician Roy Bond who entertained the crowd with his spellbinding close up magic.

Throughout the weekend there was also the fair with a 1950's fun house, vintage swing chairs plus god old fashioned candy floss.

Food and Drink

All the dancing, shopping and fun in the sun certainly made our visitors thirsty and hungry.

There were two bars, the retro cocktail bar served brightly coloured cocktails and the music bar served everything from real ale to Pimm's. It was the perfect place to stop a while grab a drink and enjoy the live music. For those who did not want alcohol there was a retro slush bar as well as places selling soft drinks and water.

Soaking up the live music and relaxing with a drink or two

There was a fabulous range of quality food. For savoury eats we had traditional burgers, noodles and a breakfast selection. For those in need of sweet treats there was a specialty coffee bar with the most delicious cakes, as well as a vintage tea room serving afternoon teas, sandwiches and cakes. For treats on the go there was pick and mix sweets, traditional ice cream and candy floss.

Delicious cakes, ice cream and traditional burgers at RetroFest Newstead Abbey

RetroFest 2020

We are super excited to announce we have three fabulous events planned for 2020. Charlton Park Estate Wiltshire 16th and 17th May 2020, back at Newstead Abbey Nottingham 27th and 28th June 2020 and Bodrhyddan Hall North Wales 15th and 16th August 2020. Click to discover our exciting plans for 2020.

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