Welcome to RetroTechUK
RetroTechUK is the new name and image for the National Vintage Communications Fair, (NVCF) established in 1992.
Since then, the event has evolved and outgrown its previous title!
Held every May in the Midlands, you’ll find over 150 stalls of dealers, clubs and private sellers offering vintage items, including radio, televisions, hi-fi and audio, records (LP’s, 45’s, 78’s), gramophones, telephones, communications equipment, spares, early video games, early computing, small appliances, indeed anything techie from the early 20th century right up to the millennium and beyond. And all stalls are indoors! From May 2023 we are moving to Sports Connexion near Coventry.
Date of next event
Sunday 12th May 2024
Leamington Road, Ryton-on-Dunsmore, Coventry, CV8 3FL
Visitor admission fees
Normal Entry: 10.30am to 4pm - £10 (under-14s FREE)
Early Entry: from approx. 9.00am - £25
No advance ticketing, all tickets on the door. Cash only.
FREE CAR PARKING
How do I book if I want at stall?
Stall holder booking forms will be available from January 2024.
Do I need to book in advance if I want to come as a visitor?
No, just turn up on the day and pay at the door. Under 14’s free.
Where is the Sports Connexion Arena?
The Arena is located in the village of Ryton-on-Dunsmore to the south east of Coventry. Road access and is straight forward from all directions following motorways and/or major trunk roads. By road, the Coventry train station is just 5 miles away and the venue is a 15 minute taxi ride from the station. The entrance to the venue is on the A445 Leamington Road near to its junction with the A423 Oxford Road on the outskirts of the village.
How do I get to the Sports Connexion Arena?
Directions are available on the Sports Connexion website here.
Will I be able to drive into the hall?
Will I be able to park my vehicle close to the hall?
The large parking area will be shared by stall holders and visitors alike and stewards will be directing stall holders to the spaces nearest to the Arena, on a first come first served basis.
Does the Sports Connexion charge visitor parking?
No, the parking is free. On driving into the venue, please keep to the large car part to the left of the driveway. The parking to the right is exclusively for the use of the gym - RetrotechUK stall holders and visitors are asked not to park in that area.
Will trolleys be available?
No trolleys will be provided by the venue so we ask you to bring your own. After 9.00am trolleys will not be allowed into the hall and any stock will have to be carried in.
Will I get help loading into the halls?
If you need assistance please mention this when booking your stall and we will try to have help available. Primarily this service is for our disabled exhibitors. No trolleys will be provided by the venue so we ask you to bring your own.
How much table space will I have?
Tables 2ft x 6ft or slightly larger will be provided. It is not permitted to extend table space (with paste tables etc.) or to spill stock into the walkways in front or sides. If stall holders overload tables with excessive stock to the front or sides they will be asked to return excessive stock to their vehicles, as this will contravene site fire regulations and cause delay to the event opening on time. Tables must not be moved or sub-let. Tables must be well stocked with items for sale.
Will I still have to bring my own chairs?
No, a chair will be provided at each table booked.
Is there catering available on site?
A catering trailer will be located immediately outside of the Arena hall and will sell hot and cold drinks and hot and cold snacks. There will be an area of tables and chairs within the Arena hall for folk to relax and eat their food.
What about a cash machine?
There is no cash machine at the Sports Connexion. To avoid inconvenience please bring plenty of cash with you. The closest cash machine is 500 yards away outside the Co-op convenience store in the village at 64 High Street, CV8 3FH. It’s about 5 minutes walk.
For any enquiries, please contact us by post or email.
Post: RetroTechUK, 54 Linnell Road, Rugby, Warwickshire, CV21 4AW, United Kingdom. Please enclose an SAE.
Email: info (at) retrotechuk.com