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, at the Warwickshire Event Centre in the heart of the country near to Royal Leamington Spa, you’ll find over 220 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 techy from the early 20th century right up to the millennium and beyond. And all stalls are indoors!
Date of next event
May 2023 (to be confirmed)
Warwickshire Event Centre
The Fosse, Fosse Way (B4455), Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, CV31 1XN
The visitor entrance is off the Southam Road (A425), CV31 1FE
Click here for directions to the Warwickshire Event Centre on their website.
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
BVWS members benefit
A £1 restaurant voucher will be issued to BVWS members at entry on production of a current membership card.
How do I book if I want at stall?
We will add the booking form and information for RetroTechUK 2023 a few months before the event.
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 Warwickshire Event Centre?
The Event Centre is located on the Fosse Way, close to the M40 Motorway Junctions 12 and 13. Leamington Spa train station is just 4 miles away and the venue is a 10 minute taxi ride from the station. Birmingham International Airport is within 30 minutes travelling time.
How do I get to the Warwickshire Event Centre?
Directions are available on the Warwickshire Event Centre website here.
Will I be able to drive into the hall?
Will I be able to park my vehicle close to the hall?
Yes you will. We will also be arranging separate exhibitor reserved car parking and providing exhibitor car parking permits. You will not need to walk miles to get to or from your vehicle once you have unloaded.
Does the Warwickshire Event Centre charge visitor parking?
No, the parking is absolutely free with no plans by the venue or RetroTechUK organisers to charge for parking.
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. However, no table is more than a few metres away from the entrances/exits. Although some trolleys are available to borrow, we would advise bringing your own trolleys to facilitate loading in.
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?
Yes, please bring your own chairs.
Is there a restaurant or café on site?
Yes the Warwickshire Event Centre has a 100-seater restaurant on a mezzanine level overlooking the main hall. There is also a counter selling drinks and sandwiches etc with a few tables under the restaurant in the main hall.
What about rubbish?
Catering rubbish from the restaurant should be put in the bins provided around the hall. No other rubbish may be left by any stallholder at the end of the event. You are expected to take any unwanted items away with you and not to leave a pile of unsold equipment, empty boxes and other items at the end of the day.
What about a cash machine?
There is no cash machine at the Warwickshire Event Centre. To avoid inconvenience please bring plenty of cash with you.
The closest cash machine is 1 mile away at Radford Stores, 29-31 Lewis Road, Radford Semele, CV31 1UQ. A £1.99 charge is made for cash withdrawals. The nearest free cash machines are at Asda (supermarket and petrol station), Chesterton Drive, Leamington Spa, CV31 1YD which is 2 miles away.
This information is from https://www.link.co.uk/consumers/locator and has not been checked by the RetroTechUK organisers.
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