Just one edition of the "ADVENTURE OVERLAND & CAMPERVAN SHOW" will take place next year ... 14-15 September 2024.
Being a national event with visitors attending from all over the country, due to the current economic climate and associated high fuel prices, we felt it was no longer possible to ask our loyal traders and campers to attend two editions of the event – ‘Spring’ in April and ‘Late Summer’ in September. We are therefore reverting to just one big ‘end of season’ event mid-September.
PRE-EVENT CAMPING (with full facilities):-
This is possible from 13:00 Thursday 12th September 2024 @ £15.00 per tent or any size vehicle - pay cash on arrival, plastic not accepted. Any number of people on board. NOTE: Due to safety reasons, the camping gate closes at 19:00, whereupon an Overnight Holding Area (with full facilities) operates until the following morning.
WEEKEND CAMPING PASS (3 nights, Fri-Sun):-
From 13:00 Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September 2024 inclusive, depart the venue by 16:00 Monday 16th September 2024. Prices are listed here. NOTE: Due to safety reasons, the camping gate closes at 19:00, whereupon an Overnight Holding Area (with full facilities) operates until the following morning.
ADULT DAY ADMISSION (children under 16 yrs are free, therefore no need to book for children in advance. Accompanied by an adult, they will simply be handed a wristband at the gate upon arrival):-
Saturday 14th September 2024 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 15th September 2024 10:00 - 16:00
"We introduced a brand new section to the event last year entitled "CamperJumble" & "LandyJumble" where folk could sell their unwanted used camping equipment, accessories for their vehicles, or complete 4x2 or 4x4 vehicles for sale.
Available free of charge to holders of a Weekend Camping Pass, these selling pitches are located in the racecourse's grandstands complex.
SHOULD YOU WISH TO SELL YOUR USED CAMPING GEAR / ACCESSORIES / VEHICLE SPARES OR PARTS / COMPLETE VEHICLE, SIMPLY INFORM THE GATE STAFF UPON ARRIVAL AT THE RACECOURSE THAT YOU WISH TO BE LOCATED IN THE "CAMPERJUMBLE" & "LANDYJUMBLE" AREA (grandstand side of the racecourse) WITH A FREE SELLING PITCH.
NO PRIVATE SALES WHATSOEVER IN ANY OTHER PART OF THE VENUE (i.e. campsites in the middle of the racecourse, or Disabled Camping Area, or Touring Park with electricity supply).
DOGS ON SHORT LEADS WELCOME
"SEVERN CIDER BEER TENT" - "LIVE MUSIC" FRIDAY & SATURDAY EVENINGS
TOM DIBB'S "CAMPERVAN LIVE LOUNGE" - DAYTIME/EVENING THROUGHOUT THE EVENT.
SEE YOU IN SEPTEMBER!!!!!!
Please note ... should any of our events be cancelled due to government legislation (i.e. public health issues), all visitors who book online in advance ( via https://adventure-overland-show.com/tickets ) will automatically have their bookings refunded.
Traders will have their booking rolled over to the next edition of the event.
SHORT HISTORY ... followed by FAQ's.
Formerly up until 2022 there were two sides to the event for visitors - the ADVENTURE OVERLAND SHOW featuring mainly 4WD vehicles, and the INTERNATIONAL CAMPERVAN SHOW, predominantly 2WD vehicles.
Nowadays there are so many 4WD crossover vehicles such as Mercedes Sprinters, VW Transporters, and a host of smaller four-wheel-drives like the Skoda Yeti or Citroen Berlingo, the two sides of the event have morphed into one - the ADVENTURE OVERLAND & CAMPERVAN SHOW.
The event brings together those of us who love exploring the great outdoors. Under one all-inclusive title, the event still includes two full days of free-to-attend seminars (presented by both professional and amateur speakers), spanning a host of subjects covering 4x4s, 2WD campervans, adventure bikes and expedition trucks, traders galore including campervan and truck conversion specialists, clubs & their fire-pits, "Bushcraft For Kids", incredible display vehicles in the "Field of Dreams" ®, the "Travel Author's Zone" complete with book signings, the "Adventure Bike Zone" and various interactive workshops ... basically it's the biggest and best event of its type in the land!
In conjunction with the world renowned adventure travel magazine Overland Journal as a Media Partner, the ADVENTURE OVERLAND & CAMPERVAN SHOW is anything but yet another boring ol' show with vehicles simply lined up in a row. Instead it's a major festival of all things related to campers and “homes on the move”.
So whether you’re seeking a factory-built motor caravan, a company specialising in build to order van-to-campervan conversions or simply ideas for your next self-build project, then Stratford-upon-Avon
The same goes for accessories and add-on’s for professional and self-built vehicles, components to convert your van, coach, horsebox or lorry into an expedition truck to take on the world - the ADVENTURE OVERLAND & CAMPERVAN SHOW is there to fulfill all your needs.
Regarding vehicle types, all are welcome from 2WD Bedford Rascals to the largest horseboxes, coaches and buses, all types and model of van, 4WDs like Land Rovers, Toyotas and Sprinters, right through to ex-military Reynolds Broughtons and MAN 8x8 trucks!
The bottom line is ... whether your ideal camper is new or old, has all the chrome bells ‘n’ whistles or simply an understated ‘stealth model’, if it has four or more wheels and space to sleep, then it’s a campervan – something that’ll fit right in to the show!
Again, the ADVENTURE OVERLAND & CAMPERVAN SHOW is not an out ‘n’ out Land Rover/4x4/motorhome/caravan show (although motorhome owners are obviously more than welcome to attend as nobody actually knows the true definition of a campervan, motorhome, motor caravan or auto-sleeper!) but a dedicated event aimed fair and square at vans, buses or truck-type campers in all their many forms.
Welcome one and all!
Tom McGuigan (Event Director)
P.S. If you belong to an official club, Facebook group, forum or simply a group of friends who are into camping, then by all means contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org about a club/group stand at the ADVENTURE OVERLAND & CAMPERVAN SHOW. The criteria is simple ... six vehicles minimum per club/group. This way you can present your club/group to the public, and importantly, stay together on one pitch all weekend.
The same goes for display vehicles in the "Field of Dreams" ®, contact us via email@example.com to find out if your pride 'n' joy qualifies for a complimentary Display Vehicle Pass.
INTRODUCED IN 2021, CARRIED OVER TO 2024 ...
Standard adult admission in 2020 (before the Covid pandemic) was £15 per day (Saturday or Sunday), children under 16 years free. This admission charge was reduced ... yes reduced in 2021 as we introduced a 'Family Fun Day' on the Sunday of the event. We have carried this over ever since.
Adult admission therefore is:-
Saturday 14th September 2024 ~ £15 per adult (children under 16 years free)
Sunday 15th September 2024 ~ £10 per adult (children under 16 years free)
UP TO DATE ADDITIONAL INFORMATION VIA SOCIAL MEDIA
For the very latest information about the ADVENTURE OVERLAND & CAMPERVAN SHOW visit the event's Facebook page ...
Q What is the address of the venue?
A Stratford Racecourse, Luddington Road, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire CV37 9SF
Q What are the show's opening hours for day visitors?
A 10:00-17:00 Saturday 14th September 2024, 10:00-16:00 Sunday 15th September 2024.
Q How much is Day Admission?
A £15 per adult Saturday 14th September 2024, £10 per adult Sunday 15th September 2024 (price reduction on Sunday as this is the Family Fun Day), children under 16’s free of charge - thus negating the need for ‘family tickets’. Children therefore do not have to booked in advance, so will not appear on online E-tickets. Accompanied by an adult, they will simply be handed a Child Wristband upon arrival.
Q How much for parking?
A All parking is free ... although donations to the car park staff's charity fund-raising for Macmillan Cancer Support are always welcome! Every penny goes direct to the charity.
Q: Are dogs welcome?
A: Yes, on short leads and under control at all times, plus ‘clean up’ is essential. Due to several dog-related incidents in the past (dog fights or even attacking visitors), owners who let their dogs run loose will be warned just once, any further breeches to the rules they will be escorted off site with no refund. We really don't want to impose a blanket ban on dogs from attending, but safety is paramount, hence the strict rules.
Q Where are Camping Pitches located?
A For a start, Camping Pitches are on basic grass, not manicured lawns of bowling/putting green standard. This is because in April the 'buttercup grass' is used for silage (winter feed) for animals. Longer grass soon folds down to become a green & yellow carpet which also prevents the ground becoming muddy. A combination of mowed grass, rain and vehicle movement/foot traffic quickly turns green areas into brown mud baths, whereas longer grass flattens out and stays green for the duration of the show! In September the grass is still a little long, but perfectly acceptable.
For those who book early, there are several camping areas within the 'middle of the racecourse'. When and if we announce that camping is sold out, then camping is still available within The Meadow. This area however is weather dependent, plus it has limited facilities (just temporary toilets - showers/Elsan disposal points/drinking water is a 5 min. walk), so if you're late when booking camping, always telephone first on 07305 011 515 to enquire about availability.
Q: Is pre-event camping possible?
A Yes. Pre-event camping is available from 13:00 Thursday 12th September 2024 @ just £15 per camping unit (vehicle or tent) regardless of number of adults for tents on board. No need to pre-book, simply pay in cash upon arrival (plastic not accepted).
Please be aware that due to safety reasons, the Camping Gate closes at 19:00 each evening (dusk mid-September is approx. 19:15 hrs)
Thereafter a temporary 'Overnight Holding Area' operates from 19:00 Thurs, Fri & Sat nights until 09:00 the following morning.
In effect this means that if you arrive at the venue when the gate is closed, you can still 'get into the venue', camp and avail yourself of all the facilities (e.g. toilets, showers, drinking water, laundry, chemical waste points, etc.), plus access to the Night Market Fri & Sat nights, entertainment in the "Severn Cider Beer Tent" with live music, plus Tom Dibb's "Campervan Live Lounge" live music Fri & Sat nights, plus hot food from the catering outlets up until 23:00. In the morning simply go to Check-in located in the racecourse's Touring Park to have your pre-paid E-tickets scanned, collect your wristbands, then drive to the designated campsite safely in daylight. Basically, the Overnight Holding Area is one side of a locked, security-controlled gate, the regular campsite the other!
It is solely because we staff the security gate 24 hours a day that enables us as organisers to legally fulfil Health & Safety requirements, thus keeping our Public Liability Insurance valid and our campers safe and secure.
NOTE: To avoid potential queues, campers are advised to arrive before the rush on Friday as it's always busy!
Q When do campers have to leave?
A Weekend Camping Passes are for up to 3 nights Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September 2024. Departure by 16:00 Monday 16th September 2024.
Q: Are there Electric Hook-ups?
Yes. Electric hook-ups for up to 4 nights in the racecourse's "Quiet Area Touring Park" @ £25.00. These can be booked online via Ticketsource ticket agency. For some bizarre reason it's not possible to book camping an electric hook-up together! Therefore ... first book and pay for your Weekend Camping Pass, then book and pay for electric hook-up.
Q What facilities are available?
A There are several standard/disabled toilet blocks housed within the grandstands complex and a central permanent brick building adjacent to the various campsites in the middle of the racecourse. Showers are at these locations as well. There are ten mains water taps for campers, plus a laundry in the Touring Park behind the clock tower.
Wheelchairs, mobility scooters, phones, etc. can however be charged at the Event Office free of charge.
Lastly there are two Elsan disposal points. The first is in the centre of the racecourse, to the rear of the Night Market (no vehicle access - on foot only), while it's possible to drive to the second disposal point, again to the rear of the clock tower.
TO PREVENT BLOCKING TOILETS AND CAUSING A MESS, DO NOT EMPTY YOUR CAMPER'S ELSAN TOILET CASSETTE INTO THE TEMPORARY TOILETS ... or brick-built toilets for that matter! CAMPERS IGNORING THIS BASIC RULE WILL BE PHOTOGRAPHED AND BANNED FROM FUTURE EVENTS! WHY SO HARSH? OTHERS HAVE TO USE THESE TOILETS, PLEASE RESPECT THEIR NEEDS.
Q: Is single night camping available?
A: No … sorry! This is due to some dishonest individuals in the past booking and paying for camping just one night (Friday), then staying over until Monday morning!
Q: Is there a Disabled Camping Area?
A: Yes. For blue badge holders there is an allocated area within the racecourse's Touring Park, with or without electric hook-up. This is a large area on level mowed grass.
Upon arrival simply inform the Gate Marshal that you want to be pitched in the Disabled Camping Area ... and have your Blue Badge ready for presentation. No Blue Badge, you will be moved on to a regular camping pitch.
Q Is Stratford-upon-Avon Racecourse disabled-friendly?
A In the main yes, but uneven ground is a possibility. Overall disabled access however is very good, with all buildings accessible - including ramps, lifts, toilets and showers. For Day Visitors, Blue Badge Disabled Parking is available.
Q: What facilities are there for persons with disabilities?
A: The venue is very 'disabled friendly'
Q Are there any concessions?
A Only one - carers of disabled persons. How does this work? The disabled person books and pays for standard Day Admission and Camping (if relevant) in the normal way - either online in advance here or pay cash at the gate upon arrival.
Then the Registered Carer must provide proof at the gate upon arrival. This can be in the form of written proof of Carer's Allowance or a local authority Carer's Emergency Card. No proof ... no complimentary pass!
Q Is there mobility scooter hire available on site?
A Unfortunately we do not have any mobility scooter hire on site at this event. If you bring your own, these can be charged at the Event Office.
Q Are programmes available at the event?
A Information sheets covering trade stands, seminar descriptions/timings and general information such as a Site Map will be available from 10:00 hrs Saturday 14th September 2024 either at the gate upon arrival, or from the Event Office - basically when the show opens to Day Visitors Saturday morning. We hope however to have them available even earlier!
Q Are there crèche facilities?
Q What is the medical/first aid procedure?
A Please advise a Marshal of any incidents. The First Aid Post is located in the grandstands complex - entering through white gates, the Sadler's Bar is to the left, then just beyond an archway to the left is the First Aid Post.
SHOWTIME 24h MEDICAL HOTLINE: 0800 112 3020
Q Can I take photos/videos at the event?
A Yes, but unless prior permission is sought from the organiser, no drones may be used during the show.
Q Is there security on site?
A Yes. The main gate is staffed 24h, commencing 13:00 hrs Friday 13th to 16:00 Sunday 15th September 2024. Here all access is rigorously controlled. A wristband system operates, therefore it is possible to come and go as you please 09:00 to 19:00 Friday to Sunday as the gate is guarded but unlocked. Thereafter phone 0800 112 3020 for access. In addition security patrols operate throughout the night.
Exiting the site for emergency reasons is instantly possible, but otherwise expect delays as security checks will be carried out. To protect their property, exhibitors and campers expect and will receive a high degree of protection, hence the organisers will do their utmost to provide a safe, secure event. NOTE: Should security deem it necessary to call the police for a thorough vehicle check, they will do so!
If you want to go into Stratford-upon-Avon in the evening and are likely to return after 19:00 ... please do not drive, instead get a taxi for just £5.00 (approx.) Vehicle movement in the dark is dangerous, we endeavour to limit driving at night in all cases.
SHOWTIME: 24hr SECURITY / MEDICAL EMERGENCY NUMBER: 0800 112 3020 [Magister Events]
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