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The Adventure Overland Show boasts the largest gathering of expedition vehicles in the UK. Since its launch in 2012 (2013 at Stratford-upon-Avon Racecourse) the show has developed into a major international event featuring all forms of alternative travel.
Bringing together those of us who love exploring the great outdoors, the Adventure Overland Show includes two full days of free-to-attend seminars spanning expedition trucks, 4x4s, adventure bikes and 4x2 campervans presented by both professional and amateur speakers, traders galore including campervan and truck conversion specialists, clubs & their fire-pits, incredible display vehicles, the "Travel Author's Zone" complete with booking signings, the "Adventure Bike Zone" ... basically it's the biggest and best event of its type in the land!
Regarding the International Campervan Show this is mainly 2WD vehicles, whereas the Adventure Overland Show is mainly 4WD. However, there is such a crossover between the two types of vehicle (for example Mercedes Sprinters and VW Transporters are available in both 4x4 and 4x2 versions), it has proved impossible to have two separate shows 'under one roof' so to speak ... therefore visitors will find the two shows have blended into one giant event. The same goes for traders as their products/services often cover 2WD and 4WD. This being the case, Day Visitors only have to purchase one admission ticket (Sat or Sun) for the entire event - thus covering the International Campervan Show and the Adventure Overland Show. Likewise campers will have unlimited access to both shows. It's truly "2 shows for the price of 1".
The event features two editions each year, the dates for 2020 are:-
'Spring' edition [25-26 April 2020] and 'Late Summer' edition [26-27 September 2020].
Q What is the address of the venue?
A Stratford Racecourse, Luddington Road, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire CV37 9SE
Q What are the show's opening hours for Day Visitors?
A 10:.00 – 17:00 Saturday, 10:00 – 16:00 Sunday.
Q When can campers start arriving?
A The gate officially opens Friday 27th September 2019 at 13:00, closes at 21:00 - thereafter due to safety reasons, a temporary 'holding area' operates until 09:00 the following morning. These timings are repeated on Saturday 28th September 2019. This means that should you arrive at the venue after 21:00 you can still 'get in', camp and avail yourself of all the facilities (toilets, showers, etc.), plus entertainment (beer tent live music + a jam session in the INTERNATIONAL CAMPERVAN SHOW marquee) and hot food from the catering outlets up until midnight. In the morning you can then be booked in at Check-in and wristbands issued whether pre-paid or pay-at-the-gate.
Q How much is day admission?
A £15 adults, under 16’s free of charge, thus negating the need for ‘family tickets’.
Q How much for parking?
A Free ... although donations to the car park staff's charity fund-raising for Macmillan Cancer Support are always welcome! Every penny goes directly to the charity.
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 - from blue badge parking to a lift and disabled ramps in the main grandstand. Camping is normally on grass, but as there is a tarmac area adjoining the grandstands complex, camping can be arranged on hard-standing. Here in extreme cases where electricity is essential (ventilators, etc. - not just to make a cuppa!!!) an electricity supply can be arranged at cost. Please enquire in advance about Tarmac Disabled Camping as it can't be arranged 'on the day'.
Q Are there any concessions?
A Only one - disabled carers. Upon application pre-event (not 'on the day'), carers accompanying disabled persons are eligible for a complimentary pass. Blue badge and proof of being a 'carer' essential.
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 Including a Site Plan, single A4 information sheets are available free of charge upon arrival covering trade stands, seminars and general information.
Q Are there crèche facilities?
Q What is the medical/first aid procedure?
A The First Aid Post is located on site adjacent to the "World Tastes Food Court" (where the beer tent is located). Please advise a Marshal of any incidents.
Q Are dogs allowed?
A Yes, although on leads and under control at all times, plus ‘clean up’ is essential.
Q What facilities are available?
A There are several standard/disabled toilets housed within the grandstands complex and a central brick-built building adjacent to the campsite. Showers are at these locations as well. There is mains water supply for campers, but unfortunately no electric hook-ups. Wheelchairs, mobility scooters, phones, etc. can however be charged at the Event Office free of charge.
Q Is there a cash machine on site?
A No. The nearest is an inside machine in Evesham Road at Simply Fresh convenience store during opening hours (opposite side of the road to the racecourse heading towards the town centre - 6 min walk, 2 min drive), or an open 24h outside machine at the Shell service station in Evesham Road (again, opposite side of the road to the racecourse heading towards the town centre - 10 mins walk, 3 min drive).
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 officially staffed 24h, commencing 13:00 Friday 27th to 16:00 Sunday 29th September 2019, therefore all access is rigorously controlled. A wristband system operates, therefore it is possible to come and go as you please from 09:00 to 21:00.
In addition security patrols operate throughout the night.
Between 21:00 - 09:00 the following day, the main gate is locked with security present. Exiting the site for obvious emergency reasons is instantly possible, but otherwise expect a long delay 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 upmost 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!
24h SECURITY HOTLINES: 07910 759579 ~ 07958 216266
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“We’ve been pleased to be a part of the Adventure Overland Show since it started and it’s our favourite show of the year, with a definite family feel.”
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