“2 shows for the price of one” … Covid secure of course!!!
To book camping: http://www.ticketsource.co.uk/adventureoverlandshow
Here you will find the latest news, directions, timings, etc. for the “Adventure Overland Show” (mainly 4WD vehicles) + “International Campervan Show” (mainly 2WD vehicles).
But why add 2WD vehicles to an established show which has featured mainly all-wheel-drive vehicles over the years?
Well these days the lines are getting more and more blurred as ‘vans’ such as 4WD Sprinters, Crafters and Transporters to name but three, join established 4x4s such as Land Rover, Toyotas, Nissans and Suzukis.
This is exactly why the “Adventure Overland Show” has been opened up to include ALL makes and models of camper, for there is a vehicle for every occasion out there, and all vehicles have their merits to varying degrees. Besides, I’ve witnessed first-hand of where 2WDs can venture … you would be amazed.
Besides, they can be really interesting. Case in point … The Chick Family, who travelled around the coast of the UK living on a Tenner a Day. That’s £5 for fuel, £5 for food … for a family of FIVE!!!
And yes, they’ll be at the show in June, not only displaying their quirky camper, but also providing visitors with a talk about their exploits.
Detailed information about the showground, 120+ trade stands, seminars, attractions and activities at the event will be available for collection at the gate upon arrival.
Just for now this info sheet is purely to assist you getting to the venue.
Stratford Racecourse, Luddington Road, Stratford-on-Avon, Warwickshire CV37 9SF
TIMES + PRICES
Pre-event ‘midweek’ camping Tues 1st – Thurs 3rd June @ £10 per vehicle per night. Pay in cash on arrival.
Event ‘weekend’ camping (incl. day admission) Fri 4th to Sun 6th June inclusive from £45 pp. Pay online via www.ticketsource.co.uk/adventureoverlandshow
Adult admission Sat £15, Sun £10.
Children under 16 yrs: free
Fri 4th June, camper’s arrival 13:00 – 21:00
(due to safety/security, after 21:00 an overnight holding area will operate until the following morning)
Sat 5th June, show hours 10:00 – 17:00
Sun 6th June, show hours 10:00 – 16:00
Mon 7th June, departure by 16:00
ATTRACTIONS AT AOS + ICS
The Night Market: Full of traders, this new feature is located midway between the campervan and overland sides of the show.
Kid’s Zone: Vander Superheroes Death Wheel, Bushcraft for Kids interactive workshop, entertainment with the
‘Wildman of the Woods’,
a miniature railway,
drivable mini-monster trucks for kids, a Tot Rod display and 150m track
where owners – or even their children – can free of charge drive their scale model 4x4s/cars/trucks around a purpose-built 150m long track (BRING YOURS!!!) massive inflatables, and so much more!
The Seminar Sessions: Two days of free-to-attend interactive talks and Q&A featuring professional and amateur speakers.
Two firsts: The largest gathering of expedition trucks + largest display of Toyota Landcruisers ever seen before in the UK.
Truck Zone: Raising funds for Make-a-Wish Foundation® children’s charity, the new Truck Zone run by Truckmate UK features Monster Truck Rides, Strongman Truck Pulling where the public can ‘have a go’, Airbrushed Big Rigs, and a lit night display with tractor units and campervans.
Cooking Demos: Chef Campers (Brits) and Bushpig Bushgear (South African) will each be providing demos and advice. Chef Campers will be holding two workshops a day while Bushpig will do as they usually do – just keep cooking up delights in their braai daytime and into the early hours. Mmmm, can smell the aroma now!
YouTuber Village: New to the event, here visitors will have the opportunity to finally meet YouTube bloggers whose exploits they have been following for years. Thousands, or should I say hundreds of thousands regularly tune in to watch these modern day ‘stars of the small screen’, such has been their impact within social media circles. Another first for the event? Yep!!!
BIG campervans: RVs (Recreational Vehicles as they’re known in the USA) have in recent years been making an impact over here in the UK. Yes every now and again we’ll spot a Winnebago or similar on the road or in a campsite, but imagine what 50 will look like spread out in a massive arc … that’s exactly what you’ll witness at the upcoming ‘Spring’ edition of the event!
The event’s very own radio station: RAF Waddington ARC (amateur radio club) will be attending with an ex RAF DAF T244 complete with a large pneumatic mast that extends into the air with a large beam rotating antenna. They will be demonstrating long distance communication abroad to places like the USA and maybe Australia using modern and ex military equipment. The club is very keen to promote and showcase radio equipment, particularly with a military theme as they are an RAF club. Yet another first, hope you’re keeping count!
As a SES other operators also like to contact the station from around the world to log our callsign GB0RAF.
Back by popular demand, the Severn Cider Beer Bent features live music (covers bands) Fri and Sat nights, plus chilled non-amplified music in and outside the Acoustic Marquee with its three fire-pits until the wee small hours … so bring your own musical instrument for a jam session! Complete with three fire-pits, it’s the place to be!
Not only that, we’ve got some weird and wonderful entertainers like The Diamond Sisters doing the rounds. Why … why not? Talented circus performers they just love to entertain. A little risqué maybe, but make no mistake these ladies are so skilled we only wish we could provide a hire wire or trapeze, something to really get the pulse racing. As it is they will be fairly subdued … then again?
Previously the food outlets were good, but nothing extraordinary. Well we’ve listened to your feedback, the selection and quality this year will be outstanding! Thai, French, Portuguese, Polish, Indian, Greek, Mexican and American Philadelphia treats, plus ‘chef standard’ British fare, genuine Cornish pasties, some of the best fish & chips around, even mussels with St Austell Brewery’s Tribute Ale and chorizo! Mmmmm, getting peckish?
THREE QUESTIONS OFTEN ASKED
Yes, dogs on leads are allowed – clean up essential.
Once on site you will be able to access both sides of the event – the “Adventure Overland Show” (mainly 4WD) + “International Campervan Show” (mainly 2WD).
Fire-pits are okay providing they are raised so not to scorch the grass.
Please douse fires/barbeques when going to bed as wind, flying embers and tents are not a good combination.
NEVER drag a fire-pit into your awning as fossil fuels and bad ventilation can result in carbon monoxide poisoning!!!
Please make certain you have suitable fire extinguisher/s available at all times. We will make this compulsory for the next edition of the event, but for now it is just advisory.
As the event is growing rapidly we have taken the decision to ask a specialist company to provide us with Fire Points, so they will be on hand all weekend with free, non-committal advice on what type of extinguishers are suitable for your needs. This can also be done in advance, contact Greg at firstname.lastname@example.org
Regarding Covid, please be aware of other people’s needs. You may not feel face masks are still necessary, but others with health problems will see masks as essential. The event’s Marshals and Officials are not the Covid Police, so we won’t be enforcing face coverings, it is up to you to respect others when stepping indoors (i.e. toilet / shower blocks).
Sanitiser stations will be plentiful throughout the venue, toilets disinfected/sanitised hourly. Please report any problems to a Marshal or at the Event Office so we can rectify the situation. The authorities will be watching us, so please help us get through this first major event as safely and efficiently as possible.
Unlike a lot of shows these days, the “Adventure Overland Show” + “International Campervan Show” is truly an event run by enthusiasts for enthusiasts. I realise this phrase is often misused, but in this case it is 100% true. As such we do not have the massive budgets other events enjoy, therefore without non-paid volunteers helping out, the show simply wouldn’t exist.
Please bear this in mind if you ask a marshal where a particular trader is located, or where and when a certain seminar is taking place. The fact is, although willing to help, unless they have a radio they simply won’t have all the answers.
If you require specific information or have a problem of any kind, please visit the Event Office.
See you soon … and thanks for supporting ‘our’ show! Tom McGuigan (Event Director)
To book camping/day admission tickets: http://www.ticketsource.co.uk/adventureoverlandshow