Our to-do list of 2011 VW campervan trips, shows and camping dates is shaping up nicely, but there have already been comments on Twitter about the high cost of some VW shows. The ones we’ve got our eye on appear quite reasonably priced, so we thought we’d share. First up is Bus-Types at Oswestry (15-17 April). We went for the first time last year and had a blast. We even managed our first ‘tweet-up’ with @wubsdubs. We’ve already got our tickets for this year at £15 per adult for the weekend (Fri to Sun), which includes Sat night entertainment.
Over Easter the Chester Food, Drink and Lifestyle Festival (23-25 April) is incorporating VW CamperFest for the second year running. A bit pricier at £25 per adult (£35 on the day) but you get four nights’ camping, entry to the three-day Food, Drink and Lifestyle Festival and entry to the Beer Festival on Friday and Sunday.
In May is Bus-Types’ sister show, All Types, at Bodelwyddan Castle in North Wales on Sun 15 May with camping from Sat afternoon. Advanced tickets are £12 per adult for the weekend. We went a couple of years ago and had a good time even though it was a smaller show than Bus-Types.
In between we’ll be heading off for some day events, including Chipping Steam Fair (28-30 May) where there is usually a small but perfectly formed display of classic cars in between those magnificent steam engines; the 10th Garstang Classic Vehicle Show on 12 June for £6; and of course Volkswagen Northwest (7 Aug), which costs £5 per car to enter Tatton Park and then £7.50 per adult to get into the show.
Given that the cost of fuel has rocketed since last year too, VW fans may choose to stay closer to home, visit smaller shows or just one big show a year. We’d love to know what you think, which shows you think are reasonably priced and which are not.