There are a number of VW shows on over the Bank Holiday weekend, including Run To The Sun in Newquay, which is bowing out after 27 years; Plymouth Volksfest and Volksfling in Biggar, Scotland. But if you can’t make any of these, here are some more ideas for you:
Elvaston Castle & Country Park, Derbyshire
If you fancy trying woodland crafts, firelighting, shelter building, tracking, foraging, campfire cooking and much more, The Bushcraft Show will be right up your woodland path. As well as being able to have a go at forging, canoeing, archery, axe throwing, stargazing, knife skills workshops and catapulting, special guests include Massai warriors from Kenya (pictured), stars of TV’s Man, Woman, Wild, survival guide author John ‘Lofty’ Wiseman and canoeing legend Ray Goodwin. There’s also a host of trade stands, bushcraft demonstrations, specialist instructors, expert speakers for the adults to enjoy while the Bushcraft Bairns have their own activities. There are some spaces available for caravans and small mobile home camping, but check with organisers first.
Stockton Park, Stockton, Wiltshire
Celebrating all that’s old and interesting, from before the turn of the century up to the Eighties, the Vintage Nostalgia Show includes vintage commercials, classic cars and motorbikes, fashion, furniture, memorabilia, kitchenalia, music and dance. Camping is available and included in the £20 adult weekend pass.
36th Cheshire Classic Weekend, 26-27 May
Capesthorne Hall, Macclesfield
More than 500 classic vehicles will be on show in the grounds of Capesthorne Hall, including classic cars, motorcycles and Jaguars on the Sunday and a Festival of Transport on the Monday, including VWs, Triumphs, Austins, Minis, Hot Rods and American cars.
Artisan Market, 25-27 May
The Trentham Estate, Stoke-on-Trent
Around 100 food, drink, arts and crafts producers will be setting out their stalls at the Artisan Market on The Trentham Estate, [link http://www.trentham.co.uk/%5D including Corrie actor Charlie Lawson (Jim McDonald) who will be giving cookery demonstrations at his Prestbury Farm Shop stall.
Millennium Square, Leeds
Originally only held over a weekend, this festival proved so popular it has been extended to a full fortnight. Celebrating Yorkshire’s finest producers and retailers, it will include masterclasses in everything from cupcakes to sushi, secret pop-up restaurants and a large scale Medieval Faire plus a cocktail extravaganza. The event will culminate in the Yorkshire Food and Drink Show (7-9 June) with more than 100 stalls selling the best local produce, cookery demonstrations and a cook-off between local chefs.