NOW BEEN CANCELLED Totally free weekend this year 2020 at Stratford upon Avon race course

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Just had a email form Tom.

Have a good read its going to be a fantastic weekend with evening entertainment Friday and Saturday night :party: :party::party:


Dear Jason

What a crazy year this has been? With the show season all but decimated, following the national lockdown and the cancellation of so many events we were determined to provide at least one event before the onset of winter. Well we have done it!

In conjunction with a specialist company who are responsible for the Risk Assessments at Excel in London and Reading Music Festival, 30+ hours have been spent compiling Covid Secure Risk Assessments for the district/county councils, police, fire, Public Health England and the Highways Agency (plus numerous other bodies) in order to get the green light for the show to go ahead. We were even complimented by Warwickshire Police for our Risk Assessments, wishing us “good luck with the event”; praise indeed! Measures include social distancing via wider walkways, uncluttered trade stand layout, 6m grid pattern for campers, Covid Aware signage, sanitiser stations throughout, hourly toilet/shower cleaning & sanitising, even a Covid Secure Beer Tent!


We’re doing everything we can to make the show as safe as possible for everybody concerned – the traders, campers, day visitors and volunteer staff – by going above and beyond government guidelines.

As a direct result of our efforts, the event has gone ballistic with advance ticket sales having trebled, so no fear of a sparse attendance. It’s obvious that folk have been going stir-crazy during the lockdown, so can’t wait to get back on the road.


Yes we all want to see life return to normal, well as ‘normal as possible’, but rest assured we’re doing it in a controlled manner by providing an environment in which our audience will feel safe. To this end traders will be providing Covid Risk Assessments to our Safety Manager, security has been upgraded substantially, the quality and choice of catering has increased dramatically. Basically all possible precautions have been put in place to minimise the health risks for all concerned. Yes … we’re doing it

ATTRACTIONS

Now in its 9th year, the Adventure Overland Show has in the past mainly featured 4WD vehicles and adventure motorcycles, but now it’s being joined over the same weekend at the same venue by the International Campervan Show featuring mainly 2WD vehicles. In actual fact the two shows will blend into one as trade stands will feature vehicle conversions, accessories, camping gear spanning all makes and type of vehicle – regardless of the powertrain! The bushcraft scene will also be represented.



New to the event is Truck Pulling. As seen in the World’s Strongest Man competition, as part of Ryan Tbo Linley’s monstrous challenge “30 TRUCKS ~ 30 TRUCKS ~ 30 METRES” in aid of the excellent Make a Wish charity, Ryan will be attempting three pulls during the course of the show. If you want to sponsor Ryan go to www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ryanthelion



Also new is the “YouTuber Village”. Featuring 20 of the most popular and highly-respected campervan bloggers around (in no particular order - Gadget John, Geeky Phil and John Virgoe to name but three). They will be available throughout the weekend to meet ‘n’ greet their followers … socially distanced of course!



We are confident that over the course of this ‘Late Summer’ edition of the event we will witness the greatest gathering of ‘heavies’ (no not Ryan!) – massive expedition trucks and live-in lorries/converted horseboxes ever seen in the UK before. In fact it’s never likely to happen again as it’s only due to ‘staycations’ this is possible at all. And don’t forget the Tuk Tuks – they will be back bigger, or should that be “smaller” than ever. One is even attempting a Cairo-to-Cape Town Challenge, true overland travel!



Due to Covid precautions, we will still have a programme of free-to-attend seminars, only these will now be held outdoors with the audience seated in covered, tiered seating (exactly the same as when we travel, we have to adapt). The confirmed schedule of speakers and timings will soon be available on the event websites and from Check-in upon arrival.



Display vehicles: Let’s face it, our event is a petrolhead’s paradise, as without the internal combustion engine overland travel in campervans and various transport wouldn’t exist. So this time around in association with the “Inspiring Campers” Facebook group we’ve gathered together an assortment of quirky vehicles you’re going to love. From trikes to airbrushed trucks, the place will be awash with hot rods, tot rods, classic cars, campers of all shapes and sizes including over 50 American RVs. The idea is to make it so diverse, there truly will be ‘something for everyone’.



Last but not least, the final day of the show (Sunday 20th September 2020) is designated as the “Family Fun Day”. Featuring reduced adult day admission (children under 16 yrs are free anyway) the day will see an assortment of children’s amusements, rides, tot rods, face painting, circus skills workshops, “Bushcraft For Kids”, displays including monster trucks – there will even be Monster Truck Rides and mini monster trucks that children can drive – plus so much more!



EVENING ENTERTAINMENT

A real must is the Severn Cider ‘Covid Secure’ Beer Tent featuring evening entertainment Fri & Sat nights. Please support the bar and the World Food Court as they are the heart of the show. Hot foods include Greek Souvlaki, Thai, Polish, Italian pizza, Indian, plus good ol’ favourites such as Fish & Chips, Pie ‘n’ Mash and breakfast/all day toasties. Food stalls open until midnight + breakfasts to help with the hangover!



Beer tent Fri night – back by popular demand are 8 Ball Joe who rock the place, a brilliant covers band “Fallen Angels” perform Saturday night. So popular was the beer tent at the Adventure Overland ‘Late Summer’ Show last September, we’ve had to extend the marquee to accommodate the expected throng … see you there! Also in the Acoustic Marquee both professional and amateur musicians will be performing, developing into a jam session as the evening goes on, so by all means bring your musical instrument and join in.



‘THE TEAM’


Unlike the majority of shows these days, the Adventure Overland Show + International Campervan Show is 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 very willing to help, unless they have a two-way 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 located to the left of the racecourse’s grandstands complex.

RVOC MEMBERS
WHAT DO YOU THINK?
SOUNDS LIKE ITS GOING TO BE A FANTASTIC WEEKEND.
JASON.

 
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AdrianP

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Sounds like it's going to be an excellent show, just a shame my tiny towable isn't big enough to tag along... :cry:

Don't think I get close enough to 5T with the truck & trailer added together... :D
 

Wombles

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The Government announcement caused a bit of a panic on the Adventure Overland Facebook pages last night but with all the precautions in place the latest is that it is still thought to be going ahead. Will be watching all this keenly as we have a lot of Funsters affected by this too.
 

lee and sheryl

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I have just spoke to the camp site at Stratford as we are there prior to the show and they said they have not been told anything yet
 
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