– by Mark Stutt of Camperscape (VW camper hire)
Dubs In’t Dales
This is a very new to the scene and welcome addition to the growing list of VW shows happening in the North East of England; it’s really a bonus not having to travel to the other end of the country to get my VW show fix (we’re from Tynemouth) and I found out about it as I follow Kate one of the organisers on Twitter (@ClassicVolks) and Facebook.
With it being so close and especially in the Dales (one of my favourite areas in England) made it a no-brainer to go to. The price of £10 per campervan (for one nights camping and all entertainment) was a bargain!
The location at the Nidderdale Showground was perfect! Two minutes walk from the high street of the lovely village of Pateley Bridge was a pleasant change to being stuck in a field miles from any facilities and I’m sure the pubs, shops and takeaways had a roaring trade that weekend.
The whole event had a really nice laid back vibe (like the shows back in the day), with enough trade stands and food stalls to keep you going for the two days and some great bands performing from an articulated lorry trailer as a stage (very old skool!). I met up with some old VW friends and made some new ones and the folks attending were a nice mix of old, young, families and couples and everyone got along nicely.
The show ‘n’ shine attracted some lovely buses, beetles and more modern VWs, my favourite though was a distinctly non-shiny ’53 Barn Door bus with more patina then the Titanic!
The weekend past too quickly and I’ve heard they want to make it a two-nighter next year; where do I sign up for tickets?
Mighty Dub Fest
This show is now in it’s third year (after moving from Newcastle Racecourse) and is settled in Druridge Bay, a fantastic coastal location with the beach two minutes from the beer tent!
Possibly the biggest show in the region (apologies to VolksPower in Redcar if that’s incorrect), the camping areas are around the lake with a large marquee housing the bar and stage for the plentiful bands that appeared. There was also a dance tent, plenty of trade stands (we were one – Camperscape), food and drink stalls and other things to keep the bairns happy. I know quite a few people in the local VW clubs and it was great to unwind listening to a few bands, having a laugh and catching up with people. This event coincided with Euro 2012 and the footy was even screened in the main tent!
Unfortunately the ‘so called’ British Summer didn’t arrive, but a monsoon did and the event was quickly re-christened Mighty Mud Fest! Barry and the other organisers and the local council and park staff battled to prevent it going the way of so many other VW shows this year and thanks to their efforts it wasn’t cancelled. There’s nothing the organisers could do about the weather and people pulled on their wellies and got on with enjoying themselves.
I also bumped into a former work colleague and it was great to catch up with Mark and Angela again, she runs tribal belly dancing classes (I didn’t join the workshop you’ll be pleased to hear!).
These two events show the variety of VW festivals that are happening now in the North East and all the organisers should give themselves a pat on the back for putting the North East firmly on the VW map. See you at the Tynemouth Classic VW Rally on the 28 July!