Posts Tagged ‘Leeds VW Festival’

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Apologies for my absence – AGAIN!!!!!! (How many times have I said this over the last few years? Shameful really).

Once more I’ve been busy; Incredibly so πŸ˜‰

But rather than go through a long list of everything that’s held my attention and caused me to neglect my blogging duties so badly for months on end, I think It’s possibly best to publish a series of mini-posts containing the edited highlights of life at Bully Bus HQ over the past few months………. In no particular order.

I’ll start with VW shows, shall I?

I wanted to cry a little bit inside when I saw this ;)

I wanted to cry a little bit inside when I saw this πŸ˜‰

First up: Β Volkspower V, held at the rugby ground in Redcar.

What can I say about this show that I haven’t already said? I love it! It’s one of the few dates in the annual show calendar where I can honestly put my hand on my heart and say I can’t wait for it to come round.

This year it was bigger than ever, celebrating it’s fifth birthday and looking quite the grown-up. Lots of air-cooled vehicles in attendance, brilliant entertainment, fabulous crowd of people and wall to wall sunshine; A really busy weekend in a glorious seaside setting.

A nice Scottish man who turned up once or twice for a chat :)

A nice Scottish man who turned up once or twice for a chat πŸ™‚

A Subaru Sambar - Very, very wrong on all levels but entertaining to see the look on people's faces if they've not seen one before ;)

A Subaru Sambar – Very, very wrong on all levels but entertaining to see the look on people’s faces if they’ve not seen one before πŸ˜‰

Excuse me whilst I just drool quietly for a few moments........

Excuse me whilst I just drool quietly for a few moments……..

Sunday's Show'n'Shine attendee - gob smackingly awesome!

One of Sunday’s show ‘n’ shine attendees – gob smackingly awesome!

Another thumbs up for the fish hats!

Another thumbs up for the fish hats!

Awwwwwwhhh! Look at the little trailer!

Awwwwwwhhh! Look at the little trailer!

Lower than your Granpappie's nuts!

Lower than your Granpappie’s nuts!

OK - Just one more little bit of drool and I'm done ;)

OK – Just one more little bit of drool and I’m done πŸ˜‰

A marvellous weekend – Even when we had to call the Green Flag out to get us started after breaking down at the petrol forecourt on the way there!!!!! Now that’s a story in itself; Best saved for a later date……..

We didn’t break down on the way home which is all that matters really – And just as well, as a week or so later we headed off to Dub Odyssey, at Hooton Lodge, Rotherham.

Another show that’s grown hugely over the last few years. It used to be held at the Worksop Rugby Ground where we’d all squeeze in like sardines round the edge of the field; These days there’s a bit more legroom πŸ˜‰

Plenty of vehicles to look at, lovely people (although not quite a full house as there were a few rogues in attendance around the campsite who didn’t necessarily show full consideration to their neighbours), a good scattering of folks from my VW club – Leeds Volkswagen Collective and slightly more challenging weather throughout the weekend.

An award winning bus from the LVC was in attendance ;)

An award winning bus from the LVC was in attendance πŸ˜‰

Yay! Another Bully Bus - Look closely and you can see one of them standing guard at the rear.

Yay! Another Bully Bus – Look closely and you can see one of them standing guard at the rear.

Apparently the view was lovely from up there ;)

Apparently the view was lovely from up there πŸ˜‰

A fellow LVC member's rather gorgeous bus - We lost track of how many times Daz walked round the show - It was exhausting just to watch!

A fellow LVC member’s rather gorgeous bus – We lost track of how many times Daz walked round the show – It was exhausting just to watch!

No break-downs to report from Odyssey – But we were ready with a rubber mallet just in case we needed to tap the starter motor πŸ˜‰ A rubber mallet, that coincidently, and on reflection, I should probably hit myself over the head with for making a poor choice as regards the show we attended next………….

Leeds VW Festival, Harewood. Or as I like to call it, ‘The Doorstep Challenge’.

I don’t know why I go there to be honest; I’ve seldom enjoyed it. I think it must be some kind of loyalty thing coupled with the fact that it’s only six miles away from home………………. not really good enough reasons to hand over my hard-earned cash for a truly lacklustre experience 😦

I’d love to say that there was something fresh and exciting to see there this year – But there just wasn’t; I’d love to say that that’s just my opinion – But everyone I spoke to was saying exactly the same thing 😦 It’s sad to say but it was the same old vehicles to look at, a trade area that resembled a rather large car boot sale, Mad Max scene re-enactments on one of the camp sites and, seemingly, a lot of cashing in on the organisers part. Β I paid for a pitch measuring 5 metres wide by 10 metres deep and ended up having to shoe-horn the tent and two vehicles into a 5m x 7m space – 15 square metres short! And bearing in mind we’ve usually taken three vehicles there…………

I’d post lots of piccies if I’d bothered to take more than a few; I didn’t……… so here’s the highlight of the weekend for me:

A dog wearing beer goggles - Maybe I should have borrowed them for a while for a better view of a lacklustre show ;)

A dog wearing beer goggles – Maybe I should have borrowed them for a while for a better view of a lacklustre show πŸ˜‰

Finally, there’s G.O.T.H, Arley Hall, Cheshire – The jewel in the crown!

On an equal par with Volkspower it’s a date I wouldn’t want to miss on the annual calendar. It’s everything that’s right about VW shows; Just an all-round awesome weekend! Non-stop laughter surrounded by some of the loveliest people on the planet. Chilled, relaxed, family orientated – everything you need to restore your faith in the world πŸ˜‰

It was Mr Other Half’s first time in attendance this year; He’s making plans for next year already………..

……..Plans for what dress he’s going to wear for the drag race!

Mr Other Half loved it so much that he bought the t-shirt!

Mr Other Half loved it so much that he bought the t-shirt!

The annual show'n'shine consists of three vehicles - Not the biggest show in the world; But arguably the BEST!

The annual show ‘n’ shine consists of three vehicles – Not the biggest show in the world; But arguably the BEST!

Plenty of room to just kick back and relax.

Plenty of room to just kick back and relax.

A small, handpicked trade presence - No repeats or wall to wall t-shirt traders, sticker sellers etc

A small, handpicked trade presence – No repeats or wall to wall t-shirt traders, sticker sellers etc

Plenty of time to chill whilst enjoying a recent purchase of a rather striking fish hat, pixie style stocking cap etc.......

Plenty of time to chill whilst enjoying a recent purchase of a rather striking fish hat, pixie style stocking cap etc…….

Family fun at the sports day!

Family fun at the sports day!

I lied when I said I'd stop drooling!

I lied when I said I’d stop drooling!

Gorgeous pets are kept on a leash at all times........ I'm drooling again, aren't I?

Gorgeous pets are kept on a leash at all times…….. I’m drooling again, aren’t I?

Some of the local stunners could have done with being kept on a lead too........ Mr Other Half's turn to drool now after this lovely lady kept giving him the nod!

Some of the local stunners could have done with being kept on a lead too…….. Mr Other Half’s turn to drool now after this lovely lady kept giving him the nod!

Simply stunning Darling!

Simply stunning Darling!

The Drag Race line-up - Every year it just gets bigger and better!

The Drag Race line-up – Every year it just gets bigger and better!

Lol! And there’s me saying this would be a mini-post!

I’ll sign off now whilst ending on a high; Can’t wait for next year’s shows!

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It’s the time of year I kind of like the most…….. the annual VW show that’s right on our doorstep; Leeds VW Festival at Harewood House – just six miles away from home.

Billy the Bulli and Vince Bully Bus have both been prepped; Ale has been purchased in sinful amounts and nibbles are ready to be consumed by the countless friends that pop by to say, ‘HELLO!’ Come what may, we’ll be setting up camp tomorrow afternoon and hopefully updating the blog over the weekend at regular intervals……. fingers crossed……

The weather forecast says that there might be rain over the weekend – it’s been kind of a tradition with LVW Fest over the last seven years…… But this is the first time it’s scheduled to run as a full weekend event though. I hope there’s no mud! Regardless, I think it’ll be a good weekend at Camp Big Blue whether the sun shines or not……. πŸ˜‰

Will there be evidence of fibre related goodies? You bet yer life there will! Lots of hand knitted and crocheted daftness, plus some rather gorgeous vintage glamping essentials and a few tea trolleys added in for good measure……. and that’s just in our tent πŸ˜‰

A sneaky peek?

Festival Owl Hat: Pattern courtesy of the very talented mamachee on Etsy πŸ˜‰

Owls are a bit of a Leeds thing; They’re also set to be the uber cool theme in accessories (Again!!!!!) this Autumn.

You know what they say………. Get ahead; Get a hat!

And I know of a nice little trade tent in the heart of Yorkshire where they’ll sort you out just right…. πŸ˜‰

Check out the website:Β http://www.vwfestival.co.uk/

or come and say ‘Hello’ at Camp Big Blue ; You’ll be very welcome πŸ˜‰