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Kombi Sleepover 2012, Anita’s Caravan Park

We attended the inaugural Kombi Sleepover last year and were happy to be 1 of the 13 Brazilian VW Bays to go along, however this year there was a MUCH greater buzz on the owners forum (www.brazilianvwbay.com) which itself had more than doubled in size, to the extent that we were looking at upwards of 30 Brazilian Campers attending!

Early Arrivals @ The Kombi Sleepover

We arrived on site at around 6.30pm and the organisers had already been busy setting up their event shelter and marking out ‘lanes’ to ensure everyone attending had enough space, while leaving room for other activities in the camping field that had been planned for the following day.

Within a few minutes we were pitched, leveled and plugged in with the kettle on and ready to wander round and say hello to everyone. A few more campers arrived while we were chatting and within an hour or so there were 17 Brazilian Kombis parked up – we had already beaten last years number!

Tallulah ready for viewing!

There were no fixed plans for Friday evening but we did give the local pub landlord an early Christmas present, arriving en-mass to watch the Germany/Greece game and have a few drinks.

For once the weather was playing along, so after breakfast we spent the morning tidying and preening Tallulah ready for anyone who wanted to come and take a look. There was a trophy up for grabs for “Star Kombi” voted on by everyone attending, so we then headed off to take a look at all the others.

The field is filling nicely

By 2pm there were more than 30 Kombis parked up, the field looked amazing with all the different colours, and it was time for everyone to enjoy the day with various activities:

  • Tech Workshop
  • Rounders – air-cooled vs water-cooled
  • Kombi Cooking Demo
  • VW Swap Shop and charity auction
  • Hire Company Q&A and pre-dinner drinks – (hosted by Tallulah with Brazilian cocktails!)
  • Kombi Quiz
  • Star Kombi Awards
  • 70s Disco

The day went without a hitch, the weather tried (and failed!) to dampen proceedings early evening, but the revelry continued until well past midnight. There would be some soar heads in the morning….

The campsite takes orders for fresh baked breakfast each morning, just the thing after a late night, which saved some time and allowed everyone to get packed up ready for the final activity before heading home – The Rainbow Kombi Nation photo shoot.

A few needed to leave early so we were left with 29 for the shoot and the results speak for themselves!

The Rainbow Kombi Nation

Everyone is now looking forward to next years event, think we might need a bigger field!

CamperJam – Weston Park

CamperJam is a weekend VW festival with entertainment for adults and children of all ages, as well as the normal ‘show and shine’ displays and VW traders.

We booked our weekend camping tickets in advance to save £5 each on the gate price (£30 per adult, under 16s free) – day tickets £15 – and would be setting up in the club camping area along with several other Brazilian VW Bay owners – Peppa, Scooby, Max, Ginger & Graham.

Weston Park, Shropshire is 3+ hours away from Reading cross country so we decided to go as far as Birmingham on A roads then hop on the M42 & M6 to leave us just a few miles to go along the A5.

We enjoyed the ride and made good time, arriving in almost exactly 3 hours. It took us another hour to sort ourselves out including putting up our new (larger) awning, then we took a well earned break with a tall, cold bottle of cider.

The main evening entertainment kicked off at around 9pm and wrapped up around midnight on both Friday and Saturday night and there was plenty to do and see throughout the day including children’s entertainers, Zorbing, competitions and lots more.

We packed up and set out on our journey home at around 2pm on Sunday, after a very relaxing and enjoyable weekend, and look forward to attending again next year.