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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!

Anita’s Caravan Park

Tallulah was on the road again last weekend, this time heading to a great looking camp site 5 miles north of Banbury – Anita’s Caravan and Camping Park.

On this adventure we will be properly testing our new larger awning both in terms of living/sleeping space with friends staying with us, and weather proofing as the conditions are forecast to be wet and windy for at least the first half of our stay.

The main reason for our trip was to attend the inaugural ‘Kombi Sleepover‘, a meeting of other Brazilian VW Bay owners from around the country, but also to test our new awning as we had friends staying with us and sleeping in it.

Tallulah with some of her friends…

We arrived shortly after 6pm and set about levelling, plugging in and pitching our awning which was somewhat challenging in the windy conditions.

All done an hour or so later so we then unpacked our picnic table and benches and had a nice relaxing meal then after a short walk to a local pub we settled in for a chat and a few more drinks before turning in for the night.

Saturday morning gave the awning a thorough test, persistent rain until after lunch and two small kids needing space to be entertained, and I’m happy to say it passed with flying colours!

The weather brightened up shortly after lunch, as did the campsite with the arrival of 9 more Brazi Bays in a wide selection of colours.

With total number of buses now at 12 the fun could really begin, everyone being introduced and having a good look around each others vans. A game of rounders ended in a tactful draw (air-cooled vs water-cooled) and we all sat round the campfire (BBQ) waiting for Kiteman’s solar lights to glow.

All setup ready for the weekend

A well earned late breakfast Sunday morning and a leisurely pack-up before heading south for a spot of lunch in Oxford.

A great weekend with lots of very nice people and great looking buses, it looks like becoming an annual event.