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R-Fest 2011 - Information here

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Thought I would post this on here as a few people from this forum missed it last year :)


Venue: Billing Aquadrome

Saturday 30th July – Sunday 31st July 2011

What is R-Fest?

R-Fest is United Kingdom's yearly Volkswagen 'R' model event. Offering owners the change to pull up a camping chair, have a beer and get the chance to talk with fellow performance VW owners about their cars, their modifications and share some like-minded banter over a hot summers weekend.

The event caters specifically for the R32, R36, R50, Golf/Scirocco R and VR6 models.

After a succesful 2010 the R-Fest show will now be held every year at Billing Aquadrome in Northampton. Easily located off the M1 it offers owners the ability to camp or stay in an on-site hotel, keep the kids busy at the Funfair, enjoy a meal or even do your supermarket shopping!

Not only that, as the showfield is exclusively held for this event all our members are entitled to a £5 per night discount on camping. Shower facilities are also provided free of charge and for those of you who just don't 'do' camping we have a choice of three recommended hotels.

Any questions about the event can be answered on the R32OC Forum and this thread will be continuously updated with information on what is planned over the weekend!

So, park your car, pitch your tent and enjoy the weekend!

Where can I stay?

R-Fest is really all about the camping experience, so the most obvious place to stay is of course Billing Aquadrome! All members are entitled to a £5 discount camping on the Friday & Saturday night if booked in advance. So this will be the cheapest option by far.

In order to book your Camping Place you need to call Billing Aquadrome reservations office on 01524 781453, tell them you are with the R-Fest Show and quote our reference number (32BA11). Pre-booking will also ensure you are allocated into the right field (Shelduck 1)

As with last year, anyone planning to camp or attend both days at the R-Fest show this year should book as soon as convenient. Whilst we should be okay as our field is reserved Club Polo had issues in 2009 with Billing Organisers trying to move their show onto smaller fields due to lack of pre-booking. Only to find 100+ people turning up to camp on the weekend for that show! It would be a shame to see R models being 'diluted' into the Club Polo and dare I say it, Calibra Club fields.

Billing Aquadrome details;

Website: Billing Aquadrome Holiday Park Northampton | Home

Telephone: 01524 781453



Overnight Camping - £15.00 per overnight stay for one car (up to 4 people). No limitation on the size of the tent. This gives you two days access to Billing Aquadrome.

In order to book your Camping Place you need to call 01524 781453, tell them you are with the R-Fest Show at Teal Meadow and quote our reference number (R32OC) in order to get the £5 discount. Please note that if you are planning to attend both days and are staying outside of Billing Aquadrome that you are still better off buying a camping pass as this will still save you £5 over the weekend.

Day Entry - Day passes are £10.00 for one car (up to four people)

The next step up from a tent is the Billing Camping Pods at £35.00 a night. This is essentially a tent-sized wooden pod which sleeps two adults and two Children and are located approximately 100 yards from our field. This is a nice option for those who hate putting tents up. They are also better suited to families with very young children and babies, but please bare in mind you still need to bring sleeping bags as they are not provided in the price.

Other options

For those of you who hate the thought of the great outdoors there is a Premier Inn located just outside the Entrance to Billing Aquadrome offering great views of the Marina. Rooms can be booked from as little as £29 per night if booked in advance. Click here for more details click here; Premier Inn Northampton Gt Billing/A45 Hotel UK

UPDATE 25th April. This hotel is fully booked.


Please note that anyone visiting Welcome to the R-fest 2010 website will be directed to this forum.

I'm hoping to have the site updated with 2011 dates as soon as possible. In the meantime everything that will be on the site will be posted on here.

Who's going?

A complete attendance list can be found here - R-Fest 2011 Attendance list

If you would like to be added to the list please post your username, vehicle and what days you will be attending.

Will there be a Show & Shine?


Yes. The Show & Shine will take place on Sunday and any people wishing to take part will need to park there car in the middle of the field as directed by R-Fest Marshalls prior to 12:00pm.

All cars will have to be complete and cleaned by midday (12:00pm) in order for the three Judges to check them over and the winner will be announced at 2:00pm.

The criteria for the Show & Shine and how your vehicle will be judged is below. There are five categories and the opportunity to earn 50 points in each one.

1: Wheels, tyres and arches

2: Paint work

3: Shuts & gaps

4: Engine bay

5: Interior.

There will be a prize for 1st and 2nd places. Prizes will be confirmed nearer the date

1st - TBC

2nd - TBC

The cost to enter the Show & Shine is only £5 and any VR6 or 'R' qualifies. All proceeds will go to the running costs of the show (food etc)

What Trade Stands will there be?

Despite the amazing success of the show last year many of our forum sponsors do not consider the show large enough to justify attending. However, I am still working on a few aftermarket suppliers to see what we can do on this. At the moment we have exactly the same as 2010.

Ipswich Audi - Providing discounted OEM R32 specific parts. As most items sold out within the first morning they will have a much larger stock of oil and expanding range of R32 items such as brake pads and discs etc.

Dent Devils - Forum member 'The Dent Wizard' will be offering his services for the reduced rate of £25 per panel again this year for basic dents. Again this was an extremely popular service last year.

R-Fest 2011 Field Layout



I have a question, where can I ask it?

Any questions can be asked on this thread: R Fest questions

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Deleted because I know the place and its a Hole and I'd hate people to waste money on it.

Edited by shao_khan

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