Dub-Vacation 2013

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Hi all, just received this and thought I would pass it on as had a fantastic time last year. Please see website for further details, pics, prices and booking.


Don't forget that Dub Vacation is returning to Stonham Barns on August 5th to 11th 2013. Even more great news, it is combining with BUS JAM this year, which will therefore be the 'feature event' at the end of the Dub Vacation holiday week. All Dub Vacation visitors will have an inclusive ticket to BUS JAM. Quite frankly, given some weekend event prices, an average cost of around £55 each for the whole week of Dub Vacation and the BUS JAM show, it's the closest you'll get to a free holiday!

Please also forward this email to anyone you wish, if you feel that they might be interested in the best innovation in VW events for decades!

Brett Hawksbee

How can we explain Dub Vacation if you have never been? Well it is a VW ‘Event’, but it is also a holiday. It is equally enjoyable as a family holiday or for a group of friends, it is unbelievable value for money, is jam packed with things to do throughout the week, and also includes entry to BUS JAM, held at the same venue on the weekend. The activities and workshops arranged to make DubVacation a memorable week for all visitors, are with very few exceptions free of charge once you have booked your holiday. There is a superb range of activities for all the family, throughout the week. Last year many of the activities were oversubscribed, and whilst everyone had a great time, and got to take part in their chosen activities, we will be adding several more sessions of both activities and workshops through the week. We even have some fantastic new activities planned, including ORBing and Go-Karting. These activites and workshops really make Dub Vacation incredible value for money. The entire week’s holiday, all activities, and weekend pass to BUS JAM will cost you on average around £55. The total number of pitches at Dub Vacation is restricted to 250, to ensure that everyone gets to enjoy the activities and workshops they wish to take part in. Just about everyone who attended the first Dub Vacation in 2012, has expressed their intention to be back for Dub Vacation #2, so we expect to sell out well before the event. It is a great week, and works equally well for families or groups of friends. Below is a list of the many and varied activities you can take part in during the week. For a full list of ‘workshop’ type sessions, click on ‘About the Workshops’ above, or go here

Archery – (Free)

Dates and times – Wednesday 7th August, 10am -5pm, Thursday 8th August, 2pm – 5pm. Register anytime during the day at the registration marquee. You can pick your time slot, or join the next available group. Archery is one of our feature activities during the DubVacation holiday. We’re sure it will be a popular choice with visitors. You should plan to be spending around an hour under instruction, and bookings will be taken for each hour in advance, on the day. Before firing off the arrows at the target, you’ll be led out to the archery range to learn how to safely handle the bow. An experienced specialist instructor will then provide tuition on the techniques of archery, so you should be at least hitting the target, if not the bullseye. We think you’ll be surprised at just how good you will be after just one lesson. The archery lesson will be tailored to suit your ability, so it doesn’t matter if you’ve never held a bow before, in fact we expect that to be the case with most participants.

Bands/DJs/Music at Dub Vacation – (Free)

Each evening at Dub Vacation will feature DJs/Disco. One or two evenings, tbc, will also feature acoustic performer(s). All visitors to Dub Vacation will also have access to the superb entertainment of the Second Annual UK BUS JAM, running at Stonham Barns from 9th to 11th August 2013. We also have opportunities for any local bands who might be interested in the chance to perform at Stonham Barns during Dub Vacation (evening slots). Email [email protected]

Thursday is the Big night for Dub Vacation however, with a major Dub Vacationers only ‘Fancy Dress Thursday’, before we get into the ‘combined with Bus Jam’ shenanigans.

Bar and Evening Activities
From Monday through to Sunday, the bar will be open every night, for reasonably priced drinks, and with DJ’s or musicians every night of the holiday week. It’s a lively, social area very close to the campsite, and was the hub of social activity during many evenings at Dub Vacation #1. If you need to bring children with you that is ok, although on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evening it will be possible to settle them down for a few hours of films and video, in the company of a CRB checked minder, just a short distance from the bar itself. Other evening activities usually revolve around groups of campers throwing impromptu barbeque parties to which anyone is invited. Many new friendships were formed in 2012, and the social aspect of Dub Vacation will be even better in 2013.

Bird of Prey Flying Demonstrations
This activity features demonstrations with owls and other birds of prey. Times and dates are currently being arranged.Apart from the organised display/demonstration, it is possible at any time to visit the Owls and other birds of prey, Meerkats, Red Squirrels, and other animals featured in the British Bird of Prey Centre which is also on the StonhamBarns site. A massive 50% discount has been arranged against the usual prices for the week, and is available to everyone at DubVacation. A pass, to enable you to visit anytime and as often as you wish throughout the week, is now just £17.50 for a family of 5. And as little as £6.25 for a single adult full week pass!

Boules/Petanque – (Free)
New for 2013, a proper ‘Championship’ Petanque pitch, with professional ‘Boules’. So there’s no excuse for not having a proper Petanque Championship during the week then! Available for leisurely practice matches anytime, we expect anyone finding that they have a ‘knack’, to get into the spirit, and play in the Dub Vacation Championship League. Yes of course there’s a trophy for the overall champion!
Buggy Build – (Free)
Throughout Dub Vacation #2, we will be building a ‘buggy’. Not a beach buggy, but a driveable ‘special’, scratch built from a donor beetle. It is well known that very little modification is needed to make a Beetle floorpan driveable, and with some welding equipment, some steel tubing, and a bit of luck, we should be able to construct a vehicle which all builders can get to drive around the ‘off-road’ course at Stonham Barns. Everyone is welcome to contribute their time and ideas for the buggy build, which will start on Tuesday 6th August. Tools and equipment will be provided, and we will be putting our handiwork on display at Bus Jam during the weekend.

Children’s Treasure Hunt – (Free)

There is plenty to do at DubVacation for children of various ages, but children of all ages from 2 to 16 can enjoy the DubVacation ‘Treasure Hunt’. It may not be cool enough for teenagers, (who after all are old enough to try the archery, clay shoot etc) but it is definitely a rewarding activity for the younger kids. The treasure hunt areas are restricted to areas safe from moving vehicles etc. , and the search time is limited to 1 hour each day. ‘Tokens’ are randomly and liberally scattered around the areas each day, and once found, can either be exchanged in various quantities for small prizes, mostly sweets and small toys, or saved in an effort to try to collect the highest individual number of tokens. The child checking in the highest number of tokens at midday on Friday, will win the week’s ‘Top Treasure Hunter’ award.

Children’s Entertainers – (Free)
As well as all the other child friendly activities at Dub Vacation, on Thursday 8th August, Saturday 10th, and Sunday 11th August we have two different children’s entertainers attending for ‘party sessions’, with balloon modelling, face painting, juggling, and a host of other activities. These special sessions are each two hours long, and all children attending are welcome. They take place on Thursday at 3.30pm, immediately after the Children’s Treasure Hunt, and on Saturday and Sunday at 1pm. As with all of the activities arranged specifically for Dub Vacation, there is no additional charge. The latter two of the three ‘party sessions’ will actually take place during the weekend, and also form part of the attractions at ‘Bus Jam’, but of course everyone attending Dub Vacation is automatically entitled to attend Bus Jam during the weekend.

Climbing Wall – (Free)
The climbing wall was a busy attraction at Dub Vacation last year, and we’re sure that in 2013 it will be just as busy and popular. The wall has various ‘skill level’ routes and climbing methods, and can be climbed equally safely by quite small children or more senior climbers. You are attached at all times to a safety harness, so should you slip, or decide for whatever reason ‘enough is enough’… you will be gently absailing back to the ground. The climbing wall will be a free feature attraction on Friday at Dub Vacation, transferring to Bus Jam for the weekend, where you can continue to climb on a ‘pay and play’ basis.

Cruises to Southwold and Aldeburgh – (Free)
During the week of Dub Vacation, there are organised cruises to two of the most beautiful coastal towns in Suffolk, Southwold (29 miles) and Aldeburgh (25 miles). Everyone taking part will assemble at Stonham Barns, and given route maps, timings and locations of activities. You can choose to spend the day exploring the destination town or other local parts of the Suffolk coastline. You can also visit tourist attractions or venues in each town, where you can collect, in sealed envelopes, 3 playing cards. On your return, you can check your cards in, which along with the two ‘house’ cards, (undisclosed until you get back to prevent cheating) will form your hand. Whoever checks in the best hand will win a years subscription to a VW magazine of their choice.The Southwold ‘Poker Run’ will leave Stonham Barns at 10am on Tuesday 6th August, The Aldeburgh ‘Poker Run’ will leave Stonham Barns at 10am on Friday 9th August.

Fishing Lakes
The fishing lakes are set in a tree lined corner away from the hustle and bustle. Both lakes contain a mixture of Carp (to 25lbs), Tench and Bream. The lakes are open 7 days a week. There is a small shop which provides and sells a small selection of drinks and snacks, as well as tackle and bait. It is open throughout the day on every day of DubVacation, including arrival day Monday, before too many of the other activities have got under way. At Dub Vacation #1 in 2012, the fishing lakes proved very popular, and in light of that we are planning to include a competition element during Dub Vacation #2. The contest will consist of two 2 hour sessions in the early evening on Wednesday and Thursday, which gives any keen fishermen a couple of days to familiarise themselves with the lake, and practice their tactics. There’s a Dub Vacation Trophy for the best specimen and for the overall winner. Day tickets are usually £6, although we are in the process of negotiating a single hire fee for the entire lake for the four hours, which may reduce the individual cost during the match.

Go Karts – (Free)
New for 2013, and suitable for adults and larger children, Grasstrack Go-Karts. As a feature activity, Karting will be available as a free activity during Dub Vacation, during the period the holiday runs in parallel with Bus Jam. A temporary circuit will be laid out for the weekend, and everyone on Dub Vacation will be entitled to have a free session on Saturday or Sunday.

Golf Course and Driving Range
The golf course at Stonham Barns is a nice little tester for your short irons and short game, ideal for beginners high handicappers, and junior golfers too. The greens are generally small but in great condition. There are 2 par 4 holes and the rest are short par 3′s. The course is suitable for any golfer to play a round with raw beginners; perhaps after a lesson with the resident PGA pro on the 28 bay range.

The price of a round is £5, and for £8.50 you can purchase a day pass, and hone your short game to your hearts content until the sun goes down. Discounts on these prices for Dub Vacation visitors are currently being arranged. If we manage to achieve any savings on these already modest prices, we will update this information accordingly.

The Stonham Barns Golf Centre includes a 28 bay covered driving range, with a putting green and a practice bunker. It is open throughout the day on every day of DubVacation, including arrival day Monday, before too many of the other activities have got under way. It’s an excellent place for golfers of all abilities to hone their game, or just to get a bit of practice in before venturing out onto the course.

Hovercraft Driving – (Free)
They say it’s just like driving a car. Except one with 4 flat tyres, on ice. Learn to control the machine’s movement as it travels on a cushion of air around the course, or as close to the course as you can manage! You might expect to pay around £60 for the hovercraft driving experience, but at Dub Vacation it is free. Book your session on the day in the registration marquee, or wait for the next available slot. Last year we were let down by the Hovercraft provider, and although these things sometimes happen, we will be doing our very best to ensure that a reliable provider is used for Dub Vacation #2.

Laser Clay Shoot – (Free)
At the Dub Vacation Laser Shooting events, you will use the very latest system, with deactivated shotguns fitted with a laser beam to shoot at clays fitted with a reflective strip. We have daytime sessions, and also night sessions with glow in the dark clays! Guns fire an infra-red beam at the reflective and reusable clays – ‘hits’ appear on the giant Laser Clays Scoreboard. The automatic scoreboard keeps track of your progress and lets you know who is Top Gun. Laser Clay Pigeon Shooting is suitable for men and women and from around 8 years upwards. As a feature event, it will take place throughout two full days of the holiday, and we’re sure it will be a popular choice with visitors. You should plan to be spending around half an hour under instruction, and bookings will be taken for each session in advance, on the day.

Orbing/Zorbing – (Free)
Whatever you choose to call it, Orbing or Zorbing, it’s basically rolling around inside a giant ball. As yet, the plans to include this activity are in the early stages. If we can possibly arrange to conduct this activity on water, utilising one of the two lakes, then that is what we will do. If that does not prove possible, there’s still plenty of fun to be had

Sand Sculpturing and play ‘Beach’ – (Free)
Throughout the week, we will install a play ‘beach’ and provide sandcastle buckets, rakes and spades. You can of course also bring your own buckets and spades. We proved at Dub Vacation #1, that this simple activity provides hours of enjoyment for the kids, but to our surprise many adults just couldn’t help but get involved. Enough that we are also providing a stock of sand especially suitable for grown up ‘Sand Sculptures’, and assuming that they all survive, we will be having a sand sculpture ‘Show & Shine’. Last year the bar was set (very high), with a VW Campervan, complete with glow in the dark lights! This is the kind of sand sculpture you need to outdo for Dub Vacation #2.

Volleyball – (Free)
Volleyball at DubVacation will be available on request for a 30 minute session whenever you fancy a knockabout. If you are on your own or in a small group, feel free to ask to join in with players already on the pitch. You can play in teams of 2 upwards, and from dawn to dusk all week. The volleyball court this year is set up on grass, not sand, and official competition volleyballs are available from the administration office.

As well as all the activities listed here, there is another huge list of ‘things to do’ under the heading of ‘Workshops’. To find out more, go here.
Found the website and date last night. Holiday forms going in first thing tomorrow...

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