The 10th International Portafold & Ansfold Gathering (i.e. 2018)

Following the huge success of the 9th International Gathering we'll be at Retrofestival again. It's a massive show now and is popular with everyone.

It's held at the Newbury Showground, Priors Court, Hermitage, Thatcham, West Berkshire, RG18 9QZ; on the weekend of the 10th, 11th & 12th of August 2018.

Don't book with the organisers, contact me to get your pitch saved.

Classic Le Mans - 6th-8th July 2018

Details of events where Portafolds & Ansfolds will be on display.
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Classic Le Mans - 6th-8th July 2018

Post by Admin » Tue, 23 Aug 2016, 1:40 pm

We were planning on having a trip to Classic Le Mans in 2016 but due to illness and car breakdowns the numbers dropped below the number we wanted to make it a proper road trip across France. So, we've moved it forward to the next one in 2018. The event is on the weekend of the 6th-8th July but a couple of us are going out on the 4th July and returning on the 12th July, making it a nice little holiday. We will be using the Portsmouth to Caen ferry which gives us the minimum driving time in France (about 2 hours to the campsite), but you are more than welcome to choose your own way of getting over the channel. I'll list some options further down this post.

We've done lots of research into all the camping options both on and off the circuit, and come up with what we believe to be the best value option. Having taken advice from our friends in the Scimitar Club who have been attending the Classic Le Mans for the last 13 years, we've decided that an off-site campsite is the best value option. It's located approx 12 kms away from the track, and depending on which car park you want to park in will take between 15 to 30 mins to get to the track. It's a municipal campsite, so it's very cheap at just €9 per night, €2 for access to the toilets and showers, a €2 booking fee and a 22 cents a day tourist tax. So an 8 night stay for 2 people costs €93.52

It's located in a small town South West of Le Mans called La Suze-sur-Sarthe and it has the two municipal swimming pools right next door, both inside and outside options. The river La Sarthe runs along the side the campsite and as it's in the town it's got the towns shops and restaurants all nearby. There are also hiking trails, a picnic area and petanque at the site. You must arrive before 21:00 on the day of arrival.

Here are some pictures of the site and La Suze-sur-Sarthe (which apparently don't do the place justice):
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To book your pitch on the campsite click here: http://www.i-park.fr/

We've booked with Brittany Ferries on the Portsmouth to Caen route, and it's cost £408.00 for two people with a car and Portafold, travelling out on the 4th of July at 08:15 and returning on the 12th of July at 16:30. If you want to car share, it costs £468 for 3 adults and £528 for 4 adults.

You can book with Brittany Ferries here: http://www.brittany-ferries.co.uk/

A few of the other travel options are:

Channel Tunnel: £353.00 return ticket for two people, with a drive time of 4 hours 10 minutes to the campsite.
DFDS Dover to Calais: Anywhere between £128 and £299 for a return ticket for two people, with a drive time of 4 hours 20 minutes to the campsite.
P&O Dover to Calais: Anywhere between £136 and £381 for a return ticket for two people, with a drive time of 4 hours 20 minutes to the campsite.
DFDS Newhaven To Dieppe: Apparently a good value alternative, but they won't release their prices or schedules until January 2018. Drive time 3 hours to the campsite.


Le Mans:

Tickets for the actual event can be bought on the Thursday at the track box office for €60 and paddock passes can be bought for €25 (2016 prices).

If you're interested in joining us for all, or part of, our Classic Le Mans adventure get in touch.


European recovery/relay breakdown would be highly recommended.

Things you'll need with you to drive legally in France:
:arrow: Passport
:arrow: Driving Licence
:arrow: V5 Log book
:arrow: Insurance Certificate
:arrow: Breakdown Cover
:arrow: MOT
:arrow: Hi-Viz Vest
:arrow: GB badge (car & caravan)
:arrow: Spare glasses
:arrow: Spare bulbs
:arrow: Headlamp convertors
:arrow: Warning Triangle
:arrow: Regarding breathalyzer's; even if you don't have them the French police can't fine you as it's not been brought into law. 'As of the 25th January 2013 a driver can not be penalised for not carrying one. The fine has been postponed indefinitely.' I'm going to save my money and not bother!
Matthew
portafold.co.uk
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Re: Classic Le Mans - 6th-8th July 2018

Post by Admin » Thu, 16 Nov 2017, 4:13 pm

Where we're staying for our Classic Le Mans/France holiday trip:
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Re: Classic Le Mans - 6th-8th July 2018

Post by Admin » Thu, 30 Nov 2017, 8:03 pm

The cost of this holiday to France has come in at approx. £293 per person (based on two people in a car) for an 8 night stay with Classic Le Mans in the middle. That's including the return ferry from Portsmouth to Caen and everything else I can think of, except for road tolls, petrol, food and drink.
Matthew
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