The Show that’s not a Show

The Show that’s not a Show

This was our first VW event with Dubs in Law VW Club, who describe their Group as:

Dubs in Law VW Club: Launched a long, long time ago Dubs in Law is for drivers, owners and enthusiasts of any Volkswagen variant. The club caters for owners of both standard and modified vans/cars of all ages. What we offer: We offer family days out club meets/events. We offer information that could save you a lot of money to fix/replace on your car. We also have great sponsors that work very closely with the club and offer great deals. Features: Sponsor Discounts, Family Days Out, Advice on Fix/Replacement Part, Member base Growing Daily, Friendly Forum, Sale/Wanted Section. No Fees! If you like what you see then give us a try we are all here for the same reason, family friendly meets and camp outs.

The Show that’s not a Show was their inaugural Show and was being held near Lowton only 30 minutes from our home. It was a pleasant change to have such a short trip to an event and we arrived before 3pm to set up camp. We were greeted by the Dubs in Law team and allocated a pitch quite close to the show field, but avoiding the noisy end of the campsite. I say campsite, but the show was actually held at Laylands Farm, whose owner Jayne was quite a character. We chatted with her quite a few times over the weekend – often when she brought people to look in our Glawning!

The weather forecast had been for cloudy grey skies but with very little rain. They got that one wrong because there were several heavy showers over the weekend and the ground started to get fairly muddy. It was also extremely cold at times with a lazy northerly wind – this was our first time using a bio ethanol burner in the stove and whilst it certainly took the chill off, it definitely wasn’t as hot as burning wood.

For a first time event, the Show was very well organised – we could have done with a slightly larger pitch (we had to leave the Glawning disconnected from Absinthe) but overall we were impressed by how well things went and how friendly everyone was throughout the weekend. The Show was sold out and the field gradually filled up throughout the day. Glawnings were well represented and attracted lots of attention as usual.

There were several traders attending, providing food, drink and other merchandise. We particularly liked the Little Tipple Truck and their converted Tuk Tuk and returned for quite a few different gins over the course of the weekend. It helps that they’re such friendly people and always had time for a chat. Cheers guys!

There was entertainment over the weekend too, with plenty for children to get involved with and great music for everyone. We really enjoyed 2Toned Duo, two guys doing Ska, Reggae and Two Tone music – here’s their video from YouTube:

There were lots of vans to admire around the field – and, as usual, a couple I would have taken home.

I was impressed by the lengths the organisers went to, to grab photos of the site, and I’m looking forward to seeing the ones taken by the official photographer.

We had to leave on Sunday as we’re off to Seville this week and had lots to do beforehand, so we quickly took the Glawning down before the rain came again. Inevitably, once we’d left the sun came out and it was sunny if cold afternoon. We were home by 2pm and, to be on the safe side, we draped the Glawning over the dining table in our conservatory to dry before packing it away. Its next outing will be at Glampfest in Yorkshire and we can’t wait.

Many thanks to everyone who have let me use their photos – it’s much appreciated.

Things we’ve learned:

A muddy field is no barrier to fun

You can’t beat a bit of Ska

Rhubarb & Ginger Gin? Yes, please

It can be flippin’ cold in May

Having a lazy lie in until 11.15 could be the future

Everyone loves a Glawning

Small local events shouldn’t be missed

Alison is still pining for a puppy

There’s a full set of photos here: Flickr


  1. wheaty

    Sounds like an amazing show. Great photos… as usual!


  2. Lins

    The photographers’ took it to another level! Love it!


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