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2cvGB National

Event

Title:
2cvGB National
When:
Thu, 6. August 2020 - Sun, 9. August 2020
Where:
Barton, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
Category:
2CVGB Events
Created by:
Nigel Herring

Description

Location and accessibility

Haggis Farm is located on the outskirts of the city, directly on the M11 junction. There is easy access via the A1 from the North, the A14 from the west and M11 from the south. It is walking distance from Cambridge city centre and the historic village of Grantchester, lying just 2.6 miles (a 52 minute walk) from the heart of the city, with Park & Ride facilities at both the M11 junctions either side of the venue, offering free parking.

Site

The site is home to the annual Cambridge Rock Festival and can accommodate up to 10,000 visitors. We would occupy two fields, with good access from the M11 junction. The main field would be used for the marquee and events with access to an adjoining field for extra camping space, allowing for a quiet area. The site has drinking water taps in both fields, and the land is flat and covered in lush grass, making it perfect for camping. Dogs on leads are welcome, with no need for proof of recent worming treatment.

 

Entertainment licences

The site has all the licences we would require already in place, saving us the cost of securing our own

  • 24h x 365 day event licence (the only one in the country!)
  • Performing Rights Society (PRS) licence for public broadcast of copyrighted music and video
  • Licence to serve alcohol.

 

Entertainment

We propose to meet all the usual expectations:

  • On-site bar
  • Evening entertainment on Friday and Saturday: likely a cheaper option on Friday, such as a ceilidh organised by 2CVGB members with a live band on Saturday, supplemented by a disco each evening.
  • Afternoon entertainments on site
  • A polo match (spectator sport), for the ‘2CVGB Cup’
  • Children’s entertainments.
  • ‘Taste of Britain’ event (co-ordinated with local groups)
  • Quiz night
  • Raffle
  • Trade stands and flea market.

In addition, we have a lot of great ideas for Cambridge-specific events (note: feasibility studies required!):

  • Group trip to Duxford Imperial War Museum (two junctions down the M11) – this would be an optional extra, booked and paid for in advance. We have contacts at Duxford and may be able to organise a ‘line-up’ of vehicles there.
  • A ‘drive-in’ cinema
  • Punting trip from Cambridge to Grantchester Meadows (immortalised by Pink Floyd), possibly with a picnic/BBQ at Grantchester Meadows – again, an optional extra for the punting, but Grantchester Meadows are easily walkable from the site, so people could join us there for the picnic; alternatively, we could organise a chauffeured punting trip along the famous ‘Backs’ of the Cambridge Colleges.
  • A self-guided ‘Pink Floyd’ tour of Cambridge and surroundings, taking in sites and famous locations associated with the band and which provided inspiration for their music.
  • Bike hire from the field, giving easy car-free access to Cambridge, Grantchester or Wimpole Hall.
  • Guided Walking Tour and/or Ghost Walk of Cambridge.
  • A trip for afternoon tea at the picturesque riverside The Orchard Tea Garden in Grantchester: it really doesn’t get more quintessentially English than this!
  • Hosting a small vintage car rally (see below) for local owners of other marques on Sunday afternoon (additional interest for our members; an extra source of revenue for the Club; opportunity to promote 2CVGB to the public).

 

Local attractions 

We realise that the costs for hosting this event are at the higher end of the spectrum, however Cambridge makes a fantastic venue for a weekend away and its wealth of world-class local attractions can help us attract high visitor numbers because people can use our event as a cheap base for visiting the city, especially for those with young children. We intend to work hard on the pre-event publicity to whip-up enthusiasm:

 

  • Cambridge: ‘Town and Gown’:
    • ‘Town’: If culture isn’t your thing, Cambridge has lots of one-off shops and eateries; there’s also two modern shopping centres with all the high street names, a market selling excellent local produce and the weekly Craft Market featuring hand-made products such as paintings, jewellery and clothing.
    • ‘Gown’: If culture is your thing, you are spoilt for choice: some of the 800+ year old Colleges are open to the public, including the world-famous King’s College Chapel (home to the annual ‘Carols from King’s’ televised carol service), while the University itself has 8 amazing museums that are open to the public, all free of charge, many of which provide rich educational experiences for children, including the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (shrunken heads and totem poles) and Museum of Zoology (dinosaurs and whale skeletons); the Fitzwilliam Museum is a world-class collection of art and artefacts with everything from Henry VIII’s armour to Ming vases and Egyptian mummies. If polar exploration is your thing, there’s The Polar Museum. For art lovers, there’s Kettle’s Yard, a charming and unique private home now turned into a museum of modern art; for techies and scientists, there’s the Whipple Museum of The History of Science and the Museum of Technology (with working steam engine); for plant-lovers, there’s The Botanic Garden.
  • Duxford Imperial War Museum (two junctions down the M11): this former WWII Battle of Britain fighter station is now home to Britain’s largest aviation museum, featuring a huge collection of historic and modern aircraft including a Concorde, Spitfires, B52s, a Blackbird and a big display of military vehicles.
  • Wimpole Hall and Home Farm (2 miles from Haggis Farm): this National Trust Property is a great family-friendly day out with large parklands, landscaped by Capability Brown, a ‘petting farm’ for children and entrance to the impressive Hall.
  • Grantchester village (2km walk): this village was made famous as the home of war poet, Rupert Brooke and features in his poetry; it is now famous as the location for the popular TV series, ‘Grantchester’.
  • Audley End House and Gardens/Saffron Walden: (30 minute drive): an English Heritage property, again with lovely grounds and access to the impressive house, kitchens and stables. Saffron Walden is a mediaeval market town, made rich by the saffron industry, retaining much of its olde-world charm and character, and makes for a great afternoon out. We have contacts here, so may be able to organise something such as a line-up/scenic run etc.

 

For off-site grocery shopping, there’s large branches of Tesco (with petrol station), Sainsbury’s and Waitrose located just off the three nearest M11 junctions and an Aldi, all between 1-4 miles from the site.


Venue

Location:
Cambridge Polo Club
Street:
Haggis Farm
ZIP:
CB23 7AT
City:
Barton, Cambridge
State:
Cambridgeshire
Country:
United Kingdom

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