On Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th of June the Rotary Club of Bath’s Festival of Motoring will be returning to Walcot Rugby Ground for a weekend full of beautiful vintage motors and the very latest Supercars. If your father is a lover of classic cars and the open road then this could be just the thing to visit in Bath this Sunday. Last year the event had over 500 exhibitors and 6,000 visitors!
Some of the entertainments on offer include the Lansdown Model Flying Club’s display of radio controlled model aircraft (these include aerobatic, scale and helicopters); four lane slot car racing (think competitive scalextric, with prizes to win and lap records to beat); free massages on Saturday afternoon from Oceania Therapies; and even laser clay pigeon shooting (which we didn’t know existed until now and is something we definitely have to try).
In additional to these entertainments, and the cars themselves of course, there will also be live music performed throughout the weekend. On the Saturday Bobby Martian & The Planets will be performing a collection of 60s and 70s classic blues and R&B. The Supanauts, festival veterans who’ve played at the likes of Glastonbury and Edinburgh, are booked for the Saturday also, but are a heavy metal rock band who pay a powerful tribute to Black Sabbath.
On the Sunday, the Park Lane Big Band, who will be playing. Also on Sunday will be the Bellini Girls who have a vintage/glitz/glam/elegance feel to them. They blend a mix of music from the 40s and 50s together with their close harmony singing style to great effect, along with a few more modern hits and musical hits. Similar, but at the same time utterly different, are FiFi LaRoux and the Prohibition Band who are a 1920s/30s era jazz band with theatrical flair and a lot of class. They too will be performing on the Sunday. As will the Royal High School Junior School Choir, who perform at several other events throughout the year so are more than your average school choir.
The opening times are 10-5 on the Saturday and 10-4 on the Sunday. Well-behaved dogs on leads are welcome and day tickets are £10 for adults (£7 in advance), £5 for children (£3.50 in advance), and £25 for families (£18 in advance) of 2 adults and up to 3 children aged between 5 and 16 – children under 5 go free. Tickets are available via http://www.bathfestivalofmotoring.com/tickets/ or on the gate.
The event is being held in aid of two main charities; Freewheelers, a charity which provides volunteer motorcyclists who transport blood and essential life-saving products all over the country, and Time to Share, a group which organises support and services to improve the lives of disabled children in Bath.