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Hi everyone,

Sorry it has been so quiet from the site staff, we are all busy working on the club and the software to accommodate it. Anyhow, we are writing this thread to ask if anyone knows of a location or has a location in mind for an event that AO is thinking of planning in approx September of this year.

We would ideally need a location that has space enough for 200 cars! We are looking at a variety of areas so if you know of a location that would host up to 250 cars approx, please reply here and a member of staff will contact you. A photo would be even better if you could, but no problem if you cannot.

Please bear in mind the cost if you are offering luxurious event locations

Many thanks in Advance.

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Why not try to get an Alfaowners paddock at another event, that way people have something else to enjoy as well as the meet.

Various Hillclimbs and sprints and alsorts of things at places all through the midlands.
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This is true but we were trying to think more family orientated for our first meet but it is a great idea, thanks, keep them coming...
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Combining Ghosty's tacking on to something else and your own family ideas, what about somewhere which isn't traditionally car related.
Zoos, theme-parks, that sort of thing?
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They often have events - such as concerts, firework displays etc, at Polesden Lacey.

Its owned by the National Trust:

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Or there's Cherkley Court:

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But I not sure how many cars it could accomodate
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What about track days ect.
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Tatton Park will easy hold 250 cars

They are no stranger to Alfa either they hosted the Alfa experience last year

But it's not a very long run for me

Tatton Park

Loads for the family to do I'm trying to get an AONW day going there

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I went to an AROC meet in Aylesbury earlier this year, March I think, I went along and met up with some friends of mine. I was shocked how much they were charged to get in. They were 2 adults and one child, they got charged £6 each so a total of £18 for one car.

I read after the advent there was 650 cars at the event, that is a lot of money to park in a field.

The problem I had with it was that there was nothing for a family to do. I am glad to read you are thinking of making it more family orientated.

Things like a BBQ, a bar and some entertainment for the kids, bouncy castle or donkey rides etc. (that was straight off the top of my head)

If I was to go I would like to make it a day out for the family rather than just standing around in a field looking at other peoples cars.

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Where in the UK? Has to be central-ish to attract lots of members (3 to 4 hr drive max maybe?)
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Where in the UK? Has to be central-ish to attract lots of members (3 to 4 hr drive max maybe?)
That puts us in Yorkshire or Lincolnshire, pos, North midlands sort of geography, tying in with HM's suggestion. Am I right? Still gona' be 6 to 8 hours for the guys up north in Aberdeen, Inverness and the like. But, I know we ain't gonna be able to please every one

I quite liked Gary and Keving's suggestions. It would give me an excuse to be reasonably close to Duxford. Not allowed to book any holidays down that way as my family know I'd end up spending all my time in the museum
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I'm with GhostyDog on this one.

If this forum plans to become a car club then linking to an automotive theme if not a standalone event is important. If I wanted bouncy castles and donkey rides then Great Yarmouth or Blackpool seem to have the market in the family stakes. There are plenty of places for a family day out, the difference for a car event is cars.

Now if the cars are not interesting enough, then bouncy castles would work.

AROC have a broad menbership and cars from all eras of Alfa history, I would be concerned that an Alfaowner gathering would be rows of 156, 147, GT and GTV's.

I wish the venture well, but I can not see the unique selling point on this one that would make me drive for 3 hours there and 3 hours back.



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Chatsworth House...

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The problem I had with it was that there was nothing for a family to do. I am glad to read you are thinking of making it more family orientated.

Things like a BBQ, a bar and some entertainment for the kids, bouncy castle or donkey rides etc. (that was straight off the top of my head)

If I was to go I would like to make it a day out for the family rather than just standing around in a field looking at other peoples cars.

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So far I've never seen AROC lay on anything like you're suggesting for the kids. It's difficult to do so when there is such a wide potential age range from tots up to 16 year olds. But that is why they try to hold events at places such as the one you are talking about and hopefully that will cater for the kids. The ticket prices you mention included entry to the railway museum.

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An ideal location will be Stonor Park, just outside Henley-on Thames. Large catchmnet area, easy access from all motorways and enough space for at least 300 cars. Lovely setting. http://www.stonor.com/
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Yorkshire Sculpture Park

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So far I've never seen AROC lay on anything like you're suggesting for the kids. It's difficult to do so when there is such a wide potential age range from tots up to 16 year olds. But that is why they try to hold events at places such as the one you are talking about and hopefully that will cater for the kids. The ticket prices you mention included entry to the railway museum.

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An ideal location will be Stonor Park, just outside Henley-on Thames. Large catchmnet area, easy access from all motorways and enough space for at least 300 cars. Lovely setting. http://www.stonor.com/
Ideal location? It's not exactly central, is it? It's closer to France than it is to my house!
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Yorkshire Sculpture Park

www.ysp.co.uk

Good call and ideal for all age groups, plus there's 'things' to go do and see....
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Common Gibster they did the Kids favorite car pic last year at NAD
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Sorry chap, I didn't go last year cos it was a repeat venue that had previously not been particularly kid friendly. Nice to know they tried

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I quite liked Gary and Keving's suggestions. It would give me an excuse to be reasonably close to Duxford. Not allowed to book any holidays down that way as my family know I'd end up spending all my time in the museum
Cars and Aeroplanes, What a nice mixture and with the new Hanger open who could resist
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Duxford is a great venue. AROC had their SAD there a couple of years ago. Thoroughly enjoyable
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How about Longleat?
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I would add that both my suggestions are near Junction 9 of the M25 and have various hotels (including a Travelodge and the more expensive kind) near by.

For our international members there not (compartively) too far from Gatwick/Heathrow.

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These suggestions are turning a bit London-centric. There are other places in the country with roads and airports you know!
If you soft southerners look at a map of the country, you may be surprised to find that London is actually right in the bottom corner, not in the middle!
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