Cotswold Alfa Day - 28th June 2009
Organised by the AROC Cotswold Section.
The venue will be Sudeley Castle in Winchcombe, Gloucestershire.
Winchcombe is on the B4632 about 5 miles north of Cheltenham, not far from Prescott Hill, and is around 20 minutes from junction 9 of the M5. It's a splendid venue and right in the heart of the Cotswolds too. It was once the home of Katherine Parr, the last wife of Henry VIII, and although some of the castle is a private home and not open to the public, the Long Room and the adjoining galleries are, and they contain a fascinating exhibition covering the Tudors and other important episodes in the castles history. As well as this there is also a sizeable restaurant, a gift shop, a plant centre, a pheasantry, a large adventure playground, a chapel containing Katherine Parr's tomb, and acres of beautiful gardens.
There will as usual be a drive to the main event location and this time we will be starting from Blades coffee shop, in the Old Prison at Northleach. It's got a generous car park and it's nice and easy to find being just half a mile south of the roundabout where the A429 Fosse Way crosses the A40.
We're inviting you to meet at Blades from 10am for a coffee (or tea) before you head off on the driving route, now with it's shiny new name 'Giro Panoramico', at your leisure. Drivers can then follow the route singularly or in convoy and eventually it will lead them, via a few local beauty-spots, to Sudeley. As if driving through the beautiful Cotswolds in your Alfa wasn't enough there'll also be a very simple quiz along the way with a prize for the winner.
This is not just an event for classic Alfas any Alfa is welcome, we are hoping the new Alfa dealer in Cheltenham (Blade Alfa) will be bringing along a display of new cars which should include a Mito.
If you'd rather not take part in Giro Panoramico you are very welcome to go directly to Sudeley. Aim to be there from around noon when cars from Giro Panoramico will begin rolling in.
Entry to Cotswold Alfa Day 2009 will be just £7 per person for adults and £3.50 for children aged 5 - 16. Included in the price is coffee or tea at Blades, a copy of the route plan for Giro Panoramico, entry to the exhibitions and gardens at Sudeley, and entry to a prize draw. And the price remains the same whether you take part in Giro Panoramico or opt to go straight to Sudeley.
To avoid too much queuing on the day and because parking in the designated display area is limited we're asking anyone who would like to come along to please purchase tickets in advance Click Here to email for details of how to get tickets
Tickets will also be available on the day at no extra cost, both at Blades and Sudeley. However we should point out that if we are completely over-whelmed by numbers we will give space in our dedicated parking area to members who have bought tickets in advance. If - and it's a very small if - this does happen, people who buy tickets on the day might be asked to park in the public car park. It's a small risk but it's only fair to point it out
This year we've invited the Giulietta Register to join us and happily they are keen to do so. We're also expecting a good turnout of 105 models. If any other model registrars would like to book a slot please let us know as soon as possible. Click Here to email for info on register parking
So that's it. We can't promise you wonderful weather. And we can't promise you an 8C this year. But we can promise you lovely countryside, friendly people, great cars, and a magnificent venue, all of which will go to make Cotswold Alfa Day 2009 another grand day out with the AROC Cotswold Section.
If you want more information please visit our website where you will also see photos from the last three or four Cotswold Alfa Days.
For more about Sudeley see their website http://www.sudeleycastle.co.uk