Dub Vacation is a week long holiday for borderline sane owners and lovers of VWs. It is held annually (2017 is year six) in Suffolk and is an event for all ages. Groups and families attend in equal number. It is as relaxed or as busy as you choose. It’s great fun. There are a few major activities every day, and loads of workshops throughout the week. Dub Vacation is truly inexpensive for what is in effect an ‘activity holiday’. This price includes all camping charges at the venue and entertainment every evening, as well as most of the workshops and feature activities throughout the week. (Some have a small charge for materials.) Apart from being different in that it is a full week long VW event, it is also very much a ‘participation’ event, and many who come also showcase their own special skills (ooer missus!) From belly dancing to festival headband making, and for the kids, painting pottery, face-painting classes, build a boxcar for the kids (indoor) drive-in movie, many activities are held by the attendees themselves. We’re one big family … but one that welcomes new members with open arms. Join us!
“I’ve never seen so many ‘Wallys’ in one place!”
For a full list of 2017 ‘workshop’ type sessions, click on ‘About the Workshops’ above or go here
For a taste of the kind of stuff we get up to, check the alphabetical list below …
Archery had been one of our feature activities during the DubVacation holiday. You should plan to be spending around an hour under instruction and bookings will be taken for each hour in advance, on the day. Before firing off the arrows at the target, you’ll be led out to the archery range to learn how to safely handle the bow. An experienced specialist instructor will then provide tuition on the techniques of archery, so you should be at least hitting the target, if not the bullseye. We think you’ll be surprised at just how good you will be after just one lesson. The archery lesson will be tailored to suit your ability, so it doesn’t matter if you’ve never held a bow before, in fact we expect that to be the case with most participants.
Bar and Evening Activities
From Monday through to Sunday, the bar will be open every night for reasonably priced drinks and with DJ’s or musicians every night of the holiday week.
It’s a lively, social area very close to the campsite and was the hub of social activity during many evenings at Dub Vacation.
Other evening activities usually revolve around groups of campers throwing impromptu barbeque parties to which anyone is invited. Many new friendships have been forged, and although the social aspect has always been fantastic, we hope it will be even better in 2017, although it is hard to imagine that it could be. Everyone is very friendly, and the evening atmosphere has been, frankly, quite awesome.
Bird of Prey Flying Demonstrations
A discount has been arranged against the usual prices for the week and is available to everyone at DubVacation. Passes to enable you to visit anytime and as often as you wish throughout the week’
Childrens Treasure Hunt (Free)
There is plenty to do at DubVacation for children of various ages, but children of all ages from 2 to 16 can enjoy the DubVacation ‘Treasure Hunt’. I t may not be cool enough for teenagers, (who after all are old enough to try the archery, clay shoot etc.) but it is definitely a rewarding activity for the younger kids. The treasure hunt areas are restricted to areas safe from moving vehicles etc. and the search time is limited to 1 hour each day. ‘Tokens’ are randomly and liberally scattered around the areas each day, and once found, can either be exchanged in various quantities for small prizes, mostly sweets and small toys, or saved in an effort to try to collect the highest individual number of tokens. The child checking in the highest number of tokens at midday on Friday, will win the week’s ‘Top Treasure Hunter’ award.
Children’s Entertainers (Free)
As well as all the other child friendly activities at Dub Vacation, on Thursday 7th August, we have children’s entertainers attending for ‘party sessions’, with balloon modelling and magic. This special session is two hours long and all children attending are welcome. Thursday at 3.30pm, immediately after the Children’s Treasure Hunt. As with all the activities arranged specifically for Dub Vacation, there is no additional charge.
Cruises to Local Landmarks (Free)
During the week of Dub Vacation there are organised cruises to some of the most beautiful coastal towns in Suffolk, Southwold (29 miles) and Aldeburgh (25 miles), as well as new in 2016, Rendlesham Forest UFO Trail. Everyone taking part will assemble at Stonham Barns central Car Park on the appropriate day, and given route maps, timings and locations of activities. You can choose to spend the day exploring the destination town or wander off to explore other local parts of the Suffolk coastal region.
The fishing lakes are set in a tree lined corner away from the hustle and bustle. Both lakes contain a mixture of Carp (to 25lbs), Tench and Bream. The lakes are open 7 days a week. There is a small shop which sells a small selection of drinks and snacks, as well as tackle and bait. It is open throughout the day on every day of DubVacation, including arrival day Monday, before too many of the other activities have got under way. At Dub Vacation #1 in 2012, the fishing lakes proved very popular and in light of that we included a competition element during Dub Vacation #2 which we are set to repeat for Dub vacation #3. The contest will consist of two 2 hour sessions in the early evening on Wednesday and Thursday, which gives any keen fishermen a couple of days to familiarise themselves with the lake and practice their tactics. There’s a Dub Vacation Trophy for the best specimen and for the overall winner. Day tickets are usually £6, although we are in the process of negotiating a single hire fee for the entire lake for the four hours, which may reduce the individual cost during the match.
Golf Course and Driving Range
The golf course at Stonham Barns is a nice little tester for your short irons and short game, ideal for beginners high handicappers, and junior golfers too. The greens are generally small but in great condition. There are 2 par 4 holes and the rest are short par 3’s. The course is suitable for any golfer to play a round with raw beginners; perhaps after a lesson with the resident PGA pro on the 28 bay range.
The price of a round is £5, and for £8.50 you can purchase a day pass, and hone your short game to your hearts content until the sun goes down. Discounts on these prices for Dub Vacation visitors are currently being arranged. If we manage to achieve any savings on these already modest prices, we will update this information accordingly.
The Stonham Barns Golf Centre includes a 28 bay covered driving range, with a putting green and a practice bunker. It is open throughout the day on every day of DubVacation, including arrival day Monday, before too many of the other activities have got under way. It’s an excellent place for golfers of all abilities to hone their game, or just to get a bit of practice in before venturing out onto the course.
Hovercraft Driving (Free)
They say it’s just like driving a car. Except one with 4 flat tyres, on ice. Learn to control the machine’s movement as it travels on a cushion of air around the course, or as close to the course as you can manage! You might expect to pay around £60 for the hovercraft driving experience, but at Dub Vacation it is free. Please be aware that the hovercraft activity is off-site (around 3 mls away), will involve a long queue, and if you cannot move your vehicle because you have awning etc set up for the week, you may have to ‘tap someone up’ for a lift to the site.
At the Dub Vacation Laser Shooting events, you will use the very latest system, with deactivated shotguns fitted with a laser beam to shoot at clays fitted with a reflective strip. We dropped the laser clays in 2014, and are considering restoring them to the activity list. If we do so, we will have daytime sessions, and also night sessions with glow in the dark clays! Guns fire an infra-red beam at the reflective and reusable clays – ‘hits’ appear on the giant Laser Clays Scoreboard. The automatic scoreboard keeps track of your progress and lets you know who is Top Gun. Laser Clay Pigeon Shooting is suitable for men and women and from around 8 years upwards. As a feature event, it will take place throughout two full days of the holiday, and we’re sure it will be a popular choice with visitors. You should plan to be spending around half an hour under instruction, and bookings will be taken for each session in advance, on the day.
Whatever you choose to call it, Orbing or Zorbing, it’s basically rolling around inside a giant ball. Last year we had a bizarre situation where the activity provider set up on the day, and then cleared off when they were supposed to be operating. We will be looking for a new provider, but even if that does not prove possible, there’s still plenty of fun to be had at Dub Vacation #4.
Bounce Pillow (Free)
Throughout the week, the Stonham Barns ‘bounce pillow’ is available to use free of charge, 9am to 5pm daily, and later when we hold an ‘Adults Only’ bounce session, for immediate upload to Facebook/Youtube!
Volleyball at DubVacation will be available on request for a 30 minute session whenever you fancy a knockabout. If you are on your own or in a small group, feel free to ask to join in with players already on the pitch. You can play in teams of 2 upwards, and from dawn to dusk all week. The volleyball court this year is set up on grass, not sand, and official competition volleyballs are available from the administration office.
As well as all the activities listed here, there is another huge list of ‘things to do’ under the heading of ‘Workshops’.
To find out more, go here.