Dub Vacation 2018

Thinking of booking for 2018? Aw gawan gawan gawan!

Dub Vacation is a week long holiday for borderline sane owners and lovers of VWs. It was started in 2011 by Brett Hawksbee, founder of ‘Bug Jam’, co-founder of the VWDRC, and veteran promoter of more than 150 VW events over the past 30 years. It is held annually in Suffolk (2018 is the 7th event) and is an event for all ages; groups of adults, and families attend in similar numbers. It is as relaxed or as busy as you choose. Dub Vacation is not extensively advertised, relying of ‘word of mouth’, and a little online media, because it is an event for limited numbers to do many different things through the week, and would not work with huge attendance. Booking early is advised, especially to guarantee hookups etc., but we have never yet refused anyone a place at the event.  There are major activities every day, and lots of workshops throughout the week. Dub Vacation is truly inexpensive for what is in effect an ‘activity holiday’, for adults as well as kids. This price includes all camping charges at the venue and entertainment every evening, and 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. Die hard regulars now run free classes themselves, 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, and much more.   We’re one big family … but one that welcomes new members with open arms. Join us for 2018! Whilst the site is open but under reconstruction, the ‘Buy Tickets’ link at the bottom of this page, is working fine!

 For a full list of 2017 ‘workshop’ type sessions, click  here

The following is an alphabetical list of activities we have enjoyed during past Dub Vacations. If they are definitely not going to be included in 2018, the text will say so, and if it doesn’t state otherwise, the activity will likely be running in 2018. But until all activities are 100% booked and confirmed, treat this as a guide to the kind of stuff you can expect.

Archery Tag (Free)

 Archery Tag has been one of our feature activities during the DubVacation holiday for a couple of years now., and it’s very popular.   Think of dodgeball or paintball, but with bows and arrows. It is usually held on a single day, and runs continuously for a couple of hours, so that everyone who wants to take part will get an opportunity. Kids can get involved too, but from about 7/8 yo. (It takes a bit of strength to draw the bow!)

Axe Throwing (Free)

Different, and a lot of fun. First introduced in 2017, and back for 2018, basically you’re learning to thrown the axes at a wood target with skill and precision.  Judging from the first experience of this activity, it will be a busy and popular session again at Dub Vacation #7.

 

Bar and Evening Activities

From Monday through to Sunday, the bar will be open every night for unreasonably priced drinks and with a variety of entertainments. A Quiz night, usually Tuesday, ‘Onesie Wednesday (Disco), Lip Sync Battle on Thursday, (Although this is likely to also include optional full cringeworthy Karaoke in 2018) Fancy Dress Friday, and for 2018, back to a Saturday Night Live Band. The venue, ‘The Barn’, is a very well appointed ‘clubhouse and bar’, a lively, social area very close to the campsite.  It is the hub of social activity during the evening at Dub Vacation.

Other evening activities usually revolve around groups of campers throwing impromptu barbeques and drinking parties to which anyone is invited (well free to gatecrash).  Many new friendships have been forged, and although the social aspect has always been fantastic, we hope it will be even better in 2018.  It is hard to imagine that it can be, there has always been a great vibe.

Bird of Prey Flying Demonstrations

 In the past a discount has been arranged against the usual prices for the week and has been available to everyone at DubVacation, with passes to enable you to visit anytime and as often as you wish throughout the week. The plan for 2018 is that we will either be doing the same, or if possible, also arranging for one ‘flying demonstration’ during the week to be held on the showground, and open to all.

Check facebook.com/DubVacation nearer the event date for an update on this.

Childrens Treasure Hunt (Free)

There is plenty to do at DubVacation for children of various ages, but children  from 2 to 12 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 30 minutes 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. In practice, adults will often ‘help’ the smaller kids, and probably pinch some of their sweets when they cash the tokens in.

Children’s Entertainers  (Free)

As well as all the other child friendly activities at Dub Vacation,  we sometimes have children’s entertainers attending for ‘party sessions’, with balloon modelling and magic.  This special session is usuallly around two hours long and all children attending are welcome.  As with all the activities arranged specifically for Dub Vacation, there is no additional charge, but check nearer the date if this is to be a feature of the 2018 event.

Climbing wall

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 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 the Rendlesham Forest UFO Trail.  Everyone taking part will assemble at Stonham Barns central Car Park at 10am on the appropriate day, and given route instructions 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. Another  very attractive free destination, Bury St Edmunds Cathedral Gardens will be a destination in 2018.

 

Fishing Lakes at Stonham Barns

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.   We have two fishing competitions during the early evening. Usually Wednesday and Friday, 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 biggest specimen and for the overall winner by weight.  Day tickets are usually £7, 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.

Foot Golf

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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 £30 for the hovercraft driving experience, but at Dub Vacation it is included free. Please be aware that the hovercraft activity is off-site (around 3 mls away), may involve a long wait, 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.

Human Catapult

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 Hungry Hippos

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Laser Clay Shoot (Free)

Not planned for 2018. 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.

Target Shooting (Free)

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 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!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 (Free)

Volleyball at DubVacation will once again be available on request for a 30 minute session whenever you fancy a knockabout. We’ve been a bit slow to replace the poles and net which disappeared a couple of years ago, but they will be replaced for 2018. 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.

 Zorb Football (Free)

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 Zumba/Dance

With Lorraine, our registered ‘Zumba’ instructor.

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Workshops

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.