July 22 2014 Latest news:
Tracey Gray, Reporter
Sunday, July 6, 2014
Wandering Zombies, music shows and family entertainment were all part of the fun at a camping festival which attracted thousands of visitors.
Dubs at the Hall, which is now in its fourth year, was held in the grounds of Holt Hall on the north Norfolk coast, over the weekend .
Thousands of people from across Britain made the journey for the campervan enthusiasts’ event.
There was a children’s play area which included entertainer Razz the Clown and arts and crafts and a climbing wall and also a display of Vintage campervans pre-1969.
Organiser Stacy Robins, from Pilling Park Road in Norwich,has been supported by four friends, who are all fans of Volkswagen campervans and come from Norwich, Lowestoft and Holt.
Mr Robins said the idea had originally come about via Paul Jones from Hellesdon in Norwich, a contractor who was doing some building work at Holt Hall and came up with an idea to help bring some money to the venue. That idea was to put on a little show for 500 people.
Builder Mr Jones and his brother, Jason, also from Hellesdon, are the only remaining members from the original organising committee.
Mr Robins said: “The first year it was organised in three months and had more than 2,000 people come. Everyone was blown away.”
He said after part of the event had to be cancelled in the second year because of weather conditions, they are now back up to full speed and this year had around 5,000 people a day coming through the gates.
As well as a range of events for all ages, there was also a main stage with live music played throughout the day and evening.
Headline acts included Greendate, The Shout and The Robin Pierce Band as well a performance from young musicians who are part of the Access to Music course in Norwich.
Visitors were also given the chance to practise their Zombie blasting skills with as part of a specially set-up game area where they could shoot Zombie and werewolves and hide out in camp to avoid the Zombie plague.
Symon Sims, 46, from Hellesdon in Norwich had come to the event with his wife and two children.
He said: “We have been for the last few years an camped for the last two years and we really enjoy it. It is a nice family event.”
Ric Martin, from Heartsease near Norwich, 53, had attended the festival with his friends and family.
He said: “Norfolk needs more festivals like this definitely. I came here because it is easy to get to. It has a family feel and it is a good event for the community.”