Dubs at the Hall celebrate its fifth year in Holt

A co-ordinated campervan and food stall at the Dubs at the Hall festival. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

A co-ordinated campervan and food stall at the Dubs at the Hall festival. Picture: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

Hundreds of vintage VWs, from campervans to Beetles, lined up at north Norfolk outdoor centre Holt Hall at the weekend, at a family music and motoring festival celebrating all things Volkeswagon.

"Little Dubbers", from left: Matilda, Floyd, Rosie, Lola, Megan, Daisy and Molly. Picture: KAREN BET

"Little Dubbers", from left: Matilda, Floyd, Rosie, Lola, Megan, Daisy and Molly. Picture: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

Now in its fifth year, Dubs at the Hall was the idea of Norwich dad-of-three Jason Jones and his brother Paul, who run their own building company at Hellesdon.

'We have been doing the maintenance at Holt Hall for many years and it seemed perfect,' Mr Jones explained. 'It started off as a small camping festival and just snowballed from there.'

The three-day event came close to being cancelled last year, after poor weather drastically affected the turnout.

But the weekend sunshine brought out VW fans in force, with around 5000 people, including 1200 campers, passing through the gates.

Ten-month-old Rachel Nicholls takes a break from the Dubs at the Hall festival fun. Picture: KAREN B

Ten-month-old Rachel Nicholls takes a break from the Dubs at the Hall festival fun. Picture: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

'We had a couple of bad years where, because of the weather, we lost money,' Mr Jones said. 'But we have had a brilliant turnout this year, the camping pitches sold out well before the event and local people have been really supportive.'

Sponsorship by a number of Norfolk companies had helped festival finances, Mr Jones added, with forces charity Scotty's Little Soldiers paying for trophies and Norwich joinery firm Quantum providing Dubs at the Hall signs including giant-sized, glow-in-the-dark wooden lettering for the music stage.

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Festival attractions included music from more than 30 bands, stalls selling all things VW – from hats and tee shirts, to duvet covers and deckchairs – and a show and shine parade with categories ranging from best Beetle, to best bay window.

Young festival-goers were kept entertained in a 'Little Dubbers' area featuring a bouncy castle and circus skills workshops, as well as an arts and crafts marquee and performances from children's entertainers Razz the Clown and Auntie Pearl.

Norwich paramedic Sally Logue, who drove to the festival in her 1972 campervan, said: 'We came for the first time last year and loved it; it's quite quaint, not to big and noisy, and I just love the vintage side of it.'

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