FBHVC Heritage Open Days - 12th-15th September 2013

Published: 08/03/2013

*th March 2013. Opportunity for clubs to have a free day out at some exclusive venues.

In a unique tie up between the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs (FBHVC) and English Heritage, Heritage Open Days present an exciting opportunity for clubs to hold an event at absolutely no cost. Venues subscribing to the scheme are usually in attractive surroundings and frequently somewhere not normally accessible to the general public. You could find yourself holding a concours at a stately home with acres of gardens, or a Drive-In day at an imposing civic building, museum, heritage collection or somewhere smaller. The possibilities are endless depending upon your club’s requirements and area of interest.

This year, Heritage Open Days Weekend will be 14th – 15th September, while some sites also participate on the preceding Thursday and Friday. During this period, you’re free to explore various properties up and down the country. They will be opening their doors at no cost, and are ideal venues for Federation member vehicle clubs to arrange a display, providing an added attraction for the public visiting them. Some 43,000 volunteers helped make Heritage Open Days 2012 the most successful so far, with over 4,500 venues participating. Surprisingly though a mere 41 of these venues featured a vehicle display. With your help we can make Heritage Open Days 2013 a real record breaker.

Historic and Classic vehicle Displays

English Heritage, combined with National Trust, make this possible and with the added no cost attraction for members and friends to visit as well. Some venues are suitable for only a limited number of vehicles while others have substantial land where parking is easy. Speak to FBHVC coordinator, Roy Dowding whose job it is to match clubs with the ideal venue.

The list of properties for 2013 has not yet been released, but locations are expected to be evenly spread across England and Wales and details should be available from around March onwards. The important issue is to put the dates in your events calendar, keep in touch, and advise us of your preferred area and roughly how many vehicles your club or organisation may want to display, allowing us to identify suitable venues for you.

Flexibility is key. Vehicle numbers can be large, allowing clubs to hold major displays or just one or two vehicles attending personally, perhaps where the club’s main attendance is elsewhere.  The choice is yours, the objective being to replicate the success and enjoyment of April’s Drive It Day again, in September! 

For further information, contact Roy Dowding on 01728 668100

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