Volkswagen family festival celebrates tenth anniversary

The annual Dub Odyssey festival was first held in 2001.

A local Volkswagen club will celebrate the tenth anniversary of their annual event in Rotherham this weekend.

The Sheffield Volkswagen Owners Club is holding the tenth Dub Odyssey festival at Hooton Lodge, near Hooton Roberts, on Saturday 30 July and Saturday 31 July.

Visitors will be able to see several retro Volkswagen (VW) camper vans and beetles at the family orientated show – as well as live bands, traders, a fancy dress disco, food stalls, competitions for children, and quizzes.

The club will also be raising money for St Luke’s Hospice and Macmillan Cancer Support by holding a charity balloon race, which will help the club to reach their target of raising £1,000 for the two charities by the end of 2011.

Admission for the entire weekend is priced at £5 per adult, and there will be no entry gate price for under 16s.

Katherine Green, a committee member at the club, said: “Dub Odyssey is aimed at anyone who has an interest in VWs, and particularly classic beetles and camper vans.

“You don’t have to be an owner [as] we also encourage those who dream of owning one to attend.

“The majority of our club members attend, along with many other VW clubs from across the north and basically anyone who likes VWs.

“We’re a family friendly event and have plenty to entertain all the family.”

A double celebration

To celebrate the tenth anniversary of Dub Odyssey, which has been hailed by the club as Glastonbury for Volkswagen fans, the event will be held at Hooton Lodge rather than Worksop Rugby Ground, where the event is normally held.

The new venue is the largest they have ever had and the event is also expected to attract a big crowd.

It is also a double celebration for the Sheffield Volkswagen Owners Club, which has 150 members and is thought to be the oldest club of its kind in the UK, as they are celebrating its 55th anniversary.

“It doesn’t seem like two minutes since the show first started,” added Ms Green.

“Originally, it was organised for club members and over the years has grown to be the success show it is today.

“We’ve always had a fancy dress themed disco on the Saturday and that has become what we’re most famous for.

“The committee has changed over the years, but each has taken on Dub Odyssey and took it forward.

“We’re not in it for the money. We organise it because we love it and, if we break even at the end of the weekend, then [that's] great.

“I can’t think of another VW show that is as good value as ours.

“This year we’ve moved to a new, larger venue and hope to attract even more VW fans than last year.”

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This article was self-published in July 2011.

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