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Norfolk Holiday Guide visits VW Whitenoise Music Festival 2011

As asked, we at Norfolk Holiday Guide packed the sunshine into our suitcases, and headed off to Fritton Lake Country Park, in between Beccles and Great Yarmouth, for the 9th VW Whitenoise Music Festival from Friday 5th through to Sunday 7th August 2011.

We own a 1990 maroon T25 called Bertie and enjoy the occasional VW show, living in close proximity to Santa Pod, home of the famous Bug Jam, so we knew the VW Whitenoise Festival would be perfect for us, as it combined the delights of Norfolk with our passion for VW’s.

Arriving at Fritton Lake, we could see plenty of tents, camper vans and the odd posh motorhome all taking advantage of the fine weather. We enjoyed visiting the trade stalls where there was some great merchandise on sale from jewellery, handbags and clothing, through to awnings, camping stuff and toys, as well as the occasional camper van!

The auto jumble was an enthusiasts dream with all manner of spare parts, camping nick nacks and bric-a-brac for sale.

The selection of food available was to die for! Whilst there was the traditional burger and chips that you would expect, these were of high quality, including one doing home made chips! Other options included wood fired pizza, fresh pasta cooked to order (including children’s portion at a very reasonable £2), Mexican and Asian. We tried a bit of everything!

Lullabelles cakes and coffees were particularly gorgeous. See www.lulabelles.biz twitter & facebook: vwlulabelle

Cloud Lounge was fabulous with it’s flavoured teas and shishas

There were three music tents, plus music and comedy in the barn on Saturday night, providing an eclectic range of music – something for everyone. We listened to rock, live hip-hop, reggae, ska, house, disco and club classics all in the one evening! They had 17 bands on over the weekend – wow!

Children

This is a real family friendly festival. There was a children’s tent where children could paint or build cardboard camper vans, a fabulous duo of bouncy castles in the shape of camper vans, children size food portions on some food stands, trampolines, kids evening disco, kids entertainment sessions, under 5’s soft play area and much more. Most of this is free, or just a small charge.

Kids also had access to Fritton Lake’s permanent activities including bouncy pillow (you have to see and experience it to appreciate it – I felt quite sea sick!), carousel, adventure playground including zip wire and free rowing boat hire.

Camping

Whilst camping here is “rustic” it is functional and well organised. There are plenty of porta-loos and shower huts. There is a separate area for family campers, so we don’t get kept awake by the lucky partygoers not getting woken up at 6am by their 2 year old!

There were over 200 entries to Sunday’s Show & Shine. Here are some of my personal favourites:

Next year

Well, we will be there for sure. This time arriving on the Friday and staying till the last second possible on the Sunday. We hope to bring some friends to share the fun too.

As soon as we know the date and locationfor the 2012 VW Whitenoise Music Festival we will be sure to advise our website visitors and look forward to seeing you there.

See here for further information on VW Whitenoise.

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