N.B. Photographs on this website are mostly copyright Chris Bright and Poppy James Photography. A few have been nicked from the web, if you have any problem with them being used please let us know.
Cancelled due to weather conditions on site.
If you have attended any of the previous 6 events, you’ll know that Stonham Barns is easy to get to from London, Essex, Kent, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, even Herts and Beds. In fact , Suffolk is not in the arctic circle, and the Stonham Barns venue has plenty to offer especially if you are planning to stay over. The site has undergone further improvements since last year, (which we said last year, but is true again this year … it is even better!) If you have not been to any of the last 5 events, well just how rude are you going to be? Come along to Spring Break #6! Everyone is welcome, and the weekend has always been held with a great spirit and enthusiasm from campers and day visitors alike. So the £8 per day principle works thus. Come Friday evening, the price will be 3 x £8 Saturday 2 x £8, Sunday, £8. If you want to come only for Saturday, you can advise the gate staff, and get a different colour wristband. (Unless you are putting your vehicle in the show ring, you will be asked as a day visitor to park outside the showground itself.) Easy really. If you are a trader, you will pay £24 regardless of pitch size, as will anyone with you. Arrive Friday to trade from Saturday morning.
The event is an early season, blow off the cobwebs, laid back, friendly, take us as you find us kind of weekend. A gathering for everyone with an interest in Rods, Bikes, Yanks, ’Mid Century’ and ’Kustom Kulture’. Please tell every trader that you come across that trading is free. We are building a show to which the response has been very positive, we would just like to see as many traders, autojumblers, swapmeeters etc as possible this year. In previous years cars, owners, entertainment, grasstrack oval, show n shine’s and atmosphere have been fantastic over the last 4 years, and the traders etc who have supported the show have been superb, but they would also agree the more the merrier . We recognise that it is a costly exercise to even attend a show nowadays, and for that reason we are offering free trade, autojumble, swapmeet, vintage/record stall space for everyone interested. We ask traders to pay just the same admission cost as regular visitors.
John Price will be the ‘master of ceremonies’ once again for the ‘biggest’ day, Sunday, and we promise yet another entertaining two evenings in the Stonham Barns Showground Bar. Throughout the weekend Mark Vincent and Lin Dunmore (Red Hot & Rockin) will be performing DJ and Dance Instruction duties respectively. The whole show is cheaper than a night on Stonham Barns Campsite, and for the last 4 years, has steadily grown. We’d love to welcome you back if you have visited previously, or for the first time if you have yet to explore the wilds of Mid Suffolk. Barbeques ok on a lead, dogs kept off the ground etc.
Any questions in advance of the show, please call 07966 266388
Enjoy the show whilst staying in our luxury Static Caravans… Spring Break Event Caravan Hire includes two nights accommodation and event tickets!
We have a limited number of superbly equipped static caravans, with Full Kitchen, TV, heating, dining table, sofas and 3 bedrooms (2 x twin, 1 x double) from which to base yourselves for the weekend. They can be ordered from our eShop and are available strictly on a first come, first served basis. (You might even get to be Dave Biggadyke’s next door neighbour for a weekend.)
The ‘skinny’ on the show itself is that the central showground area and major displays are restricted to 1973
and earlier, although any vehicle can enter the main Stonham Barns complex. It’s a full weekend of (free) Trade stands, cars and bikes, hops, bands and burlesque, A great ‘grasstrack oval’ which is also free all weekend, and the vintage John Price on the mike! We had a great start back in 2012, with the first Spring Break, and that was due to the fantastic support of all the traders and visitors who were prepared to give a ‘new’ show a chance. Since 2013 show has included Show & Shine, a vintage fair, swapmeet, as well as plenty of entertainment all weekend. if you are camping, you can arrive anytime from 6pm Friday evening, there’s a disco/hop in the bar on both Friday and Saturday evening, with Saturday also featuring Bands and Burlesque. The venue is absolutely perfect to bring along the whole family. The whole weekend is dedicated to all aspects of Vintage, Hot Rod and Kustom Kulture The grasstrack oval is open from Saturday for any suitable vehicles to have a blast around, or you can browse the trade stands and stalls selling all things vintage, or even take a funfair ride. Saturday evening features a record hop, live bands and Burlesque/Vaudeville.
Spring Break Sunday. Although the whole weekend is dedicated to all aspects of Vintage, Hot Rod and Kustom Kulture, the focus on Sunday is on the 50′s and later. Cars and Bikes as late as 1973 are permitted in the main ‘Spring Break’ Show & Shine, and there is an additional Show & Shine competition for later vehicles of ‘special interest’. This will include classes for later American cars, all Custom vehicles including later bikes. (Modern Harley’s and other cruisers, Choppers, Bobbers etc.)
The grasstrack is open for suitable vehicle to have a blast around the oval once again, or you can take another opportunity to browse trade stands selling all things vintage, enjoy a vintage funfair ride, or search for a bargain in the swapmeet.. If that’s not enough, Stonham Barns really is a great venue for a show, with a driving range, owl and bird of prey centre, meerkats, golf course, fishing lakes, plenty of shops… (Check out the snakes, spiders and lizards while wandering the Market Square.)
Free Trading at Spring Break
Trade Pitches are free! All trade stands selling appropriate merchandise at the Vintage Kulture ‘Spring Break’ will not be asked to pay for their pitch. All you will pay is the normal event admission price for you and your staff. We are offering this free trading facility because we believe that traders add to the visitor experience, and we recognise both that we are a new show, and that general trading conditions for most of us are ‘challenging’ during the economic downturn. Once again, thanks to every single trader who supported the event in 2012-2016, and we hope to welcome you back this year for an even busier weekend.
Just text Trading name, stand size and product range to 07966266388 and you’re done.
If you arrive Friday evening, your £21 weekend ticket (£15 advance) includes two nights camping. (At a venue which normally charges £18 per night for normal tourists in the area)
If you arrive anytime Saturday, your ticket price includes all activity and entertainment as well as camping Saturday night, and is priced at £14, (This can be bought at £10 in advance)
If you arrive on Sunday morning, the gate price is £7.
The full address for the Mid-Suffolk Showground is Stonham Barns, Pettaugh Road, Stonham Aspal, Suffolk. IP14 6AT.
As well as the Showground and camping areas, the leisure and retail complex includes two fishing lakes, the Suffolk Owl Sanctuary and Birds of Prey Centre, a 9 hole golf course, a driving range with resident PGA pro, crazy golf and children’s play area, and shops featuring aquatics and reptiles, hair & beauty, jewellery and clothing, gift and toys, china collectables, antiques, home furnishings, fitness & vibro club, garden centre, cafe/restaurant, general stores, and a Post Office. Many of the business operating on the site have their own websites, which can be accessed via www.stonhambarns.com One great thing about Stonham Barns from a camping point of view, is that you will not need to load your vehicle with a weekends supply of food. The general store on site supplies most of the items you might expect to find in your average ‘corner shop’ grocers, milk, fruit, veg, cooked and uncooked meat items, canned food and drinks including beers and lagers. And all at very competitive prices. The market square which houses the shops is in a ‘public’ part of the complex, but you are totally free to move between the showground itself and the public areas of site. The public cannot of course access the Showground.
The Stonham Barns Showground is a few miles from the A14 trunk road, which links the venue to the M1/M6 motorways at one end of the A14, and the port of Harwich at the other, (ideal for European visitors). It is a surprisingly simple and direct journey from the centre of the UK, and has good access from many other parts of the country. From the London area, the journey from the M25/A12 junction for example is around 1 hour. Birmingham is a little more than 2.5 hours, Peterborough about 1.5 hours, and even North Yorkshire is no more than a 4 hour journey, which for a road trip to a holiday destination has to be worth considering!
The postcode for sat nav or route planners IP14 6AT
Most Journeys will involve traveling on part of the A14. For the final part of the route, leave the A14 on the A140 Norwich Road, (direction Norwich). Continue on A140 noting brown ‘Suffolk Tourist Route’ signs directing you to Stonham Barns. These direct you to the A140/A1120 junction, a right turn onto the A1120 (Or left if you’re coming from Norwich direction). Follow the road, and after passing through through Stonham Aspal village, Stonham Barns, and the Showground itself are on the right hand side, abundantly signposted.