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Upgrade your Silverstone Grand Prix

Whether you are a die-hard fan who likes to stand with nose pressed to the chain link fence on the banks at Woodcote or a would-be Hoorah Henry who is more interested in quaffing champers in the British Racing Drivers Club House there are always ways to enhance the experience. Here is our slightly irreverent but by no means exhaustive list of suggestions for getting the most out of your Grand Prix Experience.

One day General Admission – Friday or Saturday

The cheapest way to gain bragging rights on your stay-at-home fair weather F1 fans. Currently you can soak up the atmosphere from as little as £56 with a general admission ticket on Friday, although admittedly you’ll only get to see a couple of practise sessions and some parachutes (ok there’s a bit more on than that but you get our drift). Thumb a lift to Silverstone and walk through the gate in nothing more than the clothes on your back and you’ll spend little more than the cost of a night down the pub with your mates, but even so you can still get the best out of your day with a few cheap or no-cost enhancements.

Sight & Sound

Don’t leave home without a portable radio at the very least and preferably a scope or binoculars as well. On a general admission ticket you’ll be pretty close to the track but it’s a known fact that wherever you want to be the nearest TV screen will be too far away to view unaided and the rudimentary speakers mounted on random poles that Silverstone likes to refer to as a PA system was last used effectively to call World War II pilots to scramble.

Whenever an F1 car goes past (and they have a habit of doing that quite often) you can’t hear a thing. A radio with some tight fitting bud earphones will give you at least a fighting chance of hearing the commentary. In addition to this you might want to download the live timing App to your phone. Versions for iPhone, Android, Blackberry and Nokia can be downloaded here. If you own an iPhone or iPad you can also download a much more extensive service here although at a cost of £19.99 it is expensive for a one-off.

Finally the most expensive option, but the one that will keep you totally up to speed is to hire a Fanvision portable handset, allowing you to read multiple news feed, personalised driver info and in car footage. We’ve hired these every year since their debut (formerly known as KangarooTV) and would be lost without them but a cautionary note. The batteries they supply can be pretty hit and miss so make sure they supply you a fully charged one and if anything goes wrong with it, such as loss of reception, they will feign confusion when you mention the word refund afterwards. Info on Fanvision here.

Pros: With a Fanvision handset you’ll be able to follow the race almost as well as if you were watching it at home on your TV.

Cons: If you spend the whole race looking at a Fanvision handset you might as well be at home watching it on TV.

Comfort

OK, if you’re hardcore look away now, but for the rest of us sitting on wet grass for six hours is no fun. Take a small fold-up camping chair and an umbrella. I’ve just done a quick search on eBay and you can get a serviceable chair for £4.75 which means you can throw it away (responsibly) afterwards without having to carry it home.

Pros: Relative comfort for less than a fiver.

Cons: Once you’ve found a good spot with your chair you’ll be tempted to stay there rather than walking around the circuit to view the action from different vantage points.

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Camp in style at the British Grand Prix with a Motorhome

GMC GoEuropean
Hilliers Garden Centre
Mappleborough Green
Redditch
B80 7DR

By far the best way to camp during the Silverstone Grand Prix. We’ve been providing Motorhomes for campers at Silverstone for many years, most have gotten tired of waking up sore, cold and wet.

An example six berth, with four beds in total, two single and two double, can be hired for as little as £150 per night. Between six people, as it sleeps that many with two single and two double, that is only £25 per person per night!

All hires include:

  • Fully Comprehensive Insurance.
  • Roadside Assistance.
  • Motorhomes are modern, being only a year or two old.

All Motorhomes are fully equiped with the essentials including Cooker, Grill, Oven (and gas for them), Fridge, pots, pans, knives, forks, spoons, plates, teatowels etc.

They are all also equiped with TV, DVD, Radio, Central Heating and every other important item you would ever need.

We are also extremely competitve in the sale of Motorhomes, so why not buy one to use once a year and hire it out for the rest.

Tel: 01527 850585

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Camping Guide

So, you’ve decided you’d like to camp during Silverstone? Well, have you decided that you’ll be bringing a tent, hiring a motorhome, borrowing the neighbours caravan or sleeping in the car?

Camping during a Grand Prix can offer you complete freedom, whilst avoiding traffic and giving you a full experience for your weekend. If you enjoy the outdoors, great, if you don’t there are ways to make it feel less like you are camping.

You’ll need to find a campsite with excellent amenities, such as showers, toilets, drinks and food. One site we can recommend would be Hamilton Fields as they have very good essential amenities and also have a number of additional facilities, even the availability of hair dryers!

With some forward planning and minimal investment you can ensure that your Silverstone F1 Grand Prix is a great one.

Camping Checklist

Camping in a Car or Van

Camping with a Tent

Camping with a Motorhome

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Where to Eat & Drink

For breakfast all campsites should have sandwiches, bacon rolls or even a Full English Breakfast in the food tent. If you don’t mind the walk you can try one of the local pubs.

For lunch, eat on circuit as some of the food is edible and you won’t miss any racing action.

For dinner perhaps eat out at one of the pubs close to the circuit, such as The Fox & Hounds, which is about a fifteen minute walk from Gate 5.

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Silverstone Accommodation & Locations

Full list of all Accommodation & locations close to Silverstone Circuit can be found here:

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SIlverstone Hotels & Locations

New Hotel & location close to Silverstone Circuit have been added:

There are a limited number of hotels close to Silverstone Circuit, book early to avoid disappointment.
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Premier Inn Silverstone
Brackley Hatch
Northamptonshire
NN13 5TX

Complete with free parking, very comfortable rooms and an on-site Chef and Brewer restaurant, this Premier Inn is a great base for Silverstone Race Circuit (2 miles/3.2 km).

The M1 and M40 motorways are close by and Northampton is 15 miles (24 km) away.

Some rooms at Premier Inn can take 2 adults and up to 2 children (under 16 years). The 2 children also get a free full breakfast when accompanied by an adult eating a full breakfast.

The full all-you-can-eat breakfast has the expected cooked items, including vegetarian sausages, as well as a wide continental selection.

General
Restaurant, Bar, 24-Hour Front Desk, Non-Smoking Rooms, Rooms/Facilities for Disabled Guests

Check-In
From 14:00 hours

Check-Out
Until 12:00 hours

Tel: 0871 527 8976

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Vine House Hotel & Restaurant
100 High Street
Paulerspury
Towcester
NN12 7NA

Undoubtedly the best place to eat and stay in rural Northamptonshire if you are seeking a warm welcome, splendid food in an historic setting with charm and style combined. One of the finest restaurants in Towcester, Milton Keynes or Northamptonshire. The Multi-award winning Vine House is a 300-year-old English country property set in the tranquil Northamptonshire village of Paulerspury – an ideal location for those looking for restaurants close to Silverstone Circuit.

General
Restaurant, Bar, Non-Smoking Rooms.

Tel: 01327 811267

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The King’s Head
2 Abbey Road
Syresham
NN13 5HW

This charming hotel rests in a picturesque little village, one and a half miles from Silverstone racecourse. Here, comfortable accommodation is found in a converted barn, offering modern facilities whilst retaining a rustic feel. The hotel pub has recently been refurbished to a high standard. The restaurant offers a relaxed dining experience.

General
Disabled rooms are available on request.

Check-In
13:00-22:00

Check-Out
07:00-11:30

Tel: 01280 850280

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