England’s best Christmas market opens this week

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 17:48
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Bath Christmas market 2007

Bath Christmas Market opens to Christmas shoppers this Thursday, 28th November.

The market, which is open until 15th December this year, is the south west’s biggest Christmas shopping event. More than 150 traditionally decorated stalls transform the quaint, picturesque streets and squares in Bath’s centre into a sparkling, bustling hive of festivity. With unique gifts for all, festive food, carols and street entertainment, the event has a really warm, traditional, British atmosphere.

The market is well-loved and known by many in the city and its surrounding areas – but don’t think that if you have visited before you have ‘done’ the market – there are many, many reasons to come back this year.

In 2012, VisitEngland came to Bath Christmas Market and awarded it the title of ‘The best Christmas Market in England’ – the only Christmas Market to have gained the quality marque! So if you are thinking where you might do your Christmas shopping, remember that the best Christmas Market in the country is right on your doorstep!

The organisers of the Christmas Market, Bath Tourism Plus, have undertaken a complete reshuffle and more than a third of the 150 stalls are brand new to the event this year while returning traders have been asked to refresh their product lines.

Opening Night Lantern Procession
Bath Christmas Market, together with the Holburne Museum, will be celebrating light at the darkest time of the year with their annual lantern procession on the Market’s opening evening – 28th November.

Join in or watch the dazzling spectacle of hundreds of hand-made withy and tissue lanterns being carried through the streets of Bath to the sound of a world music beat. Artists, school children and community groups have created stunning lanterns inspired by the seasonal theme of ‘Feast’. The procession will set off from the Holburne Museum at 5pm and trace a path down Great Pulteney Street and through The Bath Christmas Market.

For more information about Bath Christmas Market, to download the event programme and to discover everything else Bath offers visitors this Christmas season, from ice skating to pantomime and from big brands to individual boutiques, see www.bathchristmasmarket.co.uk.

Help the British economy and take a staycation

Wednesday, June 5, 2013 12:34
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The trend for staycations is continuing according to new research by hotel chain Travelodge, with 65% of those surveyed said they were taking their summer holiday in the UK compared to 41% in 2012 and 35% in 2011.

The survey of 3,000 British adults is the company’s fifth annual poll and, surprisingly, sees city breaks more popular than the traditional seaside holiday.

Although the past two years have not been the best for summer sunshine, its thought that tight household budgets have prompted more people to stay in the UK this year rather than venture abroad. The rise in numbers of people staying at home this year is expected to give the UK tourism industry £12billion boost.

The great thing about taking a holiday in the UK is because you don’t have to fly anywhere, you can divide your annual holiday into as many breaks as you like. In fact, 15% of those questioned are taking a two-week break in Britain, while 33% are dividing their holiday into three short breaks, so they can visit more than one location.

So, if more than two thirds of people are staying in the UK, what sort of breaks are they choosing and where are the most popular destinations?

According to Travelodge, the top types of staycation this year are:

  1. City Break (31%)
  2. Rural / Countryside break (27%)
  3. Seaside (22%)
  4. Visiting family (18%)
  5. Visiting an historic site (15%)

The top 10 destinations for staycations this year are:

  1. London
  2. Edinburgh
  3. Lake District
  4. Cornwall – last year’s top destination
  5. Scottish Highlands
  6. Dorset
  7. Devon
  8. North Wales
  9. Blackpool
  10. York

What about you? Where are you holidaying this year? Let us know your holiday choices in the comments below.

Brands Hatch 2013 calendar of events

Friday, May 31, 2013 17:44
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If you’re wondering what’s going on at Brands Hatch this year, just check out the following calendar of events happening in 2013 at Brands Hatch:

Sat 1st June – Sunday 2nd June – MSVR Club Car Championships

Sir Chris Hoy receives driving tips from Radical’s Phil Abbott

This weekend’s MSVR event will include a packed timetable of motorsport, with an eclectic mix of single seater and sports car action. Making his debut in the SR1 Cup will be Olympic hero, Sir Chris Hoy. Why not pop down to the track to cheer on this sporting icon as he moves from two wheels to four!

Tickets:
Weekend: £16
Saturday Admission: £10
Sunday Admission: £10
Children under 13: Free

Gates open from 9.00 am on Saturday and 10.00am on Sunday

Saturday 8th June – Sunday 9th June – American SpeedFest – Powered by Chevrolet

American Speedfest at Brands Hatch
Brands Hatch will adopt the Stars and for a NASCAR-fuelled festival of motorsport – the inaugural American SpeedFest – in partnership with Chevrolet.

The venue will be transformed into a scene from Daytona with American-derived motorsport and an array of US themed entertainment

Fans will get closer to the action than ever before with free pit walks, grid walks and access to ‘Victory Lane’. Monster Trucks meanwhile will demonstrate their awesome power and even offer passenger rides for SpeedFest fans.

Tickets:
Weekend Admission: £22 online
Saturday Event Admission (Qualifying): £13
Sunday Event Admission (Main Day): £18 online £22 on the gate
Children under 13 go free.

Gates open at 8am on Saturday and 9am on Sunday.

Saturday 15 June 2013 – Prept Showdown

Prept Showdown will showcase classic and modern German cars that have been carefully prepared to look their very best. Other activities will include getting the opportunity to see the cars driving around the iconic Brands Hatch circuit, Go-Karting, Family Fun Zone, Demo Cars, Trade Stands and Show and Shine

Tickets:

Saturday Admission: £17 online £22 on the gate
Children under 13 go free

Saturday 22nd – Sunday 23rd June 2013 – MINI Festival

This event celebrates all things Mini from the lovable classic to its modern incarnation and in 2013 the show will be bigger and better. On track action will be solely devoted to the famous marque featuring races from the MINI Challenge, Mini Se7en, Mini Miglias, Pre-66 Minis, Mighty Minis and Super Mighty Minis. Old and new Minis will do battle on the track too in a unique handicap race to decide which variant is best

Tickets:
Weekend Admission: £22 online
Saturday Admission: £18 online £22 on the gate
Sunday Admission: £18 online £22 on the gate
Children under 13 go free

Saturday 29th – Sunday 30 June 2013 – BARC Club Car Championships

This weekend’s event will include a packed timetable of motorsport, with an eclectic mix of single seater, sports and saloon car action. Our open paddock policy will allow you to walk freely amongst the competitors and allow you to watch as they prepare their cars for the on track action

Tickets:
Weekend Admission: £15 online
Saturday Admission: £10 online £13 on the gate
Sunday Admission: £10 online £13 on the gate
Children under 13 go free

Gates open from 8am both days

Saturday 6th – Sunday 7th July 2013 – Aston Martin Centenary Meeting

Legendary British sportscar manufacturer Aston Martin will celebrate its 100th anniversary at Brands Hatch this July, and racers will join owners and enthusiasts for a festival that will climax on the hallowed Grand Prix circuit and be one of the highlights of the marque’s landmark year!

Tickets:

Weekend Admission: £27 online
Saturday Admission (Indy Circuit): £14 online £17 on the gate
Sunday Admission (Grand Prix Circuit): £18 Online £22 on the gate
Children under 13 go free.

Gates open from 8am both days.

Saturday 13th – Sunday 14th July 2013 – The HSCC Historic Superprix

The annual HSCC extravaganza of historic single seater, saloon and sports car machinery returns on 13-14 July, featuring great cars racing around the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit, just as they did back in the sport’s halcyon days!

A packed schedule of racing will also feature the evocative single seaters of the Derek Bell Trophy featuring sonorous F5000 and F2 single seaters, as well as races from Classic and Historic F3 cars.

Tickets:
Weekend Admission: £27 online
Saturday Admission: £18 online £22 on the gate
Sunday Admission: £18 online £22 on the gate
Children under 13 go free

Gates open from 8am both days

Friday 19th – Sunday 21st July 2013 – MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship

The MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship’s midsummer party at Brands Hatch is one of the most popular events of the year, taking place at the sport’s spiritual home.

Tickets:
Weekend Admission: £32 online
Friday Admission: £10
Saturday Admission: £13
Sunday Admission: £26 online £31 on the gate.
Children under 13 go free

Gates open at 8am on Friday and Saturday and 7am on Sunday

Saturday 10th – Sunday 11 August 2013 – British F3/GT Championships

The British GT series pitches a mouth-watering collection of exotic supercars against each other, and is one of the strongest championships of its kind in the world. Featuring Ferrari 458s and McLarens, as well as machinery from Porsche, Chevrolet, Mercedes, Aston Martin and Ginetta, it’s one of the most expensive grids on the planet!

Tickets:
Weekend Admission: £22 online
Saturday Admission: £13
Sunday Admission: £18 online £22 on the gate
Children under 13 go free

Gates open at 8am on both days.

Saturday 24th – Sunday 25th August 2013 – Lotus Festival

The annual Lotus festival takes place at Brands Hatch this August Bank Holiday weekend, once again taking place on the Grand Prix circuit full race programme on track is headlined by the Lotus Cup and Elise Trophy series, whilst there will also be action on the Brands Hatch rally stage from Sunbeams and more! Trade stands, live music and club displays add to a carnival atmosphere.

Tickets:
Weekend Admission: £28
Saturday Admission: £18 online £22 on the gate
Sunday Admission: £18 online £22 on the gate

Gates open from 8am on both days.

Sunday 29th September 2013 – Modified Live

Modified Live is an interactive event for tuning enthusiasts, showcasing the very best in souped-up machinery and the latest performance products through a fusion of on track action, demonstrations and expert advice on modifying your own vehicle.

Highlights on the circuit include the smoking tyres of the European Drift Championship and the Time Attack Series – a ‘beat the clock’ challenge for highly tuned road cars. You can also enjoy racing from pickup trucks and the Civic Cup.

Tickets: Sunday Admission: £17 online £22 on the gate

Children under 13 go free.

Saturday 12th – Sunday 13th October 2013 – Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship

After six months of intense racing, the BTCC reaches its thrilling climax on the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit. The 2013 title is likely to be decided here, with recent years having produced several contenders on the final weekend of the season.

Tickets:
Weekend Admission: £32 online
Saturday Admission: £13
Sunday Admission: £26 online £31 on the gate
Children under 13 go free

Gates open at 8am on Saturday and 7am on Sunday

Friday 18th – Sunday 20th October 2013 – MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship

The MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship finale on the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit is one of the must-see events on the motorsport calendar. Six riders will head to Kent aiming to take home the coveted trophy and follow in the footsteps of riding greats. Both Shakey Byrne and Ryuichi Kiyonari will be aiming to be in the running as the two triple champions fight for supremacy!

Tickets:
Weekend Admission: £33
Friday Admission (Practice): £10
Saturday Admission (Qualifying and BSB Race 1): £17
Sunday Admission: (2x BSB races plus supports): £26 online £31 on the gate.
Children under 13 go free.

Gates open from 8am on Friday and Saturday and 7am on Sunday.

Saturday 2nd – 3rd November 2013 – British Truck Racing Championship & Fireworks

The November Truck racing event will once again be a Guy Fawkes spectacular, with a sensational firework display following a packed programme of racing on the Sunday!

Truck racing is one of Brands Hatch’s most popular family events, with a bulging timetable featuring great support races and accompanied by plenty of off-track entertainment, including fun fairs, face painting, go karting and more.

Tickets:
Weekend Admission: £22
Saturday Admission (Truck Qualifying & Support races): £13
Sunday Admission (Main Raceday & Firework Display): £18 online £22 on the gate

 

Mary Rose Museum opens 31 May 2013

Tuesday, April 2, 2013 18:43
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Tickets go on sale next Monday, 8 April, for the Mary Rose Museum, which opens its doors on 31 May 2013.

The new £27m facility is a giant ‘air lock’ and time capsule showcasing 19,000 Tudor artifacts, including as wooden eating bowls, leather shoes, musical instruments and even nit combs complete with 500-year-old lice through to longbows and two-tonne guns.

The Mary Rose Museum, which opens 30 years after the ship was raised from the seabed and 437 years after she sank, is situated at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard – the very same dockyard where the warship was built more than 500 years ago.

The Mary Rose is the only sixteenth-century warship on display anywhere in the world.

Ticket information
There are two types of tickets for the Historic Dockyard.

An all attraction ticket includes the new Mary Rose Museum, HMS Victory, HMS Warrior 1860, National Museum of the Royal Navy, Action Stations and a Harbour Tour –

  • Adult tickets are £26
  • Child £18
  • Concessions £24.50
  • Family (2 adults/seniors and up to 3 children) £70.

Single attraction tickets for just the Mary Rose Museum

  • Adult £17
  • Child £12.50
  • Concessions £16
  • Family £47.

The View from the Shard revealed

Monday, January 14, 2013 19:38
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The Shard

The Shard, Credit: © The View from The Shard

The new state of the art visitor experience at The View from The Shard was revealed for the first time on Friday, ahead of the attraction’s official opening to the public on 1 February 2013.

The View from The Shard is the only place where it is possible to see the entire city of London at once and provides a unique encounter with the iconic building. With spectacular 40 mile (64km), 360 degree views of the city, 800ft (244m) above ground, the attraction is set to become the first one-stop destination in London where visitors can experience the UK’s capital like never before – the first day of opening is already sold out.

Visitors to the Shard enter from Joiner Street through the ground floor galleries taking in more than 140 famous Londoners, animated maps and video screens illustrating the growth of London and reveal the context of the historic London Bridge location – the oldest crossing point over the Thames – around which the city has expanded.

Through a series of short films, guests are given glimpses of London’s diverse communities and famous streets and places across the capital – all of which they will be able to see from the viewing galleries over 200m above them. Interactive displays also bring The Shard to life, demonstrating how this unique building is connected to the city.

Visitors will transfer lifts at Level 33 arriving at the ‘cloudscape’ on level 68 and immediately head upwards to the triple-height, light-filled, main viewing gallery at Level 69 where breath-taking, 360 degree views for up to 40 miles (64km) over the capital are revealed.

For the most profound experience, guests can go higher to the viewing gallery at Level 72 (800ft/244m). Here, at the very highest public level of the building, partially open-air and exposed to the elements, guests are surrounded by the giant shards of glass that form the top of The Shard and can fully experience the sounds and atmosphere of the city below.

The entire attraction offers free Wi-Fi. Guests can immediately share pictures, thoughts and views as they stand over the city with friends all over the world. Experiences can also be shared on The View from the Shard’s Facebook page and on Twitter using the hashtag #shardview.

Tickets and visiting

Tickets are pre-booked, timed and dated, providing a queue and crowd free premium experience with no time limit in the attraction. Tickets can also be given as gifts via The View from The Shard Gift Certificates which enable the recipient to choose when they would like to visit. Tickets cost £24.95 for adults and £18.95 for children. The View will be open from 09.00am to 22.00pm daily to enable guests to experience the city by day or night.

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Wizz Air teams up with VisitBritain

Thursday, October 18, 2012 17:26
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Wizz Air has today announced it has teamed up with VisitBritain to promote Britain to Polish tourists

Britain is the third most visited destination by Polish tourists and around 60% of all Polish visitors to the UK arrive by air, therefore providing an excellent opportunity for the British Tourism agency and Wizz Air to join forces in promoting Great Britain as an excellent choice for short breaks.

This partnership slots in to the four year global marketing campaign ‘Great Britain – You’re Invited’ launched by the British Prime Minister in 2011.

Today’s agreement will see the launch of an advertising campaign and more low fare promotions on Wizz Air flights between Poland and Great Britain, aiming to focus on Britain’s unique features which attract Polish visitors by highlighting that “Tradition, Culture, Sport and Shopping is GREAT Britain”.

Daniel De Carvalho, Corporate Communications Manager at Wizz Air, said: “Wizz Air is excited about its new partnership with VisitBritain because our 17 low cost routes from Poland to Great Britain are the best choice for Polish travelers and this campaign is a confirmation of Wizz Air’s attractive low fares route offer to Great Britain. With fares starting from £14.99 there is a reason for every Polish tourist to come and see Great Britain!”

Joanna Sosnowska, Representative Poland at VisitBritain, said: “Almost 5 billion people around the world witnessed the amazing events in Britain this summer. But as the sun finally sets over the London 2012 Games, there’s no need to be sad – there’s plenty more great British moments still to enjoy and now we’re launching a new partnership with Wizz Air as a part of our four year global marketing campaign “Great Britain – You’re Invited”. Polish tourists who have watched the great opening and closing ceremonies of the Games showing Britain’s history and heritage, its sense of humour and quirkiness and highlighting of British literature, film and music can experience it now. Great Britain is still celebrating and all Polish visitors are invited!”

Caravanning: a British tradition

Wednesday, August 1, 2012 10:04
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caravan sign

Since the recession caravanning holidays have been talked about in the travel media as something of a new phenomena. But Britain’s love affair with camping is nothing new; in fact it dates back to the days of Robert Baden-Powell and Scouting in the early 20th century. Groups of young boys headed out to learn survival skills in the great outdoors of the English countryside and the love of sleeping under canvas was instilled in them for life.

During the fifties and sixties tents were replaced by caravans and mum and dad rather than scout leaders were in control. Holiday parks sprung up all over the UK even giving rise to movies such as Carry On Camping.
However, camping and caravanning holidays took a nosedive in the eighties and nineties as the cost of air travel plummeted and low-cost airlines such as easyJet and Ryanair took to the skies. People swapped the South Coast for the Costa del Sol sleeping in purpose built resorts rather than old and well-loved tents and caravans.

But as fuel costs increased and the UK was plunged into the deepest recession since the Great Depression of the 1930s, camping and caravanning holidays were given a new lease of life. Hailed as the saviour of holidays, Brits were choosing to take their summer holiday within the UK once again. The media dubbed this the ‘staycation’, but really it was how holidays began.

Holidaymakers began to search for used caravans for sale, such as those on offer from Park Resorts, to enjoy British-based holidays year after year. The cost effective holiday retreat was found with used caravans for sale as people realised they could have a ‘holiday home’ for a lot less than they thought.

However, there was more change on the horizon. Although Britons loved the idea of enjoying their home landscape and taking time out to breathe in the great outdoors, not everyone was happy with the basic accommodation found in traditional tents and caravans. ‘Glamping’ as the media termed it, became a new trend in camping. Holidaymakers wanted the level of comfort found in a hotel, but with the flexibility and outdoors lifestyle enjoyed with camping. Caravans were fitted out with all the mod cons; tents multiplied in size and looked more Bedouin than bargain but the basic premise remained the same: people want the ‘back to nature’ low-impact living enjoyed with camping and caravanning holidays and instilled in our mind-sets from the Baden-Powell era, it’s just they are now willing to pay a bit more for a real bed.

 

Europe’s largest Aviation and Transport Fair at Manchester Airport’s Runway Visitor Park this weekend

Friday, July 13, 2012 11:02
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Manchester Airport Runway Visitor Park

If planes, trains and automobiles are your ‘thing’, get yourself along to Manchester Airport this weekend for Europe’s biggest Aviation and Transport Fair.

The fair, which is now in its fourth year, is one of the biggest of its kind in the world, attracting visitors from across the UK and from as far afield as Holland, Switzerland, Germany and Dubai.

Taking place in the Manchester Airport’s Runway Visitor Park and the hangar that houses the retired Concorde, visitors can expect to see exhibits that include six full-scale model railways depicting actual stations and villages in North West of England, alongside a giant Scalextric track, which will be available for visitors to race; and demonstrations of Air Navigation Radar equipment.

Outside the hangar, more than 200 classic cars dating back to 1914 will be on display around the Runway Visitor Park, alongside special novelty shaped hot air balloons, a diesel train engine, vintage fire engines, busses and military vehicles which served in Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Members of the UK Cockpit Club will also be exhibiting their treasured aircraft flight decks which range from an RAF Tornado to an HS 748 aircraft built at Woodford Aerodrome. The former BAe Chief Test Pilot, Mr Robbie Robinson, will be reunited at the Fair with the aircraft he first flew on delivery to Trinidad and Tobago Airlines more than 30 years ago.

For younger transport enthusiasts, the author of the children’s story books “Fergus and Friends”, Steve Burnside, is attending the event, along with Fergus the tractor.

Aviation and transport enthusiasts, societies and traders will be selling all sorts of vintage memorabilia and collectibles – including model aircraft, old posters, timetables, advertisements and steam engines – in the hangar under the wings of the world’s most famous aeroplane, Concorde

Glenn Wheeler, Secretary of The Aviation Society (TAS), which organises the event in conjunction with Manchester Airport, said “The Aviation and Transport Fair is a fantastic day out for the whole family, attracting visitors from far and wide. There is always a large queue on opening, with people on the lookout for rare items and memorabilia, particularly from airlines that are sadly no longer around. In addition to the more specialist side of things for collectors, this year we have more exhibits and exciting things for everyone to enjoy than ever before, regardless of whether you are a seasoned aviation enthusiast, or a first time visitor.”

All of the Runway Visitor Park’s permanent exhibits – including the iconic supersonic airliner Concorde, a retired RAF Nimrod, an Avro RJX; a DC-10; and a retro Trident airliner – will also be open to the public for viewing. Visitors will also be able to watch aircraft landing and taking-off on Manchester Airport’s busy runways, with a live loud-speaker commentary provided by one of Manchester’s Air Traffic Controllers.

Entry to the Concorde Hangar and Memorabilia Fair is £2.00, with free entry for children-under-14. Throughout the weekend money will be raised for local and national charities including: Help for Heroes, Child Flight and St Annes Hospice.

The Runway Visitor Park is located next to Manchester Airport’s runways, off Sunbank Lane in Altrincham, Greater Manchester – just two minutes from Junction 6 of the M56 motorway.

The Manchester Airport Aviation and Transport Fair takes place this Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th July 2012 at the Runway Visitor Park, Greater Manchester, with the Park open from 08:00 to 20:30.

Tickets for The View from The Shard go on sale today

Friday, July 6, 2012 12:09
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The Shard, Credit: © The View from The Shard

London’s newest landmark, The Shard, was unveiled yesterday with a spectacular laser light show.

The Shard, which was designed by Master Architect Renzo Piano, stands at a height of 1,016 ft (310 m) and is located in the historic London Bridge Quarter in the heart of London – The Shard sits centrally between the West End, Westminster, the South Bank, the City and Canary Wharf.

Located within The Shard are offices, international restaurants, the 5-star Shangri-La hotel, exclusive residences and visitor attraction: The View from The Shard, which will provide visitors with a multi-sensory experience and exhilarating 360° views for 40 miles across London.

The View from The Shard will open on 1 February 2013 and tickets go on sale today, 6 July.

The View from The Shard will take guests from street level up to 244m (800ft) in two high-speed ‘kaleidoscopic’ lifts that take just 30 seconds each to reach Level 68 where they will encounter the cloudscape and the feeling they are on a different plane rising above the world.

From Level 68 they make their way to the triple-height, light-filled, Level 69 where the view is revealed. Here, in the sky above London, guests will have the most astonishing 360 degree, 64km (40mile) view over the city and beyond. The past, present and future of London is unfurled beneath them and also brought to life in multimedia displays and installations. Examples include high tech digital telescopes that take the viewer deeper into the story of London.

Guests can choose to go even higher to the full 244m: Level 72, the highest public level of The Shard. Here, guests have the most profound experience exposed to the elements and sounds of the city beneath, as well as the chance to look up to the shards of glass that form the top of this sculptural building as they disappear upwards further into the sky.

The View from The Shard is the highest vantage point from any building in Western Europe and almost twice as high as any other viewing point in London.

Advance tickets cost £24.95 for adults and £18.95 for children. Tickets can be purchased from the dedicated website www.theviewfromtheshard.com or via the box office hotline: +44 (0)844 499 7111 (a handling fee applies for telephone bookings only).

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Jenson Button to attend DTM at Brands Hatch this weekend

Tuesday, May 15, 2012 13:00
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Jenson Button to Brands Hatch this weekend

McLaren F1 star and 2009 World Champion Jenson Button will make a special guest appearance at this weekend’s DTM event at Brands Hatch.

At 11.10am on Sunday (20 May), Jenson will briefly sign autographs for fans before taking part in a live question and answer session with ex-F1 star and current Mercedes DTM racer David Coulthard. This will take place in front of the Mercedes-Benz hospitality suite located in the public areas behind the Pit Straight grandstand.

Shortly afterwards, Button will take the wheel of a Mercedes-Benz DTM ‘race taxi’ with current DTM championship leader Gary Paffett alongside; the first time Button will have driven the circuit since his British F3 days in 1999.

“Brands Hatch is one of the circuits where I cut my teeth in junior single seaters and I have many fond memories of the place” said Button. “It’s one of the greatest tracks in the world and a place with an awful lot of motorsport history.

“It’s going to be a fantastic experience to head back to Brands Hatch to watch the DTM race on Sunday. I think the DTM weekend will be a great event – it’s a fantastic series with some excellent, close racing and some of the best drivers in the world. It’s going to be a great personal experience and a fantastic opportunity to get up-close and personal with all the British fans who have been supporting me over the years.”

Discounted tickets for the DTM at Brands Hatch are available until tomorrow (Wednesday 16 May) at midday. Tickets are available from £29 with free admission for children aged 12 and under. For more information call 0843 453 9000 or visit www.brandshatch.co.uk.