For the first time since the last century, it’s on a different part of the island this year. There’s a slightly different team behind the organisation (Daz, Tori and Big Kev). Glamping pods are available and plenty more attractions besides. Book your ferry early folks, it’s going to be huge.
We’re going to give you a quick preview of what to expect at what is the biggest scooter event in the whole wide world, and there are some ferry discount links – so fasten your crash helmets and let’s take a look…
Where’s the new campsite?
Unless you’ve been living on Mars you’ll know that VFM have had a long-overdue move from the Smallbrook Stadium campsite and gone over to Sandown Airport. Don’t worry, it’s a light airfield so you won’t be kept awake by Jumbo jets through the night! The new site is just seven miles further south but it’ll change the whole dynamics of the rally. A new site, new roads to ride, new bars and pubs to sample, a new beach to explore…
The campsite address is: Sandown Airport, Scotchells Brook lane, Sandown, P036 0JP.
When does the site open? The site opens at noon on Thursday 26th August, early birds will be treated to a do and have the chance to grab your favourite bit of grass – there’s plenty of it though on this huge site so don’t break your neck to get there.
What can I expect on site? The VFM campsite is the main official central hub of the rally, all the evening entertainment will be on there, as will the trade village and custom show. There are licenced bars and food, showers and toilets.
How do I get around the island? Of course, you can ride around on your scooter but if you’re partaking in the odd shandy or two there’s also a coach that can take you to and from the site/Sandown/Shanklin and Ryde. Much cheaper than taxis and it’s usually a good laugh on the party bus.
Beauty parlour Glamping guests will also have use of the ‘beauty parlour’ with free use of hairdryers, straighteners and a place to charge your mobile phone.
How much for luxury? The price for glamping starts at £250, all the details are on the Canvas Co website and there are only a few tents left so get booking.
Full details for the weekend are on the flyer, click that and it’ll take you to the VFM website where you can buy your tickets and get more info. Aside from the regular rally DJs spinning tunes from Thursday till Sunday, the campsite will also have live entertainment from the excellent Angelo Starr and the Team as well as The 5:15s (replacing Liquidators), King Salami & the Cumberland Three, plus Saturday afternoon entertainment from Tasteless. You can expect music from the main marquee and the Soul hangar until midnight. After that the silent disco takes over and if you’ve never been to one it’s well worth staying up for!
Red Funnel Ferries sail from Southampton to East Cowes and are offering a 25% scooter rally discount. A return ticket for a scooter and two people will set you back £34.50. Book your tickets using this link.
**This event is subject to the COVID restrictions at the time!**