HUBB UK 2014

HUBB UK - Supported by - Inspiring, Informing and Connecting Overland Adventure Travellers

Thursday 19th to Sunday 22nd June 2014 - Near Donington Park

Building on the success of the 2013 event, and learning from all the feedback, HUBB UK returns to Donington Park Farmhouse Hotel in 2014 even better than before. The event is once again being generously supported by

On Two Wheels or More  -  It's All About Overland Adventure

Whether you're a seasoned veteran with wisdom to share or a complete novice hungry for ideas and guidance, it doesn't matter if you ride a motorcycle, a bicycle, or drive any kind of expedition vehicle, HUBB UK 2014 is for everyone who dreams of adventure along the road less travelled.

Inspiring, Informing & Connecting

Some people value Horizons Unlimited events for what they learn from the many presenters. Some people value the chance to discover new products and services at the trade stands. Some people value just kicking back with a beer among old friends and new. Most people enjoy a little bit of everything, and everyone goes home smiling and fired-up for adventure.

HUBB UK 2014 will include a packed schedule of presentations and activities across five themes and four days. All within the relaxed and friendly atmosphere that Horizons Unlimited is known for.

HUBB UK 2014 Site Layout

There are five presentation rooms and a marquee cinema, an expanded Skills Course, the popular Slow Bike Race, and our unconventional take on the 'Best in Show' concept for motorcycles, bicycles and expedition vehicles.

The Adventure Travel Zone is where you'll find the trade stands for many of the leading names in overland travel, and in the main courtyard there'll be authors, film-makers and the HU Store selling the Achievable Dream and Road Heroes DVDs as well as a range of limited-edition t-shirts.

An eclectic array of clubs, online community forums and magazines will be there, along with the Rendezvous Tent and Message Tree, and a wide range of practical demonstrations including Danny & Fil's legendary RoadKill Cookout. If you play the guitar or another instrument, bring it along on the Saturday night and join the Rendezvous Jam Session around the Fire Drums!

HUBB UK Event Schedule

The Registration Tent will open for check-ins at 9am on Thursday 19th June, with the first presentations beginning at 2pm. The event will draw to a close at 1pm on Sunday 22nd June.

Click here to download the HUBB UK 2014 Presentation Schedule (PDF)
(last updated 11/6/14)

Over the course of the four days there'll be more than 150 sessions of talks, demonstrations, workshops, Q&A's, challenges and competitions, with many presentations being repeated so you won't miss out. The sessions will be scheduled in five themed HUBB Tracks:

Get Inspired   Get Ready   Gear Up   On The Road   Connect

As well as hearing inspiring stories of overlanding adventure from around the world, you'll get the low-down on preparing for your journey, navigation, first-aid, photography, filming and a host of other essential topics. Whatever your past experience or future plans may be, there's something for everyone.

Practise on the Skills Course, learn how to skin a rabbit, compete in the Slow Bike Race, and enjoy screenings of Aim for the Horizon from Adventure-Spec and Daniel Rintz's acclaimed new film Somewhere Else Tomorrow.

An Historic Venue with Eco-Credentials in the Heart of England

HUBB UK 2014 is taking place near the border between Leicestershire and Derbyshire on a stunning 20 acre site set in the rolling countryside north of Breedon Hill.

Donington Park Farmhouse Hotel

Donington Park Farmhouse Hotel is a real gem of 17th century brick and timber architecture, neighboured by ancient villages and a medieval Deer Park. But it's far more than just an historic location.

In keeping with the environmental ethos shared by many overlanders, the Donington Park Farmhouse Hotel uses sustainable biomass heating, reed bed water filtration, solar power and has a comprehensive waste recycling scheme.

The venue is just 5 minutes from the M1 (23A) and it's an accessible location for cyclists too, with less than 10 miles to pedal from either East Midlands Parkway or Willington railway stations.

East Midlands International Airport is only 3 miles away, which also puts the event within easy reach of travellers coming from overseas just for the weekend. Every silver lining has a cloud though, so do expect plenty of aircraft noise throughout your stay.

Fundraising for Charity

Our nominated charity for the HUBB UK event in 2014 is ShelterBox and we're inviting you to join us in helping them "Put The Lid On Disaster" by raising funds to support the invaluable disaster relief work undertaken by the charity around the world.

There's an option to make a donation online when you register as an adventure traveller and we'll be selling tickets at the event for the Saturday afternoon Charity Raffle if you fancy the chance of winning some great overland adventure prizes donated by all the trade stands, Adventure Bike Shop, Turcano Urbano and Hunter Class Motorbike Accessories, Motus Bike Wear, Fatskeleton, HRS Motorcycles and Grinfactor Clothing .

Tucano Urbano Adventure Bike Shop

We also want to get you involved in our Grand Charity Muster - a mass photo of everyone putting the lid on disaster in the courtyard at around 9.30am on Saturday 21st June. Within minutes of the Muster we'll have the photo posted on Facebook for you to Like and Share. It'll be a light-hearted and really powerful way to raise awareness of the charity.

The HUBB UK 2013 Grand Charity Muster - photo courtesy of Dave Ettridge

More HUBB UK Features

  • Rendezvous Tent
  • Live Music
  • Fire Drums
  • Clubs
  • Online Forums
  • Magazines
Danny and Fil's RoadKill CookoutAdventure Overland Show 4x4 Overland Travel Forum Woodland Ways
Adventure and Travel Cinema GSclub UK
Land Rover Classic Campers International Motorcyclists Tour Club TRF

Facilities for a Fantastic Four Days

  • Free Camping
  • Free Parking
  • Free WIFI in the Barn Complex
  • HotSpot WIFI in the Campsite
  • 10amp Power Hook-Ups
  • Real Ales
  • Spit-Roast Pig
  • Great Value Food & Take-Away
  • Hotel Accommodation
  • Cash Machine

Campsite & Parking
The extensive campsite is on mostly flat, well-drained, ground with a good provision of 10amp power hook-ups and plenty of water outlets. There are a number of secluded areas nestled next to woodland as well as hardstanding pitches for 4x4s and campervans.

If you'd like to use the electric hook-ups, the charge is £4 per day payable for your whole stay in advance (e.g. £16 for 4 days) when you first check-in at the Registration Tent. They'll be allocated on a first-come first-served basis.

Motorcycles, bicycles and expedition vehicles will be able to park in the camping area. Caravans and large RVs will have a separate hard-standing parking area. Ordinary cars and vans will be able to unload in the campsite, but must be parked in the dedicated parking field. Please help to conserve the fields for future events by not skidding, wheel-spinning, etc. The organisers reserve the right to restrict vehicle movement and parking subject to weather and ground conditions.

No Fires
There's a strict 'no fires' policy across the whole site, but camping stoves and BBQs are allowed. BBQs must be raised above the ground on bricks supplied by the venue via the volunteer Campsite Crew. Please be aware that Horizons Unlimited will be obliged by the venue to enforce these rules very strictly.

Showers & Toilets
As well as the many toilets, washing facilities and recycling bins throughout the site, the venue's showers are available 24 hours a day. These operate with pre-paid cards available from all the bars and food serving areas. Each card costs £1 for 5 minutes of hot water. We'll also have a number of free shower blocks in the camping fields. Some of the toilets and showers, and all the areas within the main Barn Complex, cater for wheelchair access.

Food & Beer
Donington Park Farmhouse Hotel will be offering a wide-ranging menu for breakfasts, lunches and evening meals - all at great value prices. They'll include vegetarian choices, plus a take-away option later each evening for those who prefer their burgers al fresco.

A mouth-watering selection of beers, ciders and real ales will be available from the on-site bars, with a pint of beer costing on average around £3. You're welcome to bring your own alcohol to the event, but please respect the venue by not consuming it within the Barn Complex. The Overlanders' Bar has a cash machine, which we understand charges £1.95 per transaction.

There'll also be "Glynn's Corner Shop" tent, where you'll find all the essential supplies you need for a supermarket-free weekend, including bread, bacon, eggs, cheese, tinned food, cigarettes, soft drinks and confectionery.

Children & Dogs
Horizons Unlimited is naturally keen to inspire the next generation of adventure travellers so you're welcome to bring your children along if you wish, but do bear in mind that the event is for adults (with adult themes and language) and we won't have any specific kids' activities. Children under 14 years old get in for free. Please note that the health and safety of your children is your responsibility and they must be supervised by you at all times. Children will not be allowed in any of the presentations from 8pm onwards each evening.

If you'd like to bring your dog along to the event we'll have a special area set aside for you to camp in, though please be aware that this will be situated close to the East Midlands Airport flightpath. You'll need to ensure your pet remains on a lead at all times and doesn't damage or foul the site. Owners of noisy or aggressive dogs may be asked to leave.

Hotel Accommodation
There are a small number of double and twin bedrooms available in the hotel for anyone not wishing to camp or stay off-site. The rooms will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis for minimum stays of three nights paid in advance. We've negotiated a discounted room-only rate of £80 per room per night on the Friday and Saturday and £60 per room per night on other days, with a maximum of two people per room. If you'd like to book one of the rooms with a full payment for at least three nights, please contact Donington Park Farmhouse Hotel directly on 01332 862409, quoting "HUBB UK" as your reference.

Rendezvous in the Orchard

If you just want to get away from it all, chew the fat, set the world to rights and have a blather with your mates, the Rendezvous Tent is the place to go.

There's no schedule and no plan. It's a space dedicated to nothing. Nothing except relaxation and tales from the road.

At the end of the day. . .

On the Friday night, grab a pint from the Real Ales Bar and head to the Orchard to enjoy the singing talents of Steve McGill. Watch the video for a flavour of Steve's ever-popular repertoire. Then to round-off the Saturday night, return to the Orchard for more entertainment from Radio Mary.


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Register & Pay Between Full 4-Day Pass 2-Day Pass

8th July & 31st August 2013

£45 (saves £30)

£30 (saves £15)

1st September & 31st December 2013

£55 (saves £20)

£35 (saves £10)

1st January & 12th June 2014

£65 (saves £10)

£40   (saves £5)

Discount changes occur at approximately 9pm UK time on each cut-off date


Applies After 12th June 2014 --- Pay Cash On Arrival

Full 4-Day Pass   £75     2-Day Pass   £45

All prices are per person

2-Day event passes are for either:
Thursday & Friday only (camping Thursday night)
or Saturday & Sunday only (camping Saturday night)

Separate rates apply for exhibiting authors/film-makers and trade stands

Online registration is FREE for non-commercial presenters, journalists
and stand space for clubs, online community forums and magazines

Please note that we DO NOT offer 1-day only event passes




I've already registered - I just want to pay!


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HUBB UK Nominated Charity


ShelterBox provides emergency shelter and lifesaving supplies for families around the world who are affected by disasters. Each large green ShelterBox is tailored to a disaster, but typically contains a tent for an extended family, blankets, groundsheets, water storage and filtration equipment, cooking utensils, a basic tool kit and other vital items.

Since its foundation, ShelterBox has responded to over 200 natural or manmade disasters in almost 90 different countries and provided lifesaving aid for well over one million people.

Watch the video to find out more about the charity's work, visit the ShelterBox website to see how you could get involved and do whatever you can to support our fundraising efforts at the event.

Rotary Club
ShelterBox Trust is a registered charity (No. 1096479) and a global Rotary Club project. President Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall.

Films at HUBB UK 2014


Join the Volunteer Crew

From welcoming travellers at the gate, to taking care of the campsite and making sure all the presentations run smoothly, the success of every HU event relies on the enthusiasm of its volunteer crew.

"What a wonderful bunch of people. I had no idea how much fun I'd have by helping out!"

"It was my absolute pleasure to be able to give something back to the HU community and working with such great folks really made the event special."

Volunteering is a great way to make new friends, get more involved with Horizons Unlimited and have loads of fun!

You can sign-up to volunteer when you register for the event. Just tick the box and choose your options when prompted.

If you've already registered and since decided you'd like to volunteer, you can still sign-up to join the crew by completing this form.

HUBB UK 2014 Sponsors

HUBB UK 2014 is supported by

The Threshing Barn & Marquee Cinema
are sponsored by
Code Audio Visual

The North & West Camping Fields
are sponsored by

The Skills Course & Slow Bike Race
are sponsored by
Continental Tyres

The Oak Room is sponsored by
Cotswold Outdoor

The Hitching Room is sponsored by
Devitt Insurance

The Stag Room is sponsored by
Pure Bike Tours

The Paddock is sponsored by
REV'IT! Sport International

Praise for HUBB UK 2013

Over 91% of overlanders responding to an online survey rated the HUBB UK 2013 event as Good, Very Good or Amazing.

"Very enjoyable and informative."

"Great event. Met some really interesting people and it has given me some great ideas for the future. Many thanks HU!"

"This is a fantastic event. The Skills Course is brilliant. The volunteers who helped out at the course were very supportive. I have learned some important off road riding skills and it was really fun! :)"

"Fantastic venue. Well organised awesome event."

"What a FANTASTIC event!!!!! We found the atmosphere totally different to our usual events; everyone was so friendly – it was almost like one big family. We found the talks inspiring... the HUBB event isn’t a show – rather it is a ‘gathering of like minded people’, and we decided we liked that very much."

"I really liked the fact that there was so much more going on at the HUBB."

"This gathering wins first place in the 2013 travel event calendar on home soil. . . It was travel presentation heaven and some... Awesome place, awesome speakers, awesome companies. . . But that campsite, beautiful, good move. I’ll be back."

"Great event, great organisation and super volunteers! Many thanks."

"Thank you for a great event. We need more shows like this one."

"I was a HUBB UK virgin, and my goodness, there are no words to describe the experience. It was just simply mind blowing."

"...such a wonderful experience. It was our 1st time there but it certainly won't be our last. The venue was great with excellent camping facilities, the seminars mind blowing and the overall friendliness from folks with 2 wheels or 4 had to be seen to be believed."

"Great event. As a Landy owner it was so great to see and meet people with a common interest, irrespective of the number of wheels."

"Fantastic! As a 4x4 member we were all made to feel very welcome. From the moment we were greeted at the gate, to the moment we left, everyone we met treated us almost as family."

"...the weekend was only made more special with the cyclists and 4X4 input. The talks by the various cyclists were all truely inspiring."

"...a new league of awesomeness."

Departing or Returning?

If you're planning an expedition in 2014, why not make HUBB UK your official start point? Or maybe you're nearing the completion of a journey and would like a very public welcome home? Of course you might just be passing through and fancy marking a key stage of your travels?

We'd love to make you a big part of the meeting, so feel free to get in touch via and tell us your plans.

The Big Send Off at HUBB UK 2013
The HUBB UK 2013 "Big Send Off"

HUBB UK 2014 Venue

Donington Park Farmhouse Hotel

Donington Park Farmhouse Hotel
Melbourne Road
Isley Walton
Castle Donington
DE74 2RN

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HUBB UK Event Organisers

Sam Manicom and Iain Harper
Sam Manicom       Iain Harper

HU Events Refund Policy

We know 'stuff happens', and you know we have financial commitments to venues and caterers!

If you're unable to attend an event, please let us know (by e-mail reply to your confirmation e-mail from us) so we don't worry that something has happened to you...

Up to 30 days prior to event start, we will refund all fees in full less a $10 (or €9 or £8) fee for handling and PayPal charges.

Up to 15 days prior to event start, we will refund camping/accommodation and food packages in full less a $10 (or €9 or £8) handling fee. We will apply your registration fee to any subsequent HU event in the year or following year. If you have purchased a t-shirt, let us know your mailing address and we'll send it out.

Within 15 days of the event start, there will be no refunds, but we will apply your registration fee to any subsequent HU event in the year or following year. If you have purchased a t-shirt, let us know your mailing address and we'll send it out.

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