THE PREMIER OVERLAND ADVENTURE TRAVEL EVENT
FOR MOTORCYCLISTS, CYCLISTS, AND DRIVERS
OF 4X4 & OTHER EXPEDITION VEHICLES
Thursday 30th May to Sunday 2nd June 2013 - Near Donington Park
Learning from the successes of nine years at Ripley, Horizons Unlimited has re-invented the UK Summer Travellers' Meeting to create a brand new event for overland adventure travellers called the HUBB UK.
Supported by Adventure-Spec, we've combined all the best bits of past gatherings with a world of new ideas at an exciting new venue next to the famous Donington Park Racing Circuit.
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...
The HUBB UK 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 unique line-up of 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 fired-up for adventure with a smile on their face.
Building on that reputation with a new format and new features, the HUBB UK 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.
The event is taking place from Thursday 30th May to Sunday 2nd June.
There are five presentation rooms and a marquee cinema, a new Skills Course with some surprises, 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, including authors, film-makers, equipment suppliers and tour operators. And of course there'll be the HU Store selling the Achievable Dream and Road Heroes DVDs as well as a range of limited-edition t-shirts.
The HUBB Zone will feature the Rendezvous Tent and Message Tree, practical demonstrations including Danny & Fil's legendary RoadKill Cookout, along with an eclectic array of clubs, online community forums and magazines. 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 30th May, with the first presentations beginning at 2pm. The event will draw to a close at 1pm on Sunday 2nd June.
Over the course of the four days there'll be around 200 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
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 Adventure Motorcycle Morocco courtesy of Adventure-Spec and Tom Allen's acclaimed new film Janapar.
An Historic Venue with Eco-Credentials in the Heart of England
The HUBB UK 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 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 HUBB UK within easy reach of travellers coming from overseas just for the weekend.
Fundraising for Charity
To support the invaluable work of Prostate Cancer UK, which is our nominated charity for 2013, we're inviting you to help us "Give The Finger To Prostate Cancer" by raising funds and spreading the word about the need for better testing, diagnosis and treatment.
There's an option to make a donation when you pre-register and if you fancy the chance of winning some great overland adventure prizes, including Adventure-Spec's £500 Klim voucher, we'll be selling tickets at the event for the Saturday afternoon Charity Raffle.
Adding another fantastic dimension to our support for the charity, Will Wilkins has organised the Adventure Bike Riders Against Cancer ride, a UK-wide relay starting at the Ace Cafe on 21st April and ending at HUBB UK on Friday 31st May. Over 30 riders will be involved in the relay, passing a baton between them as they ride around the UK. Do check out the relay website and make a donation.
We also want to get you involved in our Grand Charity Muster in the courtyard - a mass photo of everyone giving the finger to the disease. Index fingers only please! Within minutes of the Muster we'll have the photo posted on Facebook for you to Like, Tag and Share. It'll be a light-hearted and really powerful way to raise awareness of the charity and get people talking about prostate cancer.
Prostate Cancer UK is a registered charity in England and Wales (1005541) and in Scotland (SC039332). Registered company 2653887.
The Adventure Travel Zone
The HUBB Zone
Facilities for a Fantastic Four Days
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. We'll also have a designated camping area for tents with pergolas.
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. Ordinary cars and vans will be able to unload in the campsite, but must be parked in the dedicated parking field beyond the HUBB Zone. 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.
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. 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, there are showers 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. 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 £1.75 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. 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. With the exception of guide dogs, no dogs will be allowed in the main Barn Complex.
Sorry - All Hotel Rooms Now Sold Out
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, with a maximum of two people per room. If you'd like to book one of the rooms with a full payment for three nights, please contact Donington Park Farmhouse Hotel directly on 01332 862409, quoting "HUBB UK" as your reference.
Rendezvous in the HUBB Zone
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. While you're there, pin a note to the Message Tree :)
At the end of the day. . .
On the Friday night, grab a pint from the Real Ales Bar and head to the HUBB Zone 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, bring your guitar, bring your singing voice or just bring your appreciative ears and some beer. Whatever you bring, return to the HUBB Zone for Rendezvous Jam Session fun around the Fire Drums.
PRE-REGISTRATION PRICING FOR FULL 4-DAY PASSES
Pay Online by Credit/Debit Card or PayPal, or send a Cheque
Pre-Register & Pay between:
4th September & 31st October
1st November & 31st January
1st February & 23rd May
Price per Person:
£45 (saves £30)
£55 (saves £20)
£65 (saves £10)
AT THE EVENT PRICING (APPLIES AFTER 23RD MAY)
Pay Cash on Arrival
Full 4-Day Pass
Weekend-Only Pass (arriving Saturday)
*** NO CAMPING FEES & NO PARKING FEES ***
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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!
days to go
HUBB UK Nominated Charity
...the index finger, that is :)
Grant Johnson, the founder of Horizons Unlimited, was diagnosed with aggressive prostate cancer in 2011.
Thankfully, after many rounds of tough chemotherapy, followed by surgery in August 2012, he's now continuing an optimistic recovery.
"Raising awareness of prostate cancer within our community is important and timely. The fact that there's controversy around annual PSA testing is an opportunity for discussion and raising consciousness." (Susan Johnson)
As the leading campaigner for better testing, diagnosis, support and research, Prostate Cancer UK is the natural choice of charity for Horizons Unlimited to support at the HUBB UK in 2013.
We hope you'll join us in giving the finger to prostate cancer by taking part in our fundraising activities and educating yourself about the disease. You can start right now by watching this short video...
Prostate Cancer UK is a registered charity in England and Wales (1005541) and in Scotland (SC039332). Registered company 2653887.
"I'm unable to be there in person but HUBB UK looks like a great gathering for those interested in overland adventure - a valuable, widely inclusive meeting of minds and exchange of experience to promote safe, responsible and enjoyable travel."
Tom Sheppard, MBE
Sarah Outen LIVE from the Pacific
Technology and time zones willing, round the world adventurer Sarah Outen will be joining HUBB UK for a brief Q&A.
Sarah won't be at the event in person though. She'll be rowing solo across the Pacific at the time and calling in by satellite phone.
As part of her human-powered expedition, London2London: Via the World, Sarah has already cycled across Europe to Japan via Russia and China. After completing the Pacific row, she'll pick up the pedalling again between Vancouver and Nova Scotia through the North American winter.
Win a Riding Holiday in Spain
Thanks to our sponsors Adventure-Spec, everyone who pre-registers and pays for their event pass before 31st March 2013 is being entered in our prize draw for the chance of winning a 3-day riding holiday at the Adventure Rider Centre in Spain.
Free Promotion in the HUBB Zone for your Club, Forum or Magazine
The HUBB Zone is an informal outside space that'll be buzzing with activity.
If you run a club or online community forum with members interested in overlanding, or if you publish a magazine for motorcyclists, cyclists or 4x4 drivers, we're offering space in the HUBB Zone free of charge.
We'll supply the space and a table. The rest is up to you.
Departing or Returning?
If you're planning an expedition in 2013, why not make the 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 HUBB UK, so feel free to get in touch and tell us your plans.
Advertise at HUBB UK
Run a business that serves the overland adventure travel market? Want to spread the word at HUBB UK, but can't take a Trade Stand? Send us a vinyl or roller banner and we'll display it in a prominent position.
HUBB UK Venue
Comments about HU Events
"I really enjoyed the event... Some really interesting sessions and demonstrations. Brilliant way to pick up travel and bike tips. Great to touch base with so many people I've met in the past."
"I have picked up so much information... and met some new friends and wonderful people."
"A superb event that was really well organised. I found the atmosphere amongst the attendees to be very positive too."
"I would like to praise the event in its entirety. I have learned so much, made some great mates and met some of the best people. I was buzzing by the time I got home. I have a little trip planned and just can't wait to get out there."
New to Horizons Unlimited?
Horizons Unlimited was founded in 1997 by Grant and Susan Johnson following their journey around the world on a BMW R80 G/S motorcycle. The website, HUBB forum and regular events across the globe have inspired thousands of people to follow their dreams and take the road less travelled.
Save the Dates
- HUBB UK 2014: 19th to 22nd June
- HUBB UK 2015: 18th to 21st June