15 Sep 2009

LRO Show - Land Rover Owner International

LRO Show - The World's Biggest Land Rover Show !!

Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th September 2009,
East of England Showground, Peterborough.

Opens 9am until 5.30pm all weekend.

Tickets: £14 adults, Child (5-15) £7, Family (2adults, 2 children) £35
Off-Road course: £20 per session
There are discounts for LRO members and also if you are camping for the weekend.
Please see the official website for camping fee's.

Well!! What a day :) we arrived at around 10am and immediately got excited at the size of the show .. it seemed to go on forever. We attended on Sunday 13th September and took the whole family along for a day out (even the dog).
From the start the show if very user friendly, flat ground, open areas, plenty of toilets that were extremely clean with plenty of toilet roll and working hand dryers. The grounds are suitable for wheelchair users but please be aware that it is a grassy field and so could get boggy if the weather is bad.

We remembered where we had parked the car (free parking) and started to wander around the sponsored stalls - with over 70 clubs at the show this year you can imagine that this took quite a while.

Everyone was very friendly and was happy to chat about their Land Rovers, what they had done to upgrade their cars, what parts they recommended and the all important ... off-roading stories of getting stuck in the mud on a hill in Wales.

The weather was great and after a few hours we stopped for lunch. The prices of food/drink at the show were extremely reasonable, burgers, fish & chips, Chinese food, savoury & sweet pancakes .. there was quite a good choice. Tea/Coffee averaged at around £1 a cup which we thought was a good price for a popular showground.

In the centre of the show was an arena where different activities were taking place throughout the day, winching exercises, Land Rover balancing acts, motorbike stunts, one man even drove his brand new Range Rover over two telegraph poles which were 4 foot off of the floor! This was a great part of the show as there was always something interesting going on that you could stand and watch for a while.

The AutoJumble was well stocked and prices fair, ok some bits and pieces could be brought cheaper online but we find it more fun to sort through oily 2nd hand parts and grab a few extra bargains while you are rummaging.

Children were well catered for with fairground rides, huge slides and indoor driving experiences with mini Land Rovers. Even the dog enjoyed the day as nearly every exhibit had provided a bowl for dog water for which she was very grateful.

Some of the exhibits were amazing, the trouble they had gone to to create visual effects using Land Rovers in various poses were brilliant!!

Parts exhibitors had catalogues on hand for you to take home with you, some were handing out their catalogue on Cd-roms which is a great idea. My daughter spent the day collecting different advertising stickers to decorate Daddy's car with, and spending all her money at the pick'n'mix sweet stall (which was extremely expensive, the only down point of the day).

There was an off-roading track that you could pay to take your car around - but we didn't attend this part of the show. Please visit http://www.lroshow.com/ for more information.

The weather held up and we finally left the show at 4.45pm .... nearly 7 hours after arriving. The day was non-stop and was enjoyed by all of us. We can't wait for next year !!
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