Brooklands Fun Day – At The Community Park, Brooklands, Weybridge Surrey
A Great Day Out For All The Family!
Saturday 1st September 2018
11am – 5pm
Brooklands Community Park, Sopwith Drive, Brooklands, Weybridge, Surrey, KT13 0YU
Dog Show (Free To Enter)
Fair Rides & Attractions
Some Free Activities
Free Parking & Entrance
With the support of Elmbridge Borough Council we want to provide a great day out for families, especially the kids.
That means FREE PARKING, NO ENTRANCE FEE and some FREE ACTIVITIES (larger activities charged at a nominal fee).
Activities returning from previous years include Live Bands, a climbing wall, bouncy castle, fairground rides and bus rides to list a few.
NEW FOR 2018 – We have added a FUN DOG SHOW and DAKOTA DC-3 FLY-PAST!
We are also glad to be supporting an amazing charity – Shooting Star Chase. Shooting Star Chase is a leading children’s hospice charity caring for babies, children and young people with life-limiting conditions, and their families.
Whether lives are measured in days, weeks, months or years, they are there making every moment count. They support families from diagnosis to end of life and throughout bereavement with a range of nursing, practical, emotional and medical care.
- Dakota DC-3 Fly Past
- Fun Dog Show
- Climbing Wall
- Under 17s Driving from Mercedes Benz World
- Tag Rugby bought to you by Weybridge Vandals
- L’il Riders Soft Toy Ride On’s
- Kids Fairground Rides
- Live Music From The Danny Lee Band
- Live Music From KT66
- Market Stalls
- Food Stalls, including British Event Catering & Surrey Ices
- more coming soon…
Video Of A Previous Year’s Event
Photos Credit: Our thanks to Keith from Brooklands Museum for many of the photos to help publicise this charity event.
The Danny Lee Band
I front the band singing lead vocals and playing rhythm guitar. I am joined by Guitarist Nelson Porter who is fantastic at replicating original sounds on all types of song adding his own colour and energy which helps give The Danny Lee Band it’s unique dynamic.
Rock steady at the back is Australian drummer Owen Goodwin who can whip the crowd up into a frenzy with his passionate solos or sit back and provide the precision to keep the band tight on the night.
The flamboyant Fox plays the bass guitar and he also sings backing vocals. Paul Wheeler is the versatile, talented keyboard player and Jake Fryer from The Jake Fryer Quartet regularly plays saxophone with the band.
Dog Show – New at Brooklands Fun Day for 2018
We are very pleased to announce that we are holding a dog show at the 2018 Brooklands Fun Day.
The show is FREE to enter and winners will receive rosettes.
- Waggiest Tail
- Prettiest Bitch
- Most Handsome Dog
- Fastest Recall
- Young Handler
Please complete the application form on the Dog Show page of the Brooklands Fun Day website.
There will also be some space for on the day applications
Dogs must be kept on leads at the Fun Day at all times.
Get Involved – Sponsorship Opportunities
To achieve this we are seeking sponsorships, however big or small, and for any amount. Funds or donations received will be spent on both activities for visitors and to support our chosen charities. We do need help with core funding and the supply of activities so we are asking you, whether as a company or a private individual, to consider being a sponsor.
Besides engaging with the local community, sponsors will be offered a link on our website, Facebook and Twitter (unless anonymity preferred) and can receive further exposure by displaying banners on the day at the event which will be covered by the media.
We hope that you or your company/organisation will pledge something, whether it is a donation towards core funding, activity sponsorship or supply. We are encouraging as many members of the community of all ages to get involved in some way.
By contributing you can help make this event one that the whole community will enjoy, and at the same time assist with much needed funding for our local charities.
Our organising committee is holding monthly meetings and will be releasing bulletins via Facebook and Twitter regarding activities and updates. The event details will also become available on local and other social media sites in the near future.
If you would like to be involved or would like further information, our website and contact details are listed on this page below.
Welcome to Brooklands Fun Day at Brooklands here at the Community Park. The fun day was born from an initiative I had as Local Ward Councillor back in the beginning of 2104 following a very successful live event after the Olympics Games in 2012.
This opened up an opportunity to bring local business and the community together in a promotional, pro-active and fun way on this historical and well documented former race track and aerodrome.
Brooklands was the birthplace of British motorsport, aviation and the site of many engineering and technological achievements throughout eight decades of the 20th century.
Brooklands took its name from Robert del Brok who in the 12th century was Lord of the local Manor, and prior to becoming a racetrack had been bought in 1830 by Locke-King’s father from the Duke of York. Hugh Locke-King (1856 – 1926) devised and built the world’s first banked motor racing circuit here in 1906 and it became the home of British motor racing until 1939. He was inspired to build the 3.25 mile (5.23 kilometer) long oval banked racetrack by the fact that early attempts at racing motor vehicles on British public roads had been thwarted by officialdom.
Locke-King had experienced the excitement of the Targa Florio in Italy and the French Grand Prix, both raced on public roads with the complicit approval of the authorities. Frustrated by the lack of opportunity for British drivers to gain experience because of the strictly imposed 20 mph (32 kph) speed limit, he devised the track initially as a testing ground to enable vehicles to be safely driven at speed. The banking provided the camber to keep the cars on the track without having to slow at the turn at each end, and at 100 feet (30 meters) wide and 30 feet (9 meters) high in places also provided a great track for spectators to come and watch. So, the first spectator friendly course was built for a cost of £150,000, taking nine months and the labour of 700 workmen to achieve.
Brooklands-based aircraft companies such as Bleriot, Hawker, Sopwith, Martinsyde, and Vickers were key players in the early years of aviation and were crucial to its early development. The ‘Daily Mail Round Britain Air Race’ of 1911 started and finished at Brooklands, and both the event and the location later influenced the theme of the classic British film comedy, Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines. Visitors can see many displays and exhibits portraying the contribution made by Brooklands to the British aircraft industry in both world wars, and also in the post-war years with Vickers and later the British Aircraft Corporation and British Aerospace at the Brooklands Museum.
Vickers purchased the site in 1946 for £330,000, which allowed them to produce civilian aircraft. The most notable of these was the Vickers Viscount, of which 444 were built between Brooklands and Bournemouth. In 1959 the Vanguard was test flown from Brooklands. In 1962 the test flight for the prototype VC10 also took place at Brooklands, and subsequently all 53 production VC10’s were flown out of Brooklands before being completed and test flown at Wisley. British Aerospace closed the airfield in 1982.
Mercedes Benz purchased the remainder including the former runway in 2006 for their Mercedes Benz World Brand Experience site which proudly sits at the far North-Eastern end. As the land was in the Green Belt a condition was applied that 60 acres be handed over for community use to Elmbridge Borough Council, now the official owners of the park. Proudly guarding the entrance to the park is the 4/10 scale British Airways model Concorde which stood at the entrance to the tunnel at Heathrow Airport and it is estimated seen by as a many as 400 million travellers. This was kindly donated to the Brooklands Museum by British Airways on the retirement of Concorde flights.