Thinking of going to the British Grand Prix?
With the Formula 1 season soon to begin now is the best time to get yourself organised for the British Grand Prix.
Last year the BBC had an average audience of 4.94m with a peak of 6.6m for the British Grand Prix but despite the fact people in the UK enjoy watching the sport, very few people ever go to a race..
Formula One is the third most watched sporting event in the world – after the Olympics and football World Cup – but with only one event in UK every year, it’s not the most accessible of sports.
But actually watching the sport live is not necessarily as expensive and as difficult as you might imagine.
For most people in the UK the trip to Silverstone can be daunting, the event is typically over three days so as well as arranging to travel down there you need to consider where you are going to stay and the cost can soon build up.
If you plan on purchasing the three day weekend grandstand ticket, there are many to choose from. The cheapest available is around the £170 mark, not cheap, however a grandstand ticket gives you roving access to all open grandstands on the Friday and Saturday.
The easiest – and cheapest – way to get tickets to the British Grand Prix is via the official Silverstone website.
Getting to Silverstone
If you plan on attending the event by yourself then catching the train can be an attractive option but you will still need to find a hotel nearby and with so many people attending prices are hiked with competition for the rooms fierce.
For those arriving by car, 2012 was a bit of a nightmare. Silverstone suffered from torrential rain in the build-up to the weekend. Fans were warned not to travel to the circuit for qualifying on the Saturday, in order to let the grass car parks recover in time for race day. Nevertheless, if you wish to travel by car to the 2014 British Grand Prix, a three-day car parking pass will cost you around £60.
One of the cheapest and easiest options if you are travelling as a small group is to hire a motorhome, there are number of campsites close to the circuit which includes the official campsite – Silverstone Woodlands, this costs around £60 per person.
Travelling in motorhome in a group not only saves on petrol but also gives you assurance of having a roof over your head each night.
If, however, camping is not for you, the Silverstone website has a comprehensive section listing local hotels and B&Bs.
- If arriving by car or indeed a motorhome, leave very early
- Remember your binoculars!
- Wear ear plugs
Article written by GoExplore Motor Home Hire – A family run motorhome hire/rental firm with over 13 years’ experience with caravanning and motorhoming in the North Wales & Cheshire areas.