New park-and-ride site at Old Gaffers Festival

By a County Press reporter

Saturday, May 31, 2014


A NEW park-and-ride site has been arranged at the Old Gaffers Festival, Yarmouth, due to ground conditions at Bouldnor.

The site is open in a field on Hill Lane, Freshwater, at the top of Halletts Shute.

Motorists are being advised to travel to the site from the Freshwater direction.

Organisers said parking is £5 per vehicle which includes the cost of a regular return shuttle bus service to the festival all weekend.


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by Peter Daws

2nd June 2014, at 09:51:50

Gaffers was great, park and ride not so. Had to wait the best part of an hour for a bus to turn up, more like park and wait.

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by john jones

2nd June 2014, at 06:13:28

yes the old gaffers is brill, we go every year and always enjoy it.
coming from ventnor we have always made our way to the bouldnor park and ride and have made it part of the day out. what a shame some one didn't have the sense to put some notices up so hundreds of motorists could have taken a different route to the new park and ride instead of spending nearly an hour trying to get through Yarmouth and out the other side. we still had a great day but please think ahead for next year.

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by Don Prescott

1st June 2014, at 14:05:24


Without a shadow of doubt, Gaffers is a great show and Debbie and her gang do a fantastic job.

Getting in and out of Yarmouth is not easy at the best of times, but given the number of visitors to this sparkling show, I think they did very well.

We always park about half a mile away and then walk in and I think the problem is that people just will not walk any further than they feel they have to.

Having said that, I was surprised that the field on the corner of Gas Works Lane was not operating and the Hill Lane Park and Ride was abysmal.

In perfect contrast we went to what is listed here as "extreme action on the water" and the least said the better.

Well done to everyone connected with Gaffers!

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1st June 2014, at 09:10:02

We set out to visit the Old Gaffers, looking forward to the event.
We noticed the absence of the Park and Ride at Bouldnor, but presumed that arrangements had been made in a convenient area near the event.
The car park was full as we were waved past it, and we were only aware of the other park and ride as we went round the corner in a traffic queue and noticed the buses.
Not a masterpiece of organisation. A notice on the Bouldnor side would have at least told people what was happening, and given them the option of parking in the other park and ride.

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