Kempsford camping under new management at RIAT 2020

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Kempsford camping under new management at RIAT 2020

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Kempsford early booking email states final year for camping at Kempsford this year, new owners on site during camping week but unclear if camping will continue to be available on current site
Current organisers looking for new venue for 2020.


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Are you sure? :dunno:
Nothing on the website link I've got : http://www.airshowcamping.co.uk

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I wouldn't have posted if I was not sure, here's a cut n paste from early booking email;



Last Year at Kempsford Camping for Us

We are very sad to say that 2019 will be our last year running Kempsford Camping. The owners of the land will be taking over from next year and they will be around this year to say hello.

There is a chance we may be able to start up again in a new location in 2020. If you would like to find out more about that then do let Therasa know.

Let's make our last Kempsford Camping the best ever!!
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According to a post on FC, they sent an email to customers.

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Ah, found it.....it's on the newsletter link & in the E-Mail that they've sent out today.

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The thread title is potentially misleading. It sounds like the site will exist in future under different management. Still, seems unknown for now exactly what will happen.

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BMrider wrote:I wouldn't have posted if I was not sure

Well, if you want to be picky it's not on the website itself...... you have to open the link for the newsletter.

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Very sad news that this year will be the last that Clive and his team will be running Kempsford Camping. I have been camping on the field ever since the old camping field got used for the public car park and Clive took over running the camping. He was always very helpful to campers.

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PeteFenwick wrote:Very sad news that this year will be the last that Clive and his team will be running Kempsford Camping. I have been camping on the field ever since the old camping field got used for the public car park and Clive took over running the camping. He was always very helpful to campers.


Sentiments echoed.

Well I’ve paid online and form is in the post.

Dearly hoping my good friend Colin Pratt (Kempsford regular) is fit enough to attend this year after his absence in 2018. Get well soon Colin.

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I have also paid and the form is ready for posting. Somewhat bittersweet. This is my tenth time at Kempsford and I wouldn't go anywhere else. Fingers crossed that the new management continue the stellar job that Clive and the team have done for all these years.

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G-CVIX wrote:The thread title is potentially misleading. It sounds like the site will exist in future under different management. Still, seems unknown for now exactly what will happen.


I've corrected the title. The notice states the campsite will continue under different management.

I'm disappointed, the system works like clockwork at the moment. Hopefully it will continue to be run in the same vein and with the same principles. Or, Clive and the team find a new venue in a comparable location.
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Posted my form off on Monday......still not bought RIAT tickets, though ( and no incentive to rush out and do so now the Saturday tickets are full price )

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Following on from the last few years, Kempsford's sold out again according to their website.

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There is a new website for 2020 with online booking.

What worries me is that, in order to subscribe for updates, you merely need to indicate that you have stayed before.

I find that the loyalty system for kempsford works well considering the demand, and I hope that regulars don't miss out when it comes to booking.

Personally I will continue to stay here as the location is just too good. I would only stay somewhere else if I stopped camping altogether.

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G-CVIX wrote:There is a new website for 2020 with online booking.


Is that up and running already CVIX?
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www.kempsfordcamping.com

It is a simple web form to register at the moment. There is also a new Instagram linked on the same page. They were giving these out on flyers upon arrival. :)

I have seen it mentioned on Facebook, though not confirmed, that next year could see the Outside Inn co return. If some of their old bar staff remain that could be great!

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Just popped back on to say...
They were touring the campsite early in the week to discuss the changes & taking a note of peoples E-mail addresses.
I've also registered on their website.

The one thing I forgot to ask ( and it's something others there expressed concerns about ) is whether or not they'll continue the policy of giving those who stayed there this year the first chance to book pitches for 2030, or will they revert to ' first come, first served'.
After all, anyone can tick the box on the website to say they've stayed there before.

I've E-mailed them to ask the question....I'll post an update if I get a reply.

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Well, that was quick!
Just received a reply from them :
Thank you for your email. Yes, as in previous years, you will have first refusal on next year’s camping. We will let you know when online booking will be opening in the New Year.


I can't be the only one relieved to hear that.
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Are all of our Kempsford regulars now booked up for 2020?

I booked mine OK. The booking process seemed to work well, but given that priority booking was open to all of those that had self-declared that they'd stayed at Kempsford at some point in the past I was, and to an extent still am, a little nervous that regulars may miss out.

It will be interesting to see how long the sell-out takes this year.

And here's to a Kempsford little-changed for 2020. Except for the outside-inn catering returning, of course.
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Wrexham Mackem wrote:Are all of our Kempsford regulars now booked up for 2020?

I booked mine OK. The booking process seemed to work well, but given that priority booking was open to all of those that had self-declared that they'd stayed at Kempsford at some point in the past I was, and to an extent still am, a little nervous that regulars may miss out.

It will be interesting to see how long the sell-out takes this year.

And here's to a Kempsford little-changed for 2020. Except for the outside-inn catering returning, of course.


I'm all booked in, seemed to go well. Here's hoping all the regulars get their spaces.

I echo the final sentence in your post. My stay there is a big part of the RIAT experience for me.

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Booked mine well before they even sent out the E-Mail on Sunday :biggrin:
Nice to see they now have it set up so you can pay on-line using credit/debit cards. :up:

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Booked yesterday. Agree so much better that you can book & pay online, really easy too.

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