VW Experiences & Self-Drive

 

Classic VWs are real showstoppers, the kind of retro vehicles that turn heads. They may not be fast but these iconic classics are loved around the world and always bring a smile to any face. Super cool, romantic, cosy, nostalgic and niche our VW family will take you back in time and give you an experience that is truly unique and bespoke.

With these vintage classics we have developed a number of VW Kentish Experience, working closely with local, high quality boutique suppliers and offering you all the best Kent has to offer. We are able to offer hospitality ranging from cocktails, champagne and canapes to vintage cream teas and Kentish picnics.

Below we have listed a number of our current unique Kentish experiences for you to look at. However, we are continuely working on developing new experiences so keep an eye out for these.

If you have something else in mind let us know and we would be happy to develop your idea. Where our VW family take you is up to you so let your imagination run free and let us help you create your perfect day.

 

Self Drive

 

Beetle Cabriolet

“Herbie Rides Again…”

A classic car is a great way to turn a weekend break into a real adventure.  A VW Beetle hire gives you the opportunity to experience driving this fondly remembered classic car with a cult following.

Proving to be incredibly popular Lancelot is available for self-driven hire, as well as weddings, prom nights, and marketing events. Our 1972 Karman Beetle Cabriolet will turn heads and add the perfect finishing touches to a day out or long weekend away in beautiful Kent. This Beetle is powered by a 1300 single carburettor engine and oozes personality that will make you the centre of attention wherever you go. You can pick up the keys to our classic vintage VW in Canterbury and be enjoying the beautiful Garden of England within minutes.

Our self-drive experiences are divided into 3 options –
The Perfect Day which is our day hire (24 hours) @ £300.00
or
The Lancelot Weekender – a 3 day hire which is Friday through to Sunday @ £550.00

If you are looking to purchase a unique gift with a difference then you can buy our Bug Gift Certificates. Whether they are a great VW fan or just love classic cars this gift is guaranteed to bring a big smile to their face.

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VW Experiences

 

The Kentish Country Mile Experience

Experience the great Kentish outdoors while learning some essential and time forgotten country skills.

Travel down the peaceful and winding country lanes as you sip on our freshly brewed coffee or maybe a glass of award winning Kentish wine (or even one of our legendary Kent Jamtinis !) as we whisk you away to the stunning rural location of Nethergong.

Once there you will be surrounded by the most idyllic countryside with grass meadows, woodlands, a meandering river, lake and wild pond. Once we are set up you will be shown and taught Bush Craft, Den Building and Fire Lighting skills by Nethergong resident expert Dan. Sit by fire that you lit using traditional methods and toasted marshmallows in celebration of a great days work country style !

After you have mastered these skills return to your stunning classic camper which will be set out for you with pillows, picnic blankets and chairs so you may relax while we serve you either a classic picnic, traditional buffet or cream teas. We are also able to offer local beers and wines, soft drinks and can even set up your very own cocktail bar “Del Boy” style !

Enjoy the peaceful countryside and local wildlife – you may be lucky and see the local Barn Owl and hear the croaking of the many frogs that live in the nearby pond. Or maybe follow one of the beautiful walking paths through fields, along country lanes, by the river or through the woodlands. We can provide walking maps showing various walks of 20 minutes and 40 minutes with a few local watering holes along the way !

Nethergong Camp (www.nethergongcamping.co.uk) is nestled in a beautiful valley in East Kent and is a back to nature experience with first rate facilities. With its grasslands camping surrounded by broad leaved trees, it’s fishing lake, abundant wildlife and it’s woods and glades Nethergong is truly a hidden treasure.

This experience is ideal for corporate team building, friends or colleagues, families and for the romantic couple who are looking for a totally unique and bespoke experience together.

And the “Why Not” option: Should you enjoy yourself so much that you do not want to leave, why not stay overnight glamping at Nethergong in either their beautiful Romany Shaman’s Wagon or one of their luxurious Bell Tents. We will pick you up the next morning and take you home in style.

Prices available upon request

 

Cupid’s Camper

Looking for a romantic idea with a difference. Then look no further and cast your eyes at our Cupid’s Love Campers.

Let us whisk you away to a romantic location in one of our vintage and pristine split screen camper vans. We will serve you a bottle of Award winning Kent Rose bubbly with chocolate strawberries and a Kentish cheeseboard for two.

Our girls – Betty Bo, Becky Lou and Sarah Jane will be decorated with love hearts, flowers, cushions, warm blankets, and fairy lights, and with romantic music in the background, create your very own love nest – 1960’s style!

A totally unique experience that is not offered anywhere else

This is based on a 2 hour hire. However, if you require a longer hire we would be more than happy to discuss this further with you.

Fully licensed with Canterbury City Council meaning we are fully insnared and legally compliant.

Prices available upon request

 

Includes Professional, licensed and friendly chauffeur, bottle of Kent’s finest award winning bubbly, Chocolate covered strawberries (4) and Kentish cheeseboard And of course one of our stunning and beautiful 1960’s classic VW Split Screen Camper vans.

 

Kentish Hopper Experience

(Available weekdays only)

“Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy”
Benjamin Franklin

This is the perfect Kentish craft beer experience for all fans of the hop.

Let us take you deep into the Kentish countryside to sample craft beers from Taste of Kent Awards winners Whitstable Brewery – the official brewery of the world famous Whitstable Oyster Company- located on Little Telpits Farm.

Whitstable Brewery focuses not only on producing first rate examples of popular styles, like their East India Pale Ale and Native Bitter, but also on other varieties that are often unfairly overlooked such as their Renaissance Ruby Mild and Oyster Stout. Once you have tasted the intense flavours, diversity of flavours and the aromas of the hops you will be converted !

Your chauffeur will take you down the country lanes and through some of Kent’s most beautiful countryside as you sip on craft ales and beers produced by SIBA award winners Whitstable Breweries. We will provide you with locally produced and sourced Kent Charcuterie board with freshly baked breads from our local bakery.

On arrival to the brewery, you will meet Tim of Whitstable Brewery who will show you the ins and outs of brewing delicious ales and beers. You will see the production and bottling of one of Kent’s finest producers of craft ales and beers, smell the hops and sample their award winning beers.

You will return to your own classic VW camper van to be served a traditional British picnic on the grass along with a pint of local brew.

At the end of your experience you will receive a complimentary case of Whitstable Brewery Kentish Lager to take home along with your own Whitstable Brewery pint glass. On the journey back we will stop at a Whitstable Brewery pub in either Faversham or Whitstable before returning to the Perfect Day office.

 

Experience includes:

 

We would be able to design an alternative menu specifically for you and your friends. Additional drinks can also be offered. Please ask for details and prices.

Please inform of us of all dietary requirements and/or food allergies and intolerances. Please speak to us about ingredients in your meal when making your order.

Case of Kentish Lager with a Whitstable pint glass to take home

Stop off at a local country public house

 

Prices available upon request

 

 

 

Cinema Camper Experience

“Tell me more , tell me more: ….”

Drive in outdoor cinema theatres are like a relic of bygone days filled with malt shakes, letterman jackets and going steady. Happy Days indeed!

The excitement and novelty of watching a movie in a drive thru cinema while sitting in your own private and intimate 1960’s split screen camper is second to none. Grab your popcorn and root beer and win brownie points with your date for creativity. It beats the “what do you want to do?” .…”I dunno, what do you want to do ?” game any day !

Experience includes:

Prices available upon request

 

Garden of England Vineyard Experience

Explore the Kent Wine route and learn how the vines that produce the grapes to make award winning English wines are grown. We will take you to the heart of the Kentish wine area in one of our gorgeous classic VW split screen camper vans while you sample sparkling English wine and a Kentish cheese board served with locally produced chutneys, pickles and Kent Oat biscuits.

The reputation of English wines, especially sparkling, is growing rapidly around the globe and we are fortunate to have so many quality producers on our doorstep in Kent. As we drive through the Garden of England, take in the views of the beautiful countryside before we arrive at Barnsole Vineyard, a friendly, boutique grower and producer of Award winning fine English wines. The seven acres of vineyard is sited on the fertile land that has been farmed since ancient times, and produces 20,000 bottles a year.

Once we arrive at Barnsole Winery you will meet the owner/grower Philip Watts who will take you on a tour of the winery that includes a stroll through the vineyard and ends with a tasting of the estate’s white, red and Sparkling wines. If you are lucky enough to visit when the wines are ready to drink Philip may even let you have a taste of the wine direct from the vats!

The proprietors Philip and his wife Sally are extremely welcoming and knowledgeable hosts who embrace the company of all including “hares, foxes and many wild birds …all of which are welcome to share the bounty of this land”

When you return, an English picnic of locally sourced produce will be served to you and your guests either on the wooden terrace or on the grass as you overlook the tranquil and beautiful vineyard. The picnic will be served with wines from Barnsole, which you may also purchase to enjoy at home. Or why not have a traditional Kentish Cream Tea with the vineyards award winning sparkling wine.

If you want to make a day of it, then after lunch or tea Perfect Day Weddings & Events can whisk you away to Hush Heath Winery – a traditional Kentish winery with apple orchards that produces award winning wines and ciders. The visit will take you through a guided tour of the magical countryside, the vineyards, its ancient oak woodlands, apple orchards and meadows that make up this 400 acre family estate. At the end of the tour there is a tasting of their full range of wines and ciders. You are then welcome to walk around the estate exploring the ancient woodlands and orchards working off that delicious lunch or cream tea , or you could just order drinks at the bar and relax outside on the terrace overlooking the beautiful countryside.

With our pristine beautiful VWs, our knowledge of Kent and what the county has to offer, as well as our extensive experience in event creation the options are endless. Please contact us and together we can create a truly bespoke and memorable experience.

Prices available upon request

 

English Point -to-Point Experience

There are few finer English country spectacles than point-to-point. Let us drive you in one of our thoroughbred VWs to one of Kent’s finest fixtures tucked away deep in the beautiful countryside at Charing, Aldington or Penshurst. As we meander down the country lanes enjoy a hot toddy or a glass of bubbly, while arriving in style.

Spend the day, soaking up the atmosphere whilst being part of this unique experience that is the grass roots of national hunt horse racing. With our picnic or cream tea all freshly prepared and packed, wiggle into your willies, bring your flat cap, fill up your glass and find those binoculars.

Between races, enjoy traditional and locally produced foods and drinks in the comfort of one of our amazing VW vehicles or spend time outside the campervan enjoying the great British weather.

Please refer to our menu pages or if you have any specific requirements just give us a call and we will be happy to design a bespoke menu for you and your guests.

Prices available upon request

 

Fish n Tackle Experience

“Gone fishing”

Let us take you to the heart of the tranquil Kent countryside to bite on our delicious locally produced dishes while being lured by our jamtini cocktails, or our prestigious award winning Kent sparkling wines or micro beers.

We will cast you off in the beautiful VW(s) of your choice to either beautiful Nethergong Camp or Marshside Fishery both set in peaceful countryside in the heart of rural Kent surrounded by fields, meadows, woodlands and marshland. There are two stunning well stocked lakes at Marshside called Homershams and Scrogging, and one tranquil lake at Nethergong. This rural experience will be at the Scrogging lake which is idyllic and picture perfect.

As we prepare lunch, cream tea or cocktails by your catch of the day prize campervan, you will be given a one on one demonstration on how to hook a top fish by one of the region’s finest fisherman. You will then be cast off to have a go at trying to catch one of Marshsides finest specimen of carp, Chub, Bream, Grass Carp, Barbel, Roach and Rudd. You may even get lucky and catch the biggest and prize Tench of Snoggings Lake – all 12lbs 3oz (and growing).

(Fishing lesson and demonstration can be for either half a day or for a full day.)

Prices available upon request

 

 

Secret Garden Kentish Cream Tea Experience

“Would you like an adventure now, or shall we have our tea first“
Peter Pan

Enjoy a traditional cream tea while soaking up the sun (fingers crossed) and enjoying the great outdoors.

“Its always tea time! “ So enjoy freshly made Scones with cream and locally produced strawberry jam, finger sandwiches, gypsy tarts and a variety of cakes served with a pot of English Tea and a glass or two of English Sparkling wine (optional)

As you relax in your chair, or in your own vintage VW, sipping on your cup of English Tea, take in the views and explore this very special secret garden that is truly magical. A secluded hideaway in the heart of Kent’s farmlands, Highstead Farm, also a certified site for the Camping and Caravanning Club, is a friendly, peaceful characterful farm that reminds visitors of the Darling Buds of May. Enjoy your Kentish Cream Tea amongst wild flower meadows, woodlands and beautiful post card English gardens.

Prices available upon request