... thank you Finley for sending in this wonderful photo of you and Betty blue on your recent trip to Norfolk. We're so glad you and your Mummy & Daddy (Johnny & Jo) had such a great time! ("one of the best holidays we have ever had")
Please do send in your photos of your trip with a snailtrail camper - they will automatically be entered into our Happy Snappies competition, and like Finley & his family, you will have the chance of winning a free long weekend in a snailtrail camper.
snailtrail camper hire is featured in Time Out's new book called "Great Days Out from London". We are based on the Hertfordshire/ Bedfordshire border, so if you live in London it's easy to drive to us on the A1, or to get to snailtrail via train. The fast train takes just 35 minutes from Kings Cross to Baldock where we can meet you ... we'll be the ones in the VW camper! Just let us know when booking your hire that you require this service - and we'll be there.
Meet Ada ...
This is Ada, our own special reserve camper - we have her waiting in the wings so that in the unlikely event that your chosen hire camper is unable to make your reservation, she will come to your rescue! We took the decision to buy a reserve camper because we want our customers to be happy campers, and we would hate to disappoint. Ada and her predecessors have only had to step into another camper's tyres on the odd occasion, but it's great to know that she's always there if we need her!!
BUS LOVE ...
... Daphne has a new registration plate, just to let everyone know she is a much loved camper. Daphne is very proud.
SEA SHELLS ON THE SEA SHORE ...
If you are visiting Suffolk, then you must visit Aldeburgh. And if you visit Aldeburgh do take the time to walk northwards along the beach towards Thorpeness. On Aldeburgh's beach, a short distance from the town centre, stands a sculpture, The Scallop, dedicated to Benjamin Britten, who used to walk along this beach in the afternoons. Created from stainless steel by Suffolk-based artist Maggie Hambling, it stands four metres high. The piece is made up of two interlocking scallop shells, each broken, the upright shell being pierced with the words: "I hear those voices that will not be drowned", which are taken from Britten's opera "Peter Grimes". The sculpture is meant to be enjoyed both visually and tactilely, and people are encouraged to sit on it and watch the sea.
We also recommend the Golden Galleon on Aldeburgh's High Street for excellent fish and chips, buy them wrapped then sit on the beach to eat them, but watch out for the gulls!
WISH YOU WERE HERE ...
Winner of our 2008 Happy Snappies competition, Emma Bradshaw has again set the bar high for our 2009 competition! You can view Emma's stunning photos on flickr here: emmabradshaw/sets
More of her photos will be appearing on the website soon.
Thank you Emma for your beautiful images, so glad you all had a good time in Suffolk with Betty Blue x
LOOKING TO SELL YOUR CAMPERVAN?
We are looking to buy 2002 or younger VW Campers now.
Please call us on 01767 600440, or email details of your camper to firstname.lastname@example.org
Daphne on the Telly
BBC2's Property Watch Series
Kate Silverton and Justin Rowlatt recently presented a series of programmes on the ups and downs of the property market roller coaster. Also starring Andrew Verity, Naga Munchetty and of course the gorgeous Daphne!
We know you will like ...
A huge forest of wild family fun and outdoor adventure for kids of all ages from 1 to 81! Treehouses, zip wires, jungle bridges, Crocklebogs, boat trips, marsh walks and great organic food.
Bewilderwood is just outside Wroxham in Norfolk and our campers love to go there!
Gracie is featured in June's issue of Marie Claire. Travel writer Joanne O'Connor & her boyfriend Mark headed to the North Norfolk coast, staying at one of our favourite campsites, Deepdale Farm.
"When we are welcomed by Steve Lord, the owner, he points out 'Gracie' our home for the next three nights. It's love at first sight. Duck-egg blue and white with chrome trim, there's something about her friendly curves and familiar shape that instantly makes me smile."
"The bed is surprisingly comforable, and we wake a 7am to a watery sun peering through steamed-up windows. I put the kettle on and step outside. It's a glorious morning, with a fine mist hanging over the fields. I breathe in the farm-fresh air and feel a tinge of excitement and freedom you never get waking up in a hotel room".
"Mark and I feel a twinge of sadness when we say goodbye to Gracie. Renting a VW camper is a great way to bring some romance and spontaniety to a weekend away. It forces you to slow down and explore the scenic B-roads, rather than thunder along a motorway. Having a home on wheels feels liberating and, for me, renting a VW camper is probably the closest to cool that camping will ever get".
The photographs accompanying the article were taken by Gemma Day.
Matilda appears in the current issue of the glossy Cambridgeshire Agenda Magazine - here is the full article written by Olivia Abbott:
"Waltzing with Matilda
Marvelous Matilda pootles along nicely
Exploring the Cambridgeshire countryside in a camper van is a great way to rediscover a slower pace of life, says Olivia Abbott...
There's something romantic about camper vans, about being able to hop into your own little home from home and drive wherever and whenever your fancy takes you. And, without a doubt, the most romantic of all is the old-style VW.
If you've ever dreamed of having your own - whether you fancy heading off to the beach for a surfer-dude-style weekend, or tootling into the countryside to commune with nature on a hippy holiday - local company Snail Trail can make that dream a reality, even if only temporarily.
Beautiful on the outside, comfy on the inside.
Snail Trail has a fleet - or, perhaps, a herd - of lovely, bright retro campers for hire. With names such as Gracie, Pearl, Flo, Prudence, Dot and Matilda, they put you in mind of a bunch of grandmothers sitting and knitting: they're evocative of simpler times when everything seemed to move more slowly - and are so appealing in such bright colours it's hard to choose which one to accompany you on your holiday.
With thoughts of spring sunshine and flowers in mind, we went for primrose yellow Matilda (also because we liked the number plate - SLO6 WAY), and took her on a tour through the Fens and up to the Norfolk coast.
Everything stops for tea
All the campers are decked out with retro furnishings - Matilda had a snug crocheted blanket and knitted cushion covers, putting me in mind of sitting down for tea with proper teapots and fairy cakes - and are fully equipped with everything you could possibly need, from bright and cheerful rose-decorated tablecloths and matching yellow crockery, to a Scrabble set for retro-style without-the-TV evening entertainment.
Just because they're retro, though, doesn't mean the campers have been left behind by modern technology and they have at least some of the more sophisticated comforts of home - they're all equipped with the facility to play your iPod or MP3 through the speakers, and have a fridge or coolbox, a gas hob and grill and even the kitchen sink. Having stocked up with supplies, we set off not really sure how far we were going to waltz with Matilda - we only had the pleasure of her company for the weekend - but we wound through Cambridgeshire's fenlands, stopping to look at the birds, the skies and the scenery, and enjoying the novelty of being able to stop and have a cup of tea and a biscuit whenever the fancy took us, without having to find a cafe.
Mussels for tea
In the end we made it all the way to the Norfolk coast, and camped wild for the night on the harbour at Brancaster Staithe, opposite the Ship Inn, where we feasted on mussels caught just across from where we were sleeping. The next morning, we awoke to see the mussel men cleaning that morning's catch, just yards away, and we drank tea and sat in the early morning sunshine watching gulls stealing the shellfish and cracking them on the pebbles.
We then tootled back through the Fens, stopping off at Ely for a visit to the cathedral, where Matilda was soon surrounded by a gaggle of admiring kids wanting to climb in and have a poke around this Wendy House on wheels. They, too, could obviously feel the sense of possibility in her - that you could go anywhere, do anything you liked in her: the world was your oyster. What a great way to see explore East Anglia and make new friends."
Glad you had a good time Olivia!
... Flo is wearing her Happy Hippy stickers for this photo. If you have a special occasion and would like to go floral to celebrate please let us know when booking your camper van. Any excuse will do - as all of the campers are hippies at heart!
Grease is the word ...
Elsie had a great time when she was asked to attend a charity-raising drive-in movie at Pinewood Studios recently. The outdoor showing of Grease was made all the more enjoyable by the presence of 50's stock cars and many Danny's & Sandy's, T Birds & Pink Ladies! Little Luigi, the Fiat 500, attended too and had a front row position (because he's so small, it was only fair!)
At the end of the film, a Sotheby’s auctioneer ran a flashing auction – people flashed their car headlights to bid for lots. There was a good deal of hooting of horns too - great fun and a fantastic atmosphere! Elsie did bid on a few lots ... but sadly was outbid. Maybe next time Elsie!
All money raised was for the charity Women for Women - helping women survivors of war to rebuild their lives.
When Elsie the camper met Jim the Paterdale Terrier she fell head over wheels in love. We're really not surprised - he's such a cutie. We at snailtrail are dog owners ourselves and are very happy to allow dog travel in all our campers except for Nell orange who we keep pet free for allergy sufferers. (With dog travel, some rules do apply in order to keep the campers nice for everyone!)
It's not too late to donate ...
... Pru's sporting the largest, shiniest red nose she could find in the hope that you will smile and then sponsor her for Comic Relief 2009. Giving a gift is simple - please click on the link below to visit SNAIL TRAIL's official Red Nose Day Giving Page and then hit the red "Sponsor Me" button ... it's really that easy. All money goes directly to Comic Relief. Pru is hoping to raise £250 or more, please help her reach her target - you'll be helping to change lives for the better, and you'll make Pru smile too!
... looks mighty pretty in the new Joules Spring 2009 Collection catalogue. Of course, it wasn't long after the catalogue arrived that we crumbled and gave way to temptation ... we can't wait for the post lady to arrive with our box of Joules goodies!!!
Constance won't mind us saying that she is vintage, and so regrettably she is not for hire for holiday use, but loves the camera and is available for photographic shoots and media use.
Thanks to Neil and Lesa for sending us this lovely photo of Gracie looking out over Southwold pier on Valentine's Day. Very romantic!
And the 2008 Happy Snappies Competition Winner is ...
"Prudence has her fortune told" by Emma Bradshaw
(If you're wondering ... the fortune teller said that Pru would travel far and wide, meeting many people and with lots of adventures along the way!) Congratulations to Emma who wins a free long weekend in a snailtrail camper.
Runners-up, who will receive camper mugs to say "Thank You!", are:
"Happy Campers" sent in by Trent Sommerville
"Pru at Holkham Hall" sent in by the Hancock family
"Olivia & Ruby hit the beach" sent in by the Appleyard family
"Elsie" in sepia tones sent in by Philip & Tamara
"I Do Love to Be Beside the Sea" sent in by Nick & Claire Pounder
Thank you once again to everyone who sent in their photos - we look forward to receiving the 2009 Happy Snappies entries. Please email your photos to:
If you've admired the vintage fabrics used to make Nell & Pru the campers look so very retro-cool, then you may be interested to know that our friend Lucy Bates has started her own company selling similar, wonderful vintage fabrics.
A lifelong love of textiles and a keen eye for great design has led to Lucy's extensive collection of fabrics from the 60s and early 70s. Many are held by the V&A museum in their textile archive.
Fabrics can be bought reworked into cushions, each piece hand cut and sewn using an organic backing fabric, or stretched as a piece of contemporary wall art. We also have a large stock of several hundred designs available for interior projects.
“These fabrics come from a golden age of British design and deserve a new lease of life,” says Lucy, “They look as exciting and modern today as they did 40 years ago. And their limited availability means you’re buying something truly unique as well as sustainable.”
Please visit Lucy's web page below for contact details.
Margot recently helped celebrate the Christmas Lights switch-on in Ely with Star Radio who named her "The Love-Bus" for the day. Adrian Brookbank and Adam travel broadcast live from Margot's back seat! Margot also kept X factor finalists Same Difference warm and dry during their interview.
Our Nelly was on the telly ...
when she featured in Hollyoaks in November. We're wondering ... will she be invited back to star in the Hollyoaks Babes calender?
... back in October 2007 when Frankie and Mark took Pru to Cornwall - Mark had something up his sleeve (an engagement ring!). The weather was perfect, the view over Port Isaac stunning and the answer from Frankie was "yes!"
... A year on and Frankie & Mark are now husband and wife - they got married in New Zealand - many congratulations! At their wedding celebration party there was a campervan theme, with our make-your-own-campervans used for the basis of a colourful table plan - naturally, Pru represented the top table!
We love these photos - thanks Frankie & Mark - we wish you all the happiness in the world & hope you come back to visit Pru some time soon.
To make your own card campers please visit the meet the campers page - under each camper's description is a link to a printable pdf.
Heart to Heart
Pearl and Bob are a very romantic couple.
Perfect for wedding day/ honeymoon hire, "will you marry me?" hire, or Valentine's Day hire.
We have "Just Married" or plain hearts available in red or pink - or if you want to personalise, a message of your choice can also be made up - eg "I Love Lucy!"
(Sorry, Pearl the camper is only available for short term hire - minimum 3 nights -
outside of the peak season)
We are now taking bookings for summer 2009 ... crazy, but true! So, if you tried to book a camper for this summer but were disappointed to find there was no availability, do give us a call to book for next year - 01767 600440.
Did you see ...
... the BBC's "Cheap Homes for Sale" documentary featuring Alex Riley and our very own Gracie the camper?
In the documentary estate agency Norfolk & Holmes (not a trading estate agent) has been created to highlight the housing crisis in the U.K. Norfolk & Holmes has it's own website which says:
"Norfolk & Holmes is more than just an estate agent. We are floors above the competition. Thanks to our founder, inspiration and CEO Alex Riley, we live, breathe and often dream empty properties. The pursuit of these empty properties is our religion."
Alex is also responsible for pioneering the concept of the truly mobile estate agent's office.
"In the wake of Britain's desperate shortage of housing, we have discovered there are an estimated 800,000 empty dwellings across the country owned by the government, local councils, the MOD and private companies / individuals.
It has become Norfolk & Holmes's mission to track down the owners of these properties, win the instructions and offer empty properties for sale at a price affordable to all.."
...Wiveton Hall café, just off the North Norfolk coastal road between Blakeney & Cley next the sea.
Alison Yetman, of the famous Holt restaurant Yetman's, is again cooking delicious simple food, sourcing as many ingredients as possible from the farm.
A friendly and welcoming atmosphere, pretty surroundings and good, good food can all be found at this cute cafe, on the picturesque PYO farm at Wiveton, overlooking the marshes. We had full English breakfasts and big mugs of tea all served using Bridgewater crockery. Oh, and the chocolate brownies are truly the best we've ever tasted (and on our travels we've tasted a few!).
"Jeremy Clarkson would hate it, but a classic camper van tour of the South Coast thrills Alice Miles and family"
"I wasn't planning anything fancy, just a pootle around the South Coast en route to a friend's wedding near Brighton. My daughter had bigger plans, however: she wanted to live in Gracie for ever. She couldn't have been happier if I had bought her a sweet factory. Oh, the joy of carrying your bedroom, sitting room and kitchen in a car. The excitement of the double-decker sleeping area. And you can smile and wave at people out the back. Four days, I kept telling her; it's only ours for four days.
Every child within tumbling distance will clamber into your van. They will open the cupboards, raise the roof, locate the mattresses, flick the switches, turn on the hidden DVD player, black out the windows, try out the tap, the sink, the table - they will swarm over it all like happy bees.
But I had to get to the wedding. Travelling in Gracie, I had allowed half a day and a night to drive from West Sussex, about 50 miles away. By now, Gracie was charming me. You look at the world with fresh eyes from high up behind that enormous steering wheel: interesting hedgerows, more sky, that kind of thing."
"Did I say Gracie was slow? Hell, on the way back, with only a smashed rear fog lamp to report, I hit 65mph. Twice. On the A3 near Guildford, I overtook a minibus. I was queen of the road, mistress of the highway. Oh, yes, I was a very happy camper. "
Thanks so much to Emma Bradshaw for the gorgeous pictures which can be seen on Pru's blog page - or check out Emma's very own beautiful blog here, and photo set here ... we love each and every photograph!
We know you will like ...
Holkham Beach in North Norfolk ... just beautiful.
Prudence is in the Press
Snailtrail has been featured in The Guardian's "100 Great British Breaks":
"Lucy and Steve Lord's "flock" of retro VW campers look just the like the 1960s originals, but they are reproductions, made in Brazil in the last three years - meaning more horsepower, no overheating engines and no rust. Snail Trail's girly-named vans (Betty, Flo, Dot, Elsie and Ruby), have all the usual VW camper features, like air-cooled engines, pop-up roofs, kitchenettes and room for four (adults) at a tight-squeeze. And the Lords have added colour-themed accessories to immaculate interiors: jolly pillows, curtains, crochet blankets and Cath Kidston tablecloths. The rest is down to you - north Wales, the Lakes, Skye - as long as you don't leave the country."
"Look what you made us do! ...."
"Back last April we took Dot on a long weekend and fell in love. After 6 months of saving we bought Avie, a UK spec. converted panel van that, although a little tatty, is totally un-restored and ticked all our boxes. She’s just sailed through her MOT and buying her is probably the best thing we’ve ever done – so thanks to Dot and Snailtrail for planting the seed!
We still think of Dot often, and are trying to convince other family members to hire her so that one day we can take Dot and Avie away together! All the Best, Liz & Spence"
We're so glad Dot sowed the seeds of camper love! We wish Liz, Spence and Avie fantastic travels together!
As seen on TV ...
... Meet the truly lovely Delilah, she was recently seen playing a leading role in BBC 2's The Truth About Property. Delilah is now looking for a loving new home - you can see more photos of her on our snails for sale page. If you would like further details of Delilah or any future campers we have for sale please email us at email@example.com or 'phone us on 01767-600440.
Ruby's new friends ...
Olivia and Ruby had a great time in Cornwall - you can read all about their adventures on Ruby's Blog page.
On a plate...
Elsie and Flo have new registration plates so that everyone who sees them on the road will know who they are. Many of the other snail trail campervans have special number plates too ... check out the Meet the Campers page for details.
There's nothing quite like a British seaside holiday ... we're getting booked up for the summer months, so if you're thinking of heading to the coast in a snailtrail camper this summer please get in touch soon!
We love the book "The Happy Campers" and recommend it to anyone with a love of camping/fun/food/life. Written by Tess Carr and Kat Heyes it features beautiful photographs, recipes for campers, fun things to do in the outdoors and loads of fantastic information to make sure you're a happy camper. We think this book is essential reading and so have left a copy in each of our campers for our hirers to enjoy.
The website by the same name www.thehappycampers.co.uk is equally as addictive with loads of great information and campsite recommendations.
Camper Toy Convoy
Many thanks to the lovely folk at TLT Solicitors ... that's Marie, Catherine, Kerry and Daniel ... for sending through these fantastic photos of their very own camper fleet.
"As you can see, we are huge fans and have very much enjoyed making our camper van family to decorate our office."
Receiving these photos really made us smile - thank you!
You can make and decorate your own colour-me-camper by clicking here, or you can visit our meet the campers page to make miniature versions of our very own snailtrail campers here. We'd love to see your photos too!
2007 Happy Snappies Competition
And the winner is ...
Dean & Karen invited Matilda along to their wedding and honeymoon on The Gower, Wales in May 07. It looks like they had an amazing time! For this fantastic photo they win a long weekend in a snailtrail camper in 2008 - maybe they could celebrate their first wedding anniversary with Matilda?!
Thank you to everyone who sent in their great photos (we've loved them all), and in particular to the runners up below who will receive snailtrail mugs for these truly happy snappies:
Andrew, Caroline & Isabella
Rupert & Emily
Mark & Samina
Robin, Anne-Louise & Maddie
Wear your badge with pride ...
... cute badges to be proud of. Each pack includes three badges; one showing your favourite snailtrail camper, another "I heart" badge just to prove your affection, and the third featuring our friendly, smiley snail. Priced at £3.99 each set (plus 50p p+p for up to 6 sets), these make great stocking fillers for Christmas, or are fab keepsakes of your trip in a snailtrail camper.
Available in Betty sky blue, Pearl cream, Flo turquoise, Elsie green, Matilda yellow, Nell orange, Pru periwinkle blue, Dot black, Ruby red, Sylvie grey & Peggy pink.
Telephone 01767 600440 to place your order, or send us a completed order form from the snailtrail wear page.
If you're thinking of booking a snailtrail camper, particularly in peak time, now is a good time to make your reservation as we have only a few summer weeks remaining.
...Our mugs make your tea taste nice. Visit our snailtrail gear page for details of these, our t-shirts and fun badges. Fantastic Christmas presents for anyone one with a passion for VW campers!
Paint the town Red ...
Ruby red, the watercooled camper, has now joined our fleet and we're already taking bookings for her. If you're a romantic, you're footie team wears red, or you'd like to try a watercooled camper before buying one ... Ruby's for you.
Flo & Fleece ...
Here is Flo the campervan on a recent outing to Wimpole Hall in Cambridgeshire, where she took a happy party for a birthday picnic. Love the Flo Birthday Cake!
When it got chilly the kids all wrapped up in retro fleece. This fleece is gorgeously snuggly and comes in a myriad of patterns and colours. Even the picnic blanket was made out of fleece. Have a look at www.planetfleece.co.uk for fleece to buy online and for inspirational (and easy!) ideas on what to make with it.
Campsites we like...
We thought you might like to know about Deepdale, on the North Norfolk coast...
"Deepdale Camping is a quiet, family friendly, north Norfolk coast campsite, with five well kept paddocks in the heart of the beautiful village of Burnham Deepdale. Offering the perfect camping base to discover the north Norfolk coast, an ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’, famous for it’s nature and bird reserves, walking and cycling, watersports and history. "
Deepdale does not provide electric hook up - but has lots of other facilities to tempt you. It is an eco-friendly site, and has a noise policy to keep things nice and peaceful.
Campsites we like ...
We thought you might like to know about Clippesby Hall, Norfolk.
"Take yourself out for the day, or come and use our award-winning information centre, which has a wealth of ideas designed to help you enjoy your stay here, including walking, cycling, boating, bird watching and fishing. Let our friendly and knowledgeable guides help you out. We offer a booking service for bike hire and canoe hire; a wide range of maps and routes are available, together with unrivalled local knowledge of the hidden treasures in and around the Broads National Park. Spend some time with one of our enthusiastic team of experts planning your trips and we are sure this will enhance your visit to this beautiful and peaceful part of the country."
Clippesby Hall's award winning touring and camping park is spread over 8 distinctive areas, providing you with a choice between more secluded individual pitches set into the natural woodland, and open, family-oriented lawns, most with electricity connection available. Clippesby Hall is in a perfect location to explore the Norfolk Broads National Park
Make Your Own Camper ....
Print out, colour and stick this camper to make your very own customised snailtrail camper - choose your own colour scheme and camper name, you could even add glitter! Let your imaganition loose.
Thank you to everyone who telephoned and emailed with name suggestions for our periwinkle blue camper. We have named her Prudence, or Pru to her friends; a name which was suggested by several of you, and which we think suits her well. We now also have a list of great names just waiting for some campers to come along!
The sun is up, the sky is blue, it's beautiful, and so are you ...
We're partying at snailtrail and have popped the cork on a bottle of Babycham to celebrate. Our two new campers on the block are ready for hire, and are furnished with genuine vintage fabrics from the 60's & 70's. We like to think of these two campers as our hippy chicks! Keep an eye out for their interior photos which will be appearing on the VW Camper Vans page in the next few weeks. In the meantime, back to the party ... anyone for some cheese and pineapple on a cocktail stick?
Make your own snailtrail vw camper ...
toys for desks, toys for kids, toys for you.
These are great and they're free (aside from the print cost). Print and cut out the camper plan, glue and stick the tabs. Easy peasy. You can choose to make the snail trail camper of your choice, just go to the appropriate "Make your own..." link on our VW Campers Vans page. Please be patient for the cut-out to download - it will be worth the wait. Experiment with print sizes - the little ones are very cute! And watch out for the colour-me cut-out camper soon to be added to this page. Have fun!
Looking to sell your VW Camper?
If you have a Brazilian import camper for sale which is 2002 registered or younger, we would be interested to hear from you. Telephone Steven on 01767 600440. (At the risk of sounding ageist - we would like to stress that it is only young camper vans that we are interested in!)
As Featured in The Observer & Travel.Guardian.co.uk - Sunday 18th March 2007
"50 best no-fly holidays"
"If you are looking for ways to reduce your carbon footprint, or simply can't face the hassle of airports this summer, then look no further. Our inspirational ideas show you how to get away without getting on a plane"
Elsie wants to know - does appearing in The Observer and The Guardian bring her the same celebrity status as Flo's appearances on GMtv? We think it's even-stevens.
Say it with a Camper
Looking for a present that's different? We now have personalised vouchers available which can picture the snailtrail VW camper of your choice and are valid for one year. If you would prefer to make a firm camper reservation for an original gift or celebration, please do let us know at the time of booking and we will be happy to provide you with a Gift Card to present the recipient. How pleased would Dad be to receive one of these on Father's Day? (Sunday 17th June)
Absolutely Fabulous Darling!
Gorgeous Betty, our sky blue VW camper van, has her new coloured-coded wheel cover fitted. It's what every fashionable camper is wearing this spring!
Gallery Photo Competition
And the Winner Is...
Ian & Mandy Clinch, who took Pearl, the volkswagen camper, on the Hippy Trail to Ifracombe, Bude, Looe & Lyme Regis have won the 2006 Gallery photo competition with this happy hippy picture. We love the wig Ian! Thanks for sending in such a great picture, and well done to you both - you will receive 10% off your next snailtrail booking, together with snailtrail t-shirts.
The runners up will also receive snailtrail t-shirts and are:
Bethany, Chris, Ella & Erin family - for this, and the other wonderful photos of Betty's week in Dorset.
And, the Herrington family for this Happy Smiley photo with Betty - we love it!
Thank you so much for sending you fab photos in - it's great to see what the campers get up to!
We will also be sending t-shirts to Harry & Oscar Warman from London for Harry's fine poem all about Betty:
A Poem To Betty
Betty is Blue,
Betty is Cool,
When you are on Holiday in Betty
There is no School.
Betty is fast.
Betty can dance.
We took Betty
all the way
Thank you Harry!
We're so glad all our newlyweds have had truly wonderful honeymoons in the campers - happy days to remember for years to come. We at snailtrail wish each and every couple an equally happy future together.
"Had the most amazing week in Flo! Toured Cornwall & Devon and got an amazing reaction wherever we went! Will definitely hire again!!! Thank you. x" Laura & Danny Acock
"Fell in love with Matilda on our honeymoon in France. We would like to adopt her and take her home ... x" Ben & Christine Reed
"Thank you for everything. We have had a lovely, cosy week in Flo - a real adventure in a perfect van. Thank You. xxx"
Kathryn also said that the Just Married sign writing ensured smiles, waves and beeps along the way - helping to make their honeymoon truly memorable! Kathryn & Leo Rice
Yes, that's US in "Camper & Bus"!
If you're a subscriber to this lovely magazine, or if you find yourself browsing in WHSmith's during a rainy lunch-break, checkout the four-page article in October/November's Volksworld Camper & Bus (issue 7) named "The Snail Trail Fleet". The article homes in on the fact that although classic in design, all six of our Volkswagen campers were brand new in 2006. You might have to hurry if you live in the Biggleswade area as copies are selling fast (one for our coffee table, one for snailtrail files, one for my mum & dad, one for Tom who cleans and cares for the campers, one for Normand who lovingly services the fleet, etc, etc).
Steven Walker writes "One (hire) company in particular has tackled the conundrum of the 30-plus-year-old Van in a unique way - all their Bay Window Campers are new!
Snail Trail is a relatively new name in VW Camper hire, although they are already one of the most comprehensive and user-friendly services available, with their fleet of Brazilian Bay Window campers... The 2006-registered vans have the retro feel without the retro grief, and all the vehicles are kitted out to a very high specification, carefully cleaned" (thanks Tom!) "and maintained" (thanks Normand!)" as part of the snailtrail fleet. No grubby, worn, mid-Seventies interiors here; every aspect of the vans is new and thoroughly modern - with the obvious exception of the actual design".
"The Snail Trail ethos is based on enjoyment - enjoyment of both a product and form - and a celebration of a type of recreation (snailtrail) themselves love" - we couldn't have put it better ourselves!
Betty on tour in Dorset
Great week in sunny Dorset - Betty did a great job up and down the Purbeck Hills!
On the chain ferry to Studland
Ella & Betty at Corge Castle
Purbeck Hills - Portland Bill behind
Bethany, Chris, Ella & Erin
Cheggers - we grew up with him. He's always been there - like a rubber ball he keeps bouncing back (feel a song coming on?). You've got to admire his staying power. We at snailtrail salute Keith Chegwin (not regularly, just now and again).
Having grown up in the 70's, you can imagine then our excitement when GMTV contacted us to hire a VW camper for Keith Chegwin's very own use! Camper Capers will be appearing on your tv screen (and millions of others the length and breadth of the country) in July and August. The camper in which Cheggers will have his capers? Our beautiful Flo. Like all our volkswagen campers, Flo is fitted with a cd player, so we can't help but wonder - will Cheggers Play Pop whilst he's at the wheel?
Which Colour Camper will you Choose?
Flo, Elsie and Matilda, our brand new, retro VW campers have arrived! All three share the same good looks as Betty and Pearl. Flo & Elsie (pictured) have a slightly different layout on the inside. There is a wider rock n' roll bed/ rear seat which spans the width of the vehicle and allows for 3 seat belts - so a family of five can travel in one of these! The larger bed means that there is a small cool box (instead of a fridge) to hold a few essentials.
Matilda has exactly the same interior layout as Betty and Pearl and is white all over at present, but soon to be resprayed a pretty primrose yellow on her lower half - look out for photos of her soon to be appearing on this website.
We are already taking bookings for the new campers, so if you would like further information please do contact us on 01767 600440 or by using the contact us form.
Whichever camper you choose, they are all 2006 registered, beautifully fitted out, genuine Volkswagen Camper vans - live the dream!
VW - Very Weird & Very Wonderful
We spotted this VW camper recently in Covent Garden, London and had to take a photograph - the poster in the rear window is advertising Psychic Readings! If you have any unusual photos of Volkswagen campers please do send them in for this page - the quirkier the better! email to firstname.lastname@example.org
"Thanks again for the hire of Betty, we had a really good time and the children loved it. It was so nice to see them running round having fun with no telly ! They loved sleeping (or not) in the pop up bit ... we will definitely use your camper vans again next time we feel like a break."
Kate, Paul, James and Sophia Herrington
Pearl's A Model - And She's Looking Good! (or Does My Bumper Look Big in This?)
Pearl, the VW camper, has recently been seen in a large shop window in London's Oxford Street! Fashion chain New Look - running a promotion for their summer clothing range, and they asked if they could use Pearl to draw attention to their flagship store's display. Let's just hope all the attention didn't go to her head.
... And Betty's in the Limelight too!
Manchester based photographer Aidan O'Rourke recently took Betty, for a short road trip around North Norfolk in order to write up his experiences in the camper for his fantastic website www.aidan.co.uk . Check out the beautiful photography on the site, together with the VW Camper Blog where Betty is featured.
Snail Trail in The Daily Mail
Following our camper vans' recent mention in The Daily Mail newspaper we were inundated with enquiries. Just goes to show how very loved VW campers are! Pearl is soon to be mentioned in the wonderful Volksworld Camper & Bus magazine too - issue 6 - keep a look out for her there.
Camping & Caravanning Club Membership Rates
As of now, all the snailtrail vw campers and motorhomes will have on board a Camping and Caravanning Club pack which includes details of C&CC sites together with a Privilege Card entitling the vehicle hirer to camp at member's rates. Check out the website to find the camp site for you: www.campingandcaravanningclub.co.uk