Advice for Belgium GP in 2023 at Spa?

Advice for Belgium GP in 2023 at Spa?

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pixelmix

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165 posts

89 months

Tuesday 20th September
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I fancy the idea of taking my sons to an F1 race soon, and I'm tempted to get to Spa since it might not be around for much longer.

I took a DFDS ferry to Amsterdam this summer for a holiday in Germany and it all worked pretty well, so I'm tempted to make a long weekend out of the Belgian GP and take an interesting car over, and possibly nip into Germany on the way back for a bit of autobahn blasting.

My boys will be 8 and 10 by then: both big F1 fans and know all of the teams and drivers and understand the sport. Any thoughts on appropriateness for young kids? I don't fancy Zandvoort since it looks a bit boisterous - from TV, it looks like quite an intimidating atmosphere.

Is it possible to do Spa on a sensible budget in a family appropriate way?

visitinglondon

243 posts

170 months

Tuesday 20th September
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Can’t imagine Spa will be a lot better. I’d avoid it like the plague.

gshughes

1,221 posts

236 months

Wednesday 21st September
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pixelmix said:
I fancy the idea of taking my sons to an F1 race soon, and I'm tempted to get to Spa since it might not be around for much longer.

I took a DFDS ferry to Amsterdam this summer for a holiday in Germany and it all worked pretty well, so I'm tempted to make a long weekend out of the Belgian GP and take an interesting car over, and possibly nip into Germany on the way back for a bit of autobahn blasting.

My boys will be 8 and 10 by then: both big F1 fans and know all of the teams and drivers and understand the sport. Any thoughts on appropriateness for young kids? I don't fancy Zandvoort since it looks a bit boisterous - from TV, it looks like quite an intimidating atmosphere.

Is it possible to do Spa on a sensible budget in a family appropriate way?
Yes! I did exactly what you are describing this year. Look for my thread on it. We took the DFDS ferry from North Shields to Amsterdam, Spent a week camping in the Netherlands and then drove down to Spa and camped there for 4 nights going to the qualifying and Grand Prix itself. I attended with my nine year old son, he absolutely loved it and described it as the best day of his life. My wife and 11 year old daughter stayed on the campsite both days which was a bit dull, but they coped. The Dutch fans were lively and provided atmosphere, but in no way intimidating.

Tickets were reasonably priced - much cheaper than the British Grand Prix. We camped in a nice family site called Camping Eau Rouge which is about a 3 mile walk or cycle to the circuit. It was taken over by Dutch Max fans who like to drink and party, but they were all well behaved and friendly to the Brits who were there. The campsite owners turned off the power about midnight, so we all got some sleep. This doesn't happen at the official campsites at the circuit apparently - loud music 24/7 so no-one gets any sleep! We had tickets for Les Combes which is the nearest point to this campsite, so all worked out very well. The nearest town is Stavelot which is only a few miles away and has some nice bars, supermarkets etc.

If you do go there with the family my recommendations would be go to Plopsa Coo which is a little nearby theme park - we went there on the Monday after the race - the kids loved it. On the way back to the Ferry we had a couple of city breaks in boutique hotels in Ghent and Bruges as a thank you to the girls which went down well.

Any questions ask in the thread and I will try to answer.

SmudgerByName

55 posts

81 months

Wednesday 21st September
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Following this as I'll thinking about going with the Mrs as it falls on our wedding anniversary (Big F1 fan as well) done a few races abroad (Canada and Hungary) so trying to work out if it is worthwhile making this more of a long weekend break with some F1 inbetween or head over purely for the F1, camp etc

mat205125

16,848 posts

194 months

Wednesday 21st September
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Dont underestimate the size and gradients of Spa with young kids.

I was going to advocate a general admission and having fun exploring, however only you know how that would fit with your kids and their personalities when tired wink

pixelmix

Original Poster:

165 posts

89 months

Thursday 22nd September
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Thanks for the replies - all very helpful. Sounds like it could be a good option then. I’m off to dig out the other thread and have signed up for ticket alerts on the official website.

pauljoecoe

117 posts

241 months

Saturday
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gshughes said:
Yes! I did exactly what you are describing this year. Look for my thread on it. We took the DFDS ferry from North Shields to Amsterdam, Spent a week camping in the Netherlands and then drove down to Spa and camped there for 4 nights going to the qualifying and Grand Prix itself. I attended with my nine year old son, he absolutely loved it and described it as the best day of his life. My wife and 11 year old daughter stayed on the campsite both days which was a bit dull, but they coped. The Dutch fans were lively and provided atmosphere, but in no way intimidating.

Tickets were reasonably priced - much cheaper than the British Grand Prix. We camped in a nice family site called Camping Eau Rouge which is about a 3 mile walk or cycle to the circuit. It was taken over by Dutch Max fans who like to drink and party, but they were all well behaved and friendly to the Brits who were there. The campsite owners turned off the power about midnight, so we all got some sleep. This doesn't happen at the official campsites at the circuit apparently - loud music 24/7 so no-one gets any sleep! We had tickets for Les Combes which is the nearest point to this campsite, so all worked out very well. The nearest town is Stavelot which is only a few miles away and has some nice bars, supermarkets etc.

If you do go there with the family my recommendations would be go to Plopsa Coo which is a little nearby theme park - we went there on the Monday after the race - the kids loved it. On the way back to the Ferry we had a couple of city breaks in boutique hotels in Ghent and Bruges as a thank you to the girls which went down well.

Any questions ask in the thread and I will try to answer.
Looking at Spa for this year. Interested in a non official campsite. How do you find them? Anything nearer than 3 miles away? We will be in a motorhome.

gshughes

1,221 posts

236 months

pauljoecoe said:
Looking at Spa for this year. Interested in a non official campsite. How do you find them? Anything nearer than 3 miles away? We will be in a motorhome.
It depends which gate you need to enter by which campsite to go for as the circuit is so large. I was going to Les Combes and we stayed at Camping Eau Rouge which I can recommend and is about 2-3 miles away.

I found it by searching on google maps for a campsite that was near where I wanted to be and then checking online reviews.