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Truck Racing & Fireworks: important spectator information

Wednesday, November 01 2017

The British Truck Racing and Fireworks event takes place at Brands Hatch this weekend (4/5 November). We've got loads going on around the venue for you to enjoy this weekend, so here is some useful information to help you make the most of your trip to the circuit.
Gate opening times
Public admission to the circuit is from 8.00am on both days.

Avoid the rush to leave - stay late with more to enjoy
We're expecting a big crowd and a great atmosphere on Sunday, and inevitably there will be high volumes of traffic leaving the venue as soon as the fireworks have concluded. New for this year, we've added additional entertainment post-fireworks, with an extended funfair, live music and more! So avoid the rush to leave and let the entertainment continue. Click here for details.

Parking Information
Parking is free of charge in the main spectator car parks, located by the main entrance off the A20. These will be well signposted.

Please note that Southbank parking (for the grass bank opposite the rear of the pits) is NOT available on the gate on Sunday, so to avoid delays please head to the main car parks. Spaces were significantly reduced this year at the request of the fireworks organiser, and only a small number were made available for public sale.

Blue badge holders should follow public signage for disabled parking information, or alternatively please speak to a member of staff on arrival.

Click here to download a timetable for this weekend's event. PLEASE NOTE: Due to the nature of truck racing, stoppages and delays may occur. As such the timetable remains provisional and subject to change.

All advance sales have now closed and tickets are only available on the gate for the following prices:

Saturday: Adults £15, Teen (13-15) £10, Senior Citizens £12
Sunday: Adults £25, Teen (13-15) £15, Senior Citizens £19
Entry on both days is free to under-13s.

If you have elected to have tickets posted (not print-at-home), you will need to bring your original tickets to the circuit as copies and receipts are not accepted. All advance tickets have now been dispatched and were sent by either Recorded or Special Delivery, meaning a signature is required. In the rare instance that your tickets have not arrived in time you will need to purchase them at the gate price and obtain a refund after the event by returning the gate ticket stubs and your original tickets to the venue office. If you have advance tickets, please have them separated before arriving at the gate.

Print-at-home tickets - Please make sure you print all your e-documents and bring them to the venue. Your order confirmation email will not gain you admission to the venue, you must have your e-tickets printed.

Grandstand seats
Grandstand seating is available in the Hailwoods grandstand on Sunday from £8, with Paddock Hill grandstand seating available on Saturday from £6. The Paddock Hill and Pit Straight grandstands are sold out for Sunday. Tickets are available from the Megastore.

Official event programmes are on sale from the main entrance gates and the Megastore for £5. Each programme features articles on the British Truck Racing Championship and other events taking place this weekend, including off-track entertainment, along with entry lists and information on the racing timetable.

Weekend entertainment

Grid Walk
There is a free of charge grid walk session at 9.15am on Sunday morning. Last entry will be at 9.30am so make sure you arrive at the entry point at Paddock Hill in good time.

Red Dragon Monster Truck Rides
Red Dragon is a monster truck like no other - it's been adapted to carry up to 10 passengers, enabling members of the public to feel its thunderous V8 power first hand. Passenger rides are available throughout Sunday but get in quick as it's very popular - individual charges apply. Located in the Live Action Arena.

Bouncy Castles
Who doesn't like to have a great time bouncing around on an inflatable castle? We'll have a number of inflatables on offer including slides and castles to keep everyone entertained throughout the weekend. Individual charges apply. Located next to the Big Top tent.

Fun Fair
The Brands Hatch Fun Zone will offer a fairground with an assortment of exciting rides throughout both days. Some of these rides will even remain open into the evening after fireworks on Sunday so feel free to stay into the darkness! Individual charges apply. Located in the Fun Zone.

Diggerland will bring along a number of their mini diggers to Brands Hatch and offer visitors young and old the chance to operate them. Diggerland will be in attendance on Sunday - Individual charges apply. Located next to the Big Top tent.

Circus Skills, Bubble Station, Arts & Crafts
Located in the heated Big Top tent throughout Sunday, the free kids' entertainment includes circus skills, a bubble station and arts & crafts. Our face painters will also be providing their work for a small charitable donation, so even the youngest fan is ensured a fun day out! Located in the Big Top tent.

Rent a Dinosaur
Dexter the living baby T-Rex will give you the chance to feel what it's like to come face to face with the most powerful predator ever to have existed. Don't be fooled by his menacing exterior though, Dexter is a very obedient dinosaur and he will happily pose for photographs! Located in the Big Top tent with shows at 10.30am, 12.00 noon, 1:30pm and 3pm, plus he will be roaming the venue.

Young Drive
Give your youngster a head start before they hit the public roads with our YoungDrive! experience for children aged 11 and over. Available on Sunday, we can put your little ones behind the wheel on the legendary Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit for £25. Sign up near the main entrance.

Star Wars Characters
Look out for our Star Wars characters on Sunday. They're not there for the evil Empire, it's all for a good cause to raise awareness of our charity, the Kent Air Ambulance. So make sure you go over and say hello and get a picture with them! They will be roaming the venue between 10am and 4pm.

Downforce Simulator
Ever wanted to know what it is like to race round the Brands Hatch circuit? Well now is your chance on the Down Force simulator. Individual charges apply. Located next to the Pit Sraight grandstand.

Show Trucks
More than 150 pristine show trucks will be lined up on Colin Chapman Way and throughout the venue this weekend. Expect to see beautiful trucks of varying types, sizes and eras. These giants will head out on to the track following racing on Sunday for a twilight convoy to light up the track ahead of the fireworks display!

Police Truck
The Metropolitan Police will be in attendance with its new DAF XF Truck. Visitors will be able to climb into the cab for an 'eye opening' driver's view in order to increase awareness and provide cyclists and other road users more knowledge on truck drivers' visibility. Located next to the Pit Straight grandstand.

Why not test your mettle with go-karting on a mini version of the Brands Hatch Indy circuit, located opposite the Megastore. Karting is available for all those aged 8+ and costs £15 for ten minutes, payable at the karting circuit.

Terry Grant Stunt Show
World famous stunt driver Terry Grant will be in action on Sunday with his thrilling live stunt show in an assortment of vehicles including his 1937 Ford Sedan dubbed 'The Legend' - don't miss it! Located in the Live Action Arean with shows at 11am and 2pm.

After 5pm (light dependent) - SUNDAY
We'll bring another season of major events at Brands Hatch to a close on Sunday evening with a spectacular 'big bang' fireworks display following the close of track action and the showtruck parade. Depending on levels of light, it will commence at some point after 5pm. The display will take place on Southbank - the elevated area opposite the pit straight grandstand - get yourself into a prime location!

After the fireworks
Once the fireworks display has finished, we have plenty more for you to enjoy, including live music in the heated Big Top tent from local band Meltin' Joel - a piano rock band that does covers and originals from Elton John and Billy Joel, all the way through to Stevie Wonder and Ben Folds, with a little bit of everything else too. The bar will remain open, and there will be candy floss available, as well as other food stalls, whilst the funfair will stay open late to ensure there are plenty more thrills to be had.

Radio Brands 87.7FM
Radio Brands will be broadcasting live commentary, interviews and spectator information throughout the weekend. Earpiece radios will be on sale from the Megastore.

Contact the commentators
If you have any questions or messages you wish to share with the commentators, then just tweet us on #bhcommsbox and we will try and get round to you.