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The Festival of the Unexceptional - Saturday 20th July 2019

Saturday, 20 July, 2019

Festival of the Unexceptional

The venue for The Festival of the Unexceptional has now been confirmed and is as follows:

Saturday 20th July 2019, Claydon Estate, Buckinghamshire, MK18 2EY, 10am - 4pm

Tel: 01296 730252 Email: info@claydonestate.co.uk

Show  / Venue Details:

The Festival of the Unexeptional celebrates the cars that were the workhorses of their day: the base model saloons, hatchbacks and estates that were sold in their millions between roughly 1968 - 1989, but today are now so rare. This year, the festival is beinhg held in the beautiful and utterly idylic surroundings of the Claydon Eatate in Buckinghamshire with plenty on site for all the family to see and do. Held within the gardens and parkland of the Claydon Estate, there could not be a better venue to hold this exceptionally unexceptional event!! 

Often referred to as “an unexpected Georgian jewel”, Claydon house is a fascinating testament to eighteenth century extravagance. Its unassuming exterior hides some of England’s most extraordinary interiors; soaring double height rooms crowded with intricate carvings of fanciful creatures and exotic designs.

Claydon House was built in the eighteenth century by Ralph, 2nd Earl Verney, as a demonstration of wealth and status. He set out to create a country house of extraordinary grandeur to dazzle his wealthy neighbours and outdo his political rivals. Thirty years later he was facing financial ruin.

The house that remains today is around a third of the Earl’s creation and is saturated with surprising stories and fascinating objects from four hundred years of Verney family history, which includes connections by marriage to nursing pioneer Florence Nightingale.

Now in the care of the National Trust the house is open to visitors. ACI Looks forward to seeing you on the day. 

Getting to Claydon:

From The North / Birmingham (roughly 90 minutes from Birmingham):

  • Follow signs for sutton/Coldfield/Coventry/W'hampton/M6/M5/M40/M42
  • At junction 6, exit onto M6 toward London/M1/M42/M40
  • Take the M42 exit
  • Keep right at the fork, follow signs for M42 (S)/M40/M5/Birmingham (S)/Airport/London (S & W) and merge onto M42
  • At junction 3A, exit onto M40 toward London/Warwick/Stratford
  • Exit onto A43 toward B430
  • At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto B4100
  • Turn left onto The Green
  • Continue onto Stratton Audley Rd
  • Turn left onto A4421
  • Turn right, continue onto Main Street
  • Turn left and continue onto Bicester Road
  • Bicester Road turns right and becomes Portway Road
  • Turn left, then right, then left onto Werner Terrace
  • Turn left then right onto Queen Catherine Road
  • Turn right at Bernwood Jubilee Way, Restricted usage road
  • Continue straight, Restricted usage road
  • Arrive: Middle Claydon, Buckingham MK18 2EX

From The South / London (roughly 1 hour, 45 mins):

  • Follow the A4
  • Keep right to continue on Hammersmith Flyover/A4, Continue to follow A4
  • At Hogarth Roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Hogarth Ln/A4
  • Keep right to continue on M4, follow signs for Airport/The West. Heathrow/Staines. Hounslow
  • At junction 4B, take the M25 S exit to M3/M23/Gatwick Airport/Heathrow Airport
  • Keep right at the fork, follow signs for M25 N/M40/M1/Oxford/Watford
  • Keep right at the fork and merge onto M25
  • At junction 16, take the M40(W) exit to B'ham/Oxford
  • Merge onto M40
  • At junction 9, take the A34/A41 exit to Oxford/Newbury/Bicester
  • At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto A41
  • At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit and stay on A41
  • Keep right to stay on A41
  • At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit and stay on A41
  • Turn left onto The Broadway
  • Continue onto Edgcott Road
  • Continue onto Grendon Rd
  • Continue onto Buckingham Rd
  • Continue onto Perry Hill
  • Turn right onto Werner Terrace
  • Turn left then right onto Queen Catherine Road
  • Turn right at Bernwood Jubilee Way, Restricted usage road
  • Continue straight, Restricted usage road
  • Arrive: Middle Claydon, Buckingham MK18 2EX