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WOTY 2 Ypres, Belgium

1 - 5 September 2022

Tentative arrangements have now been made for a three or four night trip to Ypres in Belgium over a long weekend between Thursday 1st or Friday 2nd September and Sunday 4th, returning to UK on Monday 5th.
 
There remain some details to be worked through but in essence the plan is as follows.
 
Travel to Ypres
Own arrangements. In the light of the current P&O issues I suggest using Eurotunnel, much quicker and easier than ferries. Ypres is a small city and one of the major settlements in West Flanders with a vast amount of history, having been central to much of the conflict activity during WW1, the Somme in particular. It is a short drive, just over one hour, from Calais. I’m sure many of you will already be familiar.
 
Arrive mid afternoon on the Thursday or Friday.
 
Hotel
It is proposed that we stay for either three or four nights at The Ariane Hotel close to the centre of Ypres. A personal favourite of mine! The Ariane has a comprehensive website for you to browse and is one of the very best and arguably the best hotel in Ypres. It is close to the centre, about a 10-minute walk, but is in a quiet location. It has its own secure surface level car park (free) with plenty of space. It also has an exceptionally good restaurant.
 
It is proposed that you make individual reservations quoting Porsche Club GB Chiltern Region. A provisional reservation for 12 ‘comfy’ doubles or twins has been made on a bed and breakfast basis. These will be allocated on a first come, first served basis and if interested I suggest you move quickly. Rates are 175 Euros, currently about £146, per room per night (160 Euros single occupancy).
 
Contact details
Mrs Isabelle DERAMOUDT / Mrs Vanessa VANDAELE: 0032 57 218 218.
Bookings preferably by email to office@ariane.be

General activities
Ypres is full of shops, restaurants, bars and cafés to suit all tastes, all within easy walking distance of both the hotel and the historic centre. There is a certain concentration, as one might expect, on beer and chocolate! Work the excesses off with a walk around the city walls.
 
No trip to Ypres would be complete without visiting the Cloth Hall, the very impressive WW1 Flanders Fields Museum and the world famous Menin Gate where the Last Post is sounded every night at 8pm. This is a ‘must do’.
 
Within easy driving distance there are a plethora of WW1 related features, all worth a visit and quite difficult to narrow down. I’ll mention just a few and leave you to do some further research at your convenience. Lots of information on the internet.

  • Thiepval Memorial
  • Passchendaele
  • The Brooding Soldier
  • Hooge Crater
  • Hills 60/62
  • Tyne Cot Cemetry
  • Talbot House, Poperinge
  • The Firing Wall, Poperinge
  • Canadian National Memorial, Vimy Ridge
  • The Commonwealth War Graves Commission base and factory just outside Arras, conducted tours. **Recommended**

 
There is so much to see that I’ll leave it to personal choice with no organised convoy driving. Small groups if you wish.
 
If WW1 history is not your thing, the city of Bruges is an hour away. Cobbled streets, chocolate shops, boat trips on the canals, a variety of good restaurants and excellent beer!
 
Tour of Flanders Rally
For those of you with an interest in motorsport this visit just happens to coincide with the Tour of Flanders Rally, based in nearby Roeselare, half an hour’s drive away.
 
It is a closed road, sealed surface event, a round of the Belgian Rally Championship and multiple other championships including the Historic Rally Car Register Stage Masters Championship that attracts several British crews. 
 
This takes place on the Friday evening and all day Saturday, 2-3 September. Spectator information will be available and definitely worth a look.
 
Of particular note is a separate Cup competition for Porsches, both historic and modern, normally running with consecutive start numbers and grouped together in the main service area. With the modern Porsches among the most powerful cars on the event this is always spectacular.
 
If you are keen on this trip could I emphasise that you should act quickly as September at the Ariane is already busy. Please keep Martin informed.
 
There will be more details nearer the time but if there are any immediate questions please contact Martin on r21@porscheclubgb.com

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