2018 Club Trips
The following list is a guide to all the club trips and events that will occur during 2018. As more details are known and confirmed, information will be updated on this page. Also, when published, a downloadable trip invitation form in PDF format will be available adjacent to the relevant trip, which can also be booked online. More details will be announced about each club event when available.
A list of all club trips since 2008, many with short trip reports and pictures to remind you of the fun we had are available from the Archives menu or by clicking here --> Trip Reports & Pictures
The Blackpool Bash 2018
Dates: Friday 6th to Sunday 8th April 2018
Location: Blackpool, UK
Everybody say "Blackpooooool!!!!"
Yes it’s time for our annual pilgrimage to Blackpool. And this year it is our 30th anniversary celebration – The Club was formed in 1988 and has visited Blackpool Pleasure Beach every year since! So join us for the Club's annual shin-dig and our most famous, action packed, super fun, Coaster Crazy weekend of them all..... The Blackpool Bash!!
This is by far the best way to meet members, enjoy some fantastic coasters and see some quality live entertainment. This is one trip that you’ll be talking about for weeks, so come along and join in the fun.
The weekend of non-stop action starts with ‘Friday Fun’ at 19:45 on Friday April 6th in the Paradise Room (BPB). Here you can enjoy a drink before sharing a great evening of top quality professional entertainment. I have lined up three fabulous acts for you. Following ‘Friday Fun’ you can have another drink or two before the 23:00 close.
Saturday events start at 09:00 in the Paradise Room (tea/coffee, wristband issue). At around 10:00 we will head onto the Park for a one-hour Exclusive Ride Session (ERS) on The Big One (*see below), the Red Arrows and as a bonus - The Blue Flyer (Zipper Dipper). Following this you have free time to enjoy the Park and either use your ‘season pass’ or if you have pre-purchased one, an unlimited ride wristband for the discounted price of just £22 (normally £39). At 11:30 those who want can meet at the Derby Racer for a ‘ride takeover’, and then everyone will re-group at 12:30 for a hot lunch in the Paradise Room. The latest Club merchandise will also be on display and available for purchase. The whole afternoon is then free for you to enjoy the Park at your leisure before you return to the Paradise Room at 19:30 for the “80’s Icons” themed ‘Coaster Crazy Show!’ You are invited to dress up (optional) in anything that is related to the 1980’s (the decade the Club was formed). Just have fun interpreting it and think outside the box! As usual you will enjoy an evening of lively entertainment featuring new acts, games, the ever-popular Gong Show and some great prizes. And by popular demand we end the day with a special Club party. It will be a non-stop mix of great dance and party tunes from over the years to keep you on your feet! You’ll also be able to enjoy a final drink before the 23:00 close (approx.).
Sunday starts at 09:00 in the Concourse Room (below the Paradise Room) and at 09:45 we begin “RCCGB go WOW” which is “Wild on Wood”! Over an hour ERS combining the classic Big Dipper, the World’s #1 racing woodie, The Grand National and for the first time ever, The Ghost Train (it’s wood!). This will allow for more rides during the ERS, as the group will split over the three rides. And that makes for no less than SIX ERS’s over two days! Plus if you then want to stay in the Pleasure Beach for the day on Sunday too, you can purchase an unlimited ride wristband at the special discounted price of just £22 (normally £39). If not, you can of course enjoy the rest of Blackpool, visiting the piers, The Tower, etc.
* As with all rides and attractions, the Club and the Pleasure Beach cannot guarantee if Icon will be running for the Blackpool Bash weekend. There is still work to do and this can be affected by weather, ride testing and inspection, etc. If we are fortunate and Icon is running, the Big One ERS will be replaced with Icon.
The price for this absolutely action packed, coaster crazy weekend will be exactly the same as the last five years, an amazing £40.00! (non-members same price and no limit, but MUST attend and be booked with a member). That low price includes Friday Fun, all events on Saturday (3 x ERS, hot lunch, show & party) and the Sunday ERS’s! The only extras are the optional unlimited ride wristbands detailed above.
There are two ways too book for The Blackpool Bash, either ONline, or the old fashioned paper based way. Choose your option below.
BOOKING DEADLINE: 29th MARCH 2018
USA 2018 - Let's Go Round Again
Dates: Friday 1st June to Sunday 17th June 2018
As part of the RCCGB's 30th anniversary celebrations, 'USA 2018 - Let's Go Round Again' will depart the UK on Friday 1st June and return on Sunday 17th June 2018 where over 70 club members will be enjoying over 100 different coasters in over 10 of America's best theme parks.
Parks will include Knoebels, Cedar Point, Kennywood, Kentucky Kingdom & Dollywood. That means they will experience Top Thrill Dragster, Phantom's Revenge, The Beast, Lightning Rod and my favourite Woodie, The Phoenix! And that's just a few of the dozens of amazing coasters on the tour. We will also be arranging loads of ERS's (Exclusive Ride Sessions) throughout the tour as well.
We've setup a dedicated page for information about this trip as it develops. You can click here to go to it, or use the quicklink button at the bottom of the homepage!
SORRY, BUT THE DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS FOR THIS TRIP HAS PASSED
Summer Bash 2018
This is normally a small 'meet-at-the-park' type event where over 50 coaster crazy people simply turn up and have fun. The destination for this trip is unknown at the moment. During lunch at Loopathon 2017, Nev asked people where they would like to go and many suggestions were called out, so watch this space as we move into the new coaster season in 2018.
Dates: Friday 10th thru Sunday 12th August 2018
Location: Oakwood Theme Park, Pembrokeshire, UK
“Pren yn dda?” Or in English “Wood is good!” Yes it's time to head to Wales for some Mega-Tastic fun over an action packed three days! On the Friday we visit Folly Farm, Saturday it is the main event at Oakwood and on Sunday the annual Go-Kart challenge at Hetherton's.
Dates: Saturday & Sunday 6th/7th October 2018 (TBC)
Location: Alton Towers & Drayton Manor, UK
Yes it’s our annual loopy weekend where will spend Saturday at Alton Towers and Sunday at Drayton Manor.
Details of the trip will be available nearer the time, but this year, we have the fabulous new woodie at Alton Towers to ride! After 20 years of campaigning to Alton Towers, they have finally done it! This will make this one of the best Loopathon's ever - riding a real wooden coaster at Alton Towers (so we've renamed the trip Woodathon!) - what a great way to celebrate the clubs 30th Anniversary!
More details will be provided when known.
On the Piste 2019 - Winter Club Ski Trip
Dates: January 19th - 27th 2019
With the roller coaster season closed in the UK, a Skiing trip is run where members of the RCCGB will head for a weeks skiing in France. Venue for 2019 to be confirmed.
This is an annual trip each winter, so if you fancy it, and let's face it - if you've watched Ski Sunday, how hard can it be?!? Contact details are provided in AIRtime ONline.