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Spectator information for this weekend's Donington Historic Festival

Wednesday, May 01 2019

The ninth Donington Historic Festival takes place this weekend (3-5 May). If you're coming along this weekend, here is all you need to know to make the most of your visit.

Click here to download a timetable of the racing action.

Venue map
Click here to download a map of the venue.

If you have chosen to have tickets posted (not print-at-home) you will need to bring the originals 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 main MSV office at Brands Hatch.

Print-at-home tickets are emailed on the day of purchase. If you haven't received yours, login to your MSV account to access them. 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.

Please have your tickets separated before arriving at the gate.

Additional tickets are available to purchase on the gate for £15 on Friday and £30 per day for Saturday or Sunday. Full three day weekend tickets are available for £50. Discounts are available for 13-15 year olds, while under-13s go free all weekend.

Gate opening times
Public admission to the circuit is from 7.30am on all three days.

How to get here
ase click here for directions to the venue.

You will be directed to our Main Entrance (near the paddock) on arrival, but should this get congested we will direct you to our east entrance. Please follow directional signage on the approach to the circuit. Our main car parks are all free of charge.

Disabled parking
Blue badge holders are welcome to park inside the paddock (Paddock 3) or at the dedicated disabled viewing area at Coppice corner accessed via Coppice Gate. A dedicated disabled viewing suite will be open throughout the weekend too at Lower Redgate. Please speak to a member of security or a steward upon arrival at the main entrance, who will direct you to the relevant parking area.

Food and drink
The stunning Garage 39 café, bar and restaurant in the heart of the paddock will be open throughout the event, with a wide range of food, drinks and refreshments on offer. Garage 39 will open from 7.30am until 11pm on Friday and Saturday, and on Sunday from 7.30am until an hour after racing concludes. Other mobile outlets will be open around the circuit in the most popular viewing areas.

Infield access
Access to the infield viewing areas this weekend will be via the spectator tunnels in the paddock (at the side of Garage 39) and at the Esses.

Grandstand seats
Limited grandstand seating is available in the spectacular new Hollywood grandstand, offering stunning views across the majority of the circuit. Prices are £10 per day on Saturday and Sunday. All tickets can be purchased from the grandstand directly or from the Megastore opposite Garage 39.

Souvenir Programmes
Official event programmes are on sale around the venue for £8. Programmes are on sale at the main spectator entrances and on the infield. Each programme features in-depth articles on the events taking place this weekend along with entry lists and information on the racing timetable.

There is plenty to keep all visitors fully entertained for the duration of your stay with us this weekend. Off track highlights include:

F1 demonstrations - A selection of F1 cars will be on display in the paddock, with many of these taking to the track for a series of demonstrations during the event. Cars expected include an ex-Michael Schumacher Benetton, a Toleman driven by Ayrton Senna, a Piquet Benetton B190, A Honda R8, a Dallara F191, an Osella and a Hesketh.

Car club displays - a huge number of car clubs will have a combined display of hundreds of cars on the circuit infield on all three days.

Classic car displays - many more classic cars will be on show at the Melbourne Hairpin section of the circuit.

Sporting Bears dream car rides - take a 10 mile ride in the local area in return for a charitable donation. Many sports, classic and supercars will be available for passenger rides, provided by the Sporting Bears Motor Club.

Battle of Britain Memorial Flight - World War II fighter planes will take to the sky on Saturday and Sunday during the lunch break. Saturday's action will be from a Hawker Hurricane, while a Douglas C-47 Dakota will perform on Sunday.

Historic Karting area - The British Historic Kart Club will take over the Launch Pad area of the venue with static displays indoors and a live karting circuit outside the venue where some of the karts will return to action. Karts on show will include those identical to types driven by Ayrton Senna and Nigel Mansell in their formative careers.

Pit Lane Walks - Take a stroll down the pit lane on all three days, free of charge, and get a closer look at some of the cars being prepared before entering into battle.

Track parades - Many of the cars on display around the venue will be fired into life and taken onto the track for a series of parades on all three days.

Themed trade stands - a wide range of stalls will be on offer, selling a huge amount of motorsport memorabilia, making for the perfect souvenir of a great day out!

There is a cashpoint on site, which is located inside the new Megastore, opposite Garage 39.

Donington Park LIVE! App
Download the Donington Park LIVE! app for free
. Available from both the Apple and Google Play Stores, it boasts live timing, live race commentary and event timetable information. Click here to visit the iTunes Store now and here for the Google Play Store.

Radio Donington 87.7FM
Radio Donington will be broadcasting live commentary, interviews and spectator information throughout the weekend. Earpiece radios will be on sale at the new Donington megastore for £7 as well as from the grandstands.

Here to help
Excellent customer service is important to us, and all our staff are trained to help you make the most of your visit to the circuit. Whether you need assistance to find a lost child or to locate a disabled toilet, please ask one of the many uniformed staff you will see throughout the venue.

The safety and security of all our visitors is paramount, so please be aware you may be subject to bag searches and security checks at our venue. We would also politely ask, as an additional security measure, that you put luggage tags on all of your bags detailing your name and mobile number, so that it can be easily identified. Please do not leave your bag or personal belongings unattended at any time.