Birmabright Weekend 2018, Kutna Hora, Czech Republic, 1st - 3rd June 2018

I would like to invite again all leaf-sprung Land-Rover owners to the 12th annual Birmabright Weekend in Kutna Hora, Czech Republic. As always all kinds of leaf-sprung Land-Rovers are welcome and the greenlaning trip will include only these.
We will again most likely stay at the same campsite we used in previous years, i.e. the Santa Barbara camp site with nice eating/washing/toilet facilities, adress as follows: Santa Barbara Camping, Tyrsova 988, Kutna Hora (49.954157, 15.260267 / +49° 57' 14.97", +15° 15' 36.96") The campsite is now run by the fourth set of care-takers during the weekend's history, but they seem to be a good bunch of people.
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The capacity of the campsite is limited, so we've got a registration online here. A registration fee will need to be paid for your registration to be completed.

The event’s programme


Friday, 1st June 2018:

- Arrival of participants during the day, the campsite is open so early or late evening/night arrival is no problem.
- We will then proceed to taste whichever beer will be available at the local pub/bar establishment, continuing until late hours in anticipation of late arrivals.


Saturday, 2nd June 2018:

- During the morning hours we will stand, sit, kneel, squat around the campsite, shout at each other, moan/brag/cry/chuckle about what we did last night, chat together and peek under open bonnets. In general, we usually wait for those who can't force themselves to wake up in time for the announced time of departure for the laning trip...
- Departure for the laning trip is at 10:00 – this time we will need to depart more or less sharp - see reason below.
- This year we will again be showing our vehicles in front of the Jesuit College, right next to the St. Barbara Cathedral in Kutná Hora's town centre. We will officially be permitted to use this part of the town (that is normally off limits to motor vehicles) for displaying our vehicles between approx. 10:30-12:30. This means that we should be arriving in one column. Stragglers will have to join us after this part of the itinerary.
- At 12:30 we should start off for the greenlaning trip - this includes lanes and tarmac roads totalling some 70-80 kilometres in length. Fuel tank at least half-full (or half-empty) is necessary. I can help people with directions (or guide a little low-on-fuel convoy) to the nearest petrol station in the early morning on Saturday, but this has to be completed before 10:00 AM as mentioned above. A stop is included for the traditional group photo at the Vysoka hill.
- Another beer-drinking spree will follow in the evening.


Sunday, 3rd June 2018:

- Still working on Sunday's programme, but it should involve a tour of a small private castle and an adjacent small brewery.

Additional info:


Facilities:

The meeting will take place at a public campsite, with space for tents and caravan trailers (electricity hook-ups are available). There are shared showers and toilets, nice and clean. There's a small pub close to the gate which serves (except beer) some basic food, like sausages, fries, fried cheese and some other not too fancy meals. It's not exactly a luxury standard but people used to drive Land-Rovers should find the facilities sufficient. Beer usually costs around one pound per 0.5 litre glass, about the same costs a loaf of bread, for 5 or 6 pounds you can get a hearty meal here. There are supermarkets, restaurants, ATM's, clubs, pubs, galleries and plenty of historical sights around town.

Driving regulations:

The most apparent difference (apart from driving on the right) is the daylight lights-on rule, i.e. your lights need to be switched all the time. You should have an internationally valid proof of liability insurance (which is locally called the green card, showing that your vehicle is insured and the validity of the document), the speed limit for cities/towns/villages is 50 kph. Other than that it’s 90 kph outside cities/towns/villages and 130 kph on motorways. Motorways are toll-roads, you need to have a motorway sticker/vignette attached to the lower right part of your windscreen, proving you have paid the toll. The toll sticker for 10 days costs CZK 310 in 2018.

Currency:

CZK (approx. CZK 29 = 1 GBP) / if you need to change on week days, you can do so at banks or exchange counters (there should be a few in Kutna Hora as well, not sure about the weekend office hours, better to stock up for the weekend on Friday). Major debit or credit cards will be accepted in 90% of the shops incl. most supermarkets, but not at the campsite.

Fuel prices:

About CZK 30 per litre on average at the moment (unleaded = called Natural 95 here). There are two fuel stations in Kutna Hora and a few more around the town, availability elsewhere is no problem, both on motorways and main roads (most or all of them nowadays accept VISA/MasterCard credit cards).

Other expected costs at CZ:

Campsite: CZK 250/vehicle (special price for the event)
Breakfast: about CZK 75 / GBP 2.50 / EUR 3
Certificate + sticker: CZK 100 / GBP 3.5 / EUR 4
Extra t-Shirt (1 t-shirt is already included in registration fee): CZK 450 / GBP 16 / EUR 18
Updates at the event's FB page here.