Gambol V for Victory Tour





Friday May 11th to 13th 2018 

Hello Bears – it’s here again, The Fat Lamb Gambol

We are delighted to announce once more that The Fat Lamb in conjunction with the Sporting Bears is to run another Spring Touring Event – our fifth in the series of Gambols and appropriately named Gambol V for Victory. Our theme is to be VE day which is officially 8th May (this being the nearest weekend) and we will be celebrating all things wartime and post war. 

 I would like to make a direct plea to new members here. These social   weekends are extremely popular and hark back to the original ethos of the club - which whilst always having a charitable aspect was equally as much about enjoying our cars in the company of like-minded individuals. We always get many familiar faces every year, but I am particularly keen to welcome new faces to our happy band of Gambolleers. We are a very friendly bunch and whilst there is an element of fund raising involved in the event, the primary purpose of these weekends is for members to socialise and spend a weekend in each others company, make new friends and renew old acquaintances, and enjoy using our cars over some of the best driving roads in the country. Throw in some spectacular scenery, a liberal sprinkling of humour, some fine food and the occasional alcoholic beverage and you have the recipe for a very enjoyable weekend.

The general format will be along the same lines as in previous years. Friday involvesarrival, signing on during the afternoon and meeting your fellow entrants. This is followed by an informal buffet style dinner served in the restaurant to renew old acquaintances and welcome new ones. On Saturday we set forth on our first sortie of the weekend, taking a wide sweep through low lying valleys and picturesque villages to avoid enemy radar and flack, before swooping in formation on our target – the Solway Aviation Museum. Here we will tour the museum and have the option of access into the cockpit of the Vulcan Bomber located there, before peeling off and rendezvousing at our designated lunch stop. After re-fuelling we make a dash for home quickly gaining height over some wonderful moorland roads before descending back to the safety of our home landing strip at The Fat Lamb

 That evening we celebrate a successful mission with a wartime themed four course Victory dinner (powdered egg anyone) with suitable 40’s/50’s attire to match the occasion. This year’s chosen charity is once again “The Rainbow Trust”, and there will be the usual gentle fundraising activity during the evening, and indeed throughout the weekend. On Sunday, our squadron will tackle the infamous Kirkstone Pass before pressing deep into Lakeland for a roast lunch prior to boarding our privately chartered boat and taking a leisurely sail around Derwentwater.

 After disembarking, those staying for two nights will say their fond farewells and head off into the sunset, whilst those who have opted to stay an extra night will gently wend their way back to The Fat Lamb or other hostelry for a final evening to relax and compare notes and share stories from the weekend.

 As usual we will have twelve rooms available at the Fat Lamb with overflow B&B accommodation at The Kings Head, Stouphillgate or other local hostelries as required. Rooms at the Fat Lamb will be allocated on a first come first served basis, overflow accommodation is currently held till the end of January following which it will be subject to availability, so early booking is necessary to ensure you get a room.

As in previous years, 10% of all Food and Accommodation sales from the Fat Lamb will go to the charity in addition to any other funds raised or donated. Price for the whole event is £250.00 per couple, excluding accommodation but including dinner on the two nights, all coffee, tea, lunch’s, entry fees etc, plus other ancillaries associated with the trips.

Accommodation at both the Fat Lamb and Kings Head will be £103.00/room/ night with the option of a two or three nights stay. Interested parties please contact me at The Fat Lamb, either by phone on 015396 23242, or send an e-mail to and we will forward the appropriate entry form.


  All the above pictures  (with the exception of the boat) are taken from last year’s Mediaeval themed Ye Olde Gambolle Forth – a very successful and enjoyable weekend where all concerned had a great time and as a bonus also managed to raise over £2000 for our nominated charity. We don’t think it’s right that we few should keep all this excitement to ourselves, so come along and join us this year and enjoy the fun and games for yourselves.

Happy driving……………….………………….Paul Bonsall   (Grizzly Bear)