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Donington Historic Festival
Donington Park (National)
Friday 04 - Sunday 06 May 2018
Donington Historic Festival

Donington Historic Festival

Donington Park (National)

Friday 04 - Sunday 06 May 2018

The Donington Historic Festival (DHF) brings world-class historic motor racing to one of the UK’s best-loved circuits, as packed grids of classic race cars come together from around the world to delight the crowds with hard-fought, highly competitive racing.

DHF features racing machines spanning nine decades and, with everything from single-seaters and pre-War sports cars to Le Mans prototypes, GT cars, Touring Cars and Super Tourers, the event offers something for everybody, regardless of what era of motorsport you're into. Add an all-access open paddock that lets you get close to all that priceless metal, pitlane walks, thousands of classic cars from dozens of clubs gathering to form a ‘living motor museum’ in the infield, some great trade stands and DHF’s family-friendly, inclusive atmosphere, and you have the recipe for a fantastic three-day weekend.

This event will celebrate the 25th anniversary of one of the most memorable events in the history of Donington Park, the rain-soaked 1993 European Grand Prix, where Ayrton Senna overcame the torrential rain from 4th on the grid to win by over 80 seconds! As a special tribute to this race and in particular to Senna, a selection of special F1 cars will be on display that were either driven by him or against him during his career up to 1993. They include:

  • The Toleman TG-184-01 Hart Turbo in which Senna caused a sensation for Friday practice at the 1984 British GP
  • A Camel Lotus/Judd 101/3 campaigned in 1989 by Nelson Piquet and Satoru Nakajima
  • Gerhard Berger's 1992 Canadian GP-winning McLaren MP4/7A-8 (courtesy of the Donington Collection museum)
  • A 1993 Benetton B193B raced that year by Michael Schumacher and Riccardo Patrese
  • The McLaren MP4/8 that was Senna's test car for the 1993 Donington Park race (courtesy of the Donington Collection museum)

Spectators should click here to view a guide for this weekend, including a venue map.

For the latest competitor entry list, please click here.

VIEW EVENT TIMETABLE

ADVANCE BOOKING HAS NOW CLOSED. TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE AT THE GATE.

EVENT TIMETABLE

Gate open times
Friday (04/05/18) 07:30
Saturday (05/05/18) 07:30
Sunday (06/05/18) 07:30
Full event timetable

This will be published approximately 2 weeks before the event

Prices

GENERAL ADMISSION - CHILDREN UNDER 13 ARE ADMITTED FREE

 
Adult
Teen
Ages 13 - 15
Senior Citizen
Ages 65 and above
 
Online
Gate
Online
Gate
Online
Gate
Weekend Admission (Friday - Sunday)
Type
Online
Gate
Adult
-
£50
Teen
-
£27
-
-
Friday Admission (Practice & Qualifying)
Type
Online
Gate
Adult
-
£15
Teen
-
£9
Senior Citizen
-
£15
Saturday Admission (Raceday)
Type
Online
Gate
Adult
-
£30
Teen
-
£18
Senior Citizen
-
£30
Sunday Admission (Raceday)
Type
Online
Gate
Adult
-
£30
Teen
-
£18
Senior Citizen
-
£30

GRANDSTAND SEATS

 
Adult
Teen
Ages 13-15
Child
Under 13
 
Online
Gate
Online
Gate
Online
Gate

Hollywood Stand - Saturday

New for 2018, this grandstand will provide an epic viewpoint of well over a third of the circuit! Watch the field scramble through Redgate on the first lap before filtering through the iconic Hollywood and Craner Curves section, which always provides plenty of action! Views stretch to the Old Hairpin, Starkey’s Bridge and Schwantz curve, a section of race track amongst the most challenging in Europe. This grandstand is just a five minute walk from the main race paddocks, meaning spectators are right in the heart of the drama!

You can select your seat(s) when you order online, or you can call our call centre on 0843 453 9000

Type
Online
Gate
Adult
-
£10
Teen
-
£5
Child
-
£5

Wheatcroft Straight - Saturday

Located directly opposite the pit lane and start/finish line, this grandstand offers elevated views of the starting grid, before the most crucial aspects of the race, as competitors blast off the line on the run down to Redgate on the first lap. Views stretch from the Robert’s Chicane and Goddards hairpin to Redgate corner and also gives the opportunity to soak in all the pre-race tension as competitors build up to each contest, as well as a good view of pit lane activity.

You can select your seat(s) when you order online, or you can call our call centre on 0843 453 9000

Type
Online
Gate
Adult
-
£8
Teen
-
£4
Child
-
£4

Hollywood Stand - Sunday

New for 2018, this grandstand will provide an epic viewpoint of well over a third of the circuit! Watch the field scramble through Redgate on the first lap before filtering through the iconic Hollywood and Craner Curves section, which always provides plenty of action! Views stretch to the Old Hairpin, Starkey’s Bridge and Schwantz curve, a section of race track amongst the most challenging in Europe. This grandstand is just a five minute walk from the main race paddocks, meaning spectators are right in the heart of the drama!

You can select your seat(s) when you order online, or you can call our call centre on 0843 453 9000

Type
Online
Gate
Adult
-
£10
Teen
-
£5
Child
-
£5

Wheatcroft Straight - Sunday

Located directly opposite the pit lane and start/finish line, this grandstand offers elevated views of the starting grid, before the most crucial aspects of the race, as competitors blast off the line on the run down to Redgate on the first lap. Views stretch from the Robert’s Chicane and Goddards hairpin to Redgate corner and also gives the opportunity to soak in all the pre-race tension as competitors build up to each contest, as well as a good view of pit lane activity.

You can select your seat(s) when you order online, or you can call our call centre on 0843 453 9000

Type
Online
Gate
Adult
-
£8
Teen
-
£4
Child
-
£4

OPTIONAL EXTRAS

Programme
Programme - £8.00

Programme - £8.00

For maximum convenience, order your souvenir race programme in advance and claim it on the day from any of our programme booths or circuit shops.

You'll be issued with a voucher, valid for one programme, with your order, which must be exchanged at the venue.

All our programmes include entry lists, previews, a detailed timetable, a venue map and many other features.

Radio
Radio - £7.00

Radio - £7.00

Order your radio earpiece in advance and collect it at the circuit from any of our programme booths or shops.

We broadcast race commentary on 87.7FM for all of the following MSV events:

  • Brands Hatch - All race meetings
  • Donington Park - All major race meetings
  • Oulton Park - All BSB and BTCC meetings
  • Snetterton - BSB and BTCC
  • Cadwell Park - BSB
Parking Information
Parking Information

Parking Information

Parking is free of charge for all public car parks and disabled car parks.

What's Racing

Off Track Entertainment

CAR CLUBS - FRI, SAT & SUN
CAR CLUBS - FRI, SAT & SUN

Car clubs large and small are welcome at Donington Historic Festival, creating a living motoring museum on Donington Park’s infield. We offer a special ticket deal and free club display parking for the members of any club that registers with us.

 CLASSIC DISPLAY PARKING - FRI, SAT & SUN
CLASSIC DISPLAY PARKING - FRI, SAT & SUN

Bringing your pre-1990 classic along to DHF? Pre-book a free classic parking pass and you can proudly display it in the infield.

TRACK PARADES – FRI, SAT & SUN
TRACK PARADES – FRI, SAT & SUN

If you’re bringing a pre-1990 car for the infield display parking, or coming along with one of the car clubs that register with us, you’ll be able to book a slot in one of the lunchtime parades and take your own car round Donington Park.

TRADE STANDS - FRI, SAT & SUN
TRADE STANDS - FRI, SAT & SUN

If you’re on the hunt for essential motoring accessories, memorabilia, books or art, come along to the trade area and see what catches your eye.

FREE PIT LANE WALKS - FRI, SAT & SUN
FREE PIT LANE WALKS - FRI, SAT & SUN

Want to get behind the scenes of a race track? Each lunchtime of the Festival we’ll have pit lane walks, so you can get a proper look inside the garages and get the race teams’ view.

SPORTING BEARS - SAT & SUN
SPORTING BEARS - SAT & SUN

The members of the Sporting Bears Motor Club will be on hand to give visitors 10-mile passenger rides on public roads in the Donington Park area in one of their fantastic classic and supercars in exchange for donations to a children’s charity. It’s a great chance to get out and about in a very special car for a very special cause!

Group B Rally Cars (SAT & SUN ONLY)
Group B Rally Cars (SAT & SUN ONLY)

Donington Park was an RAC Rally stage in the 1980s, when massively powerful Group B cars such as Audi quattros, MG Metro 6R4s, Ford RS200s, Porsche 911 RSRs and Peugeot 205 T16 reigned supreme. They’ll be burning rubber on the GP Loop.

Historic Karts (SAT & SUN ONLY)
Historic Karts (SAT & SUN ONLY)

Tiny but mighty, the British Historic Kart Club will be taking to the GP Loop, demonstrating their nimble little machines dating from the 1950s to the 1980s.

1993 European Grand Prix Tribute
1993 European Grand Prix Tribute

Display cars include: The Toleman TG-184-01 Hart Turbo in which Senna caused a sensation for Friday practice at the 1984 British GP, A Camel Lotus/Judd 101/3 campaigned in 1989 by Piquet and Nakajima, Gerhard Berger's 1992 McLaren MP4/7A-8, A 1993 Benetton B193B raced Michael Schumacher, the McLaren MP4/8 that was Senna's test car for the 1993 Donington Park race.

Battle of Britain Memorial Flight - Flypast
Battle of Britain Memorial Flight - Flypast

BBMF Hurricane and Spitfire flypast on the Saturday and a BBMF Dakota flypast on the Sunday. Images: Crown Copyright

Hospitality & Upgrades

Gold Hospitality
£138.00

Gold Hospitality

Available Saturday or Sunday. Located in Upper Goddards / Upper Redgates or Upper Wheatcroft Suite. Includes privileged parking, entrance tickets into circuit and suite, official programme, morning coffee and breakfast rolls, two course hot buffet lunch, afternoon tea with sandwiches and cakes, complimentary bar serving wines, beers and soft drinks. You can also enjoy access to a viewing terrace or balcony and free Wi-Fi. Call 01332 819514 for bookings. Please note all bookings are subject to a postal fee.
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Gold Hospitality - £138.00

Available Saturday or Sunday. Located in Upper Goddards / Upper Redgates or Upper Wheatcroft Suite. Includes privileged parking, entrance tickets into circuit and suite, official programme, morning coffee and breakfast rolls, two course hot buffet lunch, afternoon tea with sandwiches and cakes, complimentary bar serving wines, beers and soft drinks. You can also enjoy access to a viewing terrace or balcony and free Wi-Fi. Call 01332 819514 for bookings. Please note all bookings are subject to a postal fee.

Silver Hospitality
£102.00

Silver Hospitality

Available Saturday or Sunday. Located in Lower Goddards / Upper Redgates. Includes privileged parking, entrance tickets into circuit and suite, official programme, morning coffee and Danish pastries, two course cold buffet lunch, afternoon tea with sandwiches and cakes, pay bar serving wines, beers and soft drinks. You can also enjoy access to a viewing terrace or balcony and free Wi-Fi. Call 01332 819514 for bookings. Please note all bookings are subject to a postal fee.

READ MORE CALL 01332 819514

Silver Hospitality - £102.00

Available Saturday or Sunday. Located in Lower Goddards / Upper Redgates. Includes privileged parking, entrance tickets into circuit and suite, official programme, morning coffee and Danish pastries, two course cold buffet lunch, afternoon tea with sandwiches and cakes, pay bar serving wines, beers and soft drinks. You can also enjoy access to a viewing terrace or balcony and free Wi-Fi. Call 01332 819514 for bookings. Please note all bookings are subject to a postal fee.

SuperView
£66.00

SuperView

Watch all the action in style from a weather-proof shared suite that overlooks the start/finish straight! Live timing screens and tea, coffee and biscuits all day are included. Children under 16 are £39.
Does not include circuit admission.
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SuperView - £66.00

Watch all the action in style from a weather-proof shared suite that overlooks the start/finish straight! Live timing screens and tea, coffee and biscuits all day are included. Children under 16 are £39.
Does not include circuit admission.

Camping Information

WEEKEND CAMPING

Donington Park Farmhouse is located conveniently next to Donington Park Race Track and has direct pedestrian access to the pits and paddock entrance. Please note the farmhouse is not operated by Donington Park, so please visit their website for booking details https://parkfarmhouse.co.uk/caravan-site/

FAQ

  • What time do the gates open?

    The gates open at 7.30am on each day.

  • Is there disabled parking and viewing available?

    There is designated disabled parking available in Paddock 3 via gate 21 with no viewing. There is a dedicated wheelchair viewing area at Coppice via gate 10 with free of charge access to wheelchair users plus one carer. Any additional carers, friends or family must be in possession of a valid grandstand ticket. Please contact our ticket office on 0843 453 9000 for more information