03 Sep 2019
Young Person Village does what it says on the tin. Great atmosphere, good facilities and good location. Music is loud and goes on most of the day but this is told to you beforehand so you can’t complain.
07 Sep 2018
Going to the GP in Spa was the first time I went to a F1 race weekend. Let's start from the beginning: Prior to setting off to Spa everything went smoothly, we received all tickets via a courier, no problems at all. Then, arriving in Spa, trying to find our campsite (Young Village) was a bit of a challenge. It would definitely be helpful if there were more signs or people who tell you were to go, as it is quite a rural area, and you might drive for a couple of miles with no signs. Also, it would have been great to know that you camp next to your car, which surely is an advantage over having to walk however long from a car park to your camp site. However, as we didn't know we'd be able to park right next to our car we didn't really bring a lot of food and drinks as we were dreading having to carry lots of stuff on top of our tent, chairs and bags. Therefore we bought a lot of food on site and it is extremely expensive (3.50€ for a can of soft drink or a bottle of water, 7€ for fries, 14€ for just a burger) so I would recommend to bring lots of food and drinks. Before the trip I was mainly concerned about not being able to sleep staying at the Young Village due to noise, but it was okay. Definitely bring ear plugs and don't expect absolute silence. Also, the weather can change within minutes, so make sure you bring rain ponchos as well as sun cream, you'll likely need both. Especially at night it got quite cold when it was raining, so make sure you have enough clothes to layer up :) Also, if you stay at the Young Village I would visit the campsite next to it, not sure which one that is, maybe Green, it is literally across the road. We went there one evening and it was mind-blowing to see what people would bring with them, it was like its own mini-festival with small stages and food-trucks, pretty cool to see. The "temporary bathroom facilities" are pretty much what you can expect from festival bathroom facilities. There are toilets at the far end from the entrance, which are cleaner and toilet paper gets refilled regularly, etc. I think staying at the Young Village is particularly advantageous if you have a general admission ticket, as you can walk to the track within 5-10 minutes. We didn't realise that our seats (Silver 1) were pretty much at the other side of the track. Therefore, we had to walk quite a bit to get to our seats, but to be honest it wasn't that bad, takes maybe 40 mins "one way" and you get to see, for example, all the trucks lined up and on Sunday we happened to walk by as the safety cars were loaded onto the trucks. The biggest disappointment were probably our seats within the Silver 1 Grandstand. The view was good and it was cool to see everything so close up, but it was very uncomfortable. I just expected that for paying over £500 for two tickets there would be back rests on the chair. I'd say it's fine if you'd go there for the race on Sunday, but if you sit there for around 6 hours for three days it gets really uncomfortable. Next time I would probably get a general admission ticket and get up very early to position my camping chair at a good place. Not too sure how the traffic was after the race, but cars seemed to be stuck for a while trying to leave the campsite. I think it's great you can stay until Monday morning, which is potentially the better choice considering the traffic on Sunday after the race. Also, as you arrive at the camp site they ask for a 20€ deposit which will be returned after they check the spot where you camped, which I think is fair, and if you take all of your trash with you it will be no problem getting that deposit back.
28 Aug 2018
So this was my sons and my second time at SPA. We went before but stayed at green camping last time ( was ok but atmosphere died off at midnight so good if your with young children or not a party person). We arrived at young village early morning Thursday as there is a pit walk also that day. The site stated it only opened on Thursday morning but people were already pitched up who arrived the day before. Once the staff turned up at 8 they told us where to pitch, there are no markings so u just usewhat space u need. We stayed to the left of the field on entrance in front of shower block, and because we arrived early we were on flat ground. The field then slopes down or to much to cause major problems but not flat. We had to pay a 20 Euro deposit for site but was returned when we left ( just to make sure you use the skips provided). The first day pit walk is only open to weekend ticket holders ( you need to keep your ticket on you as you get zapped in and out, if u don’t zap out you will not be able to get back in that day ( incase people photocopy tickets and try to get in) if your leaving at end of day or not planning on going back in then no need to zap out. The pit entrance is only entry point open that day so you have to walk all the way around outside of track to the entrance ( a good 45 min walk) mostly down hill as campsite is at top of the valley ( but remember you have to come back up). Once in you could then walk the section of the track in front of pits and around back of garages, if you stay in front of you favourite drivers garage you will get to see them and maybe get a selfie or autograph if you are at front ( people question at entrance from about 10 am but gates do not open until 4). The fan zone is also down this area to buy merchandise, and where to try the different activities that are all layer on for free. There is numerous food outlets but you require to buy tickets to then pay with them for food and drinks. There is also a stage in this area where guests come to be interviewed and chat to crowd ( they also throw freebies into crowd so if you want something for nothing be near the front). As I elegies to earlier you then have to transform into what can only be described as a MOUNTAIN GOAT ? to get back to your camp site. There was 1 large marquee in the campsite to the left behind us which sold food and beverages without tickets ( tickets for food and drink at track can be used at all out lets around track only, it was 35 Euro for 10, you needed 2 just for chips so it’s not cheap). You can take in your own food and drink as much as you can carry but no glass!!. Any way back to campsite, you could charge your devices in the marquee for a Euro for as long as you wanted, they had ample amount of chargers to fit every type of device. The marquee played music and was open until the last person left but the music was not an issue as after smashing about 30 thousand steps there and back and taking in surroundings you should easily sleep ?. The ablutions were hit and miss as to hot water, but even when they weren’t hot the temp was not to cold, however when everyone was showering in the same block the water pressure was non existent. On Friday the gates are open all around track so you can enter after a 5-10 min walk, the track is then your oyster to walk around outside or inside, as it’s free practice it’s not to heavily populated so u can get a lot of good views, and if bronze tickets like we were choose a few different areas you may want to watch the qually and race from ( don’t think you have a brilliant spot and stick with it as on race day gates open at 7 and everywhere gets full really early, so u can get there early and not move or choose a few different spots and arrive later and see where is still available. Remember MOUNTAIN GOAT ?,if your willing to go to the fan zone it’s a lot easier on this day but remember you still have to walk back up at the end. I forgot to mention after pit walk on Thursday you could jump in a taxi back up to the campsite for 30 euros( if there is any there). The atmosphere was brilliant on inside of track especially around the verstappen stand with Adj playing and getting everyone in party mood between the different races ( it’s just F1 you will see Porsche super cup and f2, but check time table, the porches by far sound the best of all the vehicles including the F1 cars). Friday night and Saturday night there is another marquee put up to the right of entrance for dj nd disco. Entry is free if you are a young village camper but again u have to buy tickets once in to then get your alcohol, you can’t take any of your own in. This opens about 9 and goes on until 3, if you have camped to the right of the field on day 1 you will wish you had not come Friday and Saturday night. Malmedy is only a 10 min drive away but don’t plan on going Saturday or Sunday as routes are full of people coming or going to F1 so stock up Friday. There is an Aldi, Lidl and other stores within the town and cash machines ( did not see any at all at track but the token huts accepted card) as you leave campsite and turn left head straight up and you will see the hardcore fans camping!! They bring everything including the kitchen sink!! Artics full of speakers with music on 24 7 sofas, hot tubs, pool tables etc etc!! And huge amounts of beer which they will also sell a lot cheaper then what they do on track. On race day we managed to stumble in to the verstappen stand purely accidentally of course and watched the race from there. Once the race is finished you can then walk full track, don’t bothertrying to take big signs or anything that you can’t get in a bag or pocket as a souvenir as you will get stopped at exit and told to leave it after walking all afternoon with it . The party still does not stop at some of stands and certainly not in pit lane with dj and saxbeing played on the roof and the fan zone with there Dj. Final note, if you have not been then go to this!! You will get the bug, explore the other things about, go with the flow and most importantly wear good walking foot wear as we covered over 30 thousand steps each day. Hope this helps
23 Sep 2017
Seats were good at Eau Rouge, weather was great. Promised (and paid for) shuttle transport from Liege train station to Spa circuit never showed up. Directions said pickup would occur at 0830. Evidently actual pickup was at 7:30, but we were never notified! We were there by 8:00, no shuttle. We and another couple had to take a taxi to the circuit for 170 euros. Didn't get to the circuit until 1130. Because we didn't know where the shuttle would pick up people after the race (driver was supposed to tell us in the morning) we had to take a public bus to the nearest train station and another taxi for an extra 55 euros to get back to our hotel in Liege by 7:30 PM (race ended at 3:30.). Transport screw-up made overall day disappointing.
19 Sep 2017
The whole weekend was great fun and the campsite was brilliant. Bar and facilities were really good and helpful. The only improvement I would suggest would be a small shop with camping stuff on site and potentially more toilets.
29 Aug 2017
29 Aug 2017
We visited for the 2017 Grand Prix in the 17-27 camping with bronze/General Admission tickets. Trackside everything was great and most of the GA areas have good views. They could do with a few more marshalls to help guide people to places they want to go or even some more maps dotted around the place but generally it's easy enough to work out where you want to go. The 17-27 camping was not a very positive experience. The campsite was the opposite end of the track to the pit walk we had tickets for. None of the circuit gates were open so we had to walk all the way round the track to get there. The camp staff were a bit clueless about the whole thing and could barely give us directions. The field was a bog after day 1 (not necessarily the campsites fault). There was one block of toilets for men and one for women with 7 cubicles in each. By the third day 6 of the mens toilets were out of action with one constantly overflowing water in to the rest of the cubicles and this was not rectified before the end of the weekend so the whole male population was limited to one toilet. There was a festival stage set up right next to our tents which played DJs until 3am each night. No escape from that noise! You're not going to sleep through it. On the first night of music my car was vandalised so I had to travel from Belgium to the UK without a rear numberplate. Overall a good weekend. Track is incredible. But AVOID 17-27 CAMPING!
29 Aug 2017
Where to start with this review. The track itself and our time there was incredible, the racing was fantastic and the atmosphere was on another level. Spa really did live up to our expectations of one of the greatest tracks in the world. It’s not for the faint hearted as the hills where as steep as all the reviews lead us to believe, but it’s the price you pay for stunning scenery so we didn’t mind the mini hike involved each day. Unfortunately the experience was somewhat tainted by our time at our campsite. We chose to stay at the Young Village for people aged 17 – 27, as there was a slight discount in price, I would urge you to spend the extra money if you can afford it as the campsite was just awful. There seemed to be a complete lack of any communication or organisation amongst the team there, we encountered several problems which were received with shrugs and the response of “It’s not our problem, there’s nothing we can do about it.” But let’s start at the beginning, we arrived at our campsite (which you will need plenty of time and extremely strong detective skills to find) to discover that half the campsite had not been built. We were ushered into a space which we could not choose but at this point it had very little importance to us, it was quite a walk away from any of the “facilities” but again we weren’t too fused. As we were arriving on Thursday and leaving on the Monday we had tickets which allowed us to do a pit walk, as had every single person who arrived to camp on that Thursday, shockingly however, this concept had clearly gone over the heads of our organisers. The entrance from our campsite to the track (which was repeatedly sold as a feature of our campsite) was closed meaning a very long hour and half walk (including crossing a stream!) from Malmedy to La Source. When we enquired as to the best way to get to the pit walk the young village team where extremely unhelpful and after asking three different stewards individually, we managed to piece together a very unclear route. One thing to note, if you are going to spa, make sure you bring a map. There are very little signs or clues as to where you are so a good knowledge of the track is essential. Having trudging back after our long walk that night, there was loud music and merry drinking which was to be expected at the young campsite described as having a “festival atmosphere”, but we found it easy to sleep with some ear plugs ( you will need plenty of these for sleeping and the support races at the track.) Our real problems began when we were woken at 6.00am by workers building a stage behind our tent, this felt a tad unreasonable time to start but it again wasn’t much of our concern. We could not be closer to the entrance which was about 6 meters from our tent and we were directly in line with the sound system and lighting rig. That night (Friday) there was music until three AM. The sound levels for our tent and the surrounding area was unacceptably loud. Both myself and another member of our group work in the theatre industry and are very familiar with loud events, however this was on another level. It was impossible to sleep due to the literal shaking of our tent and if you were not wearing earplugs the sound was physically painful where our tent was located. Similarly there were moving lights which flashed through the tents surrounding the stage and as someone who suffers from light induced migraines this was really rather unpleasant. We tried to remain reasonable and asked if either the music could be dropped a little (at this point my decibel meter was reaching an average of 86) or to move our tent to another part of the campsite. I was met by shrugs and being told “It’s not our event we can’t do anything about it, there is no room to move.” That night we had the number plate from our car ripped off by a presumably drunk member of the audience (who had also attempted to take many other plates on their route back to bed), this has also caused us expensive damage to the car. Bearing in mind our tent and car where so close to the entrance I cannot even begin to understand what the security guard was up to while someone was damaging our car. Once again the next morning I went to speak to a member of team about our number plate being stolen, as we are from Engalnd and finding a replacement for our drive home was going to be difficult. I was told “What do you want me to do about it?” after I was merely asking if anyone handed a number plate because ours had been stolen. We tried to move to another campsite after this as it had become apparent that in our “17 – 27” was not being monitored in anyway as older members from other campsites had moved into ours. However there was no room in any of the other campsites and no where else for us to move without fear of our car getting bogged down in the mud that was causing many drivers to abandon their cars after receiving once again no help from the team. We returned for our second night of hell of what was promised to finish at 3.00am again, however it over ran on the Saturday night meaning that by the time we had to be up for 6.00am to get the track for the race we had had zero sleep. After returning to the campsite on Sunday afternoon we were not surprised to see many people on our campsite choosing to leave that evening rather than staying till the Monday morning. There was no entertainment planned for that evening so we were reassured that we would be able to get some sleep before our very long drive back the next day. However, you guessed it once again we were in for another sleepless night as the campsite was already being dismantled by 18.00 that evening. There was not a campsite representative in sight, but just technicians ripping apart the stage and driving tractors around the site. There was no longer any lighting near the loos making it dangerous and almost impossible to find the steep ledge. Goodness knows what would of happened if there was a fire because there was zero staff to help on our final night. The technicians continued to take down the stage, drive tractors and forklifts past our tent until 4.00am. I like to think we are reasonable people, I won’t go into the standard of the loos, or the lack of hot water in the showers as it is camping for heaven’s sake it’s part of the deal. We also expected loud music and loud people in the young village, we even expected little sleep. But the reluctance of the organisers and the disregard for the people camping was unbelievable. I will be writing to ask for my money back as we expected so much more from what was promised when we bought the tickets, no one should have to go to an event where their health is disregarded or they feel as though they are vulnerable to crime and or an emergency. It really did put some rock bottom lows to what would of otherwise been a fantastic weekend!
29 Aug 2017
Track is amazing, definitely recommend visiting Spa Francorchamps, the crowd and atmosphere is incredible. Facilities and organisation however left much to be desired. Firstly the directions from BookF1 were wrong, then when you eventually find the track, things are only signposted when you are within 2km of the track. utterly useless. Toilets and showers at the young village campsite were unusable after 2 days and there was nowhere near enough to cater for the amount of people at the site. As expected, people play loud music and maybe we were just unlucky but it was rubbish bass music. Seems we missed the memo for a bass competition. Overall unfortunately the facilities and organisation overshadowed what was a great weekend track-wise. I recommend you stay in another campsite (although I wouldnt know which was best!)
28 Aug 2017
The hole week end was fantastic, the trackside viewing was very good the atmosphere was electric, the only moan we all would all have (party of 6) was not enough shower or tiolet facilaties on the young village camp site, and they was not kept clean at all but i would go again for sure
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