Lotus in the Peak 2019 takes place over the weekend of 21st to 23rd June 2019. The event has a similar format to previous years and for the main event on Sunday 23rd returns to the attractive grassed picnic area at the Peak Rail site near Rowsley.
The best way to enjoy LitP is to make a long weekend of it and enjoy the Peak District to the full as follows:
The weekend starts at 7pm on the evening of Friday 21st with a Lotus pub meet and club barbeque at the Charles Cotton Hotel in Hartington. The Charles Cotton is a charming pub in a picture perfect Peak District village and for early bookings rooms are available with a pre-negotiated LitP discount! Of course other hotels, B&Bs and campsites to suit all budgets are available in the immediate area. For example, Hartington Hall (YHA), Hartington Cottages, Bank House Guest House, Bank House Farm Campsite, Alstonefield Manor B&B, Hulme End Campsite, The Manifold Inn Hotel, to name but just a few.
Saturday is a free day to do as you please - the Peak District is a very popular tourist destination so there is plenty to do and see. Take a walk through the glorious countryside and have well deserved pub lunch, or visit one of the many local tourist attractions such as Chatsworth House and Gardens, Bakewell with its lovely riverside walk, shops and cafes, Castleton and its show caves, Haddon Hall, Matlock Bath etc. If all this sounds a bit too energetic for you then simply take your Lotus out for a drive and then a wash and polish ready for Sunday. Round off a perfect day at a pub meet with fellow Lotus owners.
On Sunday the main event begins with a guided Lotus run through the beautiful and spectacular Peak District. There are three routes to choose from, each with a different start point and of different length. Routes are carefully designed with the benefit of local knowledge to make the most of the best roads that the Peak District has to offer. Cars are split up into small manageable groups of 10 or less cars, each group having its own group leader. An early morning start ensures that the roads are as clear as possible so that you can enjoy the drive without the nuisance of dawdling traffic. Once on the move a tried and tested run format means that you can not lose your way and that you drive at your own comfortable pace. All runs and groups converge around mid-morning for a sociable breakfast stop, at which point Lotus drivers not booked on a run are welcome to join us.
After a delicious bacon butty (or similar!) it's time to gather everyone together for the Grand Procession. Up to 150 Lotus cars make their way along public roads the short distance to Peak Rail at Rowsley, where the private 'Lotus only' parking awaits. If you do not wish to take part in a run or the procession we would still be delighted to welcome you into the Lotus only parking from 10.30am onwards. If you have friends or family attending in an 'ordinary' car there is also plenty of additional free parking close by on the Peak Rail site. Peak Rail is a working heritage railway that runs regular steam trains from Rowsley to Matlock so some members of your party may decide to take a return trip on the train and have a quick look around Matlock, a pretty Derbyshire market town just 30 minutes train ride away.
At the show & picnic site the Lotus cars are informally parked around the club marquee and amongst the various trade stands. The site is a large, flat grassed area with more than enough space for all of the cars, picnics, chatting, and general chilling out! A gourmet picnic lunch is available to pre-book or of course you can bring your own or buy sandwiches, tea, coffee etc from the station cafe. You can place your vote for the 'Car of the Day' competition, activities and a quiz are organised for any children attending and the popular LitP raffle with a host of impressive prizes is drawn on the day.
To sum up a great day and a fantastic weekend with your Lotus- we look forward to you joining us for Lotus in the Peak 2019!