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Now taking bookings for Welsh Laning & Social weekend. 10/2/2018

By on November 10, 2017

Wales Laning and Social Weekends
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Wales Laning and Social Weekends were started in 2012 at the request of the Defender 2 forum and have always been fully booked, just see what previous attendees have to say about the 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017 trips. The all inclusive day, is centred around the beautiful Metropole Hotel in the Victorian town of Llandrindod Wells, both of which are popular tourist destinations. Priced at £240, this includes bed and breakfast for 2, access to the hotels facilities including the Rock Spa Pool and gym from 1pm onwards, a meal for 2 at our Saturday night group evening meal, where you can discuss the plans for the next days greenlaning. For those arriving early or looking for something different, there is plenty to do in Llandrindod Wells such as the strolling around the lake, a great place for an early Sunday morning dog walk.The Laning takes place on Sunday and is centred around the Elan Valley, home of six dams that were built over 100 years a go to supply Birmingham with fresh water. The day starts at 9.30pm with a briefing in the hotel carpark, then at 10am two groups of six set of following a carefully planned 100 mile’ish route devised by Mark Morgan, our in house route planner. Weather permitting the route takes in some of Wales’ more famous routes including Strata Florida.

We typically run one public Wales Laning day in February, the date published on the diary page or on a “as requested” basis. To book a place, or if you want to arrange a Wales Laning Day, have questions about the requirements, or just want to find out whether they are for you please do not hesitate to contact us. A maximum of 12 vehicles can attend a day, so we suggest you book early to secure your place. The days are open to all makes of vehicle, all Terrain tyres are recommended. Vehicles must be MOT’d Taxed and insured for use on the public highway.

Axial Racing & FTX RC Cars support The Big Outdoors 2017

By on February 28, 2017

Axial the famous RC Crawler manufacturer will be joining The Big Outdoors! once again in 2017. Enthusiasts will be able to take a look at their latest offerings on our purpose made RC Crawlers track. Joining Axial in 2017 is FTX who also make a range of Radio Controlled cars. We will also have a couple of their models to use on the course. Attendees at The Big Outdoors! are encouraged to bring their own scalers to use at the event, You can be assured there will be a host of fun and games for kids young and old when these mini top fuelers are out in force! Check out the video below from previous events:

Boundary TEC UK return to support The Big Outdoors! 2017

By on February 27, 2017


We’d like to make a warm welcome to the return of Boundary Tec UK to The Big Outdoors! 2017. Tim and his team will be onsite in May to talk to you alll about his innovative overlanding products including that super awesome compact camping shower that he sells.

West Coast Off Road continue their support for The BigOutdoors!

By on February 24, 2017


We’re really pleased to announce that the guys at West Coast Off-Road are once again supporting The Big Outdoors! in 2017. Paul and Tom have been with us since the start and we welcome them back on board once again. West Coast Offroad are famous within the 4×4 world for creating some bullet proof overland vehicles, and are well known as rally raid competitors both on motorbike or by car. Why not click on the logo above and see what they can do for you?

Here’s a brief outline of the company:

After many years of vehicle maintenance and tyre supply, in 1987 Tony Lundstrom founded West Coast Off Road Centre.  He recognised that there was a real need to cater for the maintenance, modification and preparation of specialist 4×4 vehicles.  The business was an immediate success mainly due to Tony’s diligence to customer service and his philosophy of building long term relationships.  A year later through a chance meeting with Tom Jacob of IronMan 4X4,  WestCoast became the main UK importer  of Iron Man suspension and accessories.

Whilst Tony was concentrating on running the business, his two sons were growing up with spanners in their hands.  In 2010, driven by their passion for offroading and a life around 4×4 vehicles, Paul and Tom took over the business.  It continues to go from strength to strength and now employs a number of staff whilst catering to the four wheel drive market.

Whether you use your four wheel drive in which to compete in winch challenge events, or for overland travel, greenlaning, shooting or indeed any activity where a four wheel drive is required, the team at West Coast provides specialist advice and support to help you get the absolute best from your vehicle.  Whether that means a restoration,  overland preparation, performance modification and anything in between, West Coast has built it’s reputation on strong customer service and vehicle-specific expertise.  Talk to us about how we can help you.

Superpro bushes return to support The Big Outdoors! 2017

By on February 9, 2017

We are really pleased to welcome back Superpro bushes as a supporter of The Big Outdoors! Superpro have been with us since the start, here’s a little more inforation about them:


Why SuperPro?

SuperPro Europe Ltd. is the sole distributor of SuperPro’s full range of Polyurethane Suspension Bushes, manufactured by the Fulcrum suspension company of Australia, throughout the UK and Europe.

Our products can also be used in applications where the vehicle is intended for use in extreme conditions, including various forms of motorsport:

  • 4×4
  • Racing
  • General Off Roading
  • Rallying (stage & Historic)
  • Spring & hill Climbs
  • Circuit Racing
  • Drifting
  • Auto Testing and Track Days

Replacing your car rubber suspension bushes with SuperPro Polyurethane Suspension Bushes will give you:

  • Better road holding
  • Constant steering geometry
  • Increased tyre life
  • More responsive steering
  • Longer service life of suspension components

Products are constantly tested and re-engineered on their own vehicle fleet, customers’ vehicles in the UK, Europe and around the world, as well as a conducting a continuous program of cyclic testing on specifically-designed test equipment.

With our extensive range of superior quality bushes, we don’t just sell Polyurethane Suspension Bushes; we provide complete solutions to suspension and steering problems.

Nick Watts will be returning with his imformative “Field repairs” workshop in 2017

By on February 5, 2017

wattsNick Watts (pictured left) is well known within our circles and he will be on hand to discuss the finer points of “In the field repairs” whilst at The Big Outdoors October 26-28 May 2017. Jame Trembath caught up with Nick and asked a few questions:

1. What do you do for your normal job and how did you get into it?

 Day to day I work as a modern blacksmith, we make everything from gates and railings to structural steelwork.  Blacksmiths were always ready to embrace new technology to make their lives easier, that hasn’t changed.  We use some of the latest computer controlled cutting equipment and work in almost all materials.

 2. How did the whole improvisation thing come about?

 I spent several years competing in “Winch Challenge” competitions, pushing the limits of the vehicle and my co-driver to the edge.  Occasionally beyond the limit in the most precarious positions imaginable.  We have had to repair almost everything on the car at one point or other and you couldn’t hope to carry all the kit you need for a proper repair.  Needs must!

3. You obviously love what you do and are very good at it, whats the best improvised solution that’s helped you out of a pickle in the past?

 My favourite repair was a broken steering rod, splinted back together with the pin from a shackle and welded from the vehicle battery while perched on a rock in a (running) river bed.

 4. What do you think will be the star attraction from your demonstration at The Big Outdoors in May?

 I’m hoping for a good demonstration of battery welding, I hope that everybody will come away with something they hadn’t seen before.

 5. If you could name key elements that people should consider when by the road fault finding/fixing what would they be?

Safety – Consider your surroundings, it’s no good fixing the tyre, drive shaft, fuel line or whatever if you get killed by traffic or trapped under the car!

Break the problem down into it’s elements, engine won’t run, what does it need to run?  Fuel. Electric. Air. check each element separately, stick to one element until you’re sure it isn’t the problem then move on.

Sacrifice – If you need to cut your new winch rope to get to civilisation, do it!  Ropes can be replaced in civilisation.

You can learn more from Nick at the event in May. See you there!

Goodwinch support the Big Outdoors

By on February 6, 2016

Goodwinch pecialist suppliers of Winches. Our extensive range of winches includes electric winches, Small Winches, Commercial Winches, Hand Winches, Winches for 4 x 4, AC Capstan Winches, Portable Electric Winches, Radio & Lighting Tower Winches, Winches for Vehicle Recovery Operators, Trailer Winches, Winches for car transporters, Portable Electric Winches and Petrol Portable Twin Capstan Winches as well as hydraulic winches, high quality tow ropes, spares and services, winching accessories and replacement motors. (more…)