BRITISH MOTOGP 2017BRITISH MOTOGP 2017
25 27 AUG

DESTINATION & TOURISM

Key Facts, International Travel, and Things to Do

    Background

    Silverstone is a beautiful, sleepy village in the countryside of the East Midlands. Originally one of the larger Royal Air Force bases during World War Two, locals started racing around the airport service roads as early as 1948. The first race was dubbed the "Mutton Grand Prix" after a driver struck a sheep on the circuit mid-race. Sure enough, after the race he drove to the local farm and insisted on paying the farmer for the lost animal.

    Silverstone Circuit has always been dubbed the home of British motorsport, and it's hard to argue when it's in the heart of Motorsport Valley - a string of towns and cities through the area who are the home of so many related teams, manufactures and other associated business around the business. Even today, you'll find the Red Bull Racing, AMG Mercedes, Sahara Force India and Haas team factories just a stone's throw from the circuit.

    In the proximity of Silverstone are three local towns, each with something different to offer. The local town of Towcester is a traditional countryside town, whilst Northampton is an old manufacturing town, which used to produce most of the nations shoes for many centuries. The City of Milton Keynes is modern and metropolitan, with a very unique and particular style in architecture. Originally a new town, which is celebrating it's 50th year in 2017, there has been a huge influx of big business that means the amenities and entertainment around it have rushed to catch up.

    • Language: English
    • Currency: British Pound Sterling (GBP)
    • Time Zone: BST (GMT+0100)

    International Travel

    The nearest international airports to Silverstone are London Luton and Birmingham East Midlands. Both are in close proximity to the M1, which makes for easy transfer to the circuit.

    The Eurostar provides a fast service from either Lyon, Paris or Lille to London. The direct line from Paris to London takes just 2hrs 30mins. For reservations, visit the Eurostar website.

    Accommodation

    For more information on where to stay and accommodation, check out our dedicated Accommodation page.

    Things To Do

    If you are planning to arrive in the Silverstone area ahead of the start of the MotoGP weekend, you can find plenty of activities to keep you entertained. If you are a motorsport enthusiast, you can check if any of the Formula 1 teams based in this area are offering tours of their factories. However, if you are looking for alternative activities you can choose from the following:

    • Going lama trekking at Catanger Farm in Towcester;
    • Enjoying family fun session at Towcester Centre for Leisure;
    • Learning about Roman history in this area at Towcester Museum;
    • Discovering wildlife at Stowe Landscape Gardens;
    • Learning about the history of Britain's canals at The Canal Museum in Stoke Bruerne;
    • Attending a karting event at Whilton Mill in Daventry.

    If the above activities around Silverstone are not of your taste, you can venture into the nearby bigger centres such as Northampton and Milton Keynes where you will find many more things to do. Alternatively, you can also choose to visit London, which certainly will not disappoint you with the wide range of entertainment on offer.

    Weather

    As traditional with British weather, it can be quite changeable in the area around Silverstone, and it's not unusual to meet several seasons in one day.

    On average, this time of year is mild with temperatures around or just below 20 degrees centigrade. Beware an overcast sky at Silverstone, as the crosswinds that made it such a favourable airbase can make you feel cooler than it is - so sun and rain protection are as important as each other.

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