Festival of the Unexceptional 2021

After a Coronavirus-enforced hiatus in 2020, the Hagerty Festival of the Unexceptional returns in 2021, taking place on Saturday, 31st July at Grimsthorpe Castle in Lincolnshire. 

As ever that means our location will be considerably grander than the vehicles that congregate in front of it, but that of course is the joy of the festival, which celebrates the ordinary, maligned and unloved cars of the 1960s, 70s, 80s and 90s. 

The itinerary for this annual celebration of the ordinary and the mundane is outlined below: 

10am - Event opens

11am - The Concours de l’Ordinaire judging commences

12pm - The Feast of the Unexceptional picnic judging commences

1pm - Best dressed judging commences

2pm - Prizegiving

4pm - Event closes 

2021’s event will be the seventh Concours de l’Ordinaire, and the 16th Century Grimsthorpe Castle’s grounds will allow more space than ever for unexceptional vehicles and a wider range of activities too. With plenty of picnic areas and a new range of food stalls, as well as comfortable seating areas, visitors to the world-famous event will be well catered for. And for more interaction and entertainment, families will be pleased to know there is a children’s play area, and once you’ve taken in all the wonderfully unexceptional metal on show you can unwind with a walk around the castle’s beautiful grounds and gardens. 

Not sure if your car qualifies? There’s an element of discretion as to what constitutes unexceptional here, but if your car, motorcycle or light commercial vehicle was built between 1966 and 1996 that’s a good start. As for the kind of vehicle, think Bluebird rather than Firebird, Marina not Miura, and 309s rather than 308s. 

Children under 12 do not require a ticket. 

date_rangeEvent Details
31st July 2021

Opening Times:
10:00am until 4:00pm

Event contact number
0333 323 1181

Festival of the Unexceptional 2021
Grimsthorpe Castle
PE10 0LY


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