National Bongo Day

What Is National Bongo Day?

On 8th May 1995 the first Mazda Bongo Friendee rolled off the production line in Japan and we are going to celebrate its 25th anniversary. The weekend of 8th May has been declared a UK public holiday to celebrate VE day, so Sunday 10th is an ideal day for us to get together and raise our glasses to the best camper/MPV still on the road today!

What we have in mind is this. A series of day-meetings will be held around the UK starting mid-morning and running through to mid-afternoon. There will be no formal agenda; it will be an opportunity for Bongo owners and fans to meet up, socialise and have a good old chat. Children and dogs are very welcome!

This is a joint operation between Bongo Fury and the various Facebook groups. Membership is not required to attend one of the events and everyone attending will receive a souvenir sticker free of charge. No booking is required……just turn up!

Event organisers will also receive a free gift as a sign of Bongo Fury’s appreciation.

Interested in attending? Then see the full list of planned events below. Interested in organizing an event? Then see bottom of this page.


Where Are The Events Being Held?

South Yorkshire/North Derbyshire Area Meeting @ Millhouses Park (Main Car Park), Abbeydale Road South, Sheffield S7 2QQ. From 10.30 until 3.30. Dog walks, skateboard park, kiddies cycle routes, peddalo hire, woodland exploration, adventure playground, cafeteria, dog/child friendly pub with food. Car parking charge approximately 50p per hour. More information contact ian@bongofury.co.uk.

Scotland West Coast Area/Ayrshire Meeting @ Irvine Beach Park (Beach Drive Car Park), Beach Drive, Irvine KA12 8PP. From 10.30 until 3.30. Tea and biscuits on arrival. Dog friendly sandy beach/dunes, boating lake, cafe & toilets nearby, Ship Inn for Sunday lunch. Car parking charge may apply. More information contact Murray on chevrover@googlemail.com


Who Can Attend?

Anyone! You don’t need to be a member of Bongo Fury or any of the Facebook groups. You don’t even need to own a Bongo. All events are free (unless indicated above) and dogs and children are welcome. No need to book…..you just turn up!


How To Organize An Event

Identify a Venue

A good location for an event like this is a large public open space with vehicular access. A promenade by a beach is good. Or perhaps a country park or local recreation ground. Even a shopping centre. Pub car parks are a good idea too. Some events were also held on private land. It’s difficult to know in advance how many people will attend but assume between 10 and 30 Bongos.

Activities & Refreshments

Although it’s not essential, your venue should be child and dog friendly. Is there somewhere nearby to get a cup of tea, a sandwich or a Sunday lunch? Is there something for the kids to do while the adults talk about Bongos? What happens if it rains? And, importantly, is there disabled access?

Geographical Spread

Once you have chosen a potential venue take a few moments to double check that someone hasn’t already organized a meeting nearby. The full list can be found above.

Getting Permission

If you are holding a meeting on a public space it is not always necessary to obtain permission. But you should ensure that no obstructions are caused to public rights of way. If you intend holding a meeting in a pub car park or country park or on private land you need to obtain permission from the landowner or manager.

Keeping a Master List

Once you have arranged your meeting you should send the following information to Bongo Fury by email (ian@bongofury.co.uk). We will then post this on the National Bongo Day page on the Bongo Fury website and add it to the forthcoming events on the relevant Facebook group pages. You should send the following information:

  • Organisers Name & Postal Address
  • Email Address
  • Mobile Number
  • Event Location (full address and postcode)
  • Start & Finish Times
  • Brief Description of Event (including any parking/entrance fees & facilties)

Organiser’s Pack

We will then send you further information 2 weeks before the event

Any Questions?

Either email us at ian@bongofury.co.uk, send a text or Whatsapp to 07932844321, PM Ian Maynard via Facebook, or phone the office on 0114-2550836.