At its simplest, the Twin Town Challenge is a fun charity car rally. Teams buy a £500 banger and pimp their ride however they like. Then over a long weekend in May they take an epic road trip.
The route goes from Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire to Witney's twin town, Le Touquet in northern France. Along the way you'll take on challenges and the occasional lap of a circuit. The event is in aid of SpecialEffect – a charity focused on improving the lives of the physically disabled.
We arrange a series of fun events and challenges before the main event to help you get in the spirit and meet your fellow Twin Towners. These will see you rubbing shoulders with celebrities, stoking team rivalries and having great fun.
The big jamboree is in Le Touquet itself, where our French compatriots throw a street party extravagaza. Expect live bands, fine French food and flowing drinks to help you toast your successful trip!
On our return to Merry England, afternoon tea and an awards ceremony round off a fantastic, fun weekend. All in aid of a great cause.
"Really great fun, with great people and all for a great cause. I'd do it again tomorrow!"
Established in 2014, the Twin Town Challenge takes place every two years. To date the event has raised over £850,000 for SpecialEffect. Twin Town 2020 is the final event and we hope to take the fundraising total to over £1m! for SpecialEffect.
Organised by Brendon Cross, the event attracts teams from a wide range of backgrounds. In previous years we have seen teams from West Oxfordshire businesses, the games industry and some of the world's top tech firms, but all are welcome.
"Epic road trip. Enormous fun AND raising funds for fantastic charity"
Keep an eye on the events page for fundraising opportunities and get-togethers in the build up to the main event. Make sure you get the most out of Twin Town by reading our Twin Town 2020 Checklist to make sure you’re ready for the weekend itself and read about how your team can maximise the fundraising (link to fundraising blog) side of Twin Town Challenge.
Check out the proposed itinerary to get a flavour of what the Twin Town Challenge 2020 will offer.
To take part in the Twin Town Challenge 2020 you'll need to enter your team. There is a registration fee of £995 for each team which is payable at the point of registration.
Once you've entered you'll receive full details of what's required, but here's an outline: