Derbyshire Vape (Formerly V Vapour), South Normanton. February 2019

We travel all over the UK in the trusty Vapouround bus, meeting countless vapers and converting smokers along the way. But there’s nothing quite like playing on home turf, particularly when it means weaving through the picturesque streets of Derbyshire to get to Derbyshire Vape in South Normanton.

The shop first opened its doors in 2015 and soon became the go-to resource for a growing community of vapers and speculative smokers considering making the life-changing switch to e-cigarettes. The shop stocks everything from juices and mods to replacement glass and coils.

With owner Michaela looking after us, we set up shop and waited for the first customers of the day to arrive.

It’s very hard for pedestrians to pass the bus without having a good look at it, so it wasn’t long before the broad spectrum of the community began to drop by to see what we were all about. Some tried the juices and asked questions, others took that important first step of swapping their cigarettes for a starter kit.

One of the most rewarding aspects of travelling on the bus is listening to the stories from people whose lives have been changed by vaping. Derbyshire Vape was no exception.

Among the stories, the team chatted with 58-year-old, Anne Cooper.

Anne jumped on the vape train six-and-a-half years ago, which, in the relatively short history of vaping, makes her an earlier convert to the technology.

Anne had smoked for more than 30 years, practically half her life. She finally found an alternative that would see her ditch cigarettes for good. She now counts herself as one of the shop’s many regulars, popping by every week to stock up on supplies.

Another hectic leg of the Vapouround bus tour drew to a close, giving us pause to reflect on how vaping continues to change the lives of countless former-smokers in our local community.

Back to the 80s and 90s Festival, Leicestershire, August 10-12 2018

 

We had such a fantastic festival weekend at the Derbyshire Sausage and Cider Festival with James Dean Events in July that we decided to team up with the Midlands-based events company once more.

A three-day triumph for the bus and the local community, Back to the 80s and 90s Fest proved that nostalgia is in, but anyone’s habits can change. We introduced every kind of attendee – from 18 to 65 plus – to vaping.

The addition of ADV Distro allowed us to introduce new vapers to products beyond a starter kit which they could buy.

The best thing about this festival was the lack of cigarettes available for purchase, meaning there was only one place to go when smokers ran out and the nicotine cravings hit!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I Love Vapes, Southampton, August 24 2018

Sometimes, the clue really is in the name. From its setup to its marketing, I Love Vapes went all out in helping us bring vaping to those who really needed it. This date saw us in a beautifully maintained shop which has built a devoted following. The efforts of owner Jas has had both the bus and shop packed all day. One outstanding visitor we had was a man on a mobility scooter turning in his cigarettes for a starter kit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lincoln Market, August 18 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our visit to Lincoln Market gave us the chance to do more than we normally do via the Vapouround Bus. Riot Squad, blu and Premier E-Cigs accompanied us in a busy marketplace.

It’s never too late to learn something new in the vape industry, and sharing this space with such distinguished brands proved that.

In a high footfall area, we saw many people who had never been properly exposed to a vaping company before. Premier E-Cigs even provided some additional entertainment, challenging visitors with games. As always, we were ready to answer questions, provide goody bags and talk smokers through their first starter kit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The British Vape Company, Bournemouth, August 25 2018

The British Vape Company, Bournemouth, August 25
There’s no where better than a bustling high street to do business. And where better than Bournemouth? Hosts Matt and Tatiana at The British Vape Company proved how well they have cultivated relationships with the locals, as smokers and non-smokers alike braved some adverse weather conditions  to get their fill of the shop and the Vapouround bus. This day saw families changed, with one young woman taking a starter kit for her stepdad. Matt and Tatiana even provided some of their own manufactured liquids on the day. We’ll be back!

A natural hotspot of both dedicated vapers and smokers who have yet to make the switch, we were exposed to the best examples of what the industry can do for communities.

 

Refax Vapes, Queensway, August 4 2018

Shop manager Cheryl Yee hosted us on a beautiful sunny day on a busy high street providing perfect public exposure.

An overwhelming majority of those we engaged were non-vapers having their first experience with our smoking cessation service. Even vapers who visited us left the bus determined to help get their friends and relatives off cigarettes.

Inside the shop, we learned that Refax has connected extremely well with the local vaping community and everyone involved was happy to help grow it that day.

Derbyshire Sausage & Cider Music Festival & Country Show

Blue skies, floral headpieces, foot-long hot dogs and fifteen thousand people surrounding the Vapouround Bus made for the perfect summer weekend in the Derbyshire countryside.

We set off on Friday afternoon to Walton-Upon-Trent to see where the Vapouround Bus was going to be in position at the festival and boy did we get a good spot. Parked front and centre between the main stage and the prosecco and cocktail bar, the bus basked in the 30C heat, the colours and wrap fitting in perfectly with the festival vibe.

On arrival at the festival, the Vapouround Bus stood out as the first thing people saw on entry.

Despite the heat, more and more festival goers made headway for the bus each day, as word spread of the test stations on board. It also worked in our favour that the bus provided welcome breaks in the shade while party folk kept in view and earshot of the stage for fear of missing out.

Friday evening, an estimated four thousand people blew off some steam as the work week came to an end. From the top deck of the bus we could see the boho boutique tipis set up in the back field. The mood was mellow and the vibe relaxed as a George Michael tribute act officially opened the weekend.

By the next morning, the festival crowd had multiplied like we had never anticipated – the tips of the tipis could hardly be seen. It grew so busy on Saturday afternoon as an estimated eight thousand people arrived on the scene to soak up the sun. The Vapouround Bus hosted a hen party of smokers and former smokers on Saturday afternoon who were desperate not to smoke over the weekend, so we introduced them to e-cigarettes for the first time. The next day, the bride returned looking for more juice.

We met a group of friends in their 20s donning their finest Hawaiian shirts who had tried vaping and a couple of them said they dual use mixing smoking and vaping. After a quick penalty shootout by the side of the bus, several members of the group said they were curious and wanted to know more. With starter kits on offer and friendly advice from the team about what would suit their specific needs, they were much more open to trying every flavour and complimented the bus team for being there when needed, before leaving with their weekend vape supply.

On Sunday, there was a sense of it being the morning after the night before as tired-looking revellers were slow to rise. An older crowd descended on Catton Hall with deck chairs and picnic blankets in tow by the afternoon and this crowd, although smaller at roughly three thousand people, seemed quite familiar with vaping and made for the bus throughout the day.
Due to there not being anywhere on site where cigarettes could be purchased, more and more full-time and social smokers were glad to try vaping over the weekend. With such a vast array of flavours to try on board, there was something for everyone and we left happy knowing we might have just helped someone quit smoking for good.

The Vapouround Bus is excited for its next summer festival already! Keep an eye on the website for dates and details.

Vaper Expo UK: May 4-6 2018

True to our promise, the Vapouround Bus pulled into the Birmingham expo in May in a shining new wrap, filled out with a comfortable seating area, some fantastic new juices, a fresh internal layout and even a gaming system. Visitors took every opportunity to catch a break from the sounds and speed of the show floor to socialise, swap tips, top up on and indulge their competitive side.

The Vapouround Bus had never held more juices, never provided more unique features and never seen so many visitors in a single weekend. Even the comparatively calm B2B day had the team going all hands on deck. At peak B2C hours, we saw queues of eager vapers waiting to see what we had added or experience the Vapouround Bus for the first time.

Just as the Vaper Expo brings a perfect cross-section of British and global vapers to its halls, the Vapouround Bus is the perfect stop for a diverse snapshot. The reinvigorated upstairs area bore new evidence of Vapouround as a global brand and the expo as representing a worldwide family: Vape Duty Free had hired the space to display a special range of cosmopolitan concoctions inviting all aboard to “Vape the flavours of the world” from some quality mods placed on a printed map. Vape Duty Free also provided the first six instalments of the already acclaimed Fifty Shades of Flava collection, an ambitious project combining fruit, dessert and spice flavours.

But, as always, all this is nothing without our guests, who are our main motivation to improve with every outing.

Jonathan, an ex-smoker and vaper of three years, was one of many who got to see the bus for the first time. “You’ve definitely got to come to the bus, it’s a must-see stop. The testing stations are a great way to sample everything.”

Carl, a vaper of nine years, thought he had seen it all in the industry until he found the Vapouround Bus last October. He was one of many returning to see what else we had for May.

“I started way back on the cig-a-likes and I haven’t smoked since switching to a mod. Everyone here is really inviting, really friendly and very informative about the liquids and stations.”

Tony first came to the Vapouround Bus in October with his nephew and was particularly impressed with the Vapouround staff. He also had his eye on a certain liquid brand.

“We came here all the way from Maidstone in Kent. It is different this time, there’s more people around to help and offer advice, and more to do. It’s good to see the return of Naked Fish liquids.”

Whether on the road taking starter kits and testing stations to dual users, relapsed vapers and smokers, or giving dedicated vapers a place to relax and try something special, the Vapouround Bus can do it all.