CarFest Preview

July always plays host to some of the best summer occasions; my birthday, the six-week school holidays and the start of CarFest. I’m not going to babble on about turning 24 and I certainly don’t want to upset any parents by mentioning the fact that the kids are off for the next six weeks, so lets talk about CarFest.

CarFest is now heading into its fourth year after years of success raising money for Children In Need each year. The event combines cars and music for a weekend of activities not just for car and music fans but even the family. This year’s event is no different.

Both CarFest North, which is hosted in Cheshire from the 31st July-2nd August, and CarFest South, hosted in Hampshire from the 28th-30th August, both have a number of activities with the focus on fun for all the family.

Children can get behind the wheel at a Kids’ Driving School hosted by, where they can drive go-karts, jeeps and kiddie quads and maybe get some form of future discount on insurance. (I made that last part up.) Sports fans can take part in Goalfest to show off their scoring skills in football, rugby, hockey and netball and there is even a summer camp where you can learn magic tricks and basket weaving.

CarFest is being topped of with a beach this year as tonnes of sand has been brought to both venues to create the location for a potential impromptu extreme sandcastle building competition and obviously somewhere to relax.

Music artists set to feature at CarFest North include Primal Scream performing on the 31st July, Joss Stone, Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott of Beautiful South fame on 1st August and Will Young on 2nd August. If you’re closer down south like myself you will be treated to Jools Holland on 28th August, Paloma Faith on the 29th August and Take That closing this years event on the 30th August.

Other artists set to perform at both events are Boomtown Rats, Seasick Steve, Scouting for Girls, Level 42, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Texas, Midge Ure and The Feeling.

Formula 1 cars, touring cars, rally cars, super cars,  classic cars and even dragsters will be setting the event alight as well as some of Chris Evans’ very own car collection.

If you put the Goodwood Festival of Speed, Reading Festival, Brighton beach on a perfect summers day, the Waterloo Food Festival and some form of fun fair into a blender you would get CarFest and I’m not sure about you but that gives me a reason to get myself to one of these events.

For more information on CarFest and to look into pinching the final few tickets visit here.

By James Fothergill

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