Location: Laverstoke Park Farm, Hampshire
These two sister events, dreamed up by BBC 2 presenter Chris Evans, are what some people might call a superlative summer event for all the family. With a highly successful pairing of cars and music, the programmes are designed to give everyone a rolicking good time – all weekend long. What makes them even better – they are all in the name of charity. Since the beginning, the Carfest events have made over 7 million pounds for BBC Children in Need.
BBC Children in Need is an incredible organisation that takes care of disadvantaged young people across the country. There are thousands of children living in poverty, with debilitating illnesses, neglectful family lives and many other traumatic circumstances. BBC Children in Need provides help and support for them, giving them a chance to live happier, more comfortable lives and inspiring them to get the better of their unfortunate situations.
Carfest North takes place in Cheshire, whilst Carfest South happens in Hampshire just a month later. 2018 will no doubt see a stellar lineup of musicians, chefs and comedians in both locations. Already announced programmes include Bananarama, Jools Holland, The Proclaimers, Billington and Quinn and Rick Astley – with more to come! With just two stages, it’s easy to get to whichever band you want to see – and it means you miss out on less too.
With some of the best cars in the world on display, men, women, boys and girls alike can’t help but take pleasure in the gleaming Ferraris, Lamborghinis and Porsches as they stream on by. Supercars and vintage vehicles are on show to be admired and loved, whilst the Track Sprint show features machines from Chris Evans’ own collection – even Chitty Chitty Bang Bang might make an appearance; if you’re lucky.
Comedian Peter Kay is going to be offering special comedy performances and DJ sets at both events – again, all in aid of BBC Children in Need. Famous authors will be on hand for your dose of literary diversions, whilst celebrity chefs will be doing demonstrations and whipping up extraordinarily delicious food.
There’s masses for kids to do too – including racing on Shetland ponies, (or just watching a camel derby going by), dance lessons, painting, heaps of fancy dress and the ever present, ever cheerful BBC Children in Need mascot Pudsey Bear. Jousting and other medieval exploits may also be explored (adults only we assume), whilst a sponsored rubber duck race is probably worth a watch.
Both Carfest North and South are set in stunning locations in the country – which makes the prospect of camping actually rather pleasant. Especially, of course, if you’re going to it properly and book yourselves a spoiling but well earnt stay in a luxury tent. There’s no doubt about it – it’s heaven. What could beat drifting off to sleep in a memory foam mattress, the stars twinkling up above your crisp canvas cover, and waking up in the fresh air revitalised and ready to go for the next day of festival fun.