A unique mix of high octane motoring madness, music, food and family fun, CarFest was founded by former Top Gear presenter, Radio 2 DJ and all-round automobile addict Chris Evans in 2012. It's set in the gorgeous Hampshire surroundings of Laverstoke Park Farm, aptly owned by 1979 Formula 1 World Champion Jody Scheckter. Unusually, it’s a festival where there’s as much excitement in seeing classic cars take on the Hill Climb as there is rocking to musical headliners such as Kaiser Chiefs or sampling the food of celebrity chef James Martin. With the festival boasting the enthusiastic atmosphere of an outdoor TFI Friday, and with proceeds going to BBC Children In Need, Evans has hit upon another winning formula.
How to get there
It might sound strange to get the train to a carfest, but it makes perfect sense. Less than an hour from London, Overton and Micheldever train stations are both about 3 miles from the festival site – book a taxi in advance from Overton station or Micheldever to be sure of onward travel. It's also a good idea to make train bookings in advance to get the cheapest train tickets.
Do check train times, though – the major station upgrade works at Waterloo will be affecting trains and timetables over much of the network. Be sure to check your train times before you set out.
What to expect
If you’re considering taking the family to sample that special festival atmosphere for the first time, then CarFest is definitely the place to start. It has a genuinely diverse range of attractions across Laverstoke Park Farm, meaning the atmosphere is always inclusive and friendly. In 2017 the chart-topping musical acts range from Sophie Ellis-Bextor to Boy George & the Culture Club, Jools Holland to The Jacksons, while the automobile attractions to swoon over in-clude Ferraris, Porches and Jaguars competing in track sprints, while there’s classic cars in the Vintage Village.