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Top 7 motoring festivals for the whole family this summer

The summer is set to play host to a wide range of amazing automotive festivals which bring plenty of thrills and motor-based fun for all the family.

In this blog we recommend seven of our favourite motoring festivals for the whole family to enjoy.

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Custom & Hot Rod Festival (15th June), Beaulieu, Hampshire


A great day out for all the family and one of the biggest custom and hot rod shows in the south of England.

For children, there are dodgems to ride on as well as the wide mixture of cars to enjoy. Tickets also allow entry to the National Motor Museum and World of Top Gear amongst other things, so the trip can be fun and educational as well!

A wealth of live music and entertainment, combined with hundreds of customised classic cars and motorcycles make this a colourful festival to open up our list of great motor festivals this summer.

Cholmondeley Pageant of Power (13-15th June), Cholmondeley


Spread over three days, none other than rock gods Status Quo kick off proceedings at the Cholmondeley Pageant of Power. They are joined by a host of celebrities including Laura Wright and Celeste, which would have quite a few people clamouring for tickets already…and that’s before you even consider the great variety of motor action across air, land and sea the event provides.

With everything from cars and bikes on the track, to jet skis in the water and planes in the sky, there is something for everyone to enjoy over the three days. But come on Dad, it may be Father’s Day the weekend of the festival, but you’ve got to let the kids have their fun too! In that area the Pageant of Power certainly does not disappoint. How about driving mini tanks for example? Don’t worry mum or dad can join in too!

There’s also an adventure rope course, fun fair and whole host of other activities sure to keep the children happy.

Goodwood Festival Of Speed (26-29th June), Chichester

The Goodwood Festival Of Speed promises a dedicated family area as well as kids only exclusives. For example, the festival will have designated areas for children to obtain autographs from celebrities.

Similarly, the festival also boosts dedicated viewing areas for children too, ensuring they get a great view of the action without any lanky adults obscuring their view!

The festival will see none other than current F1 drivers Kimi Räikkönen of Ferrari, and Jenson Button of McLaren, as well as many more familiar faces in attendance, as well as a host of events and races with plenty to do for adults too!

It is worth noting tickets for this particular festival are only available if you pre-order however, to order now to avoid the disappointment of being turned down at the gate.

Norwich Motor Show (19-20th July), Costessey, Norwich


This festival has been an annual event since 2008, raising money for a number of good causes each year as it is operated on a non-profit making basis.

This year, East Anglian Air Ambulance and East Anglian Children’s Hospice at Quidenham will benefit equally between all the profits raised by the event.

These two great causes are reason enough to attend already, but the event is a great day out for children too. Previous highlights have included the original Chitty Chitty Bang Bang car, James Bond vehicles and Daleks in attendance!

There are plenty of other activities for children including rides and amusements and classic festival food like burgers and hotdogs.

As well as plenty of classic cars and bikes, there will also be two shows from the Wildcats Aerobatic Display Team.

CarFest North (1-3rd Aug), Oulton Park, Cheshire


Carfest is all in aid of Children in Need, a noble cause in itself. But, Carfest also has plenty of activities to keep the children entertained throughout the festival.

There’s a Kid’s Driving School, an outdoor play area and a Big Top too. If that wasn’t enough there’s also a book and art tent, showground displaying amazing stunts and displays and stunning air displays which have previously featured the Red Arrows amongst other daredevil pilots.

With hand packed music from DJ Chris Evans and hundreds of cars on display, there’s plenty for the adults too.

What’s more, there’s a whole plethora of delicious food to sink your teeth into too so you won’t go hungry while having plenty of fun at the festival.

CarFest South (22-24th Aug), Laverstoke Park Farm, Hampshire


Carfest South offers everything its sister festival does, just in a different location!

Although tickets are sold out for the event it’s worth checking back in case any become available.

Dunsfold Wings and Wheels (23-24th Aug), Dunsfold Park, Surrey


Wrapping up our epic list of motor festivals for all the family is the Dunsfold Wings and Wheels festival. If you’ve missed out on tickets to Carfest South, this festival will more than compensate.

The website itself has a number of games and activities for children to enjoy, and during the festival itself this fun carries on. There’s a fairground, stunt zone and plenty of shows both on land and in the air to entertain children and adults alike.


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