Car, truck and bus festivals to watch out for in 2016

Whether you’re passionate about cars, in love with trucks, or simply enjoy seeing the great range of designs, modifications and events that occur at vehicle festivals – the truth is that here at The Vehicle Wrapping Centre, we love them too!

With that in mind, here is a quick break down of some of the best car, truck and bus festivals in the coming year:

National Kit Car Motor Show: 1-2 May

Stoneleigh Park, Royal Showground

Kit Car

Taking place on the May Bank Holiday Weekend, The National Kit Car Motor Show takes place every year and is officially the largest kit car show in the world.

Featuring over 4,000 cars, 400 trade stands and over 200 club stands, if you’ve ever fancied having a stab at building your own kit car, this is definitely the place to get inspiration.

Prices start at £15 on the door for a day pass, but for those who fancy camping, prices are £30 for those entering without a kit car and £5 for those with one (or £20 for the passenger of a kit car).

Goodwood Festival of Speed: 23-16 June

Goodwood House, West Sussex


First opening in 1993, the Goodwood Festival of Speed is one of the most celebrated car shows in Europe, with 150,000 people attending every year.

Featuring the famous “Hill Climb”, with an elevation change of 92.7 metres, for an average gradient of 4.9%, the course is the Festival of Speed’s principle attraction.

Aside from sports cars, the event is also scheduled outside of the Formula 1 season so that both cars, teams and drivers can attend the event.

For those who fancy something a little different, the event also welcomes and showcases a small selection of aircraft, with recent planes including the Daher Socata TMB 900, Pilatus PC 12, and the Beechcraft Baron.

Like many festivals, the price of tickets vary depending on the activity or length of time that you want to spend at Goodwood.

General weekend admission for an adults costs £147, though packages are available for families and other activities.

Car Fest North: 29-31 July

Bolesworth, Cheshire

Car Fest North

The Northerly cousin to Car Fest South, Car Fest North is a feast of entertainment that is to take place during the last weekend of July and is organised in aid of Children in Need.

With ticket prices varying from £64 (one day adult ticket), right up to £589 (VIP family ticket with camping), you can be sure to find a ticket, and budget, that suits you.

The festival is expected to be attended by no less than 18 owners clubs including the Delorian Club, Aston Martin Owners Club, Ariel Atom Owners Club and the Ferrari Owners’ Club of Great Britain.

Aside from the usual races, rides, track sprints and stunt schools (ok, that’s not so usual), the festival also hosts a super impressive line-up with The Corrs, ABC, Billy Ocean, Bryan Adams, James Morrison and KT Tunstall set to take to the stage throughout the weekend.

Buses Festival: 21 August

Heritage Motor Centre, Gaydon

A smaller event for the whole family, Buses Festival takes place every august and is enjoyed by over 2,000 people.

It features vintage, restored, and modern buses and coaches from a variety of different firms, counties and makes.

Aside from lines of beautiful vehicles, guests are also encouraged to take trips on one of the many free rides if the pull of the many shops and traders are not enough to get the adrenaline going.

Details of the forthcoming event shall be released early in 2016.

BUSFEST: 9-11 September

The Three Counties Showground, Malvern

A Volkswagen camper van sits in a summer field. Image taken by Andrew Poynton.
Image by Andrew Poynton (2015)

Taking place in an area of outstanding natural beauty, BUSFEST is the largest VW Transporter show in the world and has been running every summer since 1994.

Attracting not just VW fans from the UK, the festival enjoys large contingents of camper enthusiasts from Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands and France.

With a range of events taking place throughout the weekend, including club displays, show and shine competitions, obstacle courses and indoor and outdoor displays, there’s something each day for every member of the family.

Alongside the buses, each year hosts a range of live music performances, with past artists including Bad Manners, The Drifters, Right Said Fred, Showaddywaddy and Slade.

Day tickets can be bought on the day of the event.

Truckfest Northwest: 17-18 September

Cheshire Showground, Knutsford

Part of the largest truck festival in Europe, TruckFest Northwest is but one of eight Truckfest locations taking place throughout the UK in 2016.

Established in 1982, the festival enjoys a range of trade stands, food, musical entertainment, rides and camping.

Tickets for adults start at £55 on the day but you can pre-order them with the forthcoming 2016 website.