Last weekend, some 20,000 festival-goers descended on Laverstoke Park Farm, Overton, Hampshire for the first of this year's two CarFest events. And boy, did they have an amazing time!

Chris Evans arrives at CarFest South in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

As I'm sure you already know, CarFest was dreamt up by Radio 2 DJ and all-round good egg Chris Evans, as a fun and exciting way of raising lots of money for BBC Children in Need. And the results - well, they're way beyond even our wildest of expectations.

In fact, it was only five months ago that Chris came up with the idea for CarFest - a two-day family-friendly festival combining high-octane action from an amazing array of racing, classic and supercars, fabulous food plus live music from top bands. And right now we're only just over a week away for this year's second spectacular CarFest event, CarFest North - to be held over the weekend of 8/9 September at Cholmondeley Castle in Cheshire.

“CarFest South done and dusted. And absolutely brilliant!” said Chris this week. 

"Historic fly-pasts overhead, aerobatic displays from The RN and The Blades and The RAF Red Arrows, more fab live music than might be good for one person and the thousands of kids present self-policing the event. It was awesome.

CarFest South 2012

Thank you to the local council, the local constabulary and all those wonderful Overtonians who came along and joined in the fun. And fun that thus far has raised at least £750,000 for BBC Children In Need. I say! We'll done everyone – now bring on CarFest North!"


The packed line-up of exciting events taking place at CarFest North includes:

MUSIC: Texas, Paloma Faith, The Proclaimers, Counterfeit Stones, Razorlight, The Magic Numbers, Merrymouth and Ultimate Eagles

CARS: Chris's own 'Magnificent 7' Ferraris, European Supercars, US Supercars, Far East Supercars, Motorsport, 7 cars worth £1million, Anniversaries, Group B Rally Cars, Historic F1s, Vintage, Celebrities’ cars, Design Classics, Gorgeous and Unusual Collection.

FOOD & FAMILY: Fabulous organic festival food from a wide range of local and national suppliers, the legendary Cakes vs Pies competition, judged by Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood from The Great British Bake-Off, Air Displays, Arena Shows, Hot Air Balloons, Jousting, Fireworks and much much more...

A small number of tickets for CarFest North are still available. Get tickets NOW

Did you go to CarFest South? Why not tell us all about your experiences by leaving a comment below!  Or are you looking forward to CarFest North? What part of the event are you most excited about. Let us know!


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  • Comment number 3. Posted by BBC CiN Paul_Host

    on 4 Sept 2012 10:04

    Hey Jules!

    I've checked with my colleagues and this is what's happening. After CarFest North has taken place this weekend, all remaining merchandise will be put up for sale through the SHOP section of this BBC Children in Need website. We're hoping that we'll have everything arranged towards the end of September, so keep checking back and hopefully you'll be able to nab yourself one of our brilliant CarFest 2012 t-shirts! and click on the 'Shop' link at the top of each page. :)

  • Comment number 2. Posted by BBC CiN Paul_Host

    on 3 Sept 2012 14:36

    Ah, so glad to hear you had a good time Jules! I'll try and find out what the situation is with CarFest t-shirts and I'll post what I discover here into this thread! :)

  • Comment number 1. Posted by Julespm

    on 31 Aug 2012 21:51

    Had a fabulous day at carfest south on saturday, been telling all my friends who say they want to go next year! The selection of cars were excellent and Chitty was the best car there! I got a great close up of her and Chris. The Counterfit Stones and The Feeling were brilliant in the evening, really got the crowd going. Loved all the food and made a few delightful purchases. The air display was excellent. It was a great all round day out for all ages and very well organised, although there can never be enough ladies loos! Although I did make a few purchases at the very welcome Joules stand I did miss out on getting an official carfest BBCCiN tshirt, is there any way I could get one on line? See you next year! Jules x

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