CarFest North 2019: tickets, dates, line-up and where the petrolhead festival is being held

CarFest North 2019: tickets, dates, line-up and where the petrolhead festival is being held
CarFest North 2019: tickets, dates, line-up and where the petrolhead festival is being held

2019 marks the ninth year of the car, food and music extravaganza that is CarFest.

Set up by TV and radio presenter Chris Evans to raise money for the Children in Need charity, the event brings together major names from the motoring, music and food worlds at two locations each summer – in the north in July and the south in August.

Organisers say this year’s event, sponsored by Auto Trader, will be the biggest yet, with more cars, interactive displays, an expanded food and drink experience and musical superstars to entertain visitors.

CarFest North drift
Drift and stunt shows will be among the on-track action. Picture: Charlie Raven

Where and when is it?

CarFest North 2019 is being held at Bolesworth Castle in Cheshire and runs from Friday July 26 to Sunday 28.

How much are tickets?

Some tickets for this weekend’s CarFest North are still available, although others have sold out.

Day tickets are still available for Friday and Sunday, with prices from £16 for children (6-16) and £69 for adults. Under-5s tickets are free. Weekend tickets without camping are also still available for £144 per adult and £39 per child.

What is there to do?

As the name suggests, CarFest focuses on cars, with everything from the latest supercars and historic F1 racers to stadium super trucks and hot rods on display and in action on the estate’s 2.2km track.

CarFest North Colin McRae car
Colin McRae’s legendary WRC Subaru Impreza at last year’s CarFest North. Picture: Charlie Raven

Brands such as Aston Martin, Lamborghini, BAC Mono, Toyota, McLaren and Caterham will be displaying models in the main paddock. Alongside them there will be a special paddock curated by British Touring Car champion Jason Plato, which will feature significant vehicles from his racing past, from his first go-kart to his BTCC championship-winning Vauxhall Astra.

Other highlights include stunt and drifting displays, on-track appearances from some of the fastest and most spectacular cars around and the opportunity for car buyers to test drive models from major manufacturers.

The Sporting Bears fundraisers will be offering dream rides in a selection of exclusive cars and children as young as 10 will be able to take the wheel in the Big Learner Relay dual-control cars.

Music and food

Alongside the cars, the festival focuses on food and music, with big names from both fields.

Johnny Marr, Clean Bandit, Texas, and Kaiser Chiefs are among the acts on the main stage this year. Picture: Alex Rawson

Johnny Marr, Clean Bandit, Texas, Sister Sledge, Kaiser Chiefs, All Saints, The Jacksons, Tony Christie, Beverly Knight and Reef will all be appearing on the main stage, along with the CarFest supergroup featuring KT Tunstall, The Feeling, Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Sheridan Smith.

On the Car-Feast Kitchen Stage tapas pioneer Jose Pizarro, Bake Off stars Candice Brown and Briony May will join TV chefs including Ching He Huang, Atul Kochhar, Glynn Purnell and Juliet Sear.

The festival also features the CarFest pub and an expanded food and drink experience with wine tasting, a chocolate factory and children’s workshops.

Chris Evans launched CarFest in 2012. Picture: Will Bailey

For kids

CarFest North will also feature a dedicated “kids’ kingdom” with a giant wooden fortress that will be decorated over the weekend, skate demonstrations, a roller disco, a school of rock feature instruments made from recycled junk, and appearances by children’s TV personalities Dick and Dom.

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