VW Festival sees Harewood House host a varied celebration of Volkswagen vehicles through the ages. The festival has gone from strength to strength and this year will mark the 11th edition in the shows history. Obviously as the name suggests, the main focus will be on the cars and visitors can wander the grounds of the 18th-century manor and observe a comprehensive display. Vehicles include campervans, Karmann Ghia’s and old Beetle’s alongside many of VW’s newer models which extends to the whole VAG group.
Every year the main focus of the show is the ‘show and shine’. This is for attendants who’s car has been preselected to be shown on the show grounds and makes for a great selection of truly jaw dropping vehicles to gaze upon. Whether it’s standard cars or modified cars, there is always a great variety of vehicles on show which makes for an exciting competition. The judging criteria for vehicles can be found below and each winner receives car detailing gear, a trophy and a special gold keyring made by House of Logos:
– Best in Show
– 2nd place
– 3rd place
– Runners up (x7)
– Highly Commended (x2)
– Best Club Stand
That being said, it’s not just about the cars! VW Festival has something to cater for all ages and interests so the whole family can enjoy the whole, whatever their preference on cars. The two large marquees play host to live bands on the Friday and Saturday evenings. One for the small kids and one for the ‘larger kids’. Other activities/entertainment at this years festival include circus performances, stunt displays and animal section which includes everybody’s favourite animal, penguins! Attendants are also encouraged to dress up for the VW Festival and this year is no exception! This years theme is the circus and visitors are encouraged to break out their best gear and dress yourself, your car and your club stand to impress!
VW Festival also has very close relationships to local charities. Every year a raffle is held in aid of a specially selected charity and this year the selected charity is Cash for Kids. The main prize in this raffle is a 1967 VW Beetle restored by Herbie Hospital. Last year the raffle raised over £18,000 for charity.