CarFest was dreamt up by DJ Chris Evans. He wanted to create the perfect family festival and raise money for BBC Children in Need. Since its inception, the festival has raised over £25 million for its charity partners.
A mix of cars, music and family fun came together to make CarFest a reality. Two events were created – one in the south and one in the north.
The first ever CarFest South was held over the 2012 August Bank Holiday weekend at former F1 champion Jody Schecker’s farm, Laverstoke Park, near Overton. It was a great success and so CarFest South became an annual event.
The sell-out festivals have entertained hundreds of thousands of festival-goers of all ages with a unique and wonderfully eclectic mix of music, cars, food and fun.
In 2023 the south and north events were joined to create one big CarFest.
This year, a guaranteed 15% of the price of each ticket, will be donated to UK children’s charities. BBC Children in Need will receive 50% of the total funds raised directly by CarFest. The following six charities will each receive 7% of the funds raised: Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust, Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity, Starlight Children’s Foundation, Teenage Cancer Trust, My Black Dog and Young Epilepsy. Local hospice Naomi House/Jack’s Place will receive 2%. The remaining 6% will be donated to a number of other charities.