VW Festival roars into Leeds


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The VW Festival is the liveliest motoring event in Yorkshire’s summer calendar, and it’s coming to Leeds’s Harewood House again on August 14-16.

It all started in 2004 when lifelong VW fanatics Paul Scott and Shane Beardsley got together and thought that if they found a suitable location they could start a festival. Very much on the basis that “If we build it, they will come” – and come they certainly did.

The VW festival has grown year on year with the help of a team of 18, and festival-goers now number in their thousands.

As one of the few Northern VW events, it has proven to be a welcome change for VW fans and their families living in the North who in the past have had 300­ mile round trips to get to other shows.

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VW Festival is a family-­friendly, entertainment­-filled weekend that has something for everyone. You can spend the day, or the full weekend looking around some of the best Volkswagens that the UK (and in some cases from overseas!) has to offer, as well as enjoying live music, an awesome live graffiti display, a dog show, as well as a wide variety of other entertainment throughout the weekend.

Previous years have seen chainsaw juggling, fire eaters, stilt walkers, fire dancers, circus performers, an F1 simulator, a BMX display team, and free runners….the list goes on and on, and is in addition to the extensive list of activities permanently resident in the grounds of Harewood House. Prepare to take the little kids (and big kids) home very tired indeed.

The show ‘n’ shine winners parade featuring the finest vehicles displayed over the weekend will take place on the Sunday afternoon, followed by the eagerly awaited charity raffle which sees another fantastic classic VW Beetle, that was lovingly restored by Herbie Hospital, given away.

This year’s chosen charity is Cash For Kids and their volunteers are selling raffle tickets over the weekend, so please help to support them.


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