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VW Festival Harewood House 2023

11 August 2023 - 13 August 2023

£5 – £12

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The VW Festival returns to Harewood House in August. The festival involves live music, food and entertainment as well as the best in vintage – and modified – VW automobiles. It attracts in excess of 20,000 visitors each year.

The magnificent Harewood House in Yorkshire is the setting for this spectacular event that is spread over 1,000 acres of countryside.

Some 250 cars will be on show for you to judge, as well as a VW graffiti display from Auto Graf.

VW Festival Harewood House
VW Festival Harewood House

The car festival will also have plenty of activities for the kids including a fun fair, street performances and an adventure playground.

To add to the fun, live bands will perform in two marquees, and there will be a disco, other entertainment, as well as a drinks and food court.

VW Festival 2023 Theme

The theme for this year’s festival is Sci-Fi and Outer Space. There will be prizes for visitors who come dressed as their favourite Sci-Fi character. Alternatively, give your own vehicle a Sci-Fi make over.

VW FestivalVW Festival Charity

This year’s charity is Cash for Kids. Enter the raffle for a chance to win a vintage VW Beetle, restored by the Herbie Hospital team and help raise £20,000, to support children and young people affected by poverty, abuse and illnesses.

When Is the Festival?

11 to 13 August, 2023. Saturday, Sunday 10am to 6pm.

Tickets for the Festival

Day tickets cost £18 in advance (£20 on the gate), children £6 (£8), under 6 free. Family tickets are £50. Weekend tickets £65 (adult), £15 (child). Purchase them here.

Harewood House

Harewood House was built in the 18th Century for Edwin Lascelles. It has spectacular grounds and an amazing art collection. The property has a dubious past funded by the Transatlantic trade, This is something that Harewood House recognises calling it an ‘abhorrent history, and is trying to rectify through its charitable trust. Further info on Harewood House is at:

All images supplied by the organisers.


11 August 2023
13 August 2023
£5 – £12


Harewood House
Harewood House, Harewood
Leeds,YorkshireLS17 9LG
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+44 113 218 1000
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Mark Bibby Jackson

Mark Bibby Jackson

Before setting up Travel Begins at 40, Mark was the publisher of AsiaLIFE Cambodia and a freelance travel writer. When he is not packing and unpacking his travelling bag, Mark writes novels, including To Cook A Spider and Peppered Justice. He loves walking, eating, tasting beer, isolation and arthouse movies, as well as talking to strangers on planes, buses and trains whenever possible. Most at home when not at home.

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