Families and petrol-heads alike enjoy VW Whitenoise Festival at Euston Park

Drum Works perform at VW Whitenoise Festival at Euston Park.

Drum Works perform at VW Whitenoise Festival at Euston Park. - Credit: Archant

Thousands of families flocked to a country estate for a weekend of music, games and Volkswagens.

VW Whitenoise Festival at Euston Park.

VW Whitenoise Festival at Euston Park. - Credit: Archant

The VW Whitenoise Festival at Euston Park saw both its members' and general campsites packed with families while hundreds more day visitors passed through its gates to see specialist VW traders and a variety of live music acts.

Now in its 14th year, it is the festival's third year at the estate near Thetford after previously using venues including North Walsham Rugby Club and the Norfolk Showground.

Organised by Lucy and Neil Haughey, the festival has increased its offering for families year on year, with this year's entertainment including a circus, an expanded funfair and the chilled Woodland Stage, returning for a second year with local songwriters and folk acts.

Trade manager Barry Craske has been involved with VW Whitenoise for around 12 years and said the numbers were 'definitely up' at this weekend's festival.

Trader Sarah Braddon, of VW Camper Curtains, at VW Whitenoise Festival at Euston Park.

Trader Sarah Braddon, of VW Camper Curtains, at VW Whitenoise Festival at Euston Park. - Credit: Archant


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He said the offering from 70 traders, some of whom had come from as far as Wales and Devon, also included more specialist VW traders than ever before.

'It has been a good success. We've eased the traffic congestion by allowing campers to arrive on Thursday, and this year we have several thousand of them.

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'The visitors love it – the fact that they can flit from full on rock and roll to being able to sit in a calm folk area with their children.

'This is our third year here and we have tried different formulas, but we are building on our family entertainment.'

The show area at VW Whitenoise Festival at Euston Park.

The show area at VW Whitenoise Festival at Euston Park. - Credit: Archant

On Sunday the show area will be packed with around 150 entrants in the Show and Shine competition, pitting their mechanical marvels against others from across the county and country in a variety of categories.

Music headliners this year were Dub Pistols and Dreadzone, with other music acts across the weekend spanning genres from dance and electronica to ska and hip hop.

Mr Craske said there were 'a lot of up and coming bands' performing, including The Allergies, who have won the backing of DJ Craig Charles.

Another attraction was Ken Fox's Wall of Death, an internationally renowned motorcycling attraction. There were also more than 20 caterers offering burgers to Caribbean food to gluten-free snacks.

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