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VW Whitenoise, a festival dedicated to Volkswagens and top live music, has secured the Norfolk Showground as the venue for its 10th anniversary celebrations from 3rd-5th August 2012. The event attracts over 8,000 festival-goers to the county from across the UK.
The event was established in 2002 by Norwich couple Neil, 40, and Lucy, 35, Haughey and held its first summer show a decade ago at Wroxham Football Club attracting a few hundred visitors. It has since outgrown all its venues including North Walsham Rugby Club, Wolterton Hall and most recently Fritton Lake.
The showground is the logical next step for the event and a venue Whitenoise is keen to call home for years to come.
Louise Wilkinson, Business Development Manager at the Norfolk Showground said: “We are delighted that VW Whitenoise has chosen the Showground for their event this year and hopefully many more years to come. It’s a lovely family event and everyone will enjoy the colourful array of campervans as well as entertainment on site. The Showground is the ideal venue for this event due to our central location, ample parking and the infra structure we have on site including electricity, water and shower and toilet blocks. I wish Neil and Lucy a very successful event. It has been a delight to work with such committed enthusiasts.’’
VW Whitenoise organiser and campervan owner Neil Haughey said: “We started the festival before social media was the ‘word of mouth’ phenomena it is now which makes it a lot easier to spread the word and promote festivals.
Establishing East Anglia’s original VW and Music Festival is something we are really proud; something we quite simply launched because we love campervans and there was nothing else going on in the region. We’re proud of the loyal following of attendees and families we’ve built up.
Due to demand, as the VW and camping scene really has exploded over the last few years, we launched our tickets sales back in December. We’ve also got another couple of Whitenoise firsts for 2012 –we’re hosting our first wedding reception and have a FREE roller skating rink for all visitors too!”
The celebrations include:
- 25 live bands including tribute acts Kazabian and the Antarctic Monkeys and local favourites Monkey Spanner, Killamonjambo, Bill Downs (appearing on The Voice this Saturday)and many more
- FREE camping with limited electric hook-up
- FREE superfunk roller disco
- Prestigious VW show and shine
- Music Pavilions with House and Skalypso DJs
- FREE Kids’ Craft Tent ,bouncy campervan, disco and FunForce entertainers
- VIP Bell Tent village
- Over 70 traders, a small funfair and stack of autojumble
Local sponsors include Wilco Direct, Norfolk Retro Campers, Magical Camping, Silvershield Windscreens in Norwich, Alan Boswell Insurance Brokers and Groovy Campers.
It’s a festival that’s ticket prices recognise times are tight for families. Full weekend, three day adult passes are £25 and family passes £55. Free camping is included. Day tickets are available on the gate and cost £8 per adult and £2.50 per child (£3.50 on Saturday). For more details, to book a trading pitch or buy tickets visit www.vwwhitenoise.com