About Retro CarFest 2021 at Bicester Heritage
It’s official, CarFest is coming to Bicester Heritage.
Retro CarFest 2021 at Bicester Heritage, the new addition to the CarFest family, will take place from 13 to 15 August.
We’re going to take you back to simpler times – when cars were cooler, sweets were tastier, flares were wider, video games were harder and everyone wanted to ride a chopper.
With music from living music legends to some of the best tribute bands, plus a roller disco, a vinyl fair and all things collectable from toys and games to gadgets and gizmos, Retro CarFest will have it all.
We’re going to take you on a proper journey through time with cars that you grew up with, cars that you dreamt about owning and cars that became famous in their own right.
Who remembers Mr Ben and Play School? What were your favourite ads from back in the day? We’ll have screens showing some of the most memorable Retro shows, ads, pop videos and movies.
And then there’s fashion, from the mini skirt to flares and shoulders pads, we’re going to have a people’s catwalk. Dress up and our scouts are going to select the best dressed for our catwalk sessions – and if you haven’t brought anything with you, there’ll be loads of Retro fashion for you to pick up on-site.
CarFest was created by Chris Evans in 2012 with the sole purpose of raising funds for UK Children’s charities. Over the past nine years, it has successfully raised more than £16 million for BBC Children in Need.
In 2021 Camp CarFest aims to raise a further £2 million for its charity partners – BBC Children In Need, Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust, Rainbow Trust, Starlight Children’s Foundation and Teenage Cancer Trust.
What’s on at Retro CarFest 2021
Retro CarFest 2021 music line-up
Friday 13 August:
Blurd, Cast, Dodgy, Happy Mondays, Noasis, Razorlight, The CarFest Supergroup featuring The Feeling and Sophie Ellix-Bextor
Saturday 14 August:
Gabrielle, Scouting for Girls, Soul 2 Soul, The Brand New Heavies, The CarFest Supergroup featuring The Feeling and Sophie Ellix-Bextor, Ultimate Elton
Sunday 15 August:
Elo Again, Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel, The CarFest Supergroup featuring The Feeling and Sophie Ellix-Bextor, The Illigal Eagles
The Retro Motor Show
Celebrate the golden era of motorsport from the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s out on the fabulous track at Bicester Heritage, with parades and demos that pay tribute to motoring heroes and their cars. Plus, there will be a chance to get up close to some of those fabulous cars that were the stars in their own right.
Knight Rider, Starsky & Hutch and the Dukes of Hazzard made great TV that we all watched and loved the stars of these shows, and so many films were the cars themselves. Come and check out the displays that pay tribute to the cars that were the stars!
Do you remember your family’s first car? Morris Minors, Ford Capri’s, Datsun Cherry’s, and so many more… join in an emotional journey as cars are reunited with their original owners.
Hall of fame
The Retro Hall of Fame brings together the very best celebrity memorabilia for you to admire!
Walk through the collection of fabulous music memorabilia from the greatest bands and artists of the last three decades. The celebrity family will share very personal mementoes that have impacted them on their journey to the top.
All Time Greats
Bring your popcorn, grab a seat in the Retro CarFest living room and reminisce in front of the big screen. From TV ads and Children’s TV, Classic movie moments or your fave pop videos, we’ll be taking your votes on what you think are the most memorable!
Top of the Pop-up Record Store
Travel back in time with great tunes from the past, and boogie on down to our record fair DJs. The live disco will host classic dance classes and a good ol’ rave-up. While you are there, browse the record racks and discover a gem or two from your favourite musical era to take home with you.
The gameshow arms
Who didn’t make a diary date for a daily dose of Blockbusters or try and remember everything on the great conveyor belt in The Generation Game? Did you secretly want your own Blankety Blank cheque book and pen? Here’s your chance to test your game show skills as we bring the very best game shows we played live in our front rooms back to life! Pop into the Gameshow Arms and give it a go!
Fashionistas One and All
Fashion trends have clearly defined every decade… from Twiggy and the mini skirt, via bellbottoms, shoulder pads and the new romantic phase… celebrate the great and questionable fashion choices in the fashion arena!
Honouring the coolest trends and the craziest outfits of each decade, the festival’s crowds will be judged by scouts looking out for the best dressed in the finals featured on the Peoples Catwalk each day.
Wear something from the ’60s, ’70s, ’80s and ’90s or visit Mr Ben’s “special costume shop”. Plus, of course, shop to your heart’s content at the huge array of Retro fashion outlets.
The gallery of our time
An emotive exhibition of trends through the decades, from culture, graphics, haircuts & fashion to personal photos, posters and momentous moments that form our memories. Plus… a giant conveyor belt of home inventions, electronics, gadgets and gizmos that have helped create the technology we rely on today!
The toy shop
Discover the magical Retro CarFest 2021 Toy Shop, uncover some of your cherished childhood toys and memories, and help find new ones for the family to enjoy together. We will be hosting a Swap Shop, so have a rummage around for those lost treasures and bring them to Retro CarFest, where you can show them and swap them for something better! More details on how to take part will be shared soon!
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