A WEEKEND of non-stop fun for children is planned when KidsFest and AdventureFest return to the borough in August.

The festivals will be held as part of CarFest South At Laverstoke Park Farm, near Overton, over the weekend of August 25 to 27, offering entertainment, games and activities for visitors of all ages.

KidsFest celebrates all the best bits of being a kid, with a stage set to feature some of the biggest names from CBBC and CBeebies, filled with music, dancing and games.

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It will also host special appearances from Bedtime Stories, Basil Brush, Horrible Histories, Andy & The Odd Socks, and Yolanda’s Band Jam.

There will be visits from Hey Duggee, Bing and Flop, Bluey and Bingo, Octonauts, Postman Pat and Teletubbies throughout the weekend.

For older children, the festival has teamed up with Young Driver – a team of specially trained driving instructors - who will offer taster lessons for 10 to 17-year-olds throughout the weekend.

Various sports activities will be held over the weekend including football, rugby, athletics and cricket in the SportsZone, or for some quiet time, an art club will give youngsters the chance to get creative and make souvenirs and gifts to take home.

AdventureFest will see the return of outdoor fun including the chance to get up close and personal with a host of creepy-crawlies.

Experts will be on hand to share their best tips to be fully equipped for outdoor adventures and children can also experience the Stone Age first-hand when learning the skills and crafts of our ancestors.

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Celebrating 10 years of Scouts, Scout Camp Live will give festival goers the chance to enjoy all things outdoors from archery and donkey derby to learning about knots, rope making and rock climbing.

Scout Ambassador Chris Evans, who founded CarFest, said: “The support of the Scouts at CarFest has been incredible over the years and we can’t wait to celebrate 10 years with them. What an amazing party we will have this year with our brilliant festival lineup.

“Being a Scout Ambassador brings me much joy and I love everything they stand for.”

For the past seven years, the Scouts have run a residential programme at CarFest allowing members to complete one of the essential sections for the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award and Kings Scout Award.

CarFest will be entering its 12th year this August and promises to be the best yet, with activities to keep the whole family entertained.

The event raises funds for UK children’s charities and since it started it has generated millions for its partner charities.

The 2023 festival will raise funds for BBC Children in Need, Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust, My Black Dog, Rainbow Trust, Starlight Children’s Foundation, Teenage Cancer Trust, Young Epilepsy and Hampshire-based charity Naomi House and Jack’s Place.

Craig David, McFly and Texas have all been announced as headliners for this year.