WITH radio DJ Chris Evans at its helm, it’s no surprise that a host of fan favourites and award-winning celebrities would join him for this year’s StarFest, one of the much loved festivals within CarFest.

Following the success of last year, CarFest showcases seven festivals in one, with AdventureFest, FoodFest, KidsFest, RetroFest, StarFest, SpaFest, and, of course, CarFest. 

At the UK’s biggest family fundraising festival, visitors will be delighted by the up close and personal access to some of the UK’s biggest names across film, TV, radio, books and space. 

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Offering a diverse range of talks, exclusive behind-the-scenes discussions, captivating performances, and workshops, StarFest brings together renowned icons for an unforgettable weekend from August 23 to August 25 at Laverstoke Park Farm.

At The Starfest Stage, visitors will be entertained by stars including car aficionado James May, TV presenter and actor Rob Brydon, astronaut Tim Peake, architect George Clarke, BAFTA winner Ben Miller, and Ted Lasso star James Lance, all stepping into the spotlight. 

Basingstoke Gazette: Rob Brydon and James May will be appearing at the festivalRob Brydon and James May will be appearing at the festival (Image: CarFest)

Festival-goers are invited to embark on a literary journey as acclaimed writers Adele Parks MBE, Bryony Gordon, Jojo Moyes, Mike Gayle and more take to The Author's Stage. Adele will be sharing the stage with best selling author and mental health advocate Bryony Gordon.

The Masked Singer returns again with characters making surprise appearances throughout StarFest, offering guests the opportunity to marvel at the elaborate costumes that have captivated audiences. CarFest is the only festival in the UK where visitors can see and interact with these incredible characters.

Get ready to groove with music workshop instrument petting zoo, where a team of music teachers from Bath will offer one-to-one lessons for all aspiring rock stars out there. Anyone can swing by and try their hand at various instruments, guided by professional tutors. 

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CarFest enters its 13th year this August, and vows to be the best edition yet, packed with activities and attractions for the whole family.

Since its inception in 2012, the charity’s core mission has been to raise funds for UK children's charities, and over the years, the festival has amassed millions for its partners.

In 2024, CarFest will be supporting BBC Children in Need, Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust, My Black Dog, Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity, Starlight Children’s Foundation, Teenage Cancer Trust, Young Epilepsy, and the local Hampshire-based charity Naomi House & Jacksplace. 

Tickets are available for purchase at carfest.org.