Plymouth Volksfest 2012

Friday 1st to Monday 4th June 2012
Newnham Park, Plympton, Plymouth, PL7 5BN, England MAP
early bird £45 for full weekend pass (4 days)
daily capacity: 10000
last updated: Fri 11th May 2012

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Plymouth Volksfest is a VW themed weekend being held at Newnham Park on the outskirts of Plymouth. The dates for 2012 are confirmed as Friday 1st to Monday 4th June 2012 that's four days this year to celebrate Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee. The festival is still open for food on Tuesday 5th but no live entertainment and closes at 4pm.

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The idea of the event is to offer everyone a chilled out family friendly weekend with lots of entertainment for all. They have two music tents, a comedy tent, children's entertainment, stalls and more, not forgetting the Show'n'Shine VW displays.


Dub Pistols headline Friday, Hard-Fi headline Saturday, The Blockheads headline Sunday, and Freshly Squeezed on Sunday. With ChainSka Brassika, Brother & Bones, Mountain of Love, Backbeat Sound System, Mad Dog McRea, Babyhead, Backbeat Soundsystem, Coda, Gallon Drunk, Crazy Arm, Joe Driscoll, Becca Langsford, Land of the Giants, Moriarty, Kate McGill, Infinite Collective, The Magnus Puto Band, The Wishbones, Peachy Farmer, Melosa, Wille and the Bandits, Million Way, Zetan Spore, The Peoples String Foundation, Pentorr, The Bluebottles, Black Friday, and more. For the line-up details, stage and day splits, as available please click here.


Early bird adult (17+) ticket is priced at £45. Festival teenager (13 - 16 yrs) ticket is priced at £20, a festival junior (6 - 12yrs) is priced at £5, children aged 5 years and under have free entry. All children under 18 must be accompanied by a ticket holding adult.

Camping Prices

Tent/family camping £5, Classic VW camping (includes T25, T4 & T5) is priced at £2. Motorhome over 28ft pitches are priced at £60, and under 28ft/caravan camping is priced at £40.

To buy tickets, click here.

Non-VW owners

Whilst this festival is called Volksfest, it is not prohibitive in letting non-Volkswagon owners attend. Whilst many VW owners camp in special reserved camping beside the main arena, above the arena on the slopes of Newnham Park is open to all, with the added bonus of being able to camp next to your vehicle most of the time. BBQ's (off the ground) are permitted, but not open fires, there are proper festival food stalls in the main arena.

No Glass

No Glass is permitted on site, please remember this when packing. Please do not leave any kit behind when you leave the Park. There are specific designated recycling points on the hill, please use them, try to leave the site as you found it.

Club camping/ Campervan camping

For 2012, campervan pitch sizes are designated areas of 6mX8m to allow for awnings. ONE vehicle per pitch/pass. Should you wish to bring a second vehicle with you, please purchase a second pass, thank you. Pitches are sold on a first come, first served basis. This area will need to be specifically booked when ordering your tickets. If your party is more than 15 adult weekend tickets. It may be worth considering booking as a club.

New for 2012

Alongside the car show, cabaret tent, the main stage in a circus style big top, a beer tent also with live music and an open mic stage, expect a further stage for young musicians and a film tent, as well as themed areas celebrating the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, and possibly a sporting area.

Kids stuff

There's a wealth of activities for kids to do - these are often not fully listed in the programme, and there is a chalk board at the entrance, and more information in the workshop tents, as well activities in the large kids' area.


The festival offers VW owners a chance to show off their vehicles in various categories, and provide festival goers a chance to look at all the entries in the arena. This year the show and shine display is going to be held on the Sunday with the Saturday being aimed at the clubs displays with great prizes for the best and wackiest club.


The festival offers the chance to go offroad with Bajas (pronounced badgers) on a specially devised course beside the site. The BajaClub offer off road challenges over two days. Those with Bajas need to get their cars checked over by a BajaClub marshal to join in with the various off-road challenges. Festival goers are welcome to watch or ride with a BajaClub member. Rides are given for a small donation to the club.


Dogs are welcome onsite under full supervision. They must be kept on leads at all times, even in camping areas, and must be cleaned up after.

More information will be here when available.

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Friday 1st to Monday 4th June 2012
Newnham Park, Plympton, Plymouth, PL7 5BN, England MAP
early bird £45 for full weekend pass (4 days)
daily capacity: 10000
last updated: Fri 11th May 2012

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