With summer round the corner, van lovers from around the world will be flocking to festivals and gatherings to show off their race van conversions and motorhome conversions. These van-atics are primed and ready to discuss the latest advancements in van technology, as well as the van conversions they’ve been carrying out on their own vehicles. But if you’re a newbie van enthusiast and aren’t sure where to start, where should you go? Well this article will feature just a few of the biggest van festivals that you can visit! Vantastival As one of the most perpetually popular and noticeable vans, campervans (especially Volkswagens!) are one of the most celebrated vehicles in terms of festivals. Vantastival is just one such festival. Based in the grounds of Beaulieu House in Drogheda, Ireland, the festival is worth visiting for the location alone! Not only this, but if you’re travelling to show off your van conversions , you’ll get to drive through some gorgeous parts of Scotland on your way to Stranraer, where a lot of ferries to Ireland depart from. The family-friendly event features live music, gourmet food stalls, traders, arts & crafts and more, making it great fun for everyone – even if they’re not too interested in motorhome conversions! Busfest Primarily advertised as ‘the world’s largest VW transporter show’, there are plenty of amazing vehicles and race van conversions on display. From amazing transformations of older VW campervans, to sleek and speedy Volkswagen race van conversions, there’s something for every fan lover. On top of this, there are plenty of fun events. One of the most popular ones is the ‘Cooking in a Camper Contest’ which gets contestants to prepare a two course meal for two people in just 45 minutes, in their camper! Things can get a bit heated (and not just the hobs!), but it’s all great fun. Busfest is in its 26th year of operation now, and has grown and improved over the years to become a fantastic festival full of fun for the whole family. It is held at the Three Counties Showground in Malvern in England and attracts van enthusiasts from around Europe. Camp Quirky Camp Quirky is held at the Kelmarsh Estate in Northamptonshire and is the world’s largest self-built campervan festival! Featuring impressive motorhome conversions from vehicles like large cars, or van conversions repurposing commercial vehicles to create a liveable space, Camp Quirky is the ideal location for anyone who likes to take a different approach to their van life! There are plenty of workshops and talks about converting vans, including how to make a living whilst living in your van, basic woodworking to help you build your own cupboards, solar installation and lots more. Whether you’re just interested in learning more about van living or are actually considering making it a reality, there’s no better place to go than Camp Quirky! No matter which festival you choose to go to, you will be surrounded by like-minded people. If you’re thinking about making the leap to van living, there will be plenty of guests that you can chat to to find out more about the positives and negatives of the experience, as well as providing you with inspiration!
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