CarFest...North and South!
Friday 21 September, 2018
With branches across the UK, the Field and Lawn team takes on marquee hire and temporary structure projects across the country, for every event and occasion you can think of.
Nothing shows this wide reach more than our work with CarFest. Supporting Children in Need, this annual festival takes place in two locations - one in Northern England and one in Southern England - across two weekends in Summer.
CarFest not only showcases a wide range of vintage and brand new vehicles, it also features music, cooking masterclasses, and activities for the whole family. With the North and South Festivals taking place over 180 miles apart, the Manchester and Bristol branches were on hand to deliver both.
First up was our Manchester branch at CarFest North. Held at Bolesworth Castle in Cheshire for the past three years, the venue is easily accessible for our Northern Branch, with the team installing nearly 4,000 sq.m of marquees. Alongside the numerous production structures, washing up areas, first aid stations and crew catering marquees provided as standard to most festivals, the team also installed tents to be used for some of the more unique elements of the event.
For the motor enthusiasts, over 100 running metres of marquees housed the festival’s collection of show cars in the ’paddock’ area.
And for the younger attendees, one of the marquees provided a venue for the creepy crawly and exotic pet show. Thankfully, we didn’t end up carrying any tiny passengers home with us when the team’s kit was packed up!
Nearly a month later, in Hampshire, the Field and Lawn Bristol team began setting up for CarFest South. Over 10 days, 120 team members unpacked 12 artics of kit for the 4,500 sq.m of marquee structures and 2,000 sq.m of flooring required for the festival’s 53 tents.
Marquees were dotted around a huge 4 sq.km site, so moving kit and crew around was a challenge. The team set up tents for a range of purposes including a VIP lounge, catering, exhibitions, Fire and Rescue, and First Aid. Our Car Paddock marquees housed nearly 100 vintage and exclusive cars which were then showcased around the event’s purpose-built race track.
To date, CarFest has raised over £10.5million pounds for BBC Children in Need, and it is an honour for us to provide our services for such a wonderful cause.