Vanfest 2012

A weekend at Busfest 2012


Well, that’s it for another year, all home safe and just about recovered from a weekend at Busfest 2012 and what a fantastic Busfest 2012 it was, thoroughly enjoyed by all. A extra-large well done and thanks to the organisers for delivering undoubtedly the best VW event of the year. They even manage to order us fantastic weather too! Which was very welcome given the number of VW shows that have been postponed or cancelled this year.

The Skip Rat Dubs family continues to grow in size every year and it was great to see all in attendance. The Busfest 2012 general camping staff were very helpful this year, assisting and co-operating with us to build a safe, group area, allowing us to leave space for late Skip Rat arrivals.

Busfest, like it predecessor Vanfest, is a three day event (Friday to Sunday) located at the Three Counties Showground at Malvern in Worcestershire. It’s the world’s largest VW Transporter show with over 8000 vehicles and 25000 people attending.

It all kicks off at 10.00am on the first Friday of September every year with live music, funfair, indoor and outdoor displays, over […]

By |September 12th, 2012|news|0 Comments|


BUSFEST BONAWEEN is a chilled out, family Camping weekend being held at the Welland Camp used for BUSFEST over the weekend October 26-28th, with an option if you like of staying over until the Monday.

It is a chance for the all those involved with the BUSFEST show to wind down and meet the “Fans of Vans” in a chilling relaxing environment.

Friday night there is the opportunity to watch the fire works display at the Three Counties Showground that is described on their website thus “Don’t miss one of the largest displays in the county set to a fantastic soundtrack! Indoor and outdoor shelter and viewpoints, delicious refreshments and a fun fair makes this the fireworks event of choice! “

Saturday Night, take in our own Bonfire/Halloween Party. A recipe for a great Chill out weekend to round off the Camping year.
It will be a pre – booked only event.
Further details on Price etc to follow.

By |June 27th, 2012|Featured, news|6 Comments|

Busfest 2012 website goes live!


At last! After much anticipation, the Busfest 2012 website has gone live. Most dudes will know this festival as Vanfest but after a long protracted saga, the organisers were informed by the current holders of the “VANFEST” trademark (Volkswagen Type 2 Owners Club) that they no longer had their permission to use the Vanfest name for the event. To fulfill existing contractual obligations with the Three Counties Showground in Malvern the organisers had to start up a new event with a new name.

The Busfest crew announced earlier this month:

“You can be sure that despite the name change it will be business as usual & we promise you that we will continue to put even more effort into the event to ensure that BUSFEST at Malvern retains its crown as the biggest & best VW Transporter Festival in the world”.

So there you have it, you know the deal. This event is truly awesome and I represent all the Skip Rats when I write: we spend the whole year looking forward to it. From pimping the dubs, making the meat order, deciding who’s taking the BBQs to building NASA’s answer to fire pits the preparation conversations are endless – come to think of it, it’s a good job […]

By |February 27th, 2012|Featured, news|1 Comment|



It looks like Vanfest 2012 is going to be very different to past years. Following is a extract from a post I read today on the volkszone forum, it also appears in the vwt4forum and the split screen van club.  I was tipped off by a Skip Rat who’d been to DubFreeze 2012 this weekend and had been party to the same story. This got me digging around on the web and bingo! It sounds champion, the Skip Rat Dubs will be there again for sure, check it out…


An event for Owners & Enthusiasts of the Volkswagen Transporter

BUSFEST is the new name for the annual VANFESTIVAL event held at the Three Counties Showground MALVERN, over the weekend of 7-9 SEPTEMBER.

That new name is……………………………………. BUSFEST.

We think the new name is the best we can come up with and is a natural successor to our previous one. It fits in well with the existing logo & is easily recognized all over the world as being connected to VW Transporters.

BUSFEST will retain a similar format, & size to the previous festival.

For those of you who went […]

By |February 19th, 2012|Featured, news|0 Comments|