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CarFest South bids to increase capacity by 10,000

The owners of Laverstoke Park Farm in Hampshire, where CarFest South has been held every year since 2012, have applied for a license to increase the capacity of the event by 10,000.

The 2016 edition of the family-friendly car racing event saw musical acts such as Stereophonics, Ronan Keating, Will Young, Rick Astley and Status Quo performing alongside skilled drivers such as the stunt team from TV show Top Gear.

The license, which was initially granted by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, limits the number of tickets that can be sold for the event to 19,000.

If the new variation of the license is not granted then CarFest organiser Brand Events may seek a new location for the event which will give it room to expand.

Clare Scheckter, who owns the farm, commented: “It’s such a safe festival we don’t have any crime or drugs or traffic issues. We would like the opportunity to sell more camping tickets because that’s what everyone wants. They want a staycation to make the most of everything the festival has to offer.

“We are looking to sell an additional 10,000 tickets, most of which would be camping.”