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22-24 July 2022 VW Festival at Santa Pod Raceway

A true VW festival in every sense of the word, with a vibrant and fun atmosphere, bringing to life the very essence of VW and Campervan culture. Europe’s largest VW Show incorporates an eclectic mix of all things VW, with Drag Racing, Run What Ya Brung, Music, Show & Shine, Comedy, Stunt Displays, Fun Fair, massive Trade Village, Retrojumble and much more.

Weekend Tickets from £90, Kids just £5 - Buy Tickets Online

What's On at Bug Jam 34:

Track Action & Show Cars:

Drag Racing

Drag Racing (Sat & Sun)
With qualifying starting on Saturday and eliminations on Sunday, you're sure to see plenty of the fastest, maddest VWs in Europe! Wheelies and close racing are guaranteed!

For the first time ever, Motorsport UK Pro Modified will be headlining the drag racing action at Bug Jam! Some of the wildest drag cars from the UK and Europe will be on hand, putting down sub-6 second passes at 250mph!

Also on track the VWDRC will be joined by the Outlaw Flat Four, the road legal hot rods of Street Eliminator and Sportsman ET.

More info on the Drag Racing page.


Run What Ya Brung - RWYB
VWs ONLY (Fri 12pm-7pm (£30) & Sat 9.30am-3pm (£20))
Get your own VW on the track on Friday and Saturday, unlimited runs and a full performance print out for each run.

Don't forget to bring your driving licence if you want to use the track. Full details

Trophies for quickest in class:

  • Class A - Air-Cooled Cars
  • Class B - Air-Cooled Van
  • Class C - Water-Cooled Cars (inc. Caddies)
  • Class D - Water-Cooled Vans
  • Class X - Non-Road Legal

If you can't wait until Bug Jam, visit www.RWYB.com for a full calendar of RWYB dates at Santa Pod Raceway.

Show n Shine

Autoglym Show & Shine (SATURDAY!)

Strictly VWs ONLY
Saturday is the show day for the real head-turners. If you’ve got perfect paintwork, a cool custom ride or a rare vintage VW, make sure you bring your car along to the Autoglym Show & Shine competition. Full details

Rust & Rat

VW Rust & Rat (SUNDAY!)
Strictly VWs ONLY

Sunday will be the day where rusty cars shine! If you’ve got a cool rat-ride, rusty original, mean military or battered baja, get along to the Rust & Rat Show. It's open to entries from 9am, and free to enter. Just rock up, register, and chill out until the presentations take place. Full details

Human Powered

Human Powered Racing (TBC)
It’s a simple race from the start-line to the finish-line and back, but no engines are permitted! Adults and kids can enter and there are four trophies: Quickest Bicycle, Quickest Skate (boots and boards), Quickest Runner, and Most Imaginative Entry.

Jet Dragster

Jet Car (Fri, Sat & Sun)
Witness the awesome power of a Jet Car thundering down the strip. A jet engines can develop thrust equivalent to more than 10,000hp and a Jet Car can run the quarter-mile in 5 seconds with a terminal speed of 270mph!

Jet Bus

Oklahoma Willy - The Jet Bus (Fri, Sat & Sun)
This 1958 VW pick up spent most of her life on a farm in Oklahoma before undergoing a nut and bolt restoration with the addition of a Rolls Royce Viper 535 jet engine is from a fighter jet with a power output of 5000 lbs of thrust.

Jet Bus

2Seater Thrill Ride (Sun)
Watch as the brave and the lucky get to ride down the strip in the 7 second Santa Pod 2Seater dragster. See the 2Seater page for how to book a ride.

Music, Comedy & Cabaret:


Evening Music* - Stage / Tents / Bar (Fri & Sat)

Bug Jam hosts several music arenas including the Main Stage, Dance Tent, BugWam and Fuelers Bar, on both Friday and Saturday evenings, catering for all tastes from indie and dance DJs through to live bands and tribute acts.

Friday - TBC

Saturday - TBC

Evening Music is not included with Day Tickets.

*Free as part of your sporting event ticket.

Daytime Music

Daytime Music* - BugWam / Stage (Fri, Sat & Sun)

You don't have to wait till the evening for the entertainment to start at Bug Jam with the BugWam and the Live Stage busy during the day on Friday, Saturday & Sunday!


The BugWam is the perfect place to chill out, relax and put your feet up. There will be live acoustic music and DJs from afternoon through to evening and a licenced bar.

Acts TBC

Live Stage

The Live Stage is the home of variety at Bug Jam.

Acts TBC

*Free as part of your sporting event ticket.


Comedy (Fri & Sat)
There will be a line up of top comedians on Friday & Saturday including up and coming new acts and established pros to tickle your ribs.

Bug Jam's Got Talent

Bug Jam's Got Talent (Saturday)
We’re giving contestants 3 minutes each to show off their talent on the Bug Jam main stage. The great thing is, YOU pick what your talent is! Age 14 and over (Separate Kids contest on Friday).

Details on the Bug Jam's Got Talent page.

Magic Teapot

The Magic Teapot (Thu, Fri, Sat & Sun)
This lovely, unique structure is an all-weather fireside venue hosted by the Teapot Crew who are musicians, tea makers and fire keepers. Entertainment is provided and guests are encouraged to bring what they can to the circle…a song…a story…a listening ear, there will be a piano, a range of other instruments and the kettle is always simmering on the fire.

It is also about as green as you can get - no electricity, real mugs so no single-use plastic waste and sustainably sourced fire wood.

Live Action Arena:

Monster Trucks

Monster Trucks - Podzilla (Sat & Sun)
The Monster Truck Podzilla will be putting on a high flying display of car crushing mayhem. Get ready to cheer as Novas and Saxos get what's coming.


Terry Grant

Terry Grant Stunt Show (Sat & Sun)
Multiple world record breaking stunt driver Terry Grant will be performing precision stunts in a range of cars.

Terry Grant

Stunt Biker

Lee Bower Stunt Biker (Sat & Sun)
Top freestyle motorcycle stunt rider Lee Bowers will be wowing the crowds with his jaw-dropping motorbike stunts.

Terry Grant

Kids Entertainment:

Fun Fair

Little Buggerz - Kids Zone (Fri, Sat & Sun)
An entire Kids Zone running all weekend located in and around a giant TeePee. Children must not be left unattended & must be supervised by a responsible adult.


Bug Jam's Got Talent

Little Buggerz Got Talent (Friday Afternoon)
We’re giving kids 3 minutes each to show off a talent on the Bug Jam main stage. Age Under 14 (Separate adults contest on Saturday)

Details on the Bug Jam's Got Talent page.


Sideshows (Fri, Sat & Sun)
There will be extra fun for youngsters with inflatables and a climbing wall.

Action Wheels

Action Wheels (Fri, Sat & Sun)
A safe, friendly and exciting “Have-A-Go” two wheeled feature aimed at children aged 2 and upwards and of all abilities. Includes balance beams, sea saws and rumble strips for children to navigate their way around. Action Wheels supply a selection of bikes and safety gear that’s FREE to use.

Bug Jam Beach

Bug Jam Beach (Thu, Fri, Sat & Sun)
Back at Bug Jam bigger and better, there will be a real beach located next to Bug Wam. So bring along buckets & spades for the kids and deckchairs to relax in.

Mini Campers

Mini-Campers (Fri, Sat & Sun)
The fantastic Vags Dub Totrods are bringing their miniature camper vans; kids will be able to cruise around in style driving the pint-sized splitties!

"Thanks for the ride in the totrod . It had my little one in stitches he loved the horn too." - HK

Around Site

Fun Fair

Fun Fair Rides (Fri, Sat & Sun)
All the fun of the fair with dodgems, waltzers, arcades, candy floss, sideshows and plenty of stomach churning rides that will spin, twist, flip and thrill you.


Camping at Bug Jam
Camping is included with all weekend tickets bought in advance or on the gate. As well as General Camping there is Club Camping and Quiet / Family Camping (will be signposted and noise curfews will be strictly enforced). Full details on the Camping page.

VW Club Camping - Spend Bug Jam camping with your members in your own allocated club camping area. You will need at least 10 display vehicles to book club camping. Full details of how to book on the Clubs page.

Bug Jam's Got Talent

Retrojumble (Fri, Sat & Sun)
Buyers: Rare and vintage VW parts at bargain prices. Need a decklid for your oval or a period radio for that finishing touch? Have a look here.

Sellers: If you have a veritable scrapyard of second hand parts at home or just a handful of spares, autojumble is the place to sell. Details on Retrojumble page. NO CLOTHING ALLOWED

Trade Village

Trade Village (Fri, Sat & Sun)
If you're looking for car parts, want a cool t-shirt or fancy a lowrider bicycle to get round site, you'll find it all in the Bug Jam trade areas. Visit the Pod Shops for camping supplies and Bug Jam clothing. View info on how to trade at Bug Jam on the Traders page.

Cars 4 Sale (Fri, Sat & Sun)
If you've got a car you want to sell, park it up in the Cars For Sale Paddock, stick your phone number on the dashboard, and wait for the calls to come flooding in. Whether you're buying, selling or browsing, this is the best way to shift cars at the show. And the best bit? It's FREE for both buyers and sellers!

Beer Festival

Bug Jam Beer Festival (Fri, Sat & Sun)
There will be a Beer Festival with ales and ciders from local breweries, so if you’re a real ale fan then head over to Fuelers Bar.

Bars & Caterers

Bars & Caterers (Thu, Fri, Sat & Sun)
Caterers and bars will be open around site all weekend. There will be a wide range of food and drink to suit all tastes from burgers and pizzas to Chinese, Mexican and Indian. Coffee and Milkshakes plus Licensed Bars (Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult, no under 18s after 11pm). View caterer details.

There are Cash Machines in the Shops but please be ready to pay for items on site from our catering units and Pod Shop with contactless card payment rather than cash.

Bug Jam 34 Photos

View photos from Bug Jam 34 on the Facebook Photo Gallery

Drag Racing
Human Powered
Bug Jam Music
Santa Pod Raceway

VW Breakout

Santa Pod Raceway
Santa Pod Raceway is the UK's premier Drag Strip in the middle of England on the border of Northamptonshire and Bedfordshire. For full venue details please visit www.santapod.com.

Nitro FM
Nitro FM on 96.2 will be broadcasting all weekend with live track commentary, a selection of great music, interviews and chat to keep you informed and entertained throughout the day.

Mailing List
Fill out your e-mail address on the Newsletter page to receive the Santa Pod Email News Letter.

Important Notices

  1. EXIT & RE-ENTRY GUIDE: Bug Jam is one of Santa Pod’s busiest and most popular events in the calendar and we have a large number of visitors using rural routes through our neighbouring villages. To relieve our local communities of unnecessary traffic during the event, Bug Jam operates a strict re-entry policy to minimise disruption: visitors choosing to leave the venue anytime during the weekend will need to pay to re-enter the venue even if they have already purchased a ticket. So, please bring all of the camping supplies that you will need for the weekend including enough petrol/diesel! Your continued cooperation in this matter is always appreciated and keeps the Bug Jam vibe alive.
  2. NO SPACE SAVING: Campers will no longer be able to save space for friends arriving at a later time. Large groups should book club camping pitches, and small groups should aim to arrive together.
  3. CAMPING SPACE & LARGER VEHICLES: If your camping space is considered excessive by the campsite stewards, the organisers reserve the right to reduce the size of the area you have taken up. Please be sensible in this respect to avoid any inconvenience with your set up. The contents of larger vehicles will be checked and noted on arrival for non-camping related items. If you are bringing sofas and similar furniture items to Bug Jam you must take these items away with you when you leave site.
  4. LIMITED TICKETS: The number of tickets going on sale will be strictly limited. That means first-come-first-served, and those who book in advance will have priority over anyone trying to buy tickets on the gate. If tickets sell out before the event, NO tickets will be available to buy on the gate, so Santa Pod can be certain that we can accommodate everyone.
  5. NO CHINESE LANTERNS: Chinese lanterns are banned at Santa Pod Raceway as they pose a real fire hazard to the crops and thatched roofs surrounding the track.
  6. NO GLASS: No glass bottles, jars etc allowed on site. This is for you and your car's safety and especially for those in the camping areas. Cars will be searched on arrival.
  7. CHILD WRISTBANDS: Children can sometimes wander off, wristbands for children will be issued when you arrive, please write a contact phone number on the wristband and make sure your child wears it so we can call you if we find the little treasure should they become separated from you.
  8. When you arrive and leave site, please keep your speed down, don't litter and respect local residents.

Full Terms & Conditions

*As part of your Sporting Event entrance only.