Visitor Info

Organised by the team behind Fast Ford and Classic Ford magazines, FordFest will return for the fifth year in 2019 and is set to feature thousands of Fords with a following, from Anglias to RS’s, Cortinas to Capris and Mondeos to Mustangs. FordFest is fast becoming one of the highlights of the Ford calendar, as it’s a great opportunity for fans of the marque to interact, whether they’re into new Fords, old Fords or, quite often, both. It’s a truly interactive show, and one that is guaranteed to feature as a must-attend in any Ford fans diary. 

FordFest takes place at the East of England Arena (formerly Peterborough Showground), Peterborough, PE2 6XE. 


By Rail

Peterborough is located on the East Coast Main line running from London Kings Cross to Edinburgh. A number of fast trains run on this network, making London accessible in 45 minutes on specific trains.

The station has its own taxi rank, which means reaching Peterborough Arena is approximately 15 minutes away once the train has arrived in the station.

By Car

Arriving by car, you will be guided to one of our hard standing or grassed free parking areas. There are 22,000 spaces – so plenty of room for everyone. We also have plenty of disabled parking bays.

Travelling from Peterborough City Centre – take the Nene Parkway/A1260, follow directions to Oundle Road/A605 and turn right onto this road, which will lead you directly to the venue. The brown highway signs indicating East of England Arena/Showground will help to guide you. The journey is approximately 16 minutes from the centre of Peterborough.

Travelling from the A1(M) South – continue along the A1(M), passing the Peterborough Services (Extra MSA); continue forward onto the A1 and then take the next turn left, signposted East of England Arena/Showground. At the junction with the A605, turn left and travel half a mile. At the roundabout, turn right, and you have arrived at Peterborough Arena.

Travelling from the A1(M) North – ignore the very first signpost for Peterborough and continue travelling along the A1 picking up the brown highways signposts indicating East of England Arena/Showground. Follow these signs and leave the A1 at Alwalton, taking you through the village and onto the A605 Oundle Road junction. Turn left at this junction and at the very next roundabout, turn right and you’ve arrived at Peterborough Arena. If you are in a heavy vehicle, or towing a trailer, we advise you to avoid driving through Alwalton. In this case continue on the A1, leaving at Junction 17. Turn left onto Fletton Parkway A1139. After half a mile exit onto the Orton Parkway (still A1139) taking the second exit at the roundabout. Continue on Orton Parkway at the next roundabout. After half a mile turn left onto Oundle Road where you will find the entrance of the Arena on your left after 600m.

By Public Transport

Peterborough City Centre has a number of taxi ranks, as well as a coach park and bus station located within the Queensgate Centre. The Stagecoach bus service runs a half-hourly service during the week and two-hourly Sunday service, stopping just outside Peterborough Arena. The bus number to look for is X4 leaving Bay 15 at Queensgate, Peterborough.

The bus stop is located at the Marriott Hotel, Lynchwood.  A  fifteen minute walk will bring you to our main entrance gate.


Advanced Day Ticket: £20*
*Includes entry ticket to either Saturday or Sunday and sovenir showguide worth £5.00

Advanced Weekend Ticket: £35**
*Includes entry ticket to both Saturday and Sunday and souvenir showguide worth £5.00

Camping Add-On: £7.00 per night


As part of our commitment to make FordFest accessible to all we will provide those disabled ticket holders that require full time assistance with 1 free ticket for a partner, accompanying friend or personal assistant (PA). You will need to provide a copy of your most recent PIP form showing your current entitlement and your ‘blue badge’ if car parking is required. On arrival at the show please liaise with the staff on the gates when presenting your entry ticket.Disabled Visitors


Parking is free at FordFest, the marshals will direct you on your arrival.


We've pulled together our most commonly asked questions, just CLICK the buttons below.

If your question is not answered please call us on 01959 541444 and we will endeavour to resolve this as quickly as possible for you.

Question Answer

What time does the show open?

Gates are open to the public from 09:00 and from 06:30 for clubs. Gates close for everyone at 17:00.

Will there be a cash point on site?

Yes, there are TWO cash points at Santa Pod. One is located near the Fuellers Bar in the catering area, and the second is located in the Pod Shop.

Are credit cards accepted on the gate?

Yes, credit cards can be used on the gate.

Is the event solely for Fords?

Yes, it’s a show purely for all Ford cars.

Can I bring my pet?

To comply with the venues rules. No animals are allowed on site, apart from guide dogs. 

Is there a bar on site?

Yes, there is a bar on site serving alcohol.

Are there food units on site?

There are many food units and a permanent on site cafeteria open throughout the day.

Can I bring my own food and drink?

Yes you can bring food and drink in to the venue. Glass bottles are not permitted and will be conviscated at the main gate.

Will there be someone taking photos of the cars for me to purchase on the day?

Yes there will be a track photographer and also entry photographers on site. More information will be available soon on our website.

Are BBQ’s allowed on site?

Charcoal BBQ’s are permitted in the campsites. No BBQs of any kind are allowed on Club Stands. Open fires are not allowed and you will be asked to extinguish it by security. 

Are there any concessions for people with disabilities?

As part of our commitment to make FordFest accessible to all we will provide those disabled ticket holders that require full time assistance with 1 free ticket for a partner, accompanying friend or personal assistant (PA). You will need to provide a copy of your most recent PIP form showing your current entitlement and your ‘blue badge’ if car parking is required. On arrival at the show please liaise with the staff on the gates when presenting your entry ticket.

Question Answer

How can I buy a ticket?

All tickets are purchased online via our ticketing system. You can also purchase tickets on the gate. 

Can I get a refund for my tickets once I've bought them?

Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable – click here to view our full terms and conditions. If you have taken out refund protection please visit where you will be taken through the refund process.

Will I be able to buy a ticket on the gate?

Yes you can buy tickets on the gate from 09:00.

Do I need to bring ID with me to gain entry?

Yes. You will need to bring with you the card you purchased the tickets with and photo ID card (such as your driving licence) along with your ticket clearly printed or viewable on your mobile phone to gain entry. If you are unable to provide sufficient ID or your ticket has already been scanned, you will be asked to pay the full entry price on the gate.

What do I do if I want to buy a ticket for a gift?

You will be asked during the transaction who you are buying the ticket for, you must type in the recipient’s name here. They should bring the confirmation email, ticket and relevant ID to confirm they're the named recipient given during the order.

My name is not on the ticket, can I still attend the event? Yes, all tickets are unique, your tickets will display the name of who purchased the tickets. If your tickets were brought by someone else please bring a copy of the confirmation email with you.

My tickets haven’t arrived yet when will I get them?

Tickets are emailed out to you upon confirmation of payment.  Please check your junk or spam folder just in case. If you have not received your ticket please contact a member of our team.

Do I have to purchase a ticket for my child?

Entry is FREE for 2 children aged 14 and under when accompanied by a paying adult . Additional children are £5 each.  You are responsible for any children who attend the event with you and you must ensure that they comply with these terms and conditions.

Question Answer

Is there car parking available?

Yes, there is a public car park available free of charge.

Is there disabled parking?

Yes, there is a disabled parking area, please ask on the gate for a pass and the marshalls will direct you.

Is there any way that I can park my car in the show rather than in the public car park?

Yes. If you are not part of a Club or Show & Shine please purchase an Individual Display ticket. 

Question Answer

Can we camp the night before?

There is camping on site on Friday before the show. You can arrive on Friday from 12.00 until 22:00. Camping tickets are per person and children DO need a camping ticket, children camping tickets are priced at £10 on the gate. All children aged 5 and under are FREE. 

Are there toilets on site for campers?

Yes, there are plenty of toilets on site open 24hrs.

Are there showers on site?

Yes, there are free showers available.

Are there electrical connections on site?

No, there are not any electrical hook ups available.

Can I bring my caravan/trailer tent/motor home?

Yes you can bring any of these but please note that camping is on grass.

Is there a family/quiet campsite?

Yes there is a separate campsite for anyone wanting a quieter area. Please just ask at the gate and you will be given a separate campsite pass.

Can I have a bbq?

Yes charcoal bbqs are allowed within the campsites.

Can I have a fire?

No fires are allowed on site and will be extinguished by security.

Are there medical services on site?

Yes there are 24 hour medical services on site if needed.

Can I park my car next to my tent?

Yes, you can park next to your tent.

Can I leave site and then come back in?

Yes, but you will need a pass out ticket and will not be allowed out after 22:00

Do children require a camping ticket?

Yes, Children aged 14 and under will also require a camping ticket. Child camping tickets are priced at £10 on the day. Children aged 5 and under are FREE.


About the Show

Please note: No animals are permitted onsite, apart from guide dogs


England Arena & Events Centre,
East of England Showground,
Oundle Rd, Alwalton,

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