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Atomic Festival 2017

Date: 19.08.2017 - 20.08.2017
Location: Sywell, Northamptonshire, NN6 0BN Sywell, Northamptonshire, NN6 0BN, 0 0


The two-day celebration of all-things vintage, Atomic Festival, is returning to the Sywell Aerodrome on the 19th and 20th August. Packed with mid-century music, drag racing, vintage clothing & flea markets, kids zone and a classic & custom car show, there is something to enjoy for every member of the family.

Drag Racing

There will be lots of exciting drag racing to keep you entertained – racing at Atomic Festival is an informal event and owners of eligible vehicles (cars, trucks and bikes) are invited to join in. If you would like to participate on the track, register your interest when you purchase festival tickets. You will be contacted by The Vintage Hot Rod Association (VHRA) to confirm your eligibility and provide further information.

 Show N’ Shine

On the Sunday, there will be an array of prizes to be awarded for:

  • Best American Car
  • Best British or European Car
  • Best Commercial Vehicle
  • Best Period Style Hot Rod
  • Best Period Style Custom
  • Best Motorcycle

As well as Classic American Magazine selecting a heat winner for their ‘Car of the Year’ competition. Entry to the show field is for pre-1963 vehicles, with separate show parking for post-1962 vehicles.

Vintage shopping

There will be a vintage market offering trinkets, reproduction clothes, shoes and accessories. You will also be able to find records, homewares and collectibles from the best hand-picked dealers throughout Atomic Festival.

Alongside the Vintage Market there will be a Flea Market on the Sunday. If you would like to sell or trade your collectibles at the indoor flea market, pitches are free (no more than 2.5m square) but what’s on offer must be vintage and used goods only, no exceptions!

Action and activities

There are also a number of free activities for the whole family to enjoy throughout Atomic Festival, including:

  • Rock’N’Roller Rink
  • Crazy golf
  • Trampolines
  • Jive Classes

And perhaps the one we’re most looking forward to:

  • Classic Car Rides (courtesy of Classic American Wedding Cars)

There will also be traditional fairground rides for spectators to enjoy alongside the Demon Drome’s Wall of Death – a popular 1900s carnival amusement derived from the United States, where trick riders zoom around the vertical Wall of Death on traditional 1920s Indian Motorcycles. Definitely not something to miss!

Tickets and further information

You can purchase advanced tickets online which cost £45 for an adult (1 day) or £85 (2 days). Under 16s can attend for free, but you will need to present ID to prove age. If you chose to buy your ticket on the day, it will cost £48 (1 day) or £90 (2 days) for adults.

Parking is free, however if you would like to camp (3 nights inclusive), for tents it will be £40 per pitch or £50 if you are staying in a Caravan, Campervan or Trailer Tent.

You can purchase tickets and find out further information on the Atomic Festival website