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Great day for car enthusiasts

The annual Festival of Classic and Sports Cars will take place at Helmingham Hall near Stowmarket on Sunday, 7th August 2016.

Held in association with the Suffolk Vehicle Enthusiast’s Club (SVEC), this year’s event is the biggest yet and will showcase over 800 cars representing the last 100 years of motoring history.  It will also raise money for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH), a charity which gives support to families and cares for children and young people with life-threatening conditions.

The list of cars expected this year is impressive and includes marques such as Alvis, Bristol, Jensen, Lagonda and Gordon Keeble. At past events the oldest vehicle seen on display was a 1914 Ford Model T and sports cars have included the Chevrolet Corvette and Ford Mustang as well as cars from Ferrari and Porsche. From mass produced models to custom built vehicles, the finest cars will be on show. A number of these will also parade down the main drive in concourse throughout the day, allowing visitors an insight into how the vehicles perform.

Set in the grounds of the stunning 15th century moated Helmingham Hall with its Grade I listed gardens, the backdrop for the festival could not be more beautiful. The garden will be open and visitors are invited to wander through the fragrant rose garden, pause a while on the stunning parterre and explore the kitchen garden with its overflowing borders and tunnels of ornamental vegetables.

The festival is a highlight in the Helmingham Hall calendar of events and attracted over 7,000 visitors in 2015, raising £5,500 for The Treehouse hospice in Ipswich.

Lord Tollemache, owner of Helmingham Hall says, “The money raised helps with the everyday running costs of the hospice, as well as days out for the children and their families. We are grateful to everyone who supports the event and for their generosity.”

This is very much a family day out and there are plenty of activities planned for children. There will be mini Land Rovers for them to drive, fairground stalls, birds of prey demonstrations and other events in the main entertainment ring. There will also be over 40 craft and trade stalls and plenty of refreshment choices ranging from pies to Pimms, to homemade cakes and other delicacies with an international flavour from around the world.

Folk singers The Broadside Boys, The Suffolk Phoenix Brass Band and Itchy Feet will provide musical entertainment and the Chocks Away dance troupe will be demonstrating their Jive, Swing and Lindy Hop skills.

The Festival of Classic and Sports Cars is on Sunday, 7th August 2016 from 10am to 5pm and admission is £9 for adults, £4 for children and £22 for a family of four. Tickets are available on the gate (cash only) or in advance via the Helmingham Hall website at www.helmingham.com

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