Last weekend saw the return of The West’est VW fest here at Dews Lake in Lamphey, and it was a great event for VW enthusiasts and campers alike.

There were stalls in the fields selling VW merchandise, clothing and more, including local businesses such as iSea Surfwear (designed and made here in Pembrokeshire) Closer to the barn we had a bar and catering area, with stalls and food trucks offering ice creams, pizzas, Chinese and a local favorite- Slow Pig who served up tasty nachos and other delicious hot food from their converted 1978 Citroen H van.

This year had a Country and Western theme, and some of the guests went all-out with their costumes! We had everything from horses to burly guys in cowgirl dresses, and plenty of furry friends with their own outfits too, which added to the fun atmosphere. We welcome well behaved dogs at the site, and it’s lovely to see campers enjoying themselves with their pets in tow (some literally being towed along on VW themed trailers!)

Entertainment in the daytime included cupcake decorating, an eating competition and dancing workshop so there was plenty to get involved with for younger campers, while the evenings entertainment was provided by some great singers. Local 3-piece band The Stangs kicked off Saturday night, and Sunday we had a hugely entertaining Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers tribute who got the whole barn singing and dancing. This was followed by Food Fighterz whose lead singer was playing his last gig as part of the group.

This year, the organizers planned events to raise money for the Welsh paediatric palliative care charity Ty Hafan. and by the end of the weekend they had collected a fantastic £1067!!

Sunday was rounded up with the Show n’ Shine, which was a great opportunity to take a closer look at a whole range of VW models, lined up and looking their best.

If you are interested in attending, we have already confirmed next years event, and you can contact the West’est VW Fest team for information on bringing down your own VW or trading. We hope to see you there!

Photography by Banana Leaf