much-loved Vauxhall, Bedford and Opel cars, trucks and vans on display

at Mid-Suffolk Showground

Stonham Barns Park – one of Suffolk’s premier leisure, retail and holiday destinations – has hosted a brand-new show for 2024. 

The Vauxfest 2024 event moved from Northampton to Stonham Barns Park and it showcased Vauxhall, Bedford and Opel cars, trucks and vans on the Mid-Suffolk showground (on 22 and 23 June).

Show organisers, Richard Watt and John Ankerman, have been delighted with the move to Suffolk.  Richard explains: ‘Vauxfest is a big show with lots of excitement around the Vauxhall, Bedford and Opel marques with models past and present. As Vauxhall and Opel are one of the oldest established vehicle manufactures and distribution companies, its cars and vehicles are much collected and sought after by the everyone.  We have families who come to our shows year on year and this show we attracted new Vauxhall, Bedford and Opel followers from the East of England.’

‘Once a Vauxhall, Bedford and Opel owner, always an enthusiast.  It’s always a much-loved family marque and it’s good to get the families all together to celebrate it!’

Vauxhall branded vehicles – with the classic advertising phrase Once Driven Forever Smitten – are still produced in the UK as well as in Opel factories in Germany, Spain and Poland.

Lifelong Vauxhall enthusiasts’ father and son David J Walker from Hitcham, and David F Walker from Cockfield, in Suffolk attended the show. They have followed the brand since David senior worked for a Vauxhall dealership in Stowmarket.  The family own a total of 23 Vauxhall cars and are still actively collecting.

As well as the display of vehicles, there was a Trader’s Area and Autojumble to add to the activities over the weekend.

Stonham Barns Park is a bustling family complex offering accommodation, attractions and activities based in the heart of Suffolk, UK. Activities at the leisure, retail and holiday venue include The Suffolk Owl Sanctuary, Café 24, Legends Sports Bar, The Aspal Theatre, The Golf Centre including Adventure Golf and Footgolf, Carters of Suffolk and The Teapot Pottery Tearooms, holiday lodges, a caravan park, camping and glamping, fishing lakes and Stonham Barns Park Retail Village.

For more information about Stonham Barns Park please contact 01449 711901 or visit