Bug Jam

Bug Jam 31 - The original and best VW fest

A true VW festival in every sense of the word, with a vibrant and fun atmosphere, bringing to life the very essence of VW culture. Europe’s largest VW event incorporates an eclectic mix of all things VW, with drag racing, Run What Ya Brung, nightlife, Show & Shine, comedy, stunt displays, fun fair, massive trade village, autojumble and much more.

Bug Jam 31 Timetable: View what's on when on the Timetable page.

Bug Jam 31 Gallery: View photos from Bug Jam 31 on the Facebook Gallery.

Bug Jam 31
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Bug Jam 31

Bug Jam 30 Highlights Video: View the action from last year's Bug Jam.

What's On At Bug Jam 31

Drag RacingDrag Racing (Sat & Sun)
With qualifying starting on Saturday and eliminations on Sunday, you're sure to see plenty of the fastest, maddest VWs in Europe! Wheelies and close racing are guaranteed!

The VWDRC will be joined by nitro burning Funny Cars, the road legal hot rods of Street Eliminator, the vintage Fords of Serck Motorsport Outlaw Anglia, and Sportsman ET for championships drag racing. More info on the Drag Racing page.

Bug Jam 31 Entry List: View photos of the drivers entered for Bug Jam at www.santapod.com.

RWYBRun What Ya Brung - RWYB
(Fri 12pm-7pm (£20) & Sat 9.30am-3pm (£15))
Get your own VW on the track on Friday and Saturday, unlimited runs and a full performance print out for each run. Don't forget to bring your driving licence if you want to use the track.
Full details


MusicEvening Music* - Stage / Tents / Bar (Fri & Sat)

Bug Jam hosts five music arenas including the Main Stage, Dance Tent, Retro Tent, BugWam and Fuelers Bar, on both Friday and Saturday evenings, catering for all tastes from indie and dance DJs through to live bands and tribute acts. Details on the Gig Guide page.

Reverend and The Makers
South Church
Motown Gold
Haven’t Stopped Dancing Yet!

Lightning Seeds
The Kubricks
All New Blues & Soul Revue
Ministry of Sound
The Acid Brothers
Daft Punk Tribute
DJ Trademark
Silent Disco


*As part of your Sporting Event entrance only.

Daytime MusicDaytime Music* - BugWam & Stage (Fri, Sat & Sun)

You don't have to wait till the evening for the entertainment to start at Bug Jam with the BugWam and the Live Stage busy during the day on Friday, Saturday & Sunday!

The BugWam is the perfect place to chill out, relax and put your feet up. There will be live acoustic music and DJs from afternoon through to evening and a licenced bar. Details on the Daytime Gig Guide page.

Friday: Paul Strummer, Katie Maillinson, Rhys Gradwell, Alex Earl, MyJaike
Saturday: Claire Schofield, Lloyd North, Amy Simpson, Sam Stopps, Scott Booth, Daisy Keeble, Dan Bond, Simplicity
Sunday: Adelle & Mark, Beth Parker, Hannah Faulkner, Thrash Gordon, Dave Earl

Live Stage:
Saturday: Naked Next Door

Show n ShineAutoglym Show & Shine (NOW ON SATURDAY!)

Strictly VWs ONLY
NEW DAY FOR 2017 - Saturday is the show day for the real head-turners. If you’ve got perfect paintwork, a cool custom ride or a rare vintage VW, make sure you bring your car along to the Autoglym Show & Shine competition. Full details


Rust & RatVW Rust & Rat (NOW ON SUNDAY!)
Strictly VWs ONLY

NEW DAY FOR 2017 - Sunday will be the day where rusty cars shine! If you’ve got a cool rat-ride, rusty original, mean military or battered baja, get along to the Rust & Rat Show. It's open to entries from 9am, and free to enter. Just rock up, register, and chill out until the presentations take place. Full details

CampingCamping at Bug Jam
Camping is included with all weekend tickets bought in advance or on the gate. As well as General Camping there is Club Camping and Quiet / Family Camping (will be signposted and noise curfews will be strictly enforced). Full details on the Camping page.

VW Club Camping
Spend Bug Jam camping with your members in your own allocated club camping area. You will need at least 10 display vehicles to book club camping. Full details of how to book Club Camping for Bug Jam are on the Clubs page.

Glamping & Pre-Pitched Tents
Take the stress out of camping and let Pillow do the work with options of Glamping as well as regular and family sized Pre-Pitched Tents. Visit pillowmotorsport.co.uk for details.

Fun FairLittle Buggerz - Kids Zone (Fri, Sat & Sun)
Back for Bug Jam 31 after it's success last year will be an entire Kid Zone running all weekend located in and around a giant double TeePee. UNDER 10s ONLY

Featuring: Face Painter - Ceramic Workshop - Teddy Bears Picnic - Colouring - The Bonkers Balloon Workshop - Arts & Crafts - Hunt The Bug Game - Movie Night - Games Arena - Magic Show - Doodle on a Tie Dye T-Shirt* - Punch & Judy - Party Games & Disco - Magic Show - Soft Play Area - Coconut Shy

Full details on the Little Buggerz page.

Human PoweredHuman Powered Racing (Sat)
It’s a simple race from the start-line to the finish-line and back, but no engines are permitted! Anyone can enter and there are four trophies: Fastest Bicycle, Fastest Skate (boots and boards), Fastest Runner, and Most Imaginative Entry.

Fun FairFun Fair Rides (Fri, Sat & Sun)
All the fun of the fair with dodgems, waltzers, arcades, candy floss, sideshows and plenty of stomach churning rides that will spin, twist, flip and thrill you.

ComedyComedy (Fri & Sat)
There will be a line up of top comedians on Friday & Saturday including up and coming new acts and established pros to tickle your ribs.

Friday (4:00pm – 5:30pm): Tony Basnett, Jon Pearson, Matt Price
Saturday (1:00pm – 4:00pm): Sully O'Sullivan, Ian Smith, Sean Percival, Chris McCausland, Dimitri Bakanov, Steve Gribbin, Leo Kearse, Rudi Lickwood

Full details on the Comedy page.

BMX RampCool Flo BMX Ramp (Fri, Sat & Sun)
Cool Flo will be bringing their skate ramp to Bug Jam along with their team of Pro riders who will be putting on regular demonstration shows over the weekend. The ramp will also be open for public sessions.

Cool Flo

Monster TrucksMonster Trucks (Sat & Sun)

The Monster Trucks Podzilla and Swamp Thing will be putting on high flying displays of car crushing mayhem on. Get ready to cheer as Novas and Saxos get what's coming.


Terry GrantTerry Grant (Sat & Sun)
Multiple world record breaking stunt driver Terry Grant will be performing precision stunts in a range of cars.

Terry Grant

Jet CarJet Car (Fri, Sat & Sun)

Get ready to experience Jet Cars when Martin Hill brings out the world record breaking Fireforce 3 Jet Funny Car and the Fireforce 5 Jet Dragster to light up the track.


Jet DragsterJet Dragster (Sat & Sun)
The Split Second Jet Dragster driven by Julian Webb will be hurtling down the strip.
Bug Jam's Got TalentBug Jam's Got Talent (Sat)
We’re giving contestants 3 minutes each to show off their talent on the Bug Jam main stage. The great thing is, YOU pick what your talent is! Details on the Bug Jam's Got Talent page.

Bug Jam's Got Talent

Beer FestivalBug Jam Beer Festival
There will be a Beer Festival with ales and ciders from local breweries. So if you’re a real ale fan then head over to Fuelers Bar.
Bug Jam's Got Talent

VW Autojumble (Fri, Sat & Sun)
Buyers: Rare and vintage VW parts at bargain prices. Need a decklid for your oval or a period radio for that finishing touch? Have a look here.

Sellers: If you have a veritable scrapyard of second hand parts at home or just a handful of spares, autojumble is the place to sell. Details on Autojumble page. (Autojumble is SOLD OUT)

Cars 4 Sale

Cars 4 Sale (Fri, Sat & Sun)
If you've got a car you want to sell, park it up in the Cars For Sale Paddock, stick your phone number on the dashboard, and wait for the calls to come flooding in. Whether you're buying, selling or browsing, this is the best way to shift cars at the show.

And the best bit? It's FREE for both buyers and sellers!
Baja CourseBaja & Buggy Course
Take your off-road dub for some fun in the dirt. A short grass and dirt track will include fun corners and gentle bumps to let you get your kicks and show off your ride. Free entry for all suitable vehicles. Hosted by the Bajaclub.co.uk.
Jet Bus

Oklahoma Willy - The Jet Bus (Sat & Sun)
This 1958 VW pick up has a Rolls Royce Viper 535 jet engine from a fighter jet with an afterburner added to produce a maximum power output of 5000 lbs of thrust which can be roughly translated to 5000 BHP.

Rolla Disco

Rolla Disco (Fri, Sat & Sun)
For one weekend a year the Pod Racer Dodgems will become the Pod Racer Rolla Disco Rink with music, lights and smoke machines. It's £5 a go with skates available or bring your own.

Jason SmythThe Adrenaline Tour (Sat & Sun)
Ex world championship motocross rider Jason Smyth brings an awesome Quad and Motorcycle Stunt show.

Bug Jam BeachBug Jam Beach (Fri, Sat & Sun)
This year at Bug Jam there will be a real beach located next to Bug Wam. So bring along buckets & spades for the kids and deckchairs to relax in. Don't forget your best Hawaiian shirt as it's Beachwear Fancy Dress!

Bug WHAM Beach Party! (3pm – 5pm Sunday)

Although the drinks aren’t quite free, it’s going to be our very own Club Tropicana with fun and sunshine, where membership’s a smiling face! So end your weekend where strangers take you by the hand and welcome you to wonderland!

Monster Truck Rides

Monster Truck Rides
Rides in the back of the monster truck Red Dragon will be available each day. (Passengers must be over 3ft tall)

Table Sports

Table Sports Competitions
Let your competitive streak shine through! Go head to head in the fuelers bar with Table Tennis and Air Hockey competitions.

Beetle SprayBeetle Spray (Sat & Sun)
High quality graffiti and aerosol mural artists Peaceful Progress will be at Bug Jam turning a Beetle into a work of art.

Trade VillageTrade Village (Fri, Sat & Sun)
If you're looking for car parts, want a cool t-shirt or fancy a lowrider bicycle to get round site, you'll find it all in the Bug Jam trade areas. Visit the Pod Shops for camping supplies and Bug Jam clothing. View info on how to trade at Bug Jam on the Traders page.

Bars & CaterersBars & Caterers (Fri, Sat & Sun)
There are multiple bars and a range of caterers to suit all tastes on site at Santa Pod Raceway.

2 Seater Dragster2 Seater Dragster (Sat & Sun)
For the ultimate thrill ride, the 7 second Santa Pod 2 Seater Dragster will be running with passenger rides available. Details at www.santapod.com.

Go Car ShareGoCarShare - Life’s a journey – share it!
At this year’s Bug Jam we are committed to making the festival as green as possible and ask you all to consider your environment and the effect your travel has on it. Therefore we have teamed up with the friendly peeps at GoCarShare to help encourage as many of you as possible to share car journeys by offering lifts. Just click on our page and add your journey, whether you are driving or looking for a lift, and they will match you with someone going the same way.
Go on, not only will you be saving the planet a little at a time, but you’ll be saving pennies too! Download the App now (itunes)

Kiddie KartsKiddie Karts (Fri, Sat & Sun)
A go kart driving experience for young children aged between 3-11. Lots of fun in a safe environment. Kids will find them very easy to drive with light, accurate steering and smooth controls. Electric operated so noise free.

Mini Jet CarMini Jet Car (Sat & Sun)
‘Reign of Fire’ is a GBC Mini Pro Funny Car and is powered by a Rolls Royce Gnome jet engine. Piloted by Lee Dennick, this mini jet car will be doing exhibition runs on the track.

Jet BeetleBlue Max Jet Beetle (Sat & Sun)
Returning to Bug Jam for the first time in several years is the legendary Blue Max Jet Beetle. Possibly the world's first jet powered Beetle.

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Posted by Santa Pod Raceway on Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Santa Pod Raceway
Santa Pod Raceway is the UK's premier Drag Strip in the middle of England on the border of Northamptonshire and Bedfordshire. For full venue details please visit www.santapod.com.

Nitro FM
Nitro FM on 96.2 will be broadcasting all weekend with live track commentary, a selection of great music, interviews and chat to keep you informed and entertained throughout the day.

Mobile Phone App
Enhance your visit to Santa Pod with the 1320go App which lets you view live timing data on your mobile phone. Details on the App page.

Mailing List
Fill out your e-mail address on the Newsletter page to receive the Santa Pod Email News Letter and you will also be entered into a monthly prize draw to win a £50 Santa Pod Raceway gift voucher.

Important Notices

  1. EXIT & RE-ENTRY GUIDE: Bug Jam is one of Santa Pod’s busiest and most popular events in the calendar and we have a large number of visitors using rural routes through our neighbouring villages. To relieve our local communities of unnecessary traffic during the event, Bug Jam operates a strict re-entry policy to minimise disruption: visitors choosing to leave the venue anytime during the weekend will need to pay to re-enter the venue even if they have already purchased a ticket. So, please bring all of the camping supplies that you will need for the weekend including enough petrol/diesel! Your continued cooperation in this matter is always appreciated and keeps the Bug Jam vibe alive.
  2. NO SPACE SAVING: Campers will no longer be able to save space for friends arriving at a later time. Large groups should book club camping pitches, and small groups should aim to arrive together.
  3. NO LORRIES: Santa Pod will no longer permit entry to anyone arriving in large vans or lorries. Don’t worry, bonafide motorhomes and campervans and all VWs will still be permitted entry!
  4. LIMITED TICKETS: The number of tickets going on sale will be strictly limited. That means first-come-first-served, and those who book in advance will have priority over anyone trying to buy tickets on the gate. If tickets sell out before the event, NO tickets will be available to buy on the gate, so Santa Pod can be certain that we can accommodate everyone.
  5. NO CHINESE LANTERNS: Chinese lanterns are banned at Santa Pod Raceway as they pose a real fire hazard to the crops and thatched roofs surrounding the track.
  6. NO GLASS: No glass bottles, jars etc allowed on site. This is for you and your car's safety and especially for those in the camping areas. Cars will be searched on arrival.
  7. When you arrive and leave site, please keep your speed down, don't litter and respect local residents.

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