How you can see death-defying Monster Trucks in Somerset this month

The largest trucking festival in Europe returns to Somerset this month – and organisers say it’s going to be bigger and better than ever.  Truckfest South West rolls into the Bath and West Showground in Shepton Mallet on Saturday, August 31 and runs across the weekend until Sunday, September 1. Today (August 20) is the final day early bird tickets are on offer, so don’t wait around any longer!

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The epic truck event returned last year after a lull for a few years but the organisers tell us they are back to stay.

“It was fabulous being back home at Shepton Mallet last year,” said Truckfest creator Colin Ward. “I can still recall driving around the area in the early 80s looking for a date for a South West Truckfest when l came across the Bath & West Showground and then in 1985 (yes 1985) we launched Truckfest South West. “Unfortunately, we had a lull for a few years due to dates being unavailable at the Showground but last year we were back and we are back to stay.

“It’s great to be ‘back home’ because Shepton Mallet feels like home! “I pay homage to the 500 trucks that supported us on our return last year and thank them from the bottom of my heart.  “We are looking forward to this our second year back at Shepton and we’re delighted to see so many trucks already booked in. 

“Thanks to everyone for your continued support.”

The epic truck event returned last year after a lull for a few years

What to expect

Monster truck entertainment The hugely popular and death-defying Monster Trucks Swampthing and Slingshot will be competing in the main arena with stunts and car crushing. Thrill-seekers who dream of getting a ride on a monster truck will not be disappointed as the ride-on Monster truck “Big Red” will be offering rides all weekend and all the family can climb on board.

There’s also something for the kids to get involved in, with the opportunity for them to ride a mini super truck at the festival. Alternatively, for those looking for some 2-wheel action, stunt team Broke FMX will be in the Truckfest arena all weekend with stunts that push the boundaries of freestyle motocross.

How you can see death-defying Monster Trucks in Somerset this monthSwampthing

Truck displays There will be several truck displays across the weekend from some of the top trucks across the county.

Vintage, American and modern trucks will be on display for all to see, as well as haulier showcases. The Oklahoma Willy Jet Bus will be spewing it’s flames for all to see. You can also see the truck from one of the most famous trucker movies, ‘Smokey and the Bandit’

How you can see death-defying Monster Trucks in Somerset this monthSmokey and the Bandit truck

Live music

Singer, songwriter, performer, agricultural contractor and trucker Marty Mone will be performing on both nights of the festival, bringing his guitar and original songs for all to hear. Having been driving tractors, diggers and lorries since the age of 18, Marty is no stranger to the motoring world and now combines his love of driving with his love of music. Marty performs a mixture of pop, folk, dance, rap and country music and has performed on the Late Late Show and at the Ploughing Championships.

How you can see death-defying Monster Trucks in Somerset this monthTruckfest is here for one weekend only

Ticket details

Advanced tickets

Today (August 20) is the final day to get your hands on early bird tickets. Adult day ticket – GBP15
Child day ticket – GBP6
Grandstand seats – GBP5
Family day ticket (two adults, two children) – GBP36
Family weekend camping – GBP70
Single occupancy weekend camping – GBP50
Additional adult weekend camping – GBP30
Additional child weekend camping – GBP15
Under 5s go free All ticket prices include a booking fee and can be pre-booked here .

Parking is free and available on site with disabled parking allocated to customers with a blue sign so make sure to display this when parking your car. On the day tickets   You can still head along to Truckfest on the weekend of the event but prices go up a bit if you don’t book in advance.

Adult day – GBP18
Child day – GBP8
Family day – (2 adults & 2 children) – GBP45 Family weekend camping: (2 adults & 2 children) – GBP45
Single occupancy weekend camping – GBP55
Additional adult weekend camping – GBP35
Additional child weekend camping – GBP20
Additional camping vehicle pass: GBP20

How you can see death-defying Monster Trucks in Somerset this monthTwo of the Monster Trucks ready for the show

Arrival details

Day visitor gate opening times

9am-5.30pm On the day, simply bring a printed ticket or download an e-ticket onto your smartphone to present at the gates. 

Camping gate opening times Friday: 12noon – 8pm Saturday: 7am – 9am

Visitors that arrive after this time on Saturday are asked to enter on foot via the Exhibitor Gate. The camping package includes show tickets for Saturday and Sunday, entry to evening entertainment, and a Friday-Monday stay. Visitors must vacate the site by 12pm on Monday (September 2).


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