Santa Pod Raceway
Santa Pod Raceway
Festival of Power

Festival of Power 2016
Friday 25th to Sunday 27th March 2016

An action packed Easter weekend of family Drag Racing entertainment including Top Fuel Dragsters, Nitro Funny Cars, Jet Cars and National Drag Racing. Plus all things powerful off track including Monster Trucks, Stunt Displays and more.

Festival of Power 2015 Highlights Video

What's on at Festival of Power:

Drag Racing

Jet Car Shootout
Jet Car Shootout
Multiple Jet cars will be running side by side over the 1/8th mile as well as 1/4 mile solo runs each day including Split Second and Fireforce 5 Jet Dragsters, and Fireforce 3 and 4 Jet Funny Cars. (All days)
Nitro Funny Car
Nitro Funny Cars
Modern Funny Cars have the same engines as Top Fuel Dragsters. The first round of the 2016 European funny Car Series will feature Kevin Kent, Gordon Smith and Patrik Pers. (All days)
Nostalgia Funny Car
Nostalgia Funny Cars
Festival of Power will host the first ever round of the new nitro Nostalgia Funny Car class. (All days)
Top Fuel Dragster
Top Fuel Dragster
300mph, 10,000bhp nitromethane burning Top Fuel Dragster driven by the UK's Liam Jones. (All days)

Pro Mod
MSA Pro Mod
0-240 mph in under 6 seconds! Full-bodied cars with massive engines and monster attitude. Pro Mod is the MSA National Drag Racing Championship class. Info at (All days)
Pit Access
Pit Access
Unlike other motorsport venues the public are able to walk around the pits and watch the crews work on their cars and bikes. (All days)
Rocket Bike
Rocket Bike:
The crazy Frenchman Eric Teboul will be hurtling down the strip at over 200mph on his world record breaking Rocket Bike. (All days)
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Pro Mod
National Drag Racing Championships

A huge variety of race cars and bikes will be competing in the first round of National Drag Racing championships. (All days)

Car Classes:

  • MSA Pro Mod
  • Nostalgia Funny Car
  • NFAA
  • Super Comp
  • Super Gas
  • Super Street
  • Super Pro ET
  • Pro ET
  • Sportsman ET
  • Topspeed Automotive Street Eliminator
  • Comp Eliminator
  • VWDRC Pro
  • VWDRC Sportsman
  • Wildbunch
  • Junior Dragster

Bike Classes:

  • Top Fuel Bike
  • Funny Bike
  • Pro Stock Bike
  • Super Street Bike
  • Competition Bike
  • 8.50 Bike
  • 9.50 Bike
  • Junior Drag Bike
View descriptions of the various Drag Racing classes on the Classes page, in the Drag Racing section of this site.

Demonstrations, Stunts & Exhibition Vehicles
Alongside the drag racing there will be demonstration vehicles galore! Promising high-octane excitement both on and off the track for a true "motorsport extravaganza" including Monster Trucks, Stunt Shows, Air Displays and a Circus!
Monster Truck
Monster Trucks
The car crushing Monster Trucks Podzilla and Swamp Thing will be attempting to out jump each other. (Fri, Sat & Sun. Only Podzilla on Fri)
Podzilla Swampthing

Arrepiado Stunt Show
A professional Stunt Rider who performs all over the world with a show including bikes, a quad and a Smart car. (All days)

Action Sports
EX Action Sports Tour
A mix of the incredible skill and aerial styles of Trials Riding & Freerunning. This tour gives audiences the opportunity to watch the crazy tricks they have seen on the internet, Live! (All days)
Action Sports
Broke FMX
Jet Peugeot Car
Herve Franquin's will be bringing his Peugeot 205 Jet Car all the way from France to warm up the crowds at the Live Action Arena.
(All days)
Jez Avery
Jez Avery
Jez will be performing his amazing show on 4 wheels, 2 wheels, 1 wheel and even no wheels! (Fri only)
Jez Avery
Broke FMX
Broke FMX
Top Freestyle Motocross riders will be performing gravity defying tricks as they jump between ramps. (Sun only))
Broke FMX
Kangaroo Kid
Kangaroo Kid
Matt Coulter aka “The Kangaroo Kid” is one of the most prolific stunt riders in the world today, blending gut wrenching quad bike stunts with theatrical showmanship. (Sat only)
Kangaroo Kid
The Pinders Circus will be bringing a dazzling family circus show to Festival of Power with performers ready to astound young and old alike. (All days)
Pinders Circus
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Rides, Exhibits & Kids Entertainment
As well as watching the Drag Racing and Stunt Displays and Circus there will be plenty more going on at Festival of Power where you can have a go yourself.
Helicopter Flights

Helicopter Pleasure Flights
If you have always wanted to fly in a helicopter then this is your chance with Pleasure Flights around the raceway site available. (Weather permitting. £40 per person, adult or child)

2 Seater Rides

2 Seater Dragster
Watch as the brave and the lucky get to ride down the strip in the 7 second Santa Pod 2 Seater dragster. See the 2 Seater page for how to book a ride. (All days)

Caving Experience
Caving Experience
One of the most realistic artificial caving experiences you will get above ground. There is over 90ft of tunnelling inside on 2 levels with sumps, stalagmites and squeezes! (All days)
Fun Fair Rides

Funfair Rides
Enjoy all the fun of the fair with rides including dodgems and waltzers, arcades, sideshows and more. (All days)


T55 Battle Tank
This ex-Slovakian army tank built in 1977 will be on display, it weighs 39 tonnes and goes up to 30mph. (All days)

Climbing Wall

Climbing Wall
If you're an experienced climber or a complete novice, there will be a mobile Climbing Wall with qualified staff on hand to show you what to do. £5 per person for up to 4 climbs. (All days)

Monster Truck Rides

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

Red Dragon
Live Bands

Evening Entertainment
For those camping over with multi-day tickets there is evening entertainment in Fuelers Bar each night with live bands on Fri and Sat. (Fri & Sat)

Kids Entertainment

Kid's Entertainment
There will be plenty going on for youngsters, including a kids area with Arts & Crafts, Face Painting and Ceramic Workshops plus kids entertainers roaming around site. (All days)

Giant Games

Giant Games
Why not re create your favourite childhood memories with these giant oversized versions of all the classics. (All days)

Mini Monsters

Mini Monster Trucks
Straight from the USA to the UK are Mini Monster truck rides for kids and young adults where you get to drive a real Miniature Version of Podzilla.


Trade Village
There will be a wide range of traders selling everything from motorsport clothing to model dragsters. (All days)


Bars & Caterers
There multiple bars and a range of caterers to suit all tastes on site at Santa Pod Raceway. (All days)

Bounce n Box

Bounce N Box
Find a mate, get inside the 15' x 15' inflatable boxing ring, don the giant foam gloves and headguard and wait for the bell.

Crazy Golf

Crazy Golf
There will be a 9 hole crazy golf course with all the classic obstacles including Windmills, Loop 'd' loop, and jumps. (Adults £2.50, Kids £2, Family of 4 £7)

Festival of Power Tickets
  • FREE parking for all ticket holders.
  • FREE access to the pits! Get up close to the racers, crew and of course the Dragsters.
  • Camping included for multiple day ticket holders.
  • Limited overnight camping on Sunday until midday Monday - Sorry, but due to the increasingly heavy demand placed on our site services over such a long weekend, we will no longer be able to accommodate spectator camping over Sunday night unless you are self sufficient as there will be limited facilities on site.

From just £99 + VAT per person come along and enjoy the VIP experience including lunch and balcony viewing. Don't worry if you've already booked your tickets, you can still upgrade for a great day out or a gift. Full information on the Hospitality page.

Festival of Power - Fri 25th to Sun 27th March 2016 - Kids Under 16 FREE*
Ticket Type Standard Advance Grandstand Gates Open Track Fee
Friday £25 £19 £6(std)/£3(adv) Fri 8am N/A
Saturday £25 £19 £6(std)/£3(adv) Sat 8am N/A
Sunday £25 £19 £6(std)/£3(adv) Sun 8am N/A
Fri/Sat £55 £45 per day Fri 8am N/A
Sat/Sun £55 £45 per day Sat 8am N/A
Fri/Sat/Sun £60 £52 per day Fri 8am N/A
Thu Arrival £65 £58 per day Thu 8am N/A

Buy Tickets Online   To Book Tickets please phone 01234 782828 or buy your tickets online.
  • Advance ticket orders are subject to a booking fee of £2 per ticket and postage fee of £3 per order (£6 recorded, no postage fee on "print at home tickets").
  • Maximum single online order of 9 admission tickets. To bulk book tickets for clubs or groups you will need to phone the Box Office to place your order.
  • Advanced ticket prices end on the Friday a week before the event weekend at 5pm. After this time only "print at home tickets" will be available at standard rate.
  • All tickets are non-refundable.
  • Ticket prices are per person.
  • * Three FREE kids per paying Adult, photo ID is required if kids look older than they are.
  • Day admission is 8am till racing finishes, day tickets will be sold on the gate until 4pm.
  • Camping is included within multi-day admission tickets, NOT single day tickets. e.g. Sat/Sun ticket = camping Sat night.
  • Parking is free.
  • Please see Essential Info page for Rain Off Policy and other terms and conditions.
  • For RWYB don't forget your driving Licence.
  • Caravan Club members get 20% discount on selected Santa Pod tickets. View details and exclusions here.
Festival of Power Menu

Festival of Power 2016: Preview
Festival of Power 2015: Report / Video / Photo Entry List / Facebook Photo Gallery
Festival of Power 2014: Report / Video / Photo Entry List / Facebook Photo Gallery
Festival of Power 2013: Report / Photo Entry List / Photo Gallery
Prior to 2013 the Easter event was known as Easter Thunderball
Easter Thunderball 2012: Report / Photo Entry List / Photo Gallery / Photo Competition
Easter Thunderball 2011: Report / Photo Entry List / Galleries: Fri | Sat | Sun | Mon / Photo Comp
Easter Thunderball 2010: Report / Photo Entry List / Galleries: Frid | Sat | Sun | Mon
Easter Thunderball 2009: Report / Photo Entry List / Galleries: Frid | Sat | Sun | Mon
Easter Thunderball 2008: Report / Photo Entry List / Galleries: Frid | Sat | Sun | Mon
Easter Thunderball 2007: Report / Photo Entry List / Galleries: Thur | Fri | Sat | Sun | Mon
Easter Thunderball 2006: Report / Gallery
Easter Thunderball 2005: Report / Gallery
Easter Thunderball 2004: Report

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