Festivals in a Campervan# Camping
There’s no doubt that festivals are a big part of the culture in the United Kingdom. You could almost say that they are the culture since there are so many of them throughout the year! Some of the best festivals in the world take place in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland and in an average year, well over 200 festivals take place across the region with over five million people attending. So, have you ever thought about visiting some of those festivals in a Campervan in 2023?
Festivals in the United Kingdom in 2023
Each year in the United Kingdom, there are food festivals, beer festivals, children’s festivals, music festivals, film festivals and more. There’s something for everyone, and some even include a variety of elements to cater to a wider audience. Most festivals are even dog-friendly, and some, like Dogstival, are catered exclusively to dogs and dog lovers.
The best time to attend festivals in a Campervan in the United Kingdom is between May and October, when most of them are scheduled to take place and the weather is best. During this time of year, the temperatures are warm(ish) and there’s less of a chance of rain dampening your experience. If you’re planning a road trip around the United Kingdom, hiring a Motorhome is a great way to get around, and you’re bound to find some festivals along the way.
Why you should attend festivals in a Campervan
Attending festivals in a Campervan is the most convenient way to experience the season in the UK because you can easily travel from place to place and attend multiple gatherings without any hassles. As most festivals take place outdoors, you can expect to contend with mud, heat, wind and pretty much every other phenomenon mother nature can throw your way. Attending festivals in a Campervan means that you’ll have shelter readily available when you need it. Of course, if you rent a vehicle with PaulCamper, make sure you deliver your Motorhome back to the owner the way you’ve picked it up!
You’ll also have a place to wash up after a long day of trudging the muddy grounds and sitting in the hot sun, and you’ll have a warm, comfortable place to rest. Not to mention that it’s certainly more luxurious than staying in a tent. You’ll have a roof over your head as you sleep, and you’ll wake up to all the facilities you need to prepare your own breakfast. No wandering around in the early, misty morning searching for stale coffee.
But hold on, there’s more…
Whether you park on-site for the duration of a festival or you stay at a nearby campsite, you’ll reap the benefits of having a place to retreat when you need a change of clothes, a rest, or a bite to eat. One of the biggest complaints that festival-goers have is queuing for the washrooms, not to mention the condition that these portable washrooms are usually left in! If you have a vehicle that comes equipped with bathroom facilities, attending festivals in a Campervan eliminates this problem. No trudging in the darkness in the middle of the night in search of the facilities!
The ins and outs of attending festivals in a Campervan
It’s best to book your ticket to any festival as early as possible. If you’re attending a festival that allows Motorhomes or Campervans to stay on-site, make sure to book your stay along with the festival ticket because you may not be able to access the camping area without a pre-booking. Before you leave home, make sure your vehicle is stocked with everything you’ll need. Such as rain ponchos, insect repellent, sun protection, comfortable shoes and chargers for phones and other devices.
While some festivals offer water and electric hook-ups, others don’t. If you don’t have access to these services, don’t worry! Most of our vehicles come equipped with a freshwater tank as well as solar panels to generate electricity. Portable gas cookers or a stove with a gas connection is included as well.
When the camping area opens to Campervans and Motorhomes, try to show up as early as possible to get the best spot, as they tend to fill up quickly. You also don’t want to spend time stuck in a queue to get into the site or end up having to set up in the dark!
The dos and don’ts of Attending Festivals in a Campervan
- Don’t take any restricted items into the festival grounds or camping area. This could include fireworks, glass bottles, illegal substances, or any type of weapon.
- Make sure your camper is secure when you leave to attend the festival activities.
- Don’t park in restricted areas, or you’ll risk being ticketed or towed.
- Keep your site and vehicle tidy and clean up any rubbish before you leave.
- Do follow festival regulations to ensure everyone has a good time without any trouble.
Top 6 festivals in the UK in 2023
The United Kingdom plays host to many festivals throughout the year, and attending one or more of these festivals is a great add-on to any road-tripping holiday in the region. Here are some of our favourite festivals to attend around Scotland, England, Wales, and Northern Ireland.
1. Edinburgh Fringe Festival – Scotland
Not only is the Edinburgh Fringe Festival one of the best arts and culture festivals in the United Kingdom, but it’s one of the best in the world. The festival takes place over three weeks in August from 04 August 2023 to 28 August 2023 and draws talent from all over. Tens of thousands of performances take place across hundreds of venues. There are children’s entertainers, dance performers, stand-up comedians, concerts, musicals, art exhibits, circus performances and even opera.
While camping is no longer available through the festival committee, there are several campsites located nearby that accommodate festival-goers. Mortonhall Caravan & Camping Park is only a short bus ride away from downtown Edinburgh, and Linwater Caravan Park is situated near the major routes to the city.
2. Festivals in a Campervan – Glastonbury, Pilton, England
The Glastonbury Festival is a five-day of contemporary performing arts that takes place in Pilton, Somerset in England. In addition to contemporary music, the festival hosts dance, comedy, theatre, circus, cabaret, and other arts. In 2023, it will happen from 21 June to 25 June. Famous singers like Elton John, Billie Eilish, as well as Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds will take the stage. Additionally, there are lots of traders and so much more to explore, such as poetry and award-winning street food.
There’s a dedicated festival parking space called the Ash Combe Park that offers parking and camping for ticket holders only. However, you need to be fast to get your pitch as there’s limited availability. They provide a 24-hour snack bar, patrolled parking as well as hot showers and toilets. If you’re searching for a bit more quiet area, the Lower Westhold Farm Camping and Caravanning Site is also close by to the festival area. The campsite is adult only and offers electric hookups as well as a washroom with hot showers and lavatory.
3. Camp Dalfest – Northern Ireland
Music and food are at the centre of the family-friendly festivities at Camp Dalfest which takes place on the grounds of the 17th-century Glenarm Castle in Glenarm. It takes place from the 15th to the 16th of July in 2023. Festival-goers enjoy musical performances by world-renowned acts, cooking demonstrations, art exhibits, children’s entertainment and more.
A campsite for Campervans and Motorhomes is available, and camping packages should be booked as early as possible as up to 25,000 people are anticipated to attend each year. Alternatively, the Carnfunnock Caravan Park and Campsite is a great place to set up nearby.
4. Latitude in Suffolk, England
Are you looking for a laid back, family-friendly festival to visit in a Campervan? Then Latitute is a great choice! The festival just radiates a relaxing atmosphere and performing arts, as well as music, are the biggest part of it. Enjoy amazing poetry, comedy as well as literary readings. In 2023 many award-winning performers will take the stage and the lush woodland setting is perfect for spending some time in nature. Bands like The Kooks or The Proclaimers will provide you with some great music as well as singers like Paolo Nutini and George Ezra. Next year, the Latitude Festival takes place from 20 to 23 July.
The Latitude Festival offers on-site camping. There’s a dedicated family campsite right next to the enchanted garden area that offers a special family programme. In order to stay here, you will need to purchase the family festival ticket. All other festival goers can enjoy the weekend campsite, but don’t forget to purchase your Campervan, Caravan or Motorhome pass when buying your festival tickets. Campervans and motorhomes will arrive one day before the festival begins.
5. Festivals in a Campervan – Boardmasters in Cornwall, England
The pretty Cornish beaches meet great music and lots of outdoor fun at the Boardmasters Festival in Cornwall! Go kayaking, take surfing lessons or attend wellbeing and yoga workshops, there’s plenty to discover! All accompanied by music from famous bands and singers such as Florence + the machine, Liam Gallagher, Little Simz as well as great DJs such as Ben Nicky and Kanine. Enjoy five epic days in August from 9th to 13th. See you at the beach!
Boardmasters offers a campsite for Campervans. You can buy your ticket including your pitch right here. However, lots of space is already sold out and if you’re looking for an alternative, check out nearby Watergate Bay Camping. The campsite provides you with high quality food in their little café and an amazing view of the ocean.
6. Gwledd Conwy Feast – Wales
Wales is another region of the United Kingdom that’s great for attending festivals in a Campervan. Among the many festivals that take place in Wales, the Gwledd Conwy Feast is one of the biggest and best. This festival takes place in the historic walled town of Conwy and lasts for three days. Dates for 2023 still need to be announced.
During that time, you’ll enjoy sampling delicious food and drink, going to concerts, attending workshops and admiring beautiful art. On-site you’ll find street food stalls, exhibits, and vendors. There’s no camping on-site, but several campsites are situated nearby, including Conwy Holiday Park and Trwyn yr Wylfa Caravan & Camping Site.
And that’s it! Hopefully, you’ve enjoyed our tips and tricks for festivals in a Campervan and are ready to plan your festival experience for this year. Find vehicles that you can rent for a festival with us.
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