As festival season rolls around you’re probably wondering what ways are there for me to camp at this years festivals. Camping at a festival is one of those unavoidable things that you just have to embrace whether you like it or not. It can be a great way to mix with new people, catch up with old friends, get back to nature and just forget about all the restraints we have in our normal everyday life’s. Or if you like to camp in style with running water, kitchen and shower then there is also the option to do this as well. So whether you want to slum it for the weekend of live the life of riley we’re going to tell you what your options are.
Different ways to camp at a festival
There are three main ways you can camp at a festival. Regular camping where you take your own tent. Glamping where you pay to rent a pre-pitched tent, shed or yurt. Or renting a motor home or caravan with all the creature comforts of home.
This is how most of us spend the weekend. We buy a tent, we pitch that tent and then we have a cracking time meeting new people and generally have a good time. Ever since the festival scene first erupted into UK life the simplest and easiest way to enjoy the event has been with a simple tent. There is no messing around with this option. You buy a tent (doesn’t have to be expensive or large). You pitch that tent and then you have a good time. After its all over you take your tent down and use it again at the next festival.
It you really want to have a comfortable time camping then glamping really is the best option. Glamping takes the pain out of camping. There is no need to pitch a tent, no need to find a good location, no need to carry all your camping equipment into the festival. All this is taken care of for you but, you do have to pay a premium for this service. There are many levels of glamping from pre-pitched tents where you still bring sleeping bags etc, to fully kitted out yurts with beds, bedding, carpet and chairs. With options like the pop up hotel you even benefit from room service as well as draws and cupboards for storing your festival clothing. Glamping really is one of the nicest ways to spend your festival weekend but with high prices for simple extras it might not be the best option for you.
This is the kind that you attach to the back of your car and pull (tow) along the road. You know the ones that hold you up in traffic on a Sunday or bank holiday when you’re trying to get home. All jokes aside these range in styles from your basic bed arrangement up to versions with shower room and toilet or in the extreme case a kitchen. If you are travelling to a festival and you are looking to hire one of these then prices starts from around £15 a night from companies like camplify. As long as the caravan is 750kg or under and the combined weight of the towing vehicle and caravan is 3500kg or less you’ll be able to drive this on a normal licence, but please double check before going ahead with your hire. The RAC have put together a helpful guide to caravan towing. Please note you will need to pay for campervan parking when you book your festival ticket.
Motorhomes are essentially a home on wheels. They are a cracking idea for anyone who wants a fully working kitchen and bathroom (shower room and toilet). This is a great way to stay at a festival. You have everything you need to live like you would normally. With room to knock up food and a place to wash you’ll feel revived after a long day watching bands and drinking your favourite drink. This really is a comfortable way to spend the weekend but with the rental fee for the vehicle as well as the camper van parking price it’s not a cheap option starting around £200 a night from companies like camplify. Please note you will need to pay for campervan parking when you book your festival ticket.
The camper van is the smaller brother to the motorhome and is normally a van that has been converted into a sleeping and food preparation space. Some of the most popular campervans are the old VW Camper which is your classic festival style camper with split screens and bright coloured paint job. If having lots of space is no issue for you then this option is a relatively cheap option starting at around £60 a night from companies like camplify. Please note you will need to pay for campervan parking when you book your festival ticket.
Local B&B or Hotel
This is one of the cheat methods for staying at a festival. Check out local Bed and Breakfasts or hotels close to the festival and see what they have to offer. I will say if any of them have any savvy then they’ll be putting their prices up during the festival period so you could pay over the odds to say in a room that only offers a bed and a shower, but if you like four solid walls and a solid bed this could be for you. If you do decide this is the option for you then check how the roads around the festival are affected and how far away the site entrance is, you don’t want to be walking miles each day just to gain entry.
Stay at a Friends or with Family
Sometimes you might hit the jackpot and have a close friend or family member that lives near a festival. Well don’t be shy and ask them if you can come and stay. They might even want to go to the festival with you. You’ll save some dosh and have some great friends to party with. Just offer to buy them a drink and I’m sure any good friend couldn’t refuse.
Camping can be great fun and with so many options you are sure to find the right kind of camping experience that will help your festival run smoothly. If you want a checklist of things you should take to a festival then take a look at our in depth guide.