Festival season is almost upon us, but if you’re dreading the prospect of staying in a soggy or cramped tent, Camptoo, a sharing economy platform connecting owners and renters of campervans, has devised the top five campervan-friendly festivals in the UK for those looking to embrace the #VanLife lifestyle.
A campervan or motorhome is the ideal festival companion, providing a dry, safe and comfortable place to sleep, plus added excitement for festival-going children spending the night in a house on wheels. There’s also no need to carry heavy backpacks or crates of beer, as you can fit everything you need into your home from home.
Read on for Camptoo’s round-up of the best festivals for campervan fans…
Boardmasters, Cornwall – 8-12 August
“Surf by day, party by night” sums up Boardmasters. Located on 300 miles of beautiful Cornish coastline, featuring a dedicated Campervan field, this week-long music and surfing festival in Newquay has a laid-back, sporty vibe. Spread across Fistral Beach and Watergate Bay (with shuttle buses connecting between the beaches and Newquay town centre), this vibrant surf festival showcases pro surfer, skating and BMX competitions, workshops and a bustling surf village. The line-up includes George Ezra, Years & Years, Friendly Fires and Annie Mac, and revelers of all abilities can learn to surf.
Cornbury Festival, Oxfordshire – 13-15 July
Dubbed the UK’s poshest festival, Cornbury is a family-friendly, spectacularly English open-air festival. A country fair with a rock ‘n’ roll twist, the festival will be welcoming celebrity chef duo, the Hairy Bikers, to host a pop-up pizza making demonstration, along with a large farmer’s market complete with dancefloor, and a stellar line up including UB40, Squeeze and Alanis Morissette. Book yourself a special ‘Campervan Permit’ and prepare to sip champagne and share a pie with toffs, farmers and rockers alike.
Latitude Festival, Suffolk – 13-15 July
An enchanted garden, disco yoga, creative classes… if you’re after a wellness festival and chance to hone your crafting skills, Latitude Festival is the one for you. Located in Henham Park in Southwold, Suffolk, festival-goers can expect an eclectic line-up including Wolf Alice, The Vaccines and Jessie Ware, as well as headliners The Killers and Solange Knowles. There’s also tents for cabaret, comedy, theatre and dance, plus a plethora of gourmet street food from around the world, look out for Mexican tacos and Argentinian BBQ treats, plus Asian-inspired dosas and bao buns. You’ll need a campervan, caravan or motorhome pass for each vehicle and occupant, which vary in price depending on vehicle size.
Boomtown Festival, Winchester – 9-12 August
Eccentric, creative, unique, Boomtown Festival’s takeover of Winchester sees the city become a place of wonderment, theatre, escapism and community. With three live-in vehicle areas – main, family & accessible and intricately decorated stages set across the city streets, the festival sprawls four districts with their own distinctive style: Hilltop, Downtown, Temple Valley and Whistlers Green. Championing new music and creative talent, with its roots firmly in support of charity causes and conservation, Boomtown hopes to inspire attendees to do their bit for the environment and community, with a focus on supporting all things local.
, Dorset – 2-5 August
Drawing to a close after 15 years, Bestival, the most colourful show on Earth, has joined forces with the UK’s leading contemporary circus group, Cirque Bijou, to unveil the ultimate festival finale in celebration of 250 years of circus. Expect dare-devil stunts, mind-blowing trickery and plenty of heart-stopping stunts during this immersive festival at the Lulworth Estate in Dorset. Dotted across various stages, the line-up includes 80s legend Chaka Khan, Plan B, Grace Jones and London Grammar, along with DJ sets from Rudimental, Mark Ronson and Faithless. You’ll need to purchase a separate campervan or caravan ticket in advance, allowing 9 x 6 metres of space, to accommodate your vehicle and a tent.
To rent a campervan, motorhome or caravan, visit www.camptoo.co.uk.