Attending festivals in Britain when the sun comes out is an unspoken tradition. And in recent years, festivals have become big business with a rising number of niche, boutique events popping up during the summer months. We’re all aware of the big ones -Glastonbury, Reading and Leeds, T in The Park, Bestival. But it’s the independent festivals that are driving growth – over the past five years they have collectively contributed over £1 billion ($1.5 billion) to the U.K. economy according to figures from the AIF (Association of Independent Festivals). And this figure will continue to grow, as long as the festivals do! Many of these new festivals are inclusive family-friendly affairs which look past music and more towards arts, food and craft catering to a more varied audience. Because of this, many of them allow festivalgoers to attend from the comfort of their caravans. This article will cover the festivals which do allow for this added level of relaxation.
1) Truck Festival, 21-23 July, Hill Farm, Oxfordshire, OX13 6AB
Aptly named because the main stage is made up of two articulated trucks parked side-by-side, Truck Festival offers great music and great value too. Described by The Guardian as being ‘’the godfather of small festivals’’. Tickets start from £90 with £27 extra for caravan parking, this is a great option for your summer caravanning schedule.
2) Y Not Festival, 27-30th July, Derbyshire, DE4 2PH
Y not, indeed? The festival is held in Pikehall, situated in the scenic Derbyshire Dales. General tickets start at £94 with additional caravan tickets to be purchased alongside tickets. To buy these you must contact the festival's organisers directly via email. Y Not in 2017 for the first time will have a designated family area, situated close to the car park for easy set up. The fields do not have electric hook ups and you are able to have one tent or awning alongside camper/caravan for guests.
3) The Big Feastival, 25-27th August, Alex James’ Farm, The Cotswolds, OX7 6UJ
Held by former Blur bassist Alex James’ and Jamie Oliver, The Big Feastival is a celebration of great food, family fun and some great music too. If you want to bring a campervan / caravan to the festival, you will need to book a pitch in advance. The pitches are 8m x 6m and your vehicle must fit within this space. The pitches will cost £89.50 alongside the ticket price. If you are planning to bring your own camping vehicle, please visit here for more information!
4) Wychwood Festival, 2nd-4th June, Cheltenham Racecourse, GL50 4SH
Wychwood is a family-friendly music, arts and literature bonanza. With great headliners across the two days, over a hundred workshops for all ages, and a kid’s literature festival, it really does have something for everyone. Wychwood has a designated caravan area on site, included in the £140 ticket price.
5) Shambala Festival, 24th-27th August, Secret Country Estate, Northamptonshire
A unique festival that takes place in a secret location, Shambala boasts a whopping 200 musical acts over 12 stages, cabaret, circus and a series of workshops. Under 5's go free, though you must book their tickets. Children between 5-14 can enter at £39.00 per ticket, and adult tickets start at £139. Shambala allows for caravans, campervans and cars with towbars of up to 6-8 metres to park at £63 per ticket. One awning and small tent is permitted per person.
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