If you’re one of the thousands of people who attend music festivals every year, you’ll know just how exciting they can be. There are many different ways to ‘do’ a festival nowadays, from basic camping to pre-erected tents to full-on glamping, complete with hairdryers and hot showers! But if you want a traditional festival experience with a few mod cons thrown in, doing it in your own campervan is definitely the way to go.
By ditching your tent and taking your campervan to a music festival, you can have the best of both worlds. You’ll be near enough to experience all the action, but far enough away to get a good night’s sleep!
Of course, your campervan will act as your transport and your accommodation for the duration of the festival, so you’ll want to make sure it’s probably covered by campervan insurance in case anything goes wrong. Having a campervan with you makes the whole festival experience a lot more enjoyable.
Here, we’ll take a look at some of the most popular reasons for forgoing a tent in favour of a campervan this festival season.
A quick word about tickets
Campervan tickets for festivals are usually slightly different to normal tickets. They might be more expensive, or bought as an add-on on top of the standard entry price. Make sure you check out the official website for the festival you’re hoping to visit beforehand, so you can secure the right type of ticket for your trip.
Which festivals allow motorhomes?
Many of the great UK music festivals now allow campervans. The campervan fields are usually located slightly further away from the action than the tented camping areas. That means that you might have slightly further to walk on the way ‘home’ but it will also be quieter and you should be able to get a better night’s sleep.
Most of the big UK music festivals take place throughout the summer months of June, July and August, mainly to take advantage of the better weather, but as we know, that doesn’t always happen!
The top UK music festivals that allow campervans include:
- Isle of Wight Festival
- Camp Bestival
- The Reading Festival
Why should I take my campervan to a music festival?
- The toilet situation
If you’ve ever experienced the long-drop loos at Glastonbury on a Sunday morning, you’ll know why having your own private toilet in your campervan is so essential. No queuing, no mess and no awkward sights, sounds or smells – perfect!
Okay, so sleeping might not be that high on your agenda when at a music festival – you may want to dance into the early hours or watch the sun come up – but when you do need to recharge your batteries, doing it in the comfort of your own campervan will be the perfect place. Situated away from the noisy public areas, this is the place to catch some shut-eye between sets without being disturbed or someone falling on your tent!
Everyone has seen pictures from a ‘wet’ Glastonbury, with people sliding in the mud and losing wellies left, right and centre. Just do a quick Google search for ‘Glastonbury Festival 2005’ to see what we mean. Having a campervan means you can escape the mud, for a while at least, and freshen up with clean, dry clothes before heading out again. Equally, if it’s particularly hot, like Glastonbury 2019, you’ll have somewhere to shelter from the heat.
Today’s music festivals offer hundreds of different food options, from classic burgers and fish and chips to organic, vegan salads, curries and more. If you want to save money after splashing out on the entrance fee (Bestival, for example, is £285 including a basic campervan ticket), you can bring your own food to prepare in your camper. Storage is easy, you won’t have to carry it around with you all day, and you can treat yourself to bacon and eggs in the morning before a busy day listening to bands.
Everyone knows that festivals aren’t the place to take any precious belongings – you might drop something in the mud, you might be a victim of pickpockets or your tent might get visited in the night while you’re out watching bands. But when you have a campervan, you have an extra level of security not afforded to those people in tents. You can lock up your camper and head out for the day knowing that your items are safe and sound. Of course, thefts can and do happen, and that’s why having campervan insurance is so important to protect devices like cameras, tablets and camping equipment that you’ll be bringing along for the journey.
More quick tips for campervans at festivals
Beat the queues
Queuing in or out of any music festival can take a long time, whether you’re in a car, campervan or on foot. As well as food and water, make sure you have enough fuel in your campervan for the journey into and out of the site. Having breakdown cover for your campervan could help if you run out of fuel or get a flat battery just as you’re about to set off on your journey home.
If you want to explore the local area before or after the festival, it might pay to stay off-site. There are hundreds of campervan-friendly campsites around the UK. For instance, Old Oaks camp site, a member of the Camping and Caravanning Club, is a five-minute drive from the main gates at Glastonbury, while Pitchup lists several campsites that welcome campervans and motorhomes near the site where Latitude is held in Suffolk.
Protect your campervan with campervan insurance
Whichever festival you choose, you’ll want to make sure your vehicle and its contents are protected by campervan insurance. Here at Motorhome Protect, campervan cover can include a range of benefits such as:
- 365-day cover including foreign use
- Up to £3,500 for camping personal effects
- Discounts for official club members
- Cover for your camper while you’re converting it
Talk to the team today to find the right level of campervan insurance for you, so you can rock out at your next music festival knowing you’re covered!