Campervan hire at Glastonbury Festival has become a really popular and cool way to enjoy the festival. The Festival is now more geared up than ever to provide facilities for campervans and motorhomes, but there are some important points you should note regardless of whether you bring your own vehicle or take advantage of one the companies that offer Glastonbury campervan hire.
To use the allocated fields for campervans and caravans, you will need a special ticket. These are available for an additional fee (it was £75 in 2009), and they can be purchased at the same time as your Glastonbury Festival ticket. Although only one is required for each vehicle, every person staying in the campervan does need a weekend Glastonbury Festival ticket, you will not be allowed in if you haven’t.
Campervans must have ‘suitable fitted facilities’, this means the campervan must have purpose-built fitted sleeping facilities and either fitted cooking or washing facilities. Any converted vehicles must clearly be live-in vehicles. This does not mean simply a van with a piece of foam cut to size for a bed, and a bucket for washing! A team of campsite staff and security staff will check that campervans and caravans coming into these fields have bona fide living accommodation. No other vehicles will be let onto these fields under any circumstances – not even late replacement vehicles in the case of a breakdown. If your vehicle is considered unsuitable for the campervan fields which includes unconverted vans, will not be allowed entry and will be sent to one of the festival car parks – and security patrols will not permit sleeping in any vehicles in these car parks.
Facilities provided in the campervan and caravan fields are water, waste-water containers, toilets, and a food trader open 24 hours a day. The fields are surrounded by steel shield fencing and patrolled by security staff. No electricity is provided for field users.
Glastonbury Festival does not rent caravans to ticket holders, or have any arrangements with contractors to rent caravans. You can of course hire a campervan and bring it to the Festival, provided you have purchased a weekend Glastonbury Festival ticket and a campervan ticket.
The only access to the campervan and caravan fields is via the Blue Route, along from the A37. A windscreen sticker will be sent to you with your campervan ticket, which will permit access to the Pylle Road via the Blue Route, and allow you to park in the fields. You will be allowed access from 8am on the Wednesday before the festival. To enable traffic to exit the site, Blue Route becomes one-way outbound from 2pm on Sunday afternoon until 6pm on Monday evening. As a result, no vehicles can access the campervan and caravan fields during this time. Do not leave the campervan and caravan fields in your vehicle and expect to get back to the fields during these times, or arrange for others to pick up during this period, as access will be refused.
For hired campervans there is a system with the contractors delivering the campervans/caravans so that they can use the hire document/delivery note to bring the vehicle on to the Festival site. Your campervan hire company will have more details of this.
The Fire Officer will not allow ticket-holders to camp beside campervans or cars due to the risk of contiguous fire, but it is permitted to camp behind them. You can bring a Winnebago or extra large RV however, for all vehicles longer than 7 meters it will be necessary to purchase two caravan/campervan tickets, to cover the extra space required.
You can use an awning, but only manufacturers awnings are acceptable. The Fire Service does not permit people to sleep under these awnings because of the risk of contiguous fire between vehicles.
Stewards will be on hand in the campervan fields to advise on siting vehicles. It is not possible to reserve a specific area as space is allocated on a first come first served basis.
There are some things that you cannot bring: Absolutely no generators are allowed on site. Also, glass is not permitted anywhere on festival land. The security staff will also check for any other items not permitted on site, as specified in the terms and conditions on weekend tickets. Security staff will confiscate any such items and may refuse entry to the site. The decision of the security team will be final.
Campervan hire specialists, Motorholme, have been providing a hire service for many years. Many companies do not wish their campervans to go to Glastonbury, but this is fine with Motorholme. Each year there is a system in which you can reserve your campervan with a small deposit and if you don’t get a ticket, then automatically get your deposit back. Artist promoters may also consider using a rental service to provide corporate accommodation during the festival. For more details call 0800 612 8719 to find out more.