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It's Time to Dance! Ditch the tent and rent a campervan for your 2021 festival fun.

Festivals are back on and freedom day is nearly here…

What better way to celebrate the return to normality then by booking a ticket to your favourite summer festival and enjoy some long awaited sun and fun by putting on your dancing shoes, sticking on the glitter and enjoying a weekend of live music and happy faces.

Camping is almost a right of passage for the festival goer, however there is a slightly more comfortable way to spend you weekend. One that includes ice and air-conditioning, a clean place to stash your clothes and a cool spot to rest your head and even your own loo! Renting a campervan or motorhome allows you to enjoy the fun of a festival with the comforts of home.

Taking a campervan to a festival gives you a quiet space to take a peaceful afternoon break, a safe place to leave your belongings and the amenities to cook your own meal. Whether you make it your quiet space or enjoy hosting your friends from it, it can be a much needed getaway spot. And you don’t have to panic if it rains! Or spend the first hour of your time there trying to put it up. Or put it down at the end and your not feeling so fresh…

Here are our top tips for campervan camping at festivals:

Make sure you have the right tickets!

Tickets can come in entry only, general camping in a tent or campervan parking so before you ‘checkout’ double check your ticket and get in touch with organisers if your not sure that you you have the right one. The park up pitches may have size restrictions as well so if you’re taking a long-based campervan or motorhome check it’ll fit easily into the space.

Check you camper has an awning or gazebo!

Not only a great way to spend a chilled out sundowner or evening meal but it will save you from the notorious festival mud and give you a much needed dry patch outside your campervan.

It may not be on the essentials list but we highly recommend you taking your twinkly lights!

Twinkly lights on your campervan are as essential as the glitter at a music festival. If you hang them around your awning, in the evenings you’ll create the perfect pre-party evening soiree.

There’s also a positive security perk by keeping them on while your gone as it lights up you campervan and helps keep it safe.

Festival food and plenty of drinks!

Although there are few better places for finding a host of delicious and affordable meals, sometimes you want your favourite home comforts and a couple of quiet drinks before you head back to the festival for the evening entertainment. It also really helps if you’re on a budget… Stock up on your favourites and you’ll be a hosting favourite with your friends. It’s always a relief to have a snack to hand the morning after too…

Bring plenty of water

An obvious one but still the most important. Whether the sun’s out or not, with all the dancing to be done and a few drinks or more it’s easy to skip the hydration. Make sure the van has plenty of H2O to keep you hydrated and for the all important hand washing after a day out and about.

Stock up on Fuel

Arrive with plenty of fuel so you can get away quickly without having to get stuck in a post festival queue finding somewhere to fuel up nearby.

Buy some magnetic hooks

Whether the rain is falling or the sun is shining you’ll no doubt end the day with some far from clean clothes. Magnetic hooks that hang from the outside of the van are an easy way to keep your wet and muddy gear safe and out of the way.

Bring the BBQ!

Depending how many days the festival is, a BBQ kit is a great way host a lunch or dinner at your campsite.

Here are some of the UK festivals that are going ahead in 2021

Latitude Festival

A family friendly relaxed and inclusive festival where performing arts plays a big part as well as, of course, the music. You’ll enjoy great comedy, literary reading and poetry in a beautiful woodland setting which is perfect for getting back in touch with nature.

Where: Suffolk

When: Thursday 22nd July – Sunday 25th July 2021

Great for: Laidback fun

2021 Stage Highlights: Bill Bailey, John Cooper, The Chemical Brothers, Haim, Wolf Alice, Bastille and Rudimental.

Standon Calling

Not only will this year’s festival be a celebration of getting back to the norm but Standon Calling will also be celebrating its 15th birthday in 2021 so there will be an extra special vibe at this boutique feeling festival. There’s a wide ranging arts, theatre and comedy scene and you can even swim in the Lorship’s pool.

Where: Hertfordshire

When: Thursday 22nd July – Sunday 25th July 2021

Great for: Indie Kids

2021 Stage Highlights: Primal Scream.

Camp Bestival, Dorset

Seen as the little sister of the previous Bestival festival but with a much more family vibe with plenty of children friendly activities on offer, making it a firm family favourite.

Where: Dorset

When: Thursday 29th July – Sunday 1st August 2021

Great for: Family friendly fun

2021 Stage Highlights: Fat Boy Slim, Friendly Fires, Kelis

Where to find out more: https://www.campbestival.net

Camp Bestival

Wilderness, Oxfordshire

This magical and sprawling woodland festival within the Cornbury Park estate has built up a loyal following over the years. With indie headlines and hip alternative acts of authors and comedians mixed with a few great chefs cooking up an amazing festival food offering second to none.

Where: Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire

When: Thursday 5th August – Sunday 8th August 2021

Great for: Pure boutique vibes

2021 Stage Highlights: Jamie xx, Loyle Career, Rudimental, BICEP

Where to find out more: https://www.wildernessfestival.com

Paul Ainsworth’s Travelling Feast, Cornwall

The first-ever Travelling Feast food and music festival is coming to a handful of breath-taking locations across Cornwall this summer with an incredible line-up of food trucks from award-winning chefs and live music from chart-topping acts. A two-week festival come road trip with a roster of the nation’s best loved chefs such as Niall Keating, Tom Kerridge, John Hooker, James Martin and Angela Hartnett.

Join for a day or follow the crew on a longer leg of the journey while enjoying foraging workshops, yoga classes and open-air film screenings as well as boat trips.

Where: Cornwall

When: Friday 6th August – Friday 20th August 2021

Great for: the ultimate food-lover’s festival

2021 Stage Highlights: Kaiser Chiefs, Rudimental, Jake Bugg.

Where to find out more: https://www.travellingfeast.co.uk

Travelling Feast Festival

Boardmasters

Newquay hosts its very own surf and music festival in 2021. Boardmasters is a five day event that takes place over two locations, the surfing Mecca of Fistral Beach and the stunning Watergate Bay in the beautiful west coast of Cornwall. There is plenty to do with kayaking, coastal runs and surf lessons available as well as wellbeing workshops and yoga as well as of course the music, a mix of indie, rock, hip hop and dance.

Where: Cornwall

When: Wednesday 11th August – Sunday 15th August 2021

Great for: Beachside lounging and surf vibes

2021 Stage Highlights: Foals, GORILLAZ, Jorja Smith

Where to find out more: https://www.boardmasters.com

Boardmasters Festival 2018 – Image by Alex Rawson

Green Man, Wales

One of the most beautiful settings of any UK festival with its location in the Welsh Brecon Beacons. Although its ever growing in popularity it continues to retains its arty ethos and has plenty on offer from sound-therapy sessions to science workshops and Indie, folk and alternative rock music.

Where: Brecon Beacons

When: Thursday 19th August – Sunday 22nd August 2021

Great for: Creative Minds

2021 Stage Highlights: At time of writing it was still to be confirmed

Where to Find Out More: https://www.greenman.net

Green Man Festival in the Brecon Beacons Wales

We Out Here, Cambridgeshire

Having only launched in 2019 and having to cancel in 2020, We Out Here is new on the festiaval scene however gained hugely positive feedback and respect for its forward thinking and diverse line-up curated by DJ and broadcaster Gilles Peterson. All set in the beautiful backdrop of the Cambridgeshire countryside which was previously home to Secret Garden Party.

Where: Abbots Ripton, Cambridgeshire

When: Thursday 19th August – Sunday 22nd August 2021

Great for: Cool, chilled vibes and family friendly

2021 Stage Highlights: Ezra Collective, Kokoroko, Joy Orbison

Where to find out more: https://www.weoutherefestival.com

Lost Village, Lincolnshire

Head into the woods and navigate through a network of winding pathways to find derelict houses, overgrown courtyards and an abandoned airport.

Once you’ve explored the eerie woodland trails of the Lost Village relax at one of the extensive wellness programs, comedy, talks and free workshops and of course music with top DJs and energetic live acts.

Where: Lincolnshire

When: Thursday 26th August – Sunday 29th August 2021

Great for: Raving

2021 Stage Highlights: Bombay Bicycle Club, Bonobo, Four Tet and Honey Dijon.

Where to find out more: https://lostvillagefestival.com

Creamfields, Cheshire

A highlight on the calendar for the electronic-music devotees, the Creamfields festival has been running strong for two decades now. Angled as the biggest dance festival in the UK with 70,000 club-lovers to the area. It’s all about the DJs here and not much else in the way of activities or workshops.

Where: Between Liverpool and Manchester in Cheshire

When: Thursday 26th August – 29th August 2021

Great for: Dancing

2021 Stage highlights: Armin van Buuren, Pendulum, CamelPhat

Where to find out more: https://creamfields.com

Shambala, Northamptonshire

An independent festival with a large emphasis on sustainability, this festival embraces the spiritual side of festival goers but without losing the party atmosphere. The festival is meat and fish-free, with wide ranging delicious list of vegetarian dishes, its also 100% renewable power and no single plastics in use.

So much more then just a music festival you’ll be able to enjoy cabaret, circus performances, poetry, debate, discussions and workshops with over 200 artists spread across 12 stages from secret jazz clubs, woodland hideaways and chill out zones.

Where: Secret Country Estate, Northamptonshire

When: Thursday 26th August – 29th August 2021

Good for: Sustainable grooving

2021 stage highlights: To be confirmed

Where to find out more: https://www.shambalafestival.org

Shambala Festival – Image by Louise Roberts

Reading & Leeds Festival

One of the oldest UK festivals, Reading first launched in 1961 as the National Jazz Festival. It’s since evolved to new music tastes and trends and continues to grow with crowds as large as 105,000 in 2019. Leeds has the same acts on different days.

Where: Richfield Avenue, Reading & Leeds Bramham Park

When: Friday 27th August – Sunday 29th August 2021

Good For: Younger crowds

2021 stage highlights: Stormy, Post Malone and Liam Gallagher

Where to find out more: https://www.readingfestival.com

Isle of Wight Festival

This festival on the Isle of Wight leans towards big-draw names and is steeped in musical history with legends such as Jimi Hendrix, Joni Mitchell and The Doors having previously played in their heyday.

As well as high end musical acts you can also enjoy comedy, film screenings, theatre performances and a wide range of food.

Where: Seaclose Park, Isle of Wight

When: Thursday 16th September – 19th September 2021

Good for: Stadium filling acts

2021 stage highlights: Liam Gallagher and Duran Duran

Where to find out more: https://isleofwightfestival.com

Isle of Wight Festival – Image by Paul Smith via Twenty20