There are a whole host of events in the UK in 2019 which are ideal for a VW campervan hire.
Campervans and Festivals? A match made in heaven, surely? Imagine having a cosy haven to make a cuppa and a spot of lunch before you head out into the festival throng? A VW camper offers a fabulously stylish base for those who have ‘graduated’ from the festival-in-a-tent experience. Choose from a retro 1960s or 1970s model for a head-turning entrance or a luxurious, new VW California.
The UK festival scene is growing year on year. Here are some of our campervans’ favourite festival haunts.
Tunes in the Dunes, Perranporth Cornwall Fri 24th - Sun 26th May 2019
Set on the beautiful golden sands of Perranporth beach in Cornwall with a back drop of scenic cliffs and sand dunes. This is a relatively new music festival – 2018 will be its 4th year. A dedicated campsite is available and frequent shuttle buses run to the festival.
Gold Coast Oceanfest, Croyde, Devon Fri 21st June – Sunday 23rd June 2019
Celebrating their 20th year in 2018, Oceanfest has ‘an eclectic, laid back atmosphere full of sun, sea, sand and electrifying live music, it’s the ultimate seaside music festival. As well as performances from some of the UK’s top artists, you’ll also find plenty of daytime activities on offer too, including surfing, beach sports and delicious food.’
Camping fields are not included on the festival site but campsites are available in the area. These do get booked up very quickly so don’t delay if you plan to attend!
Glastonbury, Pilton, Somerset – The legendary festival itself. Wed 26th June - Sunday 30th June 2019
Usually our whole campervan fleet attends so get one booked once you’ve secured your tickets. This is a mind-blowing extravaganza: like lots of festivals rolled into one. Really family-friendly and endless entertainment and attractions for everyone.
We love Glastonbury festival and so do all of our glamping campervans! Nothing makes us happier than seeing them all head off to Worthy Farm for a few days of festival fun and frolics. We don't want to rain on anyone's parade so we don't increase our prices for Glastonbury Hires - so the standard weekly pricing from Monday 24th June to Monday 1st July applies. Yay! We also understand that everyone's festival campervan plans are different so if you want to collect your campervan later in the week then we will reduce the price by £60 per day for each day less than a week, you can put your money saved towards fluffing your aura in the Healing Field!
Campervans are now allowed on site from 12 noon on Tuesday 25th June, so you can get there early and set up your cosy campervan in time to soak up the festival scene from the comfort of your fully equipped little home on wheels.
Normally we ask that our vans are back by 10am on Mondays but for a Glastonbury week hire we can extend this to 12 noon, we simply ask that you cover the small extra insurance charge of £50.
Need any tips or advice? Just ask... we always try and sneak off to the festival ourselves to take part in the fun and there's usually an O'Connors Campers band of partygoers at Glastonbury happy to pass on any festival advice!
Chagstock, Dartmoor (near Chagford) Devon Friday 19th & Saturday 20th July 2019
Small & lovely music festival set on spectacular Dartmoor with on-site camping, great food and a relaxed vibe. Supports the great causes: Devon Air Ambulance and Water Aid. This year headliners are Imelda May and The Buzzcocks. This one is just 20 minutes drive from O’Connors Campers!
"The most fun you can have with 5,000 people with a great rock band in a field in Devon in the entire world." The Boomtown Rats
"It's definitely one of the most beautiful festivals I've ever played at. It's set right in the heart of Dartmoor, so the fact that the stage is set in the midst of the sweeping wilderness is genuinely unlike anything you'll see at any other festivals. It's really evocative." Seth Lakeman
"The Best Little Festival in The South West." Adrian Edmondson
Camp Bestival, Lulworth Cove, Dorset Thurs 25th - Sunday 28th July 2019
A multi-award winning festival that combines an all-encompassing family festival experience with an action packed camping holiday. The sister festival of Bestival. In its first year Camp Bestival was awarded Best New Festival at the UK Festival Awards in 2008 and has since won Best Family Festival five times. Camp Bestival also won Best Family Festival at the Family Traveller Awards in 2017 & 2015. Set in the majestic grounds of Lulworth Castle, on Dorset’s Jurassic Coastline, Camp Bestival is jam-packed with entertainment, from stellar musical morsels and cultural delights to stunning sideshow attractions and lashings of family fun.
Port Eliot, St German’s Cornwall Thu 25th - Sun 28th July 2019
Described as a literary festival, but with the feel of a garden party. Attracts mix of celebs, art lovers, foodies, party animals and book worms. With on-site camping.
‘Port Eliot is a festival unlike any other. When you come to Port Eliot, we welcome you as our guests. Our home is your playground for one magical weekend and nothing makes us happier than seeing you explore the Estate. Whether you’re swimming in the estuary, picnicking under a 300 year old tree, rocking out at the Park Stage, canoeing on the river, catching an intimate gig in the church, watching a cooking demo in the Big Kitchen or dancing ‘till the wee hours in the Boogie Round – our home is yours for the weekend.
We invite you to our little corner of Cornwall from July 26th to July 29th 2018 when we’ll celebrate words, music, imagination, ideas, nature, food, fashion, flowers, laughter, exploration, fun and all that is good in the world!’
Bestival Lulworth Estate, Dorset (date to be announced)
Started in 2004 on the Isle of Wight, Bestival now takes place on an enchanted wooded country estate on Dorset’s Jurassic Coast. This is great news indeed as Dorset is far closer to O’Connors Campers!
‘The wonderful world of Bestival was born out of ten fun years of pioneering music events and record releases from Rob da Bank’s Sunday Best empire. The renowned music specialist had a dream to create his vision of the modern-day festival. Along with Creative Director and wife Josie da Bank and co-founders/partners John and Ziggy from Get Involved that dream is now reality. On a mission to change the face of independent festival culture, the fearless foursome are spreading the love worldwide.’
Boardmasters, Fistral Beach and Watergate Bay, Newquay Cornwall Wed 7th - Sunday 11th August 2019
This is a super-cool surf, skate and music festival – populated by the younger crowd. We get lots of bookings from families with teenagers after a photo-genic base for their festival experience.
‘Inspired by the freedom, adventure and creativity of surfing and music, Boardmasters was born in 1981. Expect parties that run late into the night and a beautiful beach to recuperate on during the day. The 5-day event is situated across two stunning locations in Cornwall - the surfing mecca of the UK, Fistral Beach, where world class International Surf Competitions take place, and arguably the most stunning location in the country to watch live music, Watergate Bay.’
Beautiful Days at Escot, near Exeter, Devon Friday 16th - Sunday 18th Aug 2019
Beautiful Days is the Levellers’ family music festival organised by DMF Music which takes place at Escot Park in Devon and has been running for 15 years. The festival has 7 stages, amazing site art, a huge children’s area, comedy, theatre, family camping, licensed real ale bars from Otter Brewery & a great choice of food and craft stalls.
And here's a few reviews from our customers...
"We camped for 3 nights at Croyde Bay, for the Goldcoast Oceanfest Festival, in very wet & windy weather - then travelled across to Cloud farm near Lynton, which was very picturesque down in the valley! We enjoyed every minute of our trip - especially laughing at all the proper campers as they tried putting their tents up in the Gale force winds (whilst we were snug in Jackie Brown sipping tea and cooking sausages!)" Will Ball
"Wednesday the 28th June 2014 was the day, the countdown on the app read 0 days and 0 hours to go and I was driving up the hill from Okehampton High Street to meet our Glastonbury Gladiator! Spartacus stood proudly, waiting patiently for his next adventure, I was not as controlled as jumped about with anticipation and excitement in getting behind the wheel! It wasn't long before we were off, Spartacus and I sped (slowly!) up the A30 with my fabulous dad behind us, desperate to overtake but enjoying seeing me realise a dream of driving a vintage VW campervan. Not just any vintage VW campervan, Spartacus, with his bright yellow paintwork and amazing beepy horn, the perfect home for a weekend of festival fun at Glastonbury 2014! Sparty and I picked up the rest of our intrepid travellers (my sister, her husband and my fiance) and off we went, beeping all the way to the beautiful Somerset fields that would play host to the most amazing weekend of our lives: with Sparty as our guest of honor! Spartacus was, our little piece of sunshine after we were drenched on the Friday and our haven of tranquility when the festival craziness got too much. We cooked, we relaxed, we partied and of course had 40 winks every now and then on our very comfy beds! Thank you Spartacus for being our Glastonbury Gladiator! Tracy Andrews