There are a whole host of events in the UK in 2018 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 8th – 10th June 2018
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 15th – Sunday 17th June 2018
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. It’s having a break for 2018 but will be back in 2019 on 26th – 30th June
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.
Chagstock, Dartmoor (near Chagford) Devon Friday 20th & Saturday 21st July 2018
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 26th - 29th July 2018
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 26th - 29th July 2018
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 2nd - 5th August 2018
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 8th - 12th August 2018
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 17th - 19th Aug 2018
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