One of the best ways to enjoy the festival is to use the Official Festival Campsite. Bring your tent or caravan/motor home and set up on the Campsite with views across the valley, fresh air and a community spirit for a true festival experience.
The Campsite is located about 1.5 miles from the seafront, on Bulverton Road, B3176, and is open from noon on Wednesday 29th July, until noon on Saturday 8th August. All-In-One and Week Ticket holders can purchase camping throughout this period. Weekend, Day and Event Ticket holders can purchase camping for the appropriate night(s). Children under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian.
The Festival Campsite includes a campsite Hub area with box office, festival food, campsite office and general meeting area. There are toilet and shower areas, and washing up sinks with running hot and cold water.
We have a Pedestrian Only area on the campsite for those campers wishing to have a quieter space. This will need to be confirmed on your booking form. Campers using this space will be able to drop and collect on arrival and departure at the top of the campsite. Free car parking is available at the festival car park adjacent to the Bulverton Marquee.
The Campsite provides for both tents and caravans/motor homes, although space is limited for caravans and motor homes so book in advance and early to ensure a space! There is a supplement for caravans and motor homes.
We continue to invest in the infrastructure of the campsite with hot showers, toilets and running water at various points across the site. Please do not leave taps running. There are toilet cassette emptying facilities at the bottom gate toilet complex. Additionally, the Campsite main walkways are lit with fairy lights at night to ensure your safety and make getting around the site that bit easier.
Because the Campsite is on the edge of the town we also lay on a great value bus service to enable you to get safely from and to the town. We would strongly recommend the bus, as the roads near the Campsite do not have pavements or street lighting so extreme care is required if you do decide to walk. If you really want to walk, please ask our volunteers on site who will give directions for the safest route into town.
We want to continue to make life safer and cleaner for campers during the week and also reduce the impact of any rain on the Campsite. If you want to park your car by your tent, then please do NOT move your car for the duration of your stay. If you want to use your car during the week, then please park it in the Festival Car Park at the top of Bulverton Hill (a 5-minute walk from the campsite, and FREE to All-In-One, Week, Weekend and Campsite residents). Cars are allowed on site for unloading and then for loading up at the end of the stay. Should the weather be particularly inclement, campers will be asked to unload/load their tents etc on the designated hard-standing areas at the entrance of the Campsite; we will provide wheelbarrows to help you get your equipment to your pitch.
Please DO NOT park your vehicle in local housing estates or the narrow lanes bordering the Campsite as this can lead to bottlenecks for local residents.
FAMILIES: we have a designated quieter family camping area; please keep the noise to a minimum after 10:30pm in this area.
A caterer will provide breakfast, dinner and snacks.
Disability Access: We do our very best to make the campsite as accessible as possible to all guests. If you have any specific requirements in regard to disability provisions, please do not hesitate to contact us prior to arriving.
We want to keep the rules for the campsite to the absolute minimum but if you could adhere to the guidelines below, it helps us run a better and safer site for all.
- Whilst we understand that groups of friends often want to camp together, the reservation of large areas of space by people (often those who arrive earliest on site) is not felt to be in keeping with the spirit of the Festival.
- Campers will be expected to comply with fire regulations. Please note that it is a condition of our licence that the lit roadways in the campsite remain clear at all times and that adequate space is maintained between tents at all times. We recommend 3 metres between tents, excluding “pup” or children’s tents pitched next to the family tent.
- Rubbish and recycling bins are provided at the top of the campsite, by the entrance and between the two fields. Please keep these areas tidy. Please don’t leave litter for others to collect.
- Fire buckets and barrels will be distributed across the site. Please DO NOT use these for depositing rubbish; you put both your safety and the safety of fellow campers at risk. Incidents requiring more than very minor remedies should be reported to the Campsite Manager.
- Dogs are permitted on site if kept on a lead and under control at all times. Please exercise your dogs away from the camping areas and clean up after them.
- For security reasons, access to and presence on the campsite is limited to those who hold tickets for the festival/camping valid for the time you are on the campsite.
- For safety reasons petrol/diesel generators are NOT allowed on site. If you require power for a mobility scooter etc please contact us for advice.
- Gazebos are permitted but additional caution must be exercised if yours does not have a BS Kite Mark label attached, as it is likely that it will not comply with any fire-rating regulations. Additionally gazebos MUST be securely anchored down. Should gazebos come loose and cause damage to fellow campers’ property, the owner of the gazebo will be liable for damage caused.
- All tents/caravans/motor homes must be sited as directed by the campsite staff. Please ensure that you do not set up outside your designated area.
- Campfires and ground-level barbeques are not allowed. Barbecue units are only allowed after discussion with the Campsite Manager, so please check before buying food.
- Anyone behaving in a threatening, offensive or otherwise unacceptable manner will be removed from the campsite.
- Anyone found with illegal drugs will be ejected from the campsite and the substances concerned confiscated and handed over to the police.
- Finally, please remember that the site is returned to agricultural use after the Festival. Please try not to leave metal tent pegs or other debris and rubbish that can cause harm to the livestock that normally live there!
The Campsite office is staffed 24 hours a day throughout the event; if you need advice please don’t hesitate to ask.
Sidmouth Victoria Hospital provides a Minor Injury Unit available from 10am to 6pm daily including weekends. Overnight First Aid is available on the campsite at the main entrance.
The Sidmouth Folk Festival is committed to the safety of all who attend and the campsite has been designed with your safety in mind.
The Sidmouth Folk Festival has a fantastic reputation for a safe family holiday but please use common sense and ensure you keep your possessions and yourself safe when here by following the handy tips available on line at www.devon-cornwall.police.uk