Updated on 13/06/17

Tents, Campers, Caravans! You’re all welcome at Purbeck Valley Folk Festival.

Camping is included with your weekend ticket. There is no extra charge for Thursday night camping on the new site! Weh-hey!

Vehicle passes for caravans and campers can be bought for £30 online, or on the gate. Tent camping is separated from the carpark by a rope – some of you will be able to camp next to your vehicle, if you’re lucky enough to get the spots next to each other.

For day ticket holders, camping for the night of the day you’re at the festival is included in the price.  You will be camping in front of the Day Parking area.  We want to avoid car movement into the weekend camping areas.

The campsite and Box Office are open from 10am – 10pm on Friday (25th) and 10am – 9pm on Saturday (26th) and Sunday (27th).

If you’d like to arrive on Thursday (24th) we’re open from 2pm – 10pm.  As we said above, no extra charge this year!

The festival campsite closes on Monday afternoon, 28 August.

We have camping fields less than 100 yards walk from the festival stages. The fields are less hilly than the old site, but we’re still in the Purbeck hills so it’s not all flat!

There are five zones to camp in:

  • Tents only (no moving traffic – cars parked separately) The further across this field you camp, the quieter it will be over the weekend.
  • Campers field for camper vans, caravans, and trailer tents.
    Only vehicles who have paid £30 additional fee can park up.This charge covers the costs of toilet emptying facilities and possible costs that come with heavy vehicles on grass if the grass is churned up and needs to be re-seeded etc. We keep this cost as low as we can.
  • Family camping – This is an area for tent camping with no vehicle movement.   This is on the far side of the festival site, next to the Swanage Steam railway track (that only runs during the day) and is a fair way from the entrance. This area is more quieter in the evenings, but you might end up with recorder playing at 9am!
  • Day parking field – On the left as you access the festival, cars must be parked and camping is in front of this area.
  • Groups camping – this is for the people that camp in tents but want to be parked up next to their friends in campers. We still need you to be fairly quiet at night time (no wild parties) but we have an area where you can enjoy the night stars and camp in groups.  We still stick to the rules, no amplified music, and not too loud late on – we don’t want to upset the neighbours.
  • Disabled camping – This is an area as close as we can get it to the action. Please email to book a space if you are disabled and we can arrange for you to drive into this area.


Bring your bikes, as we want to keep vehicle movement to a minimum… easy on the legs and good for the environment too.

Tents – Camper vans / Caravans – All are welcome. The site is a lot less hilly than the old site and there is lots of flat space. Campers and caravans might want to bring some wheel chocks for absolute spirit levelness.

Camp fires are not permitted at the festival.

Cooking on the campsite – There is no problem with cooking on the campsite, it’s just the naked fires we can’t have. A small BBQ is permitted as long as it is in a metal BBQ off the ground. Coals will need to be cooled and disposed of carefully in general rubbish.

Rubbish – bin bags will be provided, PLEASE put the recyclables (all mixed) into clear bags that we will give you.  There are collection points in each field or there are large bins are as you exit the site on your right. Please drop off there.

Toilets – good toilets are provided both on the campsite and in the festival area.

Showers are located on the middle of the campsites – £2 per shower open from Friday morning.