Skiddle's Guide to Accommodation at Festivals

We continue with Skiddle’s guide to festivals, this time looking at the different types of accommodation on offer, from tents to caravans, chalets to campervans, and everything in between.

Mike Warburton

Last updated: 17th Apr 2015.
Originally published: 3rd May 2013

Photograph: Tipis // Festival No.6

Festivals aren't all about muddy fields, sleeping where you pass out, and waking up with the burning heat of the sun beaming down on your tent, hung over, dehydrated, and totally uncomfortable. That can be part of what makes a festival fun, but there are other more pleasurable options on offer.

Many festival sites are now featuring a whole range of alternative types of accommodation, from caravans to posh yurts, chalets to campervans, and VIP camping to on site apartments. Head to our Festival Finder for more accommodation options.

Campervans

Image: campervanhire.com

We cannot think of a more stylish way to arrive at a festival than in your very own Campervan. With no time needed to pitch a tent or bang pegs into unyielding round, but with the possibility of lying in a comfortable bed whilst being able to cook your breakfast (without even leaving it), this is one of the most attractive temporary living options available.

Some of the festivals that welcome Campervans include Inverness' sublime festival of new music Brew At The Bog, Uttoxeter folk fest Acoustic Festival of Britain, mammoth double headers Leeds and Reading, and a little further afield, Croatia's Electric Elephant.

On Site Apartments / Chalets

For the ultimate in luxury at a festival this year, you can't do much better than turning up and being escorted to your very own chalet for the weekend. With pretty much all of the hassles taken out of the festival experience, all you have to worry about is how to smuggle your chilled alcohol into the main arenas.

Most festivals that feature the chalet options are the abroad festivals such as rock and metal Valhalla Download Festival, brand new house and bass spectacle The Lost City Weekender, and Croatian festivals Soundwave, Suncebeat, and Electric Elephant.



Locally though, one of the most eagerly anticipated festivals, Festival No. 6 (above) features your very own on site cottages and hotel accommodation. Set in the beautiful and picturesque village of Portmeirion, there really is no other festival in the country that offers such a comprehensive menu of accommodation options. Festival No. 6 comes very highly recommended.

There are many more to choose from however, check out our Festival Finder for more information.

Luxury / VIP Camping

A whole host of festivals are getting wise to the fact that a lot of people genuinely love the camping experience, and yet would prefer it to be more comfortable. The perfect remedy is the introduction of yurts and tipis. With a bit of extra money, you can get hand crafted, wooden yurts complete with air beds, tables, chairs and bunting, along with all important exclusive toilets and hot showers.

One of our favourite festivals: Wickerman features such an option (see image above), along with a whole host of other yurts and tipis. Other festivals to look out for include the previously mentioned Festival No. 6, the iconic dance music festival Global Gathering, Cumbria’s finest Kendal Calling, hard rock and metal head fest Bloodstock Open Air, as well as the big bold Leeds and Reading Festivals. For more festivals with luxurious camping options use our Festival Finder.

Caravans

One of the favourite British past times must be camping. Once bank holiday weekends hit the motorways are alive with the sights of cars dragging along caravans, filling up the slow lane. Nowadays, a growing number of festivals are welcoming Caravans onto their grounds. For ease and comfort, and with the added bonus of bringing your mobile home with you, caravanning is becoming an essential part of the festival experience.

Festivals that offer Caravan areas include Surrey’s super cool and laid back Leefest, Scotland’s stunning Belladrum Festival, eclectic holiday experience Weyfest, Midlands family festival Shrewsbury Fields Forever, and Ullapool’s Loopalllu Festival. There are many more to choose from, just go to our Festival Finder and have a browse.

With so many ways to stay over at festivals this summer, the choice is really yours. Just search for what you want to experience at your choice of festival this season, from accommodation to location, from the dates you want to go to bands you want to see, and let our unique Festival Finder do the rest!.