Music festival - campervan style

With Glastonbury tickets going on sale this week (don’t forget to register in advance!), as well as the headliners announced and tickets on sale for the Isle of Wight Festival this week too, we’re dreaming of live music, dancing in a field, that sense of connection and togetherness, the inevitable mix of mud and glitter.

Ditch the pop-up tent; hire a campervan, it’s the perfect way to experience a festival. Create your own campervan oasis and share the awesome vibes in the camping area. The perfect way to camp – keep the beer cold, keep your belongings safe and dry, keep your gladrags mud-free, and you can get the bacon sizzling the morning after!

Here’s a rundown of Shore Campers’ most visited and/or favourite festivals to head to in a Shore Campers campervan.

Teddy Rocks Festival
Location: Charisworth Farm, Blandford, Dorset
2023 dates: 28 – 30 April
Distance from Shore Campers HQ: 20 miles

Teddy Rocks is a 3 day family-friendly rock music event in Blandford, Dorset. Home to some of the biggest acts in the UK, the festival has also raised over £400,000 to fight children’s cancer. A life-affirming event with a life saving purpose!

Isle of Wight Festival
Location: Newport, Isle of Wight
2023 dates: 15 – 18 June
Distance from Shore Campers HQ: 35 miles (including a boat trip!)

First held back in the late 1960s, it now brings over 90,000 music fans to the island for a weekend of rock, pop and dance. Headliners this year include Pulp, George Ezra, Robbie Williams and The Chemical Brothers.

Glastonbury Festival
Location: Worthy Farm, Glastonbury
2023 dates: 21 – 25 June
Distance from Shore Campers HQ: 50 miles

One of the world’s most famous music and performing arts festivals. In 2019 2.4 million people registered in advance to get a ticket. Once released all 135,000 tickets were sold in 36 minutes. Be prepared and get in there quick!

Camp Bestival (Dorset)
Location: Lulworth Castle, Dorset
2023 dates: 27 – 30 July
Distance from Shore Campers HQ: 25 miles

We love Camp Bestival. Action packed festival adventures combined with a fantastic family camping holiday. The 2023 theme is ‘Animal Snap’ so get involved and dress up with your BFF or your mini-me!

Wickham Festival
Location: Wickham, near Fareham, Portsmouth
2023 dates: 3 – 6 August
Distance from Shore Campers HQ: 35 miles

A great little festival with folk, roots and acoustic at its core. In 2022 Wickham Festival saw four days of unbroken blazing sunshine, the previous year was a bit of a mud-fest! What will 2023 bring?

Boomtown Fair
Location: Matterley Estate, near Winchester
2023 dates: 9 – 13 August
Distance from Shore Campers HQ: 36 miles

Boomtown is made up of immersive unique areas and follows a storyline that evolves each year to create a world within a world. It is one of the UK’s largest truly independent music and theatrical festivals and its line-up is usually focused on electronic music and alternative acts; uniting people, showcasing talent and getting people moving.

Boardmasters
Location: Watergate Bay/Fistral Beach, Cornwall
2023 dates: 9 – 13 August
Distance from Shore Campers HQ: 168 miles

Boardmasters is Cornwall’s biggest live music festival and brings together surfing, music and an inimitable party atmosphere. It takes place in two locations – Watergate Bay for the music arena and festival camping, and Fistral Beach, the mecca of UK surfing, for the international surfing competitions.

Purbeck Valley Folk Festival
Location: Purbeck Valley Farm, near Corfe Castle, Dorset
2023 dates: 17 – 20 August
Distance from Shore Campers HQ: 25 miles

Purbeck Valley Folk Festival is a small family-friendly festival set on a farm on the beautiful Jurassic coastline. Featuring outstanding, original young folk, roots and world music, national and international folk acts and a good variety of local music too, there’s something for everyone.

Victorious Festival
Location: Southsea, Portsmouth
2023 dates: 25 – 27 August
Distance from Shore Campers HQ: 46 miles

Located in Portsmouth, just a stone’s throw from the sea, this three day festival with an indie-rock vibe is family friendly, with the best live acts and an atmosphere not to be missed.

End of the Road Festival
Location: Larmer Tree Gardens, near Bladford, Dorset
2023 dates: 31 August – 3 September
Distance from Shore Campers HQ: 17 miles

The End Of The Road Festival is a three day music festival held at Larmer Tree Gardens, described as
eclectic, vibrant, creative and inspiring. Alongside the music there is a veritable feast of literature, comedy and cinema; it’s the perfect cross between Glastonbury and your favourite village fete.

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