Does the weekend ticket price include camping?
For Weekend tickets, yes, Friday – Monday morning camping is included in the ticket price. You can arrive on Thursday if you add one Thursday Camping supplement per adult to your order and for the first time includes access to the Solway Bar Stage and Melodrome Theatre. Tickets for the Thursday nights are available through our tickets page..
For day tickets, no, but you are able to camp for the first time, the addition is £15 per person and must leave by 10.30am. Day ticket camping tickets only go live once our Full Line-up has been announced.
Can I pay on the gate?
You sure can – As long as we haven’t sold out!
Is there a family camping area?
Yes. we have a family campsite, close to the kids arena and designed for families.
Is there an online program showing when each act is playing?
No. We want you to enjoy the whole of the Solfest experience which is why we don’t publish our programme of events prior to the festival starting. We’ll release which act is playing which day online closer to the festival.
Is there a quiet camping area?
Yes. Townside (Quiet Camping) is the place to go if you want to sleep when you return to your camp, but remember wherever you are camped, it is unreasonable to expect absolute silence all night – it is a music festival after all!
Can I bring my campervan / caravan / trailer tent?
Yes. We do allow live-in vehicles, vans, caravans, campervans, motor-homes and trailer tents. There’s a small extra charge for your live-in vehicle, van, caravan, campervan, motor-home or trailer tent. We would always encourage you to share transport where possible (for the environment’s sake) and travel in convoy to help reduce traffic disruption in the local area. We can’t guarantee a level pitch and we do not provide electric hook ups. If you intend to arrive on Thursday, you will need one additional Thursday camping ticket for each adult, as well as the vehicle pass.
Does it cost more for a campervan / caravan / trailer tent?
Yes, live in vehicle tickets can be bought with your weekend tickets here, the price also includes a car if you are bringing a caravan so no need to pay for the car park.
Is there somewhere I can park so that I can leave site early?
If you need to get your car off site during the weekend, please explain to the stewards, you’ll need to leave your car in day parking, as we don’t allow any vehicle movements on the campsites over the weekend wherever possible.
Is the festival family friendly?
Yes. We pride ourselves on having something for everyone, from workshops and events in the Healing Garden to activities in the Children’s Area, and a vast array of music and performance spaces around the site. We want grans, granddads, brothers, sisters, mums, dads, aunts and uncles to join in the fun and have a brilliant time together.
Can I camp with my friends?
Yes, but we cannot guarantee it, so it’s best to arrive early and as a group. We do not allow people to reserve, hold, mark, cordon off or otherwise claim a specific camping space so please all arrive together to avoid disappointment.
Can I have a campfire?
Unfortunately, due to significant damage to the land during 2013, there are NO CAMPFIRES within camping areas.
Can I park where I camp?
Due to changes in licensing regulations all vehicles must be parked separately from tents. We aim to keep camping and parking as convenient as possible while still complying with out license. This condition has been added to the license for your safety and we hope you will help by following the new directions when on site.
Will there be showers and washing facilities?
A limited number of hot showers will be available operating just outside the entrance to the festival site next to disabled camping and close to family camping. Showers are limited in number and are token operated for a small fee. Taps are located at regular intervals around the perimeter of the camping fields.
Can I have a tent next to my Campervan?
No unfortunately not. Due to changes in licensing regulations all vehicles must be parked separately from tents. Please also note that Caravan and Campervan Awnings are now only allowed in the Awning Field, awning tickets need to be bought separately and are limited. All other Live-In fields do not allow awnings. We aim to keep camping and parking as convenient as possible while still complying with our license. This condition has been added to the license for your safety and we hope you will help by following the new directions when on site.
What size are the Campervan pitches?
There are two plot sizes available on our ticketing page for both Caravans and Live-In’s, Large and Small. A large plot is a maximum length of 7m and a small plot is a maximum length of 5m. Your Campervan must fit within you allotted space. Please bare in mind we now only allow awnings in the Awning Field, tickets for this area must be bought separately on our ticket page. Awnings are no longer allowed in any other Live-in area. Unfortunately, due to changes in licensing regulations no tents are allowed to be put up next to your Campervan. We aim to keep camping and parking as convenient as possible while still complying with our license. This condition has been added to the license for your safety and we hope you will help by following the new directions when on site. If you are thinking of bringing any oversized vehicles or have any questions in regards to the above please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why can’t I bring an awning for my van this year?
Over the years Solfest has always welcomed campervans with awnings however we have had to review this. In 2021 and 2022 we struggled to get all of our guests parked in the space that we have at Solfest. This was in part due to the amount of space a large number of people took up with their vans and large awnings, sometimes taking up twice the space than necessary. Unfortunately we do not have the space for everyone to have an awning and so we believe the fairest thing to do is discourage you from bringing them to Solfest. It is common practice for festivals to limit the pitch size for campervans and although we are loath to do this we do feel we have to restrict the amount of awning spaces available to ensure that we can comfortably get everyone on site.
Why can’t you extend campervan parking into another field?
The fields that Solfest have to put on the festival are limited and because of the landscape we can not use a lot of them for parking as they are too hilly or boggy.
Why has Solfest made these changes this year?
The trend over the last few years has changed. More people have vans with awnings and these are generally bigger than they used to be. A van with an awning can take up 2 reasonable size pitches and so are using twice the space. This reduces the number of vehicles we can get in a field. We just want to reiterate that we are not trying to get more people on site, we are simply trying to use the space well for the numbers that we have to accommodate.
What can I do to help with this issue?
– Be considerate. We have to fit thousands of people onto the few fields we have for campervans.
– Only use the space that you need for the weekend. There is so much to do and see in the arena that your van should just be there for convenience to sleep in.
– Please don’t take up too much space.
– Please be polite to the traffic stewards and listen to what they are asking you to do and where to park.
What is Solfest doing to maximize the space that it has?
We have moved things around a little bit this year to make sure we can park everyone who arrives on site comfortably. A map will be available to view on our website soon.