Four alternatives to camping for festival goers

Off to a festival this month? There’s no need to slum it in a sea of sweaty tents – sleep in style in a bell tent, camper van or even a comfy lodge.

Alternatives to camping at festivals and outdoors - outdoor accommodation

Alternatives to camping for festivals and outdoor adventure


Get a slice of retro Americana living and rent an Airstream for the weekend. These beautiful trailers beloved by Hollywood movie stars are essentially tin cans on steroids, stuffed with all the comforts of home. Airsteam Facilities have a gleaming fleet of mobile beauties on offer, sleeping up to 5 people and complete with double beds, fully fitted kitchens and hot showers. They aren’t the cheapest at £2000 for a weekend, but if it’s good enough for Lauren Laverne at Glastonbury…

Alternatives to camping at festivals and outdoors - outdoor accommodation
Okay, so it’s still camping. But sleeping in a tall canvas teepee is MILES away from a little cramped two-man tent in the pleasure stakes. You’ll have tons of space for all your fancy dress and they look the business kitted out with a mattress, some lanterns and a spot of bunting. If you tend to go to a clutch of festivals each year then it’s totally worth investing in one – Bell Tent’s selection retail from £369. Now go make all your Instagram friends green with envy.

Alternatives to camping at festivals and outdoors - outdoor accommodation
A hippie icon that’s also supremely comfortable, a roadtrip-ready VW is the perfect festival home. You’ll get a dinky kitchen, comfy bed, running water and even extra goodies like hammocks and hampers inside, depending on who you rent it from. Handy website CamperBug lets you search the whole of the UK for vans available to rent near the festival you’re off to.

Take the little ones to a festival hassle free by renting one of Park Resort‘s gorgeous lodges. You’ll be able to escape rain and mud and come back recharged each morning after a luxurious hot shower and a sleep in a proper bed. Lodges start from just £700 and will sleep the whole family. Check out Park Resort’s Amazing Memories blog for more tips on surviving a festival.


1 Comment

  1. July 22, 2014 / 9:48 am

    WOW! 2 of my camping dream accommodations in one blog post! One day I’ll own a bell tent for sure – they’re so pretty and comfy! And the VW camper?! So super cool and cute. I had no idea you could rent them! I shall have a look next time I go on holiday. Thanks for sharing!

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