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Camping

  • Are there any restrictions on what I can take on-site ?

    There are items that some festivals restrict both ticket holders and crew from bringing onto site, such as glass bottles or gas canisters. Please check the individual festival's website for more detailed information about restricted items.

    ALL FESTIVALS WILL ENFORCE A NO DRUGS POLICY and anyone caught with illegal substances will be dealt with in line with festival policy. This includes nitrous oxide. Please note that if you are evicted from site you will lose your deposit. Please note the use of e-cigarettes are banned from our marquee and using them whilst in your tabard constitutes the same as smoking cigarettes on duty.

  • Can I bring a barbeque or have a campfire ?

    Check the website(s) of the festival(s) you are stewarding at to see their fires policy. Most festivals have a complete ban on fires, including barbeques and candle flares, others are ok with off the ground barbeques as long as they are only used for cooking and not piled with wood afterwards. Disposable (on the ground) barbeques are generally banned.

  • Can I bring a gazebo ?

    Gazebos, while being very sociable in one sense, are incredibly anti-social when it comes to taking up tent space. Campsite densities are becoming a real concern at festivals, so while they are not formally banned, they will be heavily discouraged, and you might be asked to take one down if there is no camping space for other people's tents. We often provide social space - for example a marquee

  • Can I bring my pet with me to the festival ?

    Most festivals are pet-free zones, so please do not bring animals on site. You will not be able to bring a pet into the car park for fear that they may be left in the car. The RSPCA are always on alert at festivals.

  • Do I get fed ?

    You will be given one meal ticket per shift you work, i.e. three meal tickets. These will be redeemable at a specific caterer, generally crew catering provided by either the festival or Oxfam.

    The caterer will be contracted to accept meal tickets for only the specified festival. You cannot use this meal ticket at another festivals and if you try to we will have to review your volunteer applications for the future.

    We aim to cater for both meat eaters and vegetarians, and we also notify caterers of vegan numbers. However, where Oxfam supplies the catering, there may be some events where only vegetarian catering is available.

  • Do you provide tents ?

    No, you have to bring your own tent, and all the other camping equipment you will need, including a mug, plate, knife and fork etc. as these will not be provided. But there are showers!

  • Can I bring a live-in vehicle ?

    This varies from festival to festival. At some festivals live-in vehicles are allowed, but will be in the public campervan fields, at others they will be in the Oxfam or general staff camping. Please note: many festivals have strict rules to define a campervan so please do not expect to be able to just sleep in the back of a car or van in the campervan field. If you bring a caravan, you will be directed to park your car in a separate car park once you have parked up. You must tell us that you will be bringing a campervan or caravan in your online application so that we can order any relevant passes for you. You have until the cancellation deadline (6 weeks before the festival) to let us know of any changes to your travel arrangements.

  • If I don't camp in the Oxfam camping area can I still use the facilities there ?

    You should not camp anywhere but the Oxfam camping area. We take great efforts to keep the Oxfield as secure and comfortable as possible and we would encourage you to use the field provided.

    In addition to this, many festivals do not have space in public camping for crew and staff, so we are specifically told that we are not allowed to camp in the public campsite.

    You will not be allowed to bring your friends into our campsite space unless they are working at that festival for Oxfam .If there is a specific reason why you need a member of the public to be with you, then please email and we will look at your request on a case by case basis.

  • Is there a limit on the camping space ?

    There are always limitations on our camping space, so please only bring the size of tent that you really need and, if possible, share with your friends. Stewards who arrive late generally have a difficult time finding somewhere to camp, so please be considerate and don't take up too much space.

  • What do I need to bring ?

    Make sure you have clothes suitable for both extremes of weather. In case its wet and cold, bring a raincoat, wellies and a warm jumper. In case it's the opposite, a sunhat and sunscreen is a good idea. We will provide legionnaires caps where needed. Essentially, be prepared for the best and the worst weather during the same shift. And bring spare socks!

    Bring some good footwear. You need good solid shoes, boots or wellies to wear on shift, as flip flops or high heels are not suitable! Remember if you're on a shift that starts at 2pm, it will be very cold by 10pm when it finishes.