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Festival Campaigners FAQs

  • Are there any restriction on what I can take onsite ?

    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 Oxfam t-shirt 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 campaigning 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 our own Oxfam social space with a place for hot drinks and phone charging most often in the form of 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. four 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 previous meal tickets at another festival and if you try to we will 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, there may be some events where vegan catering is limited.

  • 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 you feel there are extenuating circumstances, then please email and we will look at your request on a case by case basis.

    You must also tidy up after yourself as Oxfam pride ourselves on leaving no trace in our campsites. Volunteers who leave behind a mess may have their applications reviewed in the future and may face a fine from their deposit.

  • Is there a limit on the camping space ?

    Festivals allocate us spaces based on the number of volunteers we have agreed in advance so there are always limitations on our camping space, please only bring the size of tent that you really need and, if possible, share with your friends. Campaigners who arrive late generally have a difficult time finding somewhere to camp, so please be considerate and don't take up too much space. Please note if we think you are taking up unnecessary space you may be asked to move or we may ask you use one of our emergency (smaller) tents instead. Camping in the live-in vehicle allocated spaces and in the fire lines are prohibited.

  • What do I need to bring ?

    Make sure you have clothes suitable for both extremes of weather. We recommend always bringing a raincoat, wellington boots and a warm jumper as well as a sunhat and sunscreen 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, open toed shoes and high heels are prohibited! Do not take sleeping bags, chairs or blankets on shift with you. If you need a chair for medical reasons please see our section on who can steward.