Campervan hire for Festivals

VW Camper vans and Festivals just seem right don’t they? If you had to pick a mode of transport synonymous with festival life, everybody always imagines the iconic split screen VW Camper van. They just seem to go together like peaches and cream, Ant & Dec or gin and tonic!

2019 is now behind us and it’s time to look forward to 2020 and festival season. It seems that the UK is becoming the world leader in the number of festivals that we host, and the choice that we have. From full on renowned events like Glastonbury to the smaller family orientated festivals, there is pretty much something for everyone!

Whilst we can’t guarantee the weather in the UK you can rest assured that you will have a fantastic experience and meet like minded people who enjoy the spirit and atmosphere that festivals bring. A sense of freedom and community as everyone celebrates the open air and the music together.

Of course the coolest way to experience the festival life is in a VW, it’s almost mandatory. Well lucky for you we have the very latest vw camper vans for hire!

When you hire a VW California Camper van from Southampton Campers for a festival, you get extra festival chilled out vibes channelled into your soul by the VW symbol… as well as a better night sleep than under the canvas (only one of these statements is true!!). You’ll also be warm with the amazing heating system and best of all, mud free!

If you do get caught in the rain then at least you know you’ll have a warm, dry and cosy camper van to come back to. With the on-board kitchen, you can whip up the bacon sarnies to refuel before heading back into the festive village. The VW California Ocean has so many features, check them out; VW California Ocean Features

For festival trips in a camper van we like to change the name of the white “on-board thingy-that-makes-food-cold" device to “beer-cooler", it seems to get more use! Of course it’s still a large fridge really!

You also have peace of mind that all your gear is safely locked away and someone’s not stealing your tent pegs…or glo-stixs!

Can’t help you with the loo situation of course….but hey, that’s part of the fun….right? UPDATE: We are now able offer you a porta potti for your on-board convenience.

I’ve listed the upcoming Festivals for 2020. If I’ve missed your favourite then please contact me at and I’ll add it to the list.

bearded theory's spring gathering - catton hall, derbyshire


May 23 – May 26, Family Friendly

Bearded Theory is a multi award winning festival, well known for it’s family friendly atmosphere. Now in it’s twelfth year, they certainly know how to put on a show. This years acts include; Suede, The Cult, Stiff Little Fingers, Idlewild and my personal favourite, a Faithless DJ Set. With it’s unique Bearded Theory School for children, subjects follow the national curriculum and the organisers do everything they can to to persuade head teacher’s to authorise the absence. This allows your children to experience festival life and learn outside of 4 walls without fining parents.


May 24 – May 27 (Rumoured dates!), Family Friendly

Featuring even more music, arts and fun for all the family, Common People is back for 2019! The multi-award-winning team who bring you Bestival, Camp Bestival and now Common People, promise this year’s two-day spectacular at Southampton Common will be bigger, better and even more dazzling than ever.

This year’s headliners are still under wraps but with last years included Lily Allen, All Saints, The Jacksons, Boney M, Jaguar Skills and many more. 2019 is sure to be a belter! The festival will also see a brand new kids’ garden with giant sandpit, inflatables, kids’ bushcraft, circus skills and vintage fun fair. See further details at: Common People Festival

common people festival - southampton, hampshire and oxford, oxfordshire
wychwood festival - cheltenham racecourse, gloucestershire

May 21 – June 2, Family Friendly

The Independent had this to say about the family friendly festival located in the Prestbury Hills. “…you can go to festivals all over the world, but none will be quite as homely as Wychwood" , we think that is high praise indeed and with 80 ‘s era acts such as The Stranglers, ABC, T’PAU and Toyah this is definitely one for the Mums and Dad’s. Children are well catered for also with classics such as Basil Brush and the creators of Wallace and Grommit, Aardman, will be there giving children the chance to model classic characters from clay. Further details can be found at: Wychwood Festival


June 8, Family Friendly

Catering especially for families Alresford Music Festival has five stages for live music and could be the most chilled, family friendly festival of the summer. There is a festival village with a family arena with loads of activities ranging from wall climbing to a circus workshop and zorbing! You can read more about it at:

Alresford music festival - Alresford, Hampshire
Download festival - Donington park, Derbyshire


June 14 – June 16,
Family Friendly but children under 5 not allowed

Photograph: Danny North

The rockiest festival around. This year the headliners are Def Leppard, Slipknot and Tool. With three days of heavy rock music comprising of 150 acts performing over five stages it’s the spiritual home of all you rocker’s out there. More details to be found here:

June 13 – June 16, Family Friendly

isle of wight festival - newport, isle of wight


July 12 – July 14, Family Friendly

A weekend of Alternative, Indie and Rock to tantalise your senses. Replacing T In The Park, TRaNSMiT is the go-to Scottish rock and indie festival. Previous headliners gracing the stage have been Artic Monkeys, The Killers, Radiohead and many more top flight bands. Catering primarily for the well established acts, but there is also the chance to catch emerging artists at the King Tut’s stage. Main website can be found here:

trnsmt festival - glasgow green, glasgow
British Summer Time - Hyde Park, London.


July 13 – July 14, Family Friendly

In the heart of London in the largest of the Royal Parks, headliners Florence and the Machine and Bob Dylan are sure to delight you in this most regal of settings. Since 2013, music lovers will be able to enjoy performances from popstars to cherry picked developing acts from the heart of London. The festival website is here:


July 18 – July 21, Family Friendly

Taking place against the backdrop of the Lovell Telescope, this festival uniquely combines culture, science and music to blend a presentation of live science experiments, expert speakers and colorful artwork. Add a splash of comedy and you have relaxing and informative show ahead of you. Musically you can enjoy the talents of Kraftwerk and New Order along with Kate Tempest and Jarvis Cocker. For an environmental take you can listen to talks to Liz Bonnin and Matthew Palmer. This really is an educational and entertaining festival. The official website can be found here:

Bluedot Festival, Jodrell Bank Observatory, Cheshire.
Camp Bestival, Lulworth Castle, Devon.

July 25 – July 28, Family Friendly

June 26 – June 30, Family Friendly

Glastonbury Festival, Glastonbury, Somerset.
The Green Man Festival - Glasnuk Park, Wales.


August 15 – August 18, Families

Set within the majestic Brecon Beacons, the Green Man festival boasts more than 100 acts performing across 5 stages. A three day festival but with camping spots available for the entire week, this Festival is ideal for a weeks holiday with the Family. You can get your festival vibe on for the whole week with the Settlers Pass in the amazing Settlement area. Campervans welcome of course!


August 23 – August 25, Family Friendly

Running over the August Bank Holiday Weekend, Victorious is back for Summer 2019! With some headliners already announced such as The Specials, James Bay, Clean Bandit and The Vaccines. Located directly on the picturesque Southsea seafront, be sure to pack your sunscreen! Victorious main website here:

Victorius Festival - Portsmouth.
Reading Festival - Richfield Avenue, Reading.


August 23 – August 25,
Under 13s allowed but not recommended

August 29 – September 1, Family Friendly

End of the Road Festival, Larmer Tree gardens, Salisbury.