eFestivals guide: festivals on our budget (part 2)

camping over three days or more for under £100

published: Thu 26th Apr 2012

budget festivals 2012


Friday 1 June until Sunday 3 June 2012
Location: Glynde Place, Glyne, East Sussex

Cost: Early bird weekend tickets are priced at £60 for adults, a teen (aged 13-17 years) weekend ticket is priced at £30, a child (aged 6-12 years) weekend ticket is priced at £15, with children aged 5 and under able to attend free of charge. A car parking ticket is priced at £15, and a campervan ticket is priced at £30.
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Meadowlands offers a diverse selection of performers, musicians and DJ's plus comedy and spoken word, 'home-cooked' food, a dedicated childrens arena and nappy changing area, street traders, bars, a restaurant serving Sunday lunch, light shows and interactive entertainers, luxury toilets, cafe bar in the comedy tent (with cabaret style seating), free camping and more.

Harlequin Fayre
Friday 10 August until Sunday 12 August 2012
Location: A farm near Norwich, East Anglia

Cost: An adult weekend ticket is priced at £60, a teen (aged 13-17 years) ticket is priced at £19, a child (aged 0-12 years) is priced at £9, a car pass is £10, motorbikes £5, and a campervan/caravan pass is priced at £20.
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The weekend is entirely powered by the sun, wind and peddle power as the focus is on all things green with music, crafts, and stalls. It's very child friendly, and there's plenty for the adults too - from organic beers to bands, poetry, cabaret, speakers, comedy, cinema, walkabout theatre and more.

Thursday 12 July until Saturday 14 July 2012
Location: near Cheltenham Gloucestershire

Cost: expect around £60.
There is a wide selection of music at the festival including something for every taste - featuring rock, metal and indie to folk, pop, DJs, and the downright strange. More than 80 live acts will entertain thousands of music fans for two days of music on four stages, plus comedy, DJs, headphone disco, value food & drink, and a trader village.

Bakewell Music Festival
Friday 10 August until Sunday 12 August 2012
Location: Bakewell Showground, Bakewell, Derbyshire

Cost: Limited number of Early bird weekend tickets are priced at £50 which includes free camping, caravans and parking (Children under 15 are free). Adult Weekend ticket are priced at £65 which includes FREE camping, caravans and parking (Children under 15 are free).
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The 'all weather' festival hosts a Main Stage tent and a smaller Acoustic Stage tent on the 40 acre showground in the market town of Bakewell. This musical weekend will have bands representing all genres of music from Rock, Blues, Acoustic Latin, Country, Folk , Jazz and Bluegrass. Workshops, Children's entertainment, fine food, ales & ciders and trading Village. This is a Family friendly festival – so don't forget to bring the kids.

Fire in the Mountain
Friday 1 June until Tuesday 5 June 2012
Location: Cwmnewidion Isaf, Aberystwyth, Wales

Cost: £65 for an adult weekend ticket, children under 12 free.
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Cwmnewidion Isaf (Valley of Change) is an old stone farm set in the foothills of Cambrian Mountains below the Elan Valley. The farm is home to Fire in the Mountain, a small "folk festival on the farm", a place where folk artists from across the UK, Ireland and the world can meet and make music.

Nozstock The Hidden Valley
Friday 27 July until Sunday 29 July 2012
Location: Bromyard, Herefordshire, West Midlands

Cost: Christmas special adult weekend £65, includes camping - on sale now, limited supply only. Teen tickets available in the new year.
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With over 9 venues hosting an eclectic mix of performance, art, electronic supersounds and good old-fashioned guitar strumming, Nozstock brings together rock, indie, ska, world, folk, hip hop, drum n bass, dubstep, breaks and house, psytrance, cabaret, comedy, theatrics indoor and out, film and kids entertainment to an intimate farm deep in the rolling hills of Herefordshire. Known for its homegrown, handmade appeal, without any brash commercialism and with a unique personality of its own. Where else can you get opera at lunchtime and sock-wrestling of an afternoon?

Linton Music Festival
Friday 15 June until Sunday 17 June 2012
Location: Linton, Herefordshire

Cost: expect around £60 plus £10 camping.
This three day festival is set in a natural amphitheatre at the back of the Alma Inn providing a combination of music, beers and food.

Friday 29 June until Sunday 1 July 2012
Location: Winchester, Hampshire

Cost: An adult ticket is priced at £65 for the weekend with camping, £42 for those aged 5-15 for the weekend with camping, children aged under 5 are free, there is no separate tariff for those not camping. No under 16's to camp unless accompanied by an over 21 years of age. Campervan tickets are priced at £35. There will be a £10 charge made on arrival for all vehicles, excluding those with valid campervan/caravan pass. Thursday night camping is available for an extra £15 (for those already with weekend camping tickets or Friday day tickets).
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An intimate festival for all the family, alongside five stages of music there’s workshops for adults and kids, good food, real ales and cider. Plus arts and crafts, circus fun, magicians, face painting, lantern making, story telling, open mic and campfire jamming, sculpture building, drumming, knitting, fire building classes, and green crafts.

Twinwood Festival
Saturday 25 August until Monday 27 August 2012
Location: Clapham, Bedfordshire

Cost: £62 Weekend, children between 5 and 16 years £12. Under 5's Free.
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For fans of music from the 40s, 50s and Glenn Miller, Swing Jazz & Jive, alongside air displays, hangar dances, fashion shows, comedy shows, trade stalls, food and bars, museums, living history, classic vehicles, camping and more.

Play Fest
Friday 1 June until Sunday 3 June 2012
Location: Quidenham, Norfolk

Cost: early bird £65 for the weekend
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Well known acts, local bands, DJs and on site activities with stuff for kids to do too, music over three arenas and uses a token system for food and beer, choices of which are limited.

Friday 20 July until Sunday 22 July 2012 (TBC)
Location: Calbourne, Isle of Wight

Cost: expect around £65 for the weekend.
Starting at mid-day each day the event is full of off stage entertainment for all the family. The event offers all day and evening entertainment, in nice surroundings. Youngsters will find lots to do in the Children's orchard next to the healing area with numerous market stalls close by selling everything from didgeridoos to hand made jewellery.

Galtres Festival
Friday 24 August until Sunday 26 August 2012
Location: Crayke, near York, North Yorkshire

Cost: Early bird adult ticket is priced at £45, child (aged 5 -17 years) tickets are priced at £22.50, a family ticket (2 adults and up to three children) is priced at £135. Add camping from £10 to £40 depending on size of tent.
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Expect a full programme of entertainment on five stages of music and cabaret, loads for kids to do. Music ranges from chart-topping bands to local emerging talent. There’s also comedy, theatre and offbeat performances at the night cabaret, films, a beer and cider festival, and family camping.


Y-Not Festival
Friday 3 August until Sunday 5 August 2012
Location: Mouldridge Lane, Pikehall, Matlock, Derbyshire

Cost: Expect around £70 for the weekend.
This three day festival steers away from sponsorship and high prices. The festival attempts to have an intimate nature, with many of the bands camping with festival goers, and friendly stewards. Late night entertainment includes a dance tent, or camp fire singalongs and there will be real ales and local ciders available.

Stainsby Festival
Friday 20 July until Sunday 22 July 2012
Location: Chesterfield, Derbyshire

Cost: Tickets are priced at £70 for the weekend. Youth tickets for those aged 12 to 17 years are priced at £20. Kids under 12 years old get in free if accompanied by an adult.
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Every summer for the past 44 years, this tiny hamlet comes alive to the sound of live music run by unpaid volunteers as a not-for-profit charity. Other attractions include children's entertainers, music workshops, drumming sessions, Morris Dancers, healing circle, craft stalls, singers' competition, singaround, Arabic dance workshop, fire shows, real ales, and wicker structures. Dogs are welcome at Stainsby.

Beacons Festival
Friday 17 August until Sunday 19 August 2012
Location: Funkirk Estate, Carleton, Near Skipton, North Yorkshire

Cost: Early bird tickets are priced at £74.50 for the weekend or £69.50 for students, with day tickets also available.
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The family friendly Beacons Festival offers three days of live music as well as a cinema programme, children's entertainment, spoken word, theatre and more. The festival offers easy access by rail.

Bearded Theory
Friday 18 May until Sunday 20 May 2012
Location: Kedleston Hall Park, in Derbyshire

Cost: Tickets are now on sale with a weekend ticket priced at £74, 13-16 weekend tickets are priced at £40, 6-12 weekend tickets are priced at £25, children aged 5 and under are free and Family Tickets are priced at £190 (2 x adult & 2 x children). All children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
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The family friendly event is laid back, and has a traditional festival feel, offering a weekend with beards, bands and DJs across six stages. Expect to find workshops, on-site art work, world foods, solar cinema, open mic, large children's area, and more.

Solas Festival
Friday 22 June until Sunday 24 June 2012
Location: Wiston, Lanarkshire, Scotland

Cost: An adult weekend ticket is priced at £75, An adult concession weekend ticket is priced at £45. Youth weekend ticket (for ages 12-17 years) are priced at £25. Children aged under 12 can attend free but still require a ticket.
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Solas Festival aims to create a generous, hospitable space in Scotland where the arts can be performed and enjoyed by festival-goers of all ages in a safe environment. The programme also makes space for challenging debate with activists, writers and thinkers from across the political, cultural and religious spectrum.

National Adventure Sports Show
Friday 6 July until Sunday 8 July 2012
Location: Shepton Mallet, Somerset

Cost: expect around £75 for a weekend with camping for anyone aged over 16. Ticket for children aged 8 - 15 years around £45. Kids under 8 go free. Tickets are not yet on sale.
For those who want to mix extreme sports and music, bringing together Extreme and Street Sports, including displays and competitions from skateboarders, snowboarders and BMX bikes, by presenting bike and board sports platforms along with live music entertainment on Friday and Saturday. The show has a dedicated family camping area, youth group camping area, crèche, childrens play area and extreme funfair


The Acoustic Festival of Britain
Friday 25 May until Sunday 27 May 2012
Location: Uttoxeter Racecourse, Staffordshire

Cost: early bird £85 with camping, child (10 - 15) £20, under 10s free, payment plan also available.
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Now in it's seventh year the festival offers four stages of unplugged and acoustic music covering live folk guitar music, country music, bluegrass, with a few legends (Joan Armatrading has been confirmed), and some tribute acts. The festival also has stalls, craft displays, juggling schools, workshops, soccer skills, cinema, food hall, breakfast café on camp site, comedy hour, a buskers stage, a real ale tent, fair trade, children's area, camping, a tipi circle, flushing loos, and more.

3 Wishes Faery Fest
Friday 15 June until Sunday 17 June 2012
Location: Mount Edgecumbe House and Country Park, Torpoint, Cornwall

Cost: expect around £89 weekend with camping.
The family friendly festival "celebrating the wonderful world of faeries" has guest musicians and bands, a faery procession (on Saturday), a faery craft market with clothes, head-dresses, wings, wands, arts and fairy goodies, and a Fairy Art Exhibition.

Run to the Sun
Friday 1 June until Monday 4 June 2012
Location: Porth, Newquay, Cornwall

Cost: Early bird adult tickets are priced at £80 and a child ticket is priced at £42.50. Ticket price includes entry to all RttS arenas and a week's camping
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Held in Newquay, Cornwall's surf and party capital, RttS is three energetic days of mainly DJs, plus some live music, comedy and acoustic sessions across five arenas including the return of the silent disco, and more.

BoomTown Fair
Thursday 9 August until Sunday 12 August 2012
Location: Nr. Winchester, Hampshire

Cost: early bird adult weekend £85, plus £5 eco bond deposit – on sale 1st November.
The main stage line-up will consist of ska and party bands from around the world, with the other live music stages offering cabaret, gypsy, folk, reggae, dub and country and western. Plus loads of cabaret, comedy, spoken word, a range of stages, an anarchist theatre, lots of site art and many areas to explore with plenty of catering options, all the normal facilities you'd expect at a festival and a massive emphasis on eco-friendly initiatives.

Beyond the Border
Friday 29 June until Sunday 1 July 2012
Location: St Donats Castle, Vale of Glamorgan, South Wales

Cost: Early bird adult weekend ticket with camping are priced at £85 with eFestivals offer (Valid til May 10th) of full weekend tickets including camping use discount code: festlink at the Box Office.
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The family friendly Wales International Storytelling Festival is held in the grounds of a fairytale castle by the sea, and offers music from Wales and the World, with storytellers, epic singers, musicians, circus performers, puppeteers, street theatre artists, films, fire shows and dancing.

Limetree Festival
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th August 2012
Location: Lime Tree farm, near Grewelthorpe, North Yorkshire

Cost: Expect an adult ticket for around £85 (including camping, Junior (aged 5 - 17) tickets around £25, and under children under 5 can enter for free. A campervan ticket is priced around £35.
Limetree festival has an eclectic mix of performers, from northern soul to indie, to electro house & everything in between. The festival will have 2 stages of music, comedy, arts and film with an old school vibe with a kids zone and queer space as well as a dedicated chill out field complete with pagan stone circles healing area, and a contemplation pool.

Knockengorroch World Ceilidh
Thursday 31st May to Sunday 3rd June 2012
Location: Knockengorroch farm, Carsphairn, Kirkubrightshire, Scotland

Cost: An early bird adult ticket is priced at £87 for 4 days, £74 for 3 days; Children tickets (11-15 years) are priced at £44 for 4 days, £39 for 3 days. Vehicle passes: (up to 1 tonne) £14, vehicle pass (1-3 Tonnes) £19 (including caravans towed by car/van), vehicle pass (over 3 Tonnes) £24.
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Galloway's celtic/roots/world music festival returns beside the glittering Water of Deugh beneath the broad shoulders of southwest Scotland's great mountain peaks to meld together the most ancient roots music with the latest cutting edge sounds and will feature musicians from around the world heading for the far flung location.

Standon Calling
Friday 3 August until Sunday 5th August 2012
Location: Standon, Ware, Hertfordshire

Cost: early bird £85 for a weekend ticket with camping
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The independent music festival and themed summer party, Standon Calling, returns to the grounds of a 16th Century Hertfordshire manor house and promises a unique chance to see some hotly tipped acts, in an intimate festival setting. There are no acts announced yet for 2012. Standon are taking it back to the old school by opening on Friday night with a rave.

Croissant Neuf Summer Party
Friday 10 August until Sunday 12 August 2012 (TBC)
Location: near Usk, Monmouthshire

Cost: expect around £88 for adults and £35 for kids.
Every aspect of the festival takes green issues to heart, from the organic nibbles and tipples sold at the stagger Inn to the recycling team and the Big Top that is powered entirely by solar panels without compromising on sound quality. With creative solutions such as planting 3 trees on site for every car that travels to the festival. As well as great music expect internationally renowned street theatre, workshops of all kinds from dancing to bushcraft, open mic sessions, sports activities, and more.

Friday 24 August until Sunday 26 August 2012 (TBC)
Location: Tarns, nr Aspatria, Cumbria

Cost: expect around £89 adult weekend.
A non-commercial music and arts festival offering something for everyone, with a main stage, dance tent, second stage with many smaller acts, and a children's area with workshops to amaze, educate and keep both kids and adults busy throughout the day.

Wychwood Music Festival
Friday 8 June until Sunday 10 June 2012
Location: Cheltenham Racecourse, Gloucestershire

Cost: Early bird adult weekend £100, youth (aged 16-18)/concession weekend tickets are priced at £82, and 10-15 year old weekend tickets are priced at £45. Children aged 5-9 years able to attend for free, but need to be accompanied by a grown up, and those under 5 can attend for free. Camping passes (charged per person) are also discounted for the limited period offering an adult weekend camping ticket for £10, a weekend youth/concession camping pass is priced at £5, under 16s free.
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One of the biggest festivals in this price range offering a family friendly weekend of multi stage music, comedy, workshops, and more. The festival tickets with camping are technically priced above our 'under £100' criteria, offering early bird ticket at £110 for the weekend with camping. However there's a ticket saving introduce a friend offer of £20 off the ticket price, and introduce enough friends and your tickets could be free!

Shambala Festival
Thursday 23 August until Sunday 26 August 2012
Location: a secret location in the Midlands

Cost: early bird £99 for weekend, teen (aged 15-17yrs) weekend ticket £79, child (aged 5-14yrs) weekend ticket £29, Child and Teen tickets may only be purchased with adult tickets. Maximum of 3 teen tickets per adult over 21yrs. Child under 5 Free (but must register). campervan/car+caravan pass £30, and car pass £20 (one per car).
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Now in its twelfth year, this great family friendly festival promises four days of fun, with a large kids area, masses of workshops, woodland antics, crazy carnivals, roaming theatrics, and everyone in fancy dress. Note if coming by car this event is over £100. There's no separate arena from the campsite.

Trowbridge Festival
Thursday 2 August until Sunday 5 August 2012
Location: Vagg's Hill Farm, Southwick, nr Trowbridge, Wiltshire

Cost: £95 for a weekend ticket, kids (11-15) half price, 10 and under free.
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This brand new family friendly and grown-up friendly festival offers late night fun running hand in hand with roots music. Trowbridge Festival offers a weekend to relax with friends and family, with local food, beers and ciders, local acts from the South West, local arts and local traditions, as well as a multitude of acts from the rest of the country and indeed the rest of the world. There will also be lots of activities & entertainment for children and young people, good food and markets, dancing, open mics, sessions, dressing up, choir, art, workshops, and much more.

Kendal Calling
Friday 27 July until Sunday 29 July 2012
Location: Lowther Deer Park, Hackthorpe, East Cumbria

Cost: expect around £95 for weekend with camping, teens over 14 pay full price for tickets, teens (11-14 years) tickets are priced around £50, children under 11 can attend for free, but needed a ticket. On sale early next year.
Offering well known acts, acoustic acts, chill out area, and late night DJs, and festival entertainment.

Fairport's Cropredy Convention
Thursday 9 August until Saturday 11 August 2012
Location: Cropredy, nr. Banbury, Oxfordshire

Cost: expect around £90 for the full weekend
An annual well attended four day festival of folk and rock music held on the edge of the village of Cropredy, and run by Fairport Convention. Tickets prices are not yet confirmed.

Friday 31 August until Sunday 2 September 2012
Location: Tilford, Farnham, Surrey

Cost: expect around £95 for three days with camping, not yet on sale.
The festival is run over three days with three outdoor stages plus an indoor acoustic stage. There's also workshops, and on-site camping. There's a vast range of real ales, ciders, lagers & wines all at reasonable prices.

The Green Gathering
Thursday 2 August until Sunday 5 August 2012
Location: Piercefield Park of Chepstow, Monmouthshire

Cost: Adults around £90, teens (12-16) £50, with free entry for children (under 12. Car parking is priced at £20, and caravan/campervan passes £35. Not yet on sale.
A family, camping event, for approximately 5000 people for a period of 4 days. Tickets are not yet on sale. Note if coming by car this event is over £100. An environmentally and ethically conscious event. Alongside the music the Gathering showcases future technologies, alternative ways of life and sustainable lifestyles.

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