Boomtown Fair Essential Guide '18

Boomtown Fair Essential Guide '18

Welcome to Chapter 10 of the Boomtown Essential Guide! It contains all of the important information you need to know before you set foot in the city - from travel instructions and entry advice to camping tips and all the practical details in between - this is everything you need to prepare yourself for the ultimate experience at this year’s annual fair!

More coming soon! 


1. Key Information: Location, Dates, Times (Gates and Music)
2. Ticket and Entry Requirements: ID, Citizencards, Re-entry, Teens & Children, Teen Ticket Amnesty
3. Alcohol limits, Drugs Policy and Security Searches
4. Car park passes
5. Arrival: 8 Ways to get to the festival!

5.1 Arriving by coach
5.2 Arriving by train and shuttle
5.3 Cycling or Walking
5.4 Car Sharing
5.5 Getting dropped off
5.6 Private hire coach
5.7 Arriving by car
5.8 Arriving by campervan
5.9 Arriving on Wednesday

6. Heading Home
7. Camping

7.1 Public Camping
7.2 Family Camping
7.3 Quiet Camping
7.4 Reserved Camping
7.5 Pre-pitched Camping
7.6 Campervans
7.7 The Meadow (accessible)

8. Eco Bonds
9. Added Extras
10. Camp Skylark Essential Guide
11. Boomtown Springs Essential Guide

1. Key Information


Matterley Estate, Hampshire, SO21 1HW


Thursday 9th - Sunday 12th August 2018
Wednesday 8th August is an optional extra day.
If you’ve not already arranged Wednesday Entry Tickets, they can be requested here.


City Gate Opening Times - Gates are not 24 hours!!

Gates opening times:

Wednesday 8th August: Midday - 21:30
Thursday 9th August: Midday - 21:30 Friday/Saturday/Sunday: 10:00 - 21:30
Car Parks: Open 10:00 - 21:00 (No entry into any car park after 21:00)
Although entry is not 24hrs, attendees can leave at any time. If you leave after 21:30, you will not be readmitted until gates open the next morning.


Thursday: 12:00 - 00:00 (street venues and medium stages only)
Friday: 12:00 - 04:00
Saturday: 12:00 - 04:00
Sunday: 12:00 - 00:00

2. Tickets & Entry Requirements

Checklist before you get to the gate!

Printed ticket ✔
Vehicle passes /  travel tickets ✔
Valid ID ✔
Food & water provisions ✔
Weather dependent supplies - suncream/hat/waterproofs ✔

Top tips for a smooth entry:

  • Pack light! Your belongings may be searched on entry, so reduce your waiting time and only bring the essentials.
  • Be aware that anyone with trollies or large luggage will be subject to a higher level of search. There are limited lanes where this takes place so may slow down your arrival.
  • Width limit applies: The lanes at the gates are 900mm wide, any bags or trollies that do not fit the lanes will not be permitted entry and you’ll be asked to return them to your car.
  • There is no fast-track entrance! Gates open at 12 midday on Thursday, arriving earlier does not mean that you will get in any quicker!

Names on Tickets

The name on the ticket must match the name on your ID. Names on tickets can be updated by logging into your TheTicketSellers Account account . If you change the name on your ticket after you have downloaded the ticket PDF or passbook file you’ll need to download it again to make sure it shows the updated name. (Please note: you can only change the name on each ticket a maximum of 2 times)

ID Checks

Our ID checking teams will be working at every gate and operating a Challenge 25 policy. If you have an adult ticket and are unable to prove you are aged 18 or over you will be refused entry to the festival.

Acceptable forms of ID include; photographic driving license, proof of age card with PASS hologram or a passport. Photocopies will not be accepted.


To avoid having to bring valuable documents such as a driving licence or passport to the festival (100’s end up in lost property every year) head over to the CitizenCard website for more details on their widely accepted ID cards. Use the code BOOMTOWN to get a £5 discount.

It takes a few weeks for your application to be processed so apply for your card ASAP.


If you need to pop to your car for anything throughout the weekend re-entry is allowed during the times that the gates are operational ( Friday - Sunday 10:00am - 9:30pm.)

Although you can go back to your car on Thursday, you’ll need to rejoin the back of the queue to be searched each time you come into the festival. Most people arrive on Thursday so the gates will be busy.

Plan ahead, and bring all the essentials with you on the first trip so you can leave extra trips until towards the end of the day or the next morning. Please note that there is no re-entry with alcohol.

Age Policy, Teens & Children

We are a place for all generations; families, babies, toddlers, teenagers, young uns, wise ones, and all and everyone in between will receive a warm welcome. However, in the interests of public safety we do have rules in place to ensure that everyone is safe guarded.

Teen Tickets (13 - 17)

  • All teen ticket holders must be accompanied by a parent/guardian aged 30 or over, who is responsible for them throughout the duration of the festival.
  • Teen tickets may only be purchased by the accompanying parent/guardian after purchasing an adult ticket.
  • Teen tickets are linked to the parent/guardian's ticket and ticket holders must go to the box office together at any gate (NOT the main ticket exchange) to collect your wristbands.There will be a separate queue for this so look for the signs or ask a steward.
  • Unaccompanied teen ticket holders will be refused entry.
  • Any unaccompanied teen found on site will be taken to the child and youth welfare centre to await collection by their parent/guardian.
  • Please refer to Boomtown's terms & conditions for rules relating to teens at the festival.

Child Tickets

Child tickets (12 and under) can be purchased by an adult. The same adult must be with the child when they collect their wristband and children must be accompanied at all times. Please go to to the box office next to any of the main ticket exchanges to collect you and your child’s wristbands. There will be a separate queue for this so look for the signs or ask a steward.

Teens with Adult Tickets Amnesty

If you have purchased an Adult ticket but are under the age of 18 you will be refused entry to the festival and no refund will be offered. Don’t risk it.

If you have already purchased an adult ticket, but are underage, we are offering an amnesty on these tickets from 14th June - 1st July.

  • If there is an parent / guardian over 30 who can accompany you throughout the festival your adult ticket can be swapped into their name and they can then purchase a Teen Ticket for you. There are a limited number of Teen Tickets available and these will be allocated on a first-come, first served basis.
  • If there is no guardian over 30 available to accompany you then please contact TheTicketSellers for a refund on your ticket.

Please phone TheTicketSellers on 0844 870 0000 or email to swap or get a refund for your ticket (minus booking fees).

Traveller Tickets

If you have a Coach traveller or Shuttle traveller ticket you must travel by that mode of transport in order for your ticket to be validated on arrival.

3. Alcohol limits, Drugs Policy and Security Searches

Alcohol Limits

You are welcome to bring a personal amount of alcohol with you to the festival. Please note there are are limits on the amount and types of alcohol permitted.

You may bring up to:

  • 16 x 440ml cans of lager/cider/beer or,
  • 18 x 250ml cans of premix spirit drinks or,
  •  3-litre box of wine or,
  • 7 litres of cider/lager/beer in (sealed) plastic bottles or cans.

Big No-Nos:

  • No spirits
  • No glass or open (unsealed) bottles
  • No alcohol permitted on RE-ENTRY

Drugs Policy:

  • The possession, use or sale of illegal drugs is strictly prohibited at Boomtown, this includes Nitrous Oxide and all New Psychoactive Substances.
  • Amnesty points will be located on the approach to the festival gates for any contraband or illegal items to be disposed of.
  • Be aware that search dogs will be in operation at gates at all times.
  • Any person found in possession of illegal drugs past the amnesty points, and before reaching the entrance, will be refused entry and evicted from the festival site immediately.

Do not risk it. Do not bring drugs into the city.

  • Additional prohibited items include; spray cans and marker pens, knives including locking knives, any kind of weapon, glass, open bottles of any kind of liquid that can be consumed, sound systems.
    For a full list of prohibited items see section 5:

Even with all these provisions in place to keep drugs out of the festival, it is unfortunately inevitable that some will manage to get in, and we have been working hard over the past few years to introduce further services within the festival to reduce harm and keep people as safe as we can:

Harm Reduction Provisions:

The Loop - We have hired The Loop to offer their groundbreaking MAST (Multi Agency Safety Testing) drug composition testing and counselling service to our festival goers for free.

Trained Drug Counsellors at campsite hubs - For anyone who may have a question about drug safety, want some advice or simply just someone to chat to about anything that might be on your mind, please pay them a visit for judgement free advice and support.

Chill Welfare - the award winning Welfare team are back to offer support and welfare services for anyone who feels they may need it. Please pay them a visit if you are feeling a bit overwhelmed by anything or just need of bit of TLC. They are based next to each of the medical centres.

Medical - With two 24 hour medical centres onsite, and a fully stocked pharmacy, we can help with a huge amount of ailments and afflictions; the main centre is within Hilltop this year, just inside the campsite opposite the bandstand, and there is a satellite centre on the main drag in Downtown. If you or a friend find yourselves in urgent need of medical assistance, and cannot make your own way to these medical centres, please find your nearest steward or Boomtown representative immediately and they will get one of the onsite ambulances to you as soon as possible.

4. Car Park Passes

  • Car parking passes will be sent out in the post in late July and via ‘signed for’ delivery. Please  make sure you have the most convenient address on your TheTicketSellers account for them to be sent to for a signature upon receipt.
  • If you need to change the address that it will be posted to please update the address in your TheTicketSellers account by 5pm on 22nd June.
  • If you are planning to travel to the festival by car and you haven’t purchased your car park pass yet you can buy it in advance for £26 + booking fee here.
  • You must purchase your car park pass by 22nd June to ensure they reach you in time. After this date car parking passes will no longer be available to purchase in advance and will be £40 at the gate. (If you arrive without a car parking pass you will need to purchase a new one at the gate - so keep it safe and don’t forget it!)
  • Follow the instructions that arrive with your pass and remember to stick it to your windscreen before you set out. It will help the traffic marshalls to direct you to the right place.

5. Important Arrival Information : 8 Ways to get to the festival!

However you’re choosing to come to the festival this year, make sure you plan your journey in advance! If you haven’t made arrangements yet please consider taking one of the greener public transport options like our coach service (from over 50 locations!) or catch the train and make use of our shuttle. If you do decide to drive - don’t forget to buy your car pass by the 22nd June and check out GoCarShare to find people looking for lifts.


National Express operate our coach service which travels right to the city gates from over 50 locations around the UK direct. Coaches arrive on the Wednesday. Thursday or Friday and all depart for home on Monday.

Relax all the way to the festival and snooze all the way home on Monday... whilst also minimising your environmental impact!

Any type of ticket holder can purchase a coach pass from our ticket page here, there are seats still available to book from all locations....

Once you have booked via TheTicketSellers ( you will receive an e-ticket 7 days prior to the date of travel from National Express which includes all your travel information – simply print this out and present to the driver. Make sure you keep it in a safe place for use on your Monday return journey!

For any enquiries about your coach please contact National Express directly on 0371 781 8181. They will be able to assist with any changes to your ticket.

Did you know? If you’ve already got a coach ticket you can change it to a Wednesday one and get Wednesday entry for free! Simply add the free Wednesday add-on to your basket in TheTicketSellers and you'll be prompted to change your coach time on the next page.


The nearest train station to Boomtown is Winchester Train station.

We offer a shuttle bus service, the X90, from the train station straight to the festival.

On exiting the platform, please head straight ahead if you hold a public ticket. Follow the directions of the stewards to the back of the queue

Please check the website for the latest shuttle bus timetable.

A return ticket costs £10, please have cash ready to pay for your ticket.

If you have purchased a ticket to the festival which includes shuttle travel then please show this ticket to the boarding staff. They will scan it and give you your shuttle tickets - keep them safe as they can only be issued once for each barcode.

From Winchester Train Station to Boomtown West Gate:

Frequently Wednesday 12:00 - 20:30
Very frequently Thursday 10:00 - 21:00
Regularly Friday 09:00 -  19:00
Regularly Saturday 09:00 - 19:00
Regularly Sunday 09:00 - 19:00

From Boomtown to Winchester Train station:

All above shuttles will run on a loop.
Sunday shuttles will run until 21:00
Monday return shuttles 6:00 - 17:00


If you are cycling to site, please follow the Blue patch on the directional signage. This will take you to West Gate. Route 23 on The National Cycle Network runs close to site, for more information see Sustrans here.

An area within West Gate will be fenced for cycle parking. It is close to the gate, so will be monitored, but is not a secure facility.

Additionally this year we are running the Big Bristol to Boomtown Bike Ride in partnership with Red Fox who are taking cyclists on a guided route to the festival, arriving on Wednesday afternoon.

Walking to Boomtown is not recommended as the main roads accessing the festival are not suitable for pedestrians. If walking - please head towards Winchester train station where you will be able to take the shuttle to the festival.


GoCarShare are again linking people up who are looking for lifts/ offering lifts, making new friends and cutting down on carbon emissions.

GoCarShare links drivers up with potential passengers and vice versa so head over here to find a lift or a driver, slash congestion and leave no car space wasted!


Please follow the Pick-up and Drop Off signage to the site. This will take you to just outside the West Gate. Please note there is no drop off facility available on Wednesday so please consider using a coach or shuttle travel option to arrive at the festival.

If you have need to go to another destination on site, then you will have been sent a routing pass which will allow you access to the following

  • Orange Route  – for Family and Meadow (Disabled) and East Pre-Pitched Camping ticket holders.

No other gates should be used for dropping off, as it’s likely you’ll end up in a car park queue. If you have been dropped off at South Gate on the way in please speak to a member of staff from The Meadow, Family Campsite or the box office at South Gate so that they can help you arrange a taxi for your return journey as there will be no taxi rank here.

DO NOT get dropped off on the road outside the site. Not only is it dangerous for you, it causes delays on the roads and seriously risks our licence to hold the event, if you do this you are jeopardising the future of the festival.


If you and your friends are booking your own coach or minibus (12+ seats on Wednesday or 18+ seats from Thursday ) please note that you MUST book a slot in advance. This costs £50 per vehicle (this covers both drop off and collection on Monday) find all details here.

For the Public Transport Hub (Coach Station) please follow the Blue markings on the directional signage – this is also backed up by a coach symbol.

On entry to the gate, you will turn hard left to go down the hill – there is hardstanding within the gate allowing you to do this, so there is no need to swing wide if you are coming up the hill.

Head down the hill to the Coach Park, the nearest end is dedicated to Private Hire Coaches.

Upon arrival, please do not allow your passengers to disembark until you have been greeted by one of the Boomtown team.

This person will arrange your collection time slot and ensure that you have a pass to regain entry on Monday – without it, the coach will not be allowed access to site on Monday 13th August.


7.1 Main Car Park

As you get close (within 3 miles) of the festival, switch off your sat nav and follow the Public Parking Symbol on the directional signage (a white ‘P’ on a blue background)

These will direct you into the car parks by the best routes for the traffic conditions.

Please ensure that you have affixed your parking sticker before you leave home. This will enable us to direct you correctly and will help speed access into the car parks.

The car parks access North and East gates, so if you are meeting or arriving with friends, we recommend that you meet up away from the festival site at a prearranged service station and follow each other in so that you park in the same car park.

When leaving please follow the road signage, do not use your sat nav. Most people leave the festival between 10:00 and 12:00, so if you wish to beat any queues, it’s best to set off earlier.

7.2 Other Car Parks - you will have a specific car pass if you are required to be in any of the other car parks

  • Family and Meadow car parks can be found by following the Orange patches  on the directional signage which will take you to Orange Car Park.  Follow directions of the traffic team to be directed to your parking area. You’ll then walk a short distance to South Gate to collect your wristbands and enter the festival site.
  • East pre-booked camping Car Parks (Camp Skylark, Reserved Camping and Tangerine Fields East) should follow the Public Parking Symbol on the directional signage (a white ‘P’ on a blue background). Make sure your car pass is clearly displayed so you can be directed to the right car park. You’ll then walk to East Gate to collect your wristbands and enter the festival.
  • Wednesday Car Share Car Park is only available to those who have booked a pass in advance and have at least 3 people with Wednesday upgrade tickets travelling in their vehicle.  Please follow the directions on your car parking pass to reach the car share car park. You’ll then enter the festival via West Gate after collecting your wristbands.
  • Boomtown Springs Car Park follow the purple patches on the directional signage. Make sure your car pass is clearly displayed so you can be directed to the right car park. You’ll then walk to the Boomtown Springs Entrance at North Gate to enter the festival.

Please ensure that your car park stickers are affixed to your windscreen before you leave home to assist us in directing you correctly and to help speed up entry.

When you leave the festival, please follow the directions of the traffic marshalls - you may be forced to turn a specific way which does not match your sat nav instructions – this is to take you away from the queues from the main car parks and help make your departure quicker. Please follow exit route signage which will take you to the M3, A34 and London and don’t u-turn. Please don’t follow sat nav instructions until you stop seeing our directional signage - some roads are closed on Monday to help improve traffic flow so following sat nav instructions may send you in circles!

Most people leave between 10:00 and 12:00, so if you wish to beat any queues, please leave before this.

8. CAMPERVANS (inc Family and The Meadow)

  • All Campervans should access the site via Orange route which is on the A272.
  • Please follow the Orange markings on the directional signage.
  • Please print out your Campervan Routing Pass (it will be sent to your email or can also be found in your TheTicketSellers Account). Make sure the pass is clearly displayed in your windscreen well before you reach the festival site so that our traffic marshals can direct you to the right place.
  • On entrance to the gate, all campervans need to turn right. Family and Meadow Campervans will be directed into specific lanes - look out for the signs or ask a traffic marshall if you are unsure.
  • You can expect thorough searching at the gates, and may be pulled aside for police and security dog searches.
  • You will need to exchange your routing pass for your Campervan Sticker and have all your ID and festival tickets available for scanning so that wristbands can be issued.
  • Once inside the campervan area, please be conscious of spacing of your vehicles as the fire lanes MUST be kept clear at all times. We ask that follow the guidance of the staff parking you up, and park your campervan lengthwise along the left hand edge of your pitch and closest to the fire avenue – this will keep spacing between vehicles to a maximum.

When you leave the festival, you will be forced to turn left onto the A272 – this is to take you away from the queues from the main car parks. Please follow exit route signage which will take you to the M3, A34 and London.

Most people leave between 10:00 and 12:00, so if you wish to beat any queues, please leave before this.

Did you know that audience travel makes up about 70% of a festival's carbon footprint? For every car park pass sold we donate £1 to Energy Revolution to turn your travel miles into clean energy. Read more of our sustainability policies here. 



  • Every person arriving on Wednesday needs to have a Wednesday entry add on on their TheTicketSellers account.
  • Gates to the festival will open at 12 midday on Wednesday 8th May. Some coaches will arrive before this and the wristband exchanges will open from midday.
  • The Boomtown Springs car park will open from midday.
  • The Car Share car park will open from midday.

Open areas

As we’ve been granted permission to open only a small part of the city on Wednesday this includes Metropolis, Diss-order Alley, DSTRKT 5 and Barrio Loco campsites; as well as Boomtown Springs, Camplight and Tangerine Fields West.

Due to only opening one side of the festival site in this trial year, we are unable to run the Meadow and Family Camping facilities, as well as Camp Skylark, Tangerine Fields East and the Campervan field. We understand this will be frustrating for some but as a trial year this was the only way it was feasible operationally.

However, if you are staying in any of these areas and decide to come on Wednesday you are welcome to set up camp in the main public campsites that are open in West and then move to your pre-pitched or reserved camping on Thursday. Please bear in mind that there will be no internal transport provided.

What do I need to enter on Wednesday if I'm arriving by ...

Coach? You must have a free Wednesday add-on ticket + festival entry ticket + coach ticket.

Shuttle / Train? You must have a Wednesday arrival & shuttle ticket + festival entry ticket

Private hire coach? You must book a private hire coach pass for each vehicle and everyone on the coach must have a free Wednesday add-on ticket + festival entry ticket. There are limited spaces in the coach park and you need to book your slot in advance. Please book here ASAP.

Car? Only car sharers can come on Wednesday. There must be 3+ people in the vehicle or you will be turned away at the gate! Each person in the vehicle must purchase a Wednesday add-on ticket + festival entry ticket. The vehicle must have a ‘Wednesday Car Parking’ ticket - this can be purchased on arrival.

Cycling? You can come for free on Wednesday if you're cycling! Email us on with the subject link 'Wednesday cyclist' and we'

For all the essential need-to-know info on Wednesday entry click through to our Wednesday arrivals FAQ’s page here.


6. Heading Home

The festival site closes at midday on Monday. Please make sure you have cleaned up your camp and taken all your belongings with you before making your way to the exits before midday.

When you leave the Boomtown site, you may be sent in a direction that you are unfamiliar with and goes against the instructions on your SAT NAV. This is PLANNED to take you away from the worst of the congestion.

Please do not follow your Sat Nav or your phone until you are well away from the site – suggestion is 10 miles – particularly if you are heading for the Midlands or the Southwest.

The M3/A34 Junction is extremely slow, so please avoid using it if at all possible, whilst staying on major roads. It is quicker to drive 20 miles out of your way, than to access the M3/A34 junction.

Directional signage will be in place to take you in the direction of the M3 (N&S), the A34 and towards London. Although not the most direct route, these will be quicker than following your Sat Nav.

Queues around the site start at around 10:00am so if you don’t like sitting in a queue, then please plan to leave before that time.

Plan your journey well in advance. Ensure that your driver is well rested and in a legal state to drive… DO NOT drive if you think you might be under the influence of alcohol or any other substance.

7. Camping

7.1 Public Camping

Public camping is included in every ticket. There are public camping spaces across the whole site, keep an eye out for the map where they’ll be marked.

General public camping is for tents only. The camping areas are spread across the site. There is now very limited camping in the Downtown Bowl this year, and the closest camping to the bowl is in the West side camping areas.

There are certain areas that have become "No camping" areas this year, primarily in areas of the bowl and at the bottom of the Halfway Woods, please respect the "No camping" signs, as these are to allow more space for people to move from the different entertainment areas.

Please also be aware of the access lanes in the campsites. Stewards will be roaming in the campsites to assist you and answer queries, but also to ensure that the access lanes are not camped in, so that we can get emergency and service vehicles in other the campsites when we need to. If you are asked to move your tent because it is in one of these access routes, please help the stewards out. They should be able to help you find an alternative spot.

7.2 Family Camping

Family Camping is situated next to Kidztown, with a free shuttle running between family parking. Includes access to showers and child friendly composting toilets.

This year we have introduced family camping wristbands to ensure the family campsite is only used by families. All adults require a wristband for this - these can be added via your TheTicketSellers account for free. If you need extra please email

Families with campervans or caravans can pitch up in the Family Campervan Field. Family Campervan pass (£100+booking fee) is required for access.

More information for families can be found here.

7.3 Quiet Camping

Quiet camping is located next to tented family camping in Whistlers Green. This will not be a pre-booked area, it will be available to anyone who elects to camp there. There will be stewards and security in the area, and they will be patrolling the camping area to ensure that the “quiet” aspect is respected by the campers. Anyone camping in the area will be expected to respect their neighbours and not be noisy.  

7.4 Reserved Camping

To shotgun your spot before arrival, the option of reserved camping is there for those who like their own space and a little more room for manoeuvre. More details below and you can book via the ticket page here

  • Pitch size:  5m x 7m
  • Located in-between Town Centre and Lion’s Den, this prime camping spot is the flattest in town.
  • As long as all guy ropes, tents and personal equipment fit within your boundary you can share your pitch with pals OR if you’re coming in a larger group, nominate a group leader during the booking process and the campsite managers will put you all beside each other.
  • If a group leader was nominated at point of booking, all related bookings will be pitched together.

7.5 Pre-pitched tents

If you feel that you cannot handle the trek back to the bus or car on the Monday with all of your camping stuff, then PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE book a pre-pitched tent. There are many options to choose from and a variety of prices to suit all budgets (probably cheaper to do this than buy a pop up and throw it away, and it costs the planet even less).

Check out the options on offer from Tangerine Fields and Camplight.

7.6 Campervans

The Campervan Field is located on the east side of site close to Lion’s Den. Campervans, converted live-in vans, caravans and trailer tents are all welcome (sorry but cars are not deemed as live-in vehicles and cannot be used to stay in). No tents are allowed in the campervan field, although you can put up your awning as long as everything fits within your pitch.

Pitch sizes are a maximum of 8m x 5m, if you need more space you can purchase two pitches. Compost toilets are provided in the Campervan Fields and there is a campsite hub staffed by security and friendly stewards. Please note there are no facilities for accepting chemical waste or electrical hook ups.

Passes are available for campervans, caravans and trailer tents priced at £100 + booking fee.

People are advised to book early as these passes are limited. There is a designated Family Campervan Field for families, or The Meadow for those requiring accessible campervan facilities - select the relevant campervan pass when booking.

Campervan passes are now sold out for 2018 -  but if you fancy parking up off site with the opportunity for an electric hook up, the Morn Hill Caravan Club campsite is within walking distance of the festival for caravans, motorhomes or campervans. You have to make a reservation with them so if you'd like to bring your campervan/caravan please contact their site directly on: 01962 869877

If you decide to stay off site, please note the gates are not 24 hours - you’re welcome to leave anytime but there’s no entry past 9.30pm every day.

7.7 The Meadow

GAMA Access Areas CIC provide facilities and support for those wishing to attend who have accessibility requirements. GAMA run The Meadow campsite and can offer practical advice for attending the festival. The Meadow can house tents, campervans, caravans or trailer tents, they will prepare for your arrival and individual requirements in order to make sure your entry to the festival is as smooth and easy as possible. If you would like to arrange to stay in The Meadow or  you have any other questions about accessibility, please contact

The Meadow is based in the Whistlers Green area of Hilltop. Accessible parking is available at South Gate and is a short distance from The Meadow campsite. We have a crew on hand to can help with practical tasks such as putting up tents and helping out. We do not provide childcare or personal care. There will be wheelchair charging facility in a staffed marquee within the campsite. The Meadow has wide-access toilets and shower facilities, with hand wash and drinking water available.

Children and parents with disabilities are welcome in The Meadow. The Kidztown area is right next door. Please note that children are the responsibility of their parents at all times.

The Meadow Campervan / Caravan passes are available at £100 plus booking fee. Cars and other towing vehicles are not permitted within the campsite unless you sought have direct permission from The Meadow team in advance.

For more information about accessibility at Boomtown please see the accessibility section on our website.

8. Eco Bonds

You can reclaim your £10 eco bond by bringing a full bag of recycling or general waste to the nearest Eco Bond Hub on site. You’ll be able to pick up bags at all campsite hubs. There are Eco Bond points at four different points on site which will be marked on the map.

Opening times:
EAST / SOUTH / WEST - Sunday 12pm - 7pm Monday 8am - 2pm
​NORTH - Monday 8am - 2pm

Recycling (clear bag):
Plastic bottles
Plastic cups
Glass (this is not permitted to be brought on site)

General Waste (black bag)
Plastic bags
Aluminium foil
Tetra packs
Wet wipes
Used food packaging

9. Added Extras


Zooloos provide showers, flushing loos and pampering facilities at two locations on the site.

Choose from Downtown (west campsite) or Hilltop (east campsite). Please note you can only use the showers in the location you select, but can access the loos and pamper areas at both locations.

Handy hint: It’s best to avoid showering during peak times (10am-2pm) as there will be a queue, but reasonably swift outside of these times .

Zooloos are open from 07:00 – 00:00 each day. Passes can still be purchased here under 'other items'.


  • Locker areas are manned between 08:00 - 22:00 daily. During this time you can register for your locker.
  • Downtown ticket holders can redeem their locker voucher at the Downtown locker station located in the West side campsites next to Zoo Loos
  • Hilltop ticket holders can redeem their locker voucher at the Hilltop locker station at the entrance to the East Campsite.
  • Each locker has a free 12v power supply (in-car cigarette lighter type – not USB) please bring your own in-car charger especially for Apple phones.
  • £5 deposit is payable at the festival for padlock & key (refundable on return) or bring your own 32mm padlock or smaller.
  • No ticket = no locker – please bring either your paper or mobile ticket or you will not be able to access your locker
  • Large locker size: 22cm wide x 15cm deep x 29cm high. (SOLD OUT)
  • Standard locker size: 22cm wide x 15cm deep x 9cm high.
  • You must only use the locker issued to you.
  • You will be given a wristband with your allocated locker number and colour, then a bio metric scan of your finger will be taken which allows you 24 hour access through the full height turnstile into the locker area.
  • Please RESPECT the lockers – do not deliberately damage or deface.  If caught doing so, you will be removed from the festival.
  • Locker areas are monitored by CCTV for your safety and the security of your valuables.
  • IMPORTANT!  Please note lockers are not big enough to fit your entire wardrobe or suitcase in.  They are suitable for small valuables only i.e. passport, money, phone, camera, etc.

All lockers will need to be cleared by noon on Monday/

Lockers can still be purchased here under 'other items'.

Phone Charging

  • You will be asked to show ID that matches the name on your pass.
  • Drop your phone in at any of the four Charge Candy Stations, leave it with the friendly staff, collect your reclaim ticket and pick up your fully charged phone later on.
  • Locations are: West Campsite (next to ZooLoo showers), East Campsite (next to ZooLoo showers), Boomtown Springs entrance and by the Lion’s Den arena.
  • Please check opening times at the Charge Candy station when you drop your phone off (each location has different opening times).

Phone charging can still be purchased here under 'other items'.

10. Camp Skylark Essential Guide

For 2018 Boomtique has been reimagined as the all new Camp Skylark. Named after the iconic bird of the South Downs, Camp Skylark aims to take our audience back to the freedom of childhood camping trips and connection with nature, and the outstanding beauty of the South Downs National Park.

A catalogue of accommodation fit for kings and queens with cocktails, masseuses on call and pamper rooms, hot showers and flushing loos! There are still limited Camp Skylark accommodation options available so head to the site to find out more. 

For all Camp Skylark residents here’s your step-by-step guide to how it all works:

Camp Skylark Arrival

  • Please follow the arrival information above, for general arrival details.
  • Once you have been issued your festival wristband you will be directed to the Camp Skylark Box Office where you will receive your Camp Skylark resident wristband.
  • When you enter Camp Skylark you will be welcomed by our fabulous reception team who will check you in and show you to your respective accommodation.

Box Office opening times: 

Thursday: 08:00 - 23:00
Friday - Saturday: 10:00 - 23:00

Reception opening times:

Thursday: 08:00 - 23:00
Friday - Sunday: 10:00 - 23:00
Monday- 08:00 - 11:00 (please note all festival attendees must be off the festival site by 12:00 on Monday 13th August)

Camp Skylark check out and your deposit:

  • You must vacate Camp Skylark by 11am on Monday.
  • You must check out at the reception before you leave at which point your accommodation will be checked and if found in a satisfactory condition you will receive your deposit back.
  • Damage (includes damage from cigarette ends), theft and breakage may result in part or full loss of your deposit, or, in the case of serious misuse of equipment, you agree to pay, in full, all replacement or repair costs as set by us or the supplier.
  • Camp Skylark doesn’t put up with litter bugs. You must look after your area and keep it tidy, using the recycling bags and bins provided.
  • Please allow 14 days for the deposit refund.

Camp Skylark opening and closing times:

  • Camp Skylark Residents Camping: Once you have a wristband, Camp Skylark Residents is open 24/7. This is a wristbanded area and security will be checking wristbands at the Camp Skylark Residents entrance.

Camp Skylark location:

  • A festival site map will be released closer to the festival.
  • Camp Skylark is located just East of Lion’s Den.

Camp Skylark facilities:

  • Massage Parlour
  • Lavish Beauty Salon
  • Pamper Station
  • Bar
  • Cafe
  • Yoga Workshops
  • Communal Fire Pit
  • Luxury Loos
  • Posh Shower

N.B.* There are additional charges for food, drink, massage and salon.

11. Boomtown Springs Essential Guide

Boomtown Springs is your immersive theatrical camping experience in the heart of the fair, curated by the award winning Bearded Kitten, the masterminds behind The Bank, The Opera House and The Gentleman’s Club in previous chapters. With an endless reel of ridiculous ideas, this incredible collective will guide it’s residents into a whole new realm of interactive experience!

Bang Hai Industries' mansion is based in Boomtown Springs, a fully programmed place to party with a pool at the entrance. At Boomtown Springs you will have access to incredible accommodation types, your very own bar, an array of yummy treats to eat, the poshest toilets on site, a pamper parlour to spruce you up before heading into town and then a masseuse to relax you the next day.

For all Boomtown Springs residents here’s your step-by-step guide to how it all works:

Boomtown Springs Arrival

  • The Boomtown Springs Gate is next to North Gate and has a designated car park. You will have needed to have purchased your tickets for it by the 22nd June. If you arrive on public transport or are dropped off at the Pick Up & Drop Off area next to West Gate, please go straight to the Boomtown Springs Information Point and they will give you directions to walking to  Boomtown Springs. DO NOT ENTER THE PUBLIC QUEUES AT WEST GATE - unless you are not staying in Springs, in which case you need to get your wristband at the box office.
  • Once you have been issued your Boomtown Springs festival wristband you will take a very short walk to Boomtown Springs. On arrival you will be welcomed by our fabulous Welcome To Boomtown Springs Team who will check you in at the Box Office/Info point and show you to your respective accommodation. The Box Office /Info Tent will be open for 24 hours a day to ensure your stay is as comfortable as possible.

Boomtown Springs check out and your deposit

  • You must vacate Boomtown Springs by 11am on Monday.
  • You must check out at the Box Office/ Info Tent before you leave at which point your accommodation will be checked and if found in a satisfactory condition you will receive your deposit back.
  • Damage (includes damage from cigarette ends), theft and breakage may result in part or full loss of your deposit, or, in the case of serious misuse of equipment, you agree to pay, in full, all replacement or repair costs as set by us or the supplier.
  • Boomtown Springs doesn’t put up with litter bugs. You must look after your area and keep it tidy, using the recycling bags and bins provided.
  • Please allow 14 days for the deposit refund.

Boomtown Springs opening and closing times:

  • Boomtown Springs Residents Camping: Once you have a wristband, Boomtown Springs Residents is open 24/7. This is a wristbanded area and security will be checking wristbands at the Boomtown Springs Residents entrance.

Boomtown Springs Location:

  • A festival site map will be released closer to the festival.
  • Boomtown Springs is located North of the site and has two entrances to the festival..

Boomtown Springs facilities:

  • A programmed late night venue
  • A pool
  • Daily programme of lawn games
  • 24 hour Information Tent
  • Fully Licensed Bar
  • Three food traders
  • Beauty Salon
  • Pamper Parlour
  • Luxury Loos
  • Posh Showers

N.B.* There are additional charges for food, drink, massage and salon.

2018 Boomtown Camping, Gates & Districts Map