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Everything You Need to Know About Camp Quirky 2022

Festival goers rejoice! The most anticipated campervan festival is back and better than ever. The handmade campervan extravaganza that is Camp Quirky will return this May with an action packed line up featuring new tents, workshops and entertainment. Where else could you spend your days brushing up on your campervan conversion knowledge and your evenings singing your heart out and dancing in the moonlight?

What is it, where is it and when is it?

Camp Quirky is the only festival in the UK focused specifically on handmade campervans and all things vanlife.

It will be taking place from 13th to 15th May 2022 at Kelmarsh, Northamptonshire.

Tickets go on sale on 31st January. We expect to sell out in record time.

What is included in the price of my ticket?

One ticket provides entry for one person. You can camp from Friday 13th to Monday 16th as well as make use of the water, toilets and showers. (Please note that campervan and tent passes are sold separately and not included within your ticket price.)

There will be a live music programme full of fantastic acts on Friday 13, Saturday 14 and Sunday 15. We will have 5 workshop/talk areas programmed back-to-back with diverse content covering van conversions, vanlife, DVUK, sustainable living and crafts.

There is a kids area with organised activities throughout the weekend.

There are a couple of optional workshops, such as stained glass, in which you will need to pay for your materials.

One of our fantastic workshops – Joinery 101 – led by professional carpenter and owner of Rex

My campervan is not quirky/not finished/a caravan can I still bring it?

Yes – everyone is welcome in whatever accommodation you have. There will be lots of amazing finished and part-finished campervans to peruse.

I don’t own a van, can I still come?

Absolutely. In fact the people that get the most out of the festival will probably be those who are at the very beginning of their conversion journey.

You are welcome to camp on site, or to get the full experience, why not hire a Quirky Camper? If this is something you’d like to do, get in touch at bookings@quirkycampers.co.uk.

Can I buy a ticket on the door?

Tickets sold out in just 48 hours for our last event! So unfortunately we can’t offer any tickets on the door. Please make sure you purchase your tickets as soon as the go on sale.

Parking – will there be any and how much is it?

Yes there is and it’s free. Car parking will be in a different field with a short walk to the camping area.

How much is a campervan pass?

£25 – We’ve tried to keep campervan passes as cheap as possible but rising costs have meant that we do have to charge a fee this year which will grant you access to your own campervan pitch.

Can I bring a tent?

Absolutely! We are aware that not everyone attending Camp Quirky owns a camper or is able to hire a campervan. Tent passes are available to purchase for £10. 

Can I volunteer?

Yes you can. Volunteering is a great way to attend the festival if cost is a barrier to you. Plus it’s fun, you get to be part of the community and have a hand in putting on a great event! The deal is two 6-hour shifts in exchange for your ticket. If you would like to do this send an email to volunteers@quirkycampers.co.uk.

Do you sell day passes?

We will not be selling day passes for Camp Quirky 2022. Due to numerous requests we did in 2018, but we found that it negatively impacted on the sense of community and the people who came only for the day got less out of the event. We trialled not having day passes in 2019 and it worked much better.  We want to focus even more on building a sense of community and on creating the most awesome weekend possible. Just like any other festival, you don’t need to own a campervan to come. You can camp in a tent, a campervan or hire a Quirky Camper for the weekend.

Can I bring my dog?

We recognise that dogs and vans go hand in hand and especially for people living full time in their van it can be hard to make alternative arrangements. Therefore we have made a limited number of pet tickets available.

What are the restrictions on bringing dogs?

Along with your dog ticket you will also need to purchase a refundable dog behaviour bond. We know that most dog owners are extremely responsible but want to deter anyone who isn’t as that will spoil it for everyone. Dogs must be well behaved and kept on a lead at all times, and their mess cleared up. If dogs are behaving aggressively, upsetting children or causing a disturbance, please remove them from the situation. There is lots of space surrounding the site where you can walk your dog.

Is it child-friendly?

Yes! The Festival Directors have young children so we want to make it as welcoming as possible for families. It’s a very intimate festival where it is easy to keep an eye on your kids. Nothing will be too loud and the music will all be finished by midnight. You can also choose to camp away from the main hub where it will be very quiet. In addition we will provide a kids area with lots of scheduled activities for children of all ages (to be accompanied by an adult).

Alcohol

No glass bottles are allowed on site. You are welcome to use whatever receptacles you like inside your camper but please be mindful that any glass needs to stay in there.

You are permitted to bring your own alcohol but please do support the reasonably priced bar which helps to fund the festival.

Fires

Fires will be allowed if they are off the ground, e.g. BBQ or firepit and at least 3m from any vehicle or tent. Strictly no fires on the ground. Any fires deemed unsafe by the campsite stewards will be extinguished.

There will be fire points in the main arena and in the campsite. Please familiarise yourself with the nearest one. If you discover a fire please alert a steward immediately.

Food and drink

There will be hot food for sale all day every day – these will be served with compostable plates/cutlery etc. but if you want to bring your own that’s even better.

Food will include vegan and gluten-free options.

Our fully licensed bar will be serving a selection of local ales, cider and lager. There will also be spirits and cocktails available.

Food and drink is priced affordably – please support our traders by buying their delicious fare.

What facilities will be available?

Showers

There will be 10 shower cubicles which will be operating in daylight hours only due to all site electrics running from solar.

Toilets

  • There will be plenty of compost loos and urinals
  • We will make provisions for accessible toilets
  • There will be a chemical toilet disposal point however we strongly advise you to use the compost facilities for the sake of the environment

Power

We are delighted that Camp Quirky will be a diesel generator free event! All our power will be provided by 2 solar arrays – 1 on a converted fire engine and the other on a Double decker bus. Strictly no petrol/diesel generators on site.

There will be no hook-up; the event is taking place on a beautiful and wild festival site, not a campsite.

If you’re not in a campervan with a solar setup and need to charge your devices, head over to the solar fire engine where they will be charging phones for a donation.

Do I need to bring cash?

In a word, YES. There will be no cashpoint on site and while some traders may accept cards, others will not. Your best bet is to stop at a cashpoint on the way there and ensure you have enough for food, drink and any lovely bits you may want to pick up from any of our other lovely traders.

Grey water

There will be a specific grey water disposal point. As ever we would encourage you to use biodegradable soaps.

Site rules

  • No generators
  • No drones
  • No sound systems
  • No illegal substances
  • No fireworks
  • Strict Speed limit of 5MPH at all times

Is this festival accessible?

The site is pretty flat and should be suitable for wheelchairs though please bear in mind it is a grass field and not tarmac. There is a track down the middle. There will be an accessible toilet and there are no steps up to any of the venues.

We can provide a free carer’s ticket for those that need this.

Please get in touch if you have any specific needs and we will do our best to accommodate them.

Where does my ticket money go?

Some of the people asking this question are used to attending ‘shows’ rather than ‘festivals’. Shows tend to have much less infrastructure and entertainment and significantly more traders and sponsors. We are carefully selecting our traders to ensure they fit well with the festival and are only sponsored in staff time by Quirky Campers. Plus we have a full music programme and more than 50 talks and workshops.

Of the ticket price you pay, 12.5% goes directly to the VAT man. The remaining covers the cost of the site, tents, staff, security, musicians, toilets and showers, power, sound system, design and publicity, decor, food and drinks for contributors and so on.

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