Camping, eating and drinking at the South West Outdoor Festival

campfire with SWOF branding

We have a range of camping options available. Places are limited so book early to avoid disappointment. Throughout the weekend there will be lots of delicious local food available to buy and try.

Camping

The South West Outdoor Festival welcomes both experienced campers and those new to the joys of sleeping with a thin skin of canvas between themselves, the elements and the kaleidoscopic night sky. We have a range of camping options available, but the number of sites is strictly limited and we have already received a large amount of interest, so please book early to avoid disappointment. 
 

Description of the campsite

The camping area of the festival site extends across a number of paddocks that hug the bank of the river as it rushes towards the beach at Heddon Mouth.
 
Some are near the facilities and entertainment options we are laying on over the weekend, and others are slightly wilder. While availability remains, the option is yours: stay closer to the thick of the action or embrace the wilderness.
 
We want to be clear, however, that this is proper camping. The ground is not cricket-pitch flat (although there will be ample room for you to find a reasonably level spot) and when the summer sun goes down, it will get dark. You should come prepared.
 
We have a small number of pre-pitched tents available for those who don't have their own equipment (or who just don't fancy bringing it), but the majority of sites will be allocated on a first-come-first-pitch basis.
 

Four reasons to camp at South West Outdoor Festival

  1. Camping is only permitted in Heddon Valley in very special circumstances, so enjoy this rare opportunity to sleep under the stars on Exmoor, Europe's first international dark sky reserve.
  2. You will drift off to sleep and awake to the gurgle of the restless River Heddon, home to families of shy otters.
  3. Each camping area will have a firepit where you can warm your hands, toast marshmallows and meet your neighbours.
  4. From the door of your tent, the beach and the Celtic Sea is an easy 5-minute stroll away.
Camping at the South West Outdoor Festival
Camping at the South West Outdoor Festival
Camping at the South West Outdoor Festival

Main camping area

There are three main zoned camping areas at the festival, all of which offer sites close to the river in tree-fringed paddocks and are the same price. Lovely.  
  • Zone one is closest to the festival hub, where you will find the majority of facilities (from food and entertainment to toilets and showers) and we suggest this would be a good place for people with children.
  • Zones two and three are slightly further away from the festival hub (no more than a 5-minute walk along a well-made path), but are closer to the beach and offer a greater sense of wilderness camping and more natural serenity.
  • All zones will have a toilet within the immediate area.
Please be considerate when pitching your tent. There are no specific pitch sizes but if you arrange your tents in such a way to take up more than a reasonable amount of space for your group, you will be asked to re-pitch or take some of your tents down.
 

Glamping Village

We have a limited number of pre-pitched bell tents available for hire for those of you who want to camp but don't have your own equipment, or if you want to simply arrive and dive straight into the activities on offer.
 
These spacious and comfortable 4-person tents will be ready and waiting when you arrive, and come with ground sheet, air mattress and lighting, but you will need to bring your own bedding (sleeping bags/duvet and pillows). These are suitable for individuals, couples, families (two adults and up to three children) or groups of up to four adults.
 

Campervans

We have space for a limited number of small campervans (combi-style/size vans only please, and no large awnings). These will be parked on a hard surface very close to the festival hub.
Well behaved dogs are welcome at the South West Outdoor Festival
Well behaved dogs are welcome at the South West Outdoor Festival
Well behaved dogs are welcome at the South West Outdoor Festival

Rules of the campsite

Food and drink

Campers and day visitors are welcome to bring their own food and drink into the festival (no glass please), however throughout the weekend there will be lots of delicious locally grown, sourced, produced and prepared food available to buy and try, including

Delicious veggie and vegan options from local Croyde-based healthy food specialists BeetBox , through to cracking crêpes and bacon rolls, and internationally inspired street food.

International food at the South West Outdoor Festival
Food at the South West Outdoor Festival
International food at the South West Outdoor Festival

Wash it all down with an Exmoor ale or cider from the dedicated festival pop-up bar, or sip on an artisanal coffee, made with love by Little Van Rouge , using beans and leaves blended beside the West Country coast by Minehead-based DJ Miles.