South West Outdoor Festival frequently asked questions

Woman and dog with SWOF branding

The answers to some of the common queries about the South West Outdoor Festival.

When and where is the festival?

The 2017 South West Outdoor Festival will take place over the weekend of 8–10 at the western end of Cheddar Gorge in Somerset, directly above Black Rock, with vehicle access via Warren Farm in Blagdon (postcode: BS40 7XR).

Is there a festival entry charge?

Yes, you can purchase a weekend camping ticket (Friday–Sunday) or a day entry ticket on Saturday or Sunday. You can book tickets through the South West Outdoor Festival homepage.

How do I get to Cheddar Gorge?

Please follow the directions here.

Where can I park at the festival?

Parking is on site for campers and day visitors. Please follow the directions here.

What are the opening times?

The festival begins in the afternoon of Friday 8 September and comes to an end on the evening of Sunday 10 September. Various activities will be taking place all across the weekend. We will provide a full schedule of events here soon. Friday 8 September will also see community groups (schools, scouts, guides, DofE) taking part in activities.

Is the festival suitable for small children?

Yes, the entire event is very child friendly and there will be many activities that you and your children can participate in together.

Please be mindful that some parts of the gorge rim feature steep drop-offs, and people will be moving around on bikes – and occasionally in vehicles – so you need to keep small children within eyesight.

Are there any age restrictions for the festival hub?

No, everyone is welcome. However, people under the age of 17 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Is there disabled access at the festival?

We are delighted to be working with the excellent Calvert Trust, and with their help we can offer camping facilities and festival access for people with a wide range of physical impairments.

Can I volunteer at SWOF?

The National Trust has an excellent volunteer programme in place, and many of the Trust's supporters will be helping out with the event. If you have any festival-specific ideas or suggestions about how you could get involved in the event, please email the North Somerset team.

Can I bring my own food/alcohol?

Yes, you are welcome to bring your own supplies of food and drink, but there will also be outlets where you can purchase good, healthy food and equally good – but perhaps not so healthy – alcohol.

Please observe the no-glass-bottles rule, and keep BYO booze to reasonable levels - the festival bar has a wide range of poisons, including local ales and ciders, and there are pubs in Cheddar. Don't panic – you won't go dry.

Are dogs allowed at the festival?

Yes, but only if they are very well behaved and under control at all times. Please carry sufficient bags to clean up after your dog.


Where is the campsite?

The camping zones are directly adjacent to the festival hub - no more than a 5-minute wander away.

Are campervans allowed?

Only in campervan-specific spaces- which are extremely limited.

When can we arrive?

We encourage all campers to arrive as early as possible on Friday afternoon.

What size are the camping pitches?

While camping spots do not come in specific sizes, we have allowed ample room for everyone.

However, please be reasonable and don't come with a marquee-sized tent with multiple awnings and expect to take up half the field.

Is there parking?

Yes, there is a dedicated car-parking site for campers, a few hundred metres away from the spot where you will be camping.   

Are electric hook-ups available?

Sorry, no. But you won't need them because you'll be out and about doing something exciting.

Terms and conditions

Festival Terms & Conditions

Please click here for South West Outdoor Festival terms and conditions.