South West Outdoor Festival information
Everything you need to know to plan your trip to the South West Outdoor Festival.
Day visitors are very welcome to attend the festival on the Saturday and Sunday, when they can take part in numerous activities, events and adventures, many of which are free. Parking is available in a dedicated area next to the festival site. Please do not attempt to park in the road and walk up, as this area will have extremely limited space and we cannot allow you to obstruct the road in any way, as this will present a real danger to cyclists, pedestrians and other drivers. The site’s capacity to accommodate day visitors is finite, and we may have to restrict numbers – the best way to avoid disappointment and save money is to prepay.
The South West Outdoor Festival welcomes both experienced campers and those new to the joys of sleeping under canvas beneath the kaleidoscopic night sky. We have a range of camping options available to suit people's varying preferences – standard camping for the self-sufficient, glamping and campervan sites (BYO van, no electricity provided). However, the number of sites is strictly limited and we have already received a large amount of interest, so please book early to avoid disappointment. Standard Camping sites will self-selected on a first-come-first-pitch basis, and Glamping tents and Campervan Sites will be allocated in a similar fashion.
The camping area of the festival site is directly adjacent to the Festival Hub, Toilet and washing facilities will be supplied. A range of quality food vendors will be on site throughout the weekend. While the focus of the festival is on outdoor pursuits, there will be evening entertainment including some live music, which will be audible across the site, but won’t go on beyond 11.30pm. The camping areas are all child-friendly and vehicle free, and will have communal areas where you can socialise and share stories about the adventures you’re enjoying at the festival.
Standard Camping Area
The main camping zone is a spacious area, but please don’t bring tents that are bigger than necessary. The zone is strictly vehicle free, with a dedicated parking area roughly 200 to 300 metres away, so please be mindful that you will need to transport your tent and gear a short distance across the field. Once you’re set up, access to food, entertainment, activities, toilets and showers is all just a few minutes stroll away.
We have a limited number of pre-pitched glamping tents available for hire for people who want to camp but don't have their own equipment, or who want to simply arrive and dive straight into the activities on offer, without having to put up a tent.
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 largely level space at the top of the festival field, with easy access to the festival hub, entertainment and facilities.
Rules of the campsite
- Bring your own food by all means, but please use a stove to cook it (small gas bottle stoves only). If you're using a disposable barbeque, please place it on something heatproof, well away from any tents, and dispose of it safely once it has thoroughly cooled.
- Bring small amounts of your own alcohol if you must, but our festival bar is a much cooler place to hang out. No glass please – including bottles of booze.
- Dogs are permitted, but they must be very well behaved and kept on leads and under control at all times. Please ensure you have bags to clear up after your animal, and that you dispose of these properly.
- There will be no parking in the camping zones, but dedicated parking areas are on site, and vehicle access is easy (please follow signs and heed instructions as you approach).
- Please respect your neighbours, some of whom may have children, and avoid making unnecessary noise after 10pm.
- Use the bins provided please, noting recycling labels.
- No generators or sound systems – we have a range of ace entertainment options you can enjoy with other festivalgoers.
- Absolutely no open fires are to be lit within the festival area or anywhere else on the farm
- No fireworks, powered vehicles, drones, weapons of mass destruction or pan pipes please.
East Soar car park, near Malborough, Devon, TQ7 3DR
The A379 from Plymouth and the A381 from Totnes both meet at Kingsbridge. The A381 continues south to Salcombe where you can follow signs to Soar.
Look out for yellow signs directing you to the festival once you’re getting close. Please follow requests to drive slowly and carefully on the quiet country road leading to SWOF, and once on the site itself. Be aware that bike and horse riders, as well as walkers and runners, may be using the roads too.
Parking: East Soar car park, near Malborough, Devon
SatNav: TQ7 3DR
The long distance walking trail, the South West Coast Path, travels along the coast from Plymouth to Salcombe. It passes National Trust land at Thurlestone, Hope Cove, Bolt Head, Bolberry Down, Bolt Tail and East Soar on the way. The path continues again on the east side of the estuary, going from East Portlemouth to Torcross via Prawle Point.
Totnes train station 20 miles and Plymouth train station 25 miles.
Daily ferry services from Salcombe to South Sands. Check with South Sands ferry for more information. From South Sands it is a short hike up the hill to Overbeck’s and a further kilometre to East Soar along footpaths.
Regular bus services from Totnes train station and Plymouth city centre to Kingsbridge. From Kingsbridge there are buses to Salcombe.
Times you can arrive and leave
Those camping for the weekend should aim to arrive at the site on Friday in the afternoon/evening (any time after 4pm). Campers’ cars will be parked in dedicated areas on the festival site. Thereafter you will have unlimited access to your vehicle – and you can leave the festival at any time – but we would really prefer you to avoid driving around until it's time to break camp and head home. Please observe and obey traffic calming and directional signs as you drive in and away from the festival.
Things to look out for
Throughout the course of the festival there will be live music to enjoy.
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 vegetarian options, gourmet coffee and hot chocolate, and several glorious ales and ciders.
There are toilets at the site and showers for campers, glampers and campervanners.
Talks and Workshops
Throughout the weekend you will be able to hear some genuinely inspirational tales of adventure and exploration from some truly incredible individuals.
Every single person who attends the festival will be able to take part in a range of activities and adventures over the weekend – there is literally something here to suit all levels of skill, experience and fitness, or lack thereof, you just have to be willing to give it a go. Group sessions will be taking place at different times on the Saturday and Sunday, with highly qualified outdoor education instructors and guides imparting their knowledge and teaching the essential skills for pursuits ranging from climbing and kayaking to stand-up paddleboarding and axe throwing.
Over the course of the weekend, a series of timed and competitive adventure events will be taking place – including trail running races, cycling and multisport challenges – so you can pit yourself against the landscape and the elements, and take on your friends and fellow festival goers. These events, which do have an entry fee, are open to weekend campers and day visitors alike, and the routes will explore some of the best terrain in the South West. Places are limited so book your spot as soon as you see something that appeals and start training for the challenge.
The festival is not all about physical challenges and high-adrenaline pursuits, there will be plenty of opportunity to pause, absorb the sensational surroundings, and smell (and, under the instruction of our foraging experts, even taste) the local flora. Thanks to the expertise of SWOF partners and the know-how of the veritable army of local outdoor experts and enthusiasts who are working on the festival with us, we're able to offer a multitude of free activities. Seize this great opportunity to learn fresh skills and try new experiences.