According to statistics, nearly 30 million people rocked up to UK festivals in 2018. They've got to know a thing or two about good times, happy vibes and chilled-out weekends! Taking your caravan along for the ride eliminates the stress of pitching up a tent, queuing for toilets, sleeping on the floor, or getting caught out in unpredictable British weather. So duvets and ice coolers at the ready, bunker down...
1. Boomtown Fair, Hampshire
Running from the 12th to the 16th of August, Boomtown Fair takes place on the Matterly Estate in Hampshire and is a multi-stage extravaganza of immersive theatre, dance and music set in a wonderland environment that takes place across over one hundred stages. Expect flash mobs, interactive role-play, DJs, creative workshops and striking pyrotechnics. Better still, it's super caravan-friendly for a family-friendly experience with a focus on comfort. Caravan passes are £100 on top of your entry tickets and the only restriction is that your vehicle must fit within a 5m wide x 8m deep pitch. However, if you're slightly bigger, you still get to go but just need to book two pitches!
2. Latitude Festival, Suffolk
With the likes of Liam Gallagher and The Chemical Brothers headlining Latitude Festival in 2020, it's definitely one not to miss. Located in Henham Park in Suffolk, Latitude takes place from the 16th July to the 19th of July this summer. A family orientated festival, it's ideal for those with caravans who are looking to chill out ad have their own much-needed space. Each occupant must obtain a Weekend Ticket to the festival in order to stay in a caravan and trailer tents are also permitted. Bear in mind that there are no water or electricity hooks available, but there is a water point and waste tank on the campsite for general use. Latitude's woodland setting is a fairytale location for a weekend away against a backdrop of the spectacular headline acts, theatre workshops, global streetfood markets, late-night DJ's and wellbeing retreats so you're in for a pretty special ride.
3. Wilderness, Oxfordshire
Bouji and boutique, Wilderness Festival is set in ancient Oxfordshire parkland and is an extraordinary affair of laid back proportions. Family-friendly, it's the perfect festival for those looking to take a caravan and the 2020 dates are 30th July to 2nd August. Expect chilled out vibes, immersive theatre, awesome food and everything from a lakeside spa to paddleboarding yoga. Both a music festival and a creative retreat, its natural setting lends itself to more relaxed vibes. Wilderness Festival has a live-in campsite to accommodate caravans and you'll need to purchase a live-in vehicle camping ticket and a £200 live-in vehicle pass to set up home. These sell out pretty quickly so its best to buy both together when booking your festival tickets.
4. Greenman Festival, Brecon Beacons
In one of the prettiest natural settings for UK festivals, Greenman takes place from the 20th to the 23rd August in the Brecon Beacons in Wales. Focused on both children and adults, it's an arty, alternative and creative soiree. Expect an indie heavy line up with extracurricular activities that include stand up comedy, immersive theatre and spoken word poetry. This year you'll get to see acts including Caribou, Michael Kiwanuka and Goldfrapp alongside kids DIY workshops, baby playgroups, literary debates and yoga, massage and meditation. The festival has an exclusive area for campervans and caravans and you'll need to buy a live-in vehicle pass in order to obtain a pitch. The site is separated from the main camping ground and is found off the A40 with its own entrance. The maximum pitch size is size 9m x 5m and the area is lit with string lights and drinking water taps. There are no power lines but there is access to showers, toilets and waste facilities.
5. Camp Bestival, Dorset
The 2020 theme of Dorset's Camp Bestival is "Goes to the Movies" so you can expect all sorts of wild and wonderful costumes on display. Set inside Lulworth Castle on the Jurassic Coast, this year's 30th July to the 2nd of August line up includes Fatboy Slim. Groove Armada, Liam Payne and Sophie Ellis Bextor. Caravans are more than welcome and are to be pitched up in two fields both pretty close to the festival. You need to buy a separate caravan ticket on top of your festival ticket and only one car is allowed per caravan or trailer. Plots offer 9 x 6 metres of space and although there are no power or water hookups there are waste disposal facilities. This year Camp Festival introduces a brand new open-air cinema that will showcase sing-along movie evenings, iconic films and movie related guests, so get your glad-rags on and your popcorn at the ready.