CAMPING AT SUNFLOWERFEST
CAMPING & CAMPSITES
Weekend camping tickets allow entry to the campsites from Friday 28th July 2017 until Monday 31st July 2017 and access to the festival site throughout the weekend. Weekend tickets allow unlimited re-entry to and from the festival site once the ticket is exchanged for a wristband. Please note that BYO alcohol can only be brought in by those with camping tickets (not day visitors) on their initial entry to the site and at no other time.
What time do campsites open?
- 11.00am for family camping
- 12.00 midday for general camping and rowdy singles
- 1.00pm for day tickets
Day tickets must leave the site at 1.00am
Gates open at 10.00am for all visitors
Day tickets must leave the site before 1.00am
Gates open at 10.00am for all visitors
Day tickets must leave the site at 11.30pm.
Gates closed to new visitors coming in at 10pm each day.
Weekend campers must vacate the site by midday Monday 31st July.
Campervans must load in on Thursday 27th July
Campervans no departure before 9.00am on Monday 31st July.
What camping options are there?
We have 4 campsites including the campervan site with the following camping options:
- a) General Camping
- b) Family Camping
- c) Rowdy Singles Camping
- d) Kartent
- e) Glamping
- f) Campervan
What family camping options are available?
We have 2 dedicated family campsites in a secure location which is accessible only to those with a FAMILY WRISTBAND. You will be required to have a family ticket and be accompanied by children in order to be issued a family wristband. Children must be accomompanied by an adult aged 25+ at all times.
Two stewards will be stationed at the entrance to the campsites to ensure only family members are entering the campsite and that no unattended children leave the campsite.
Up to what age do the kids go free and do I need ID/proof of age?
Two children aged 15 years and under are free with each ticket-holding parent/guardian. Please bring proof of age (birth certificate/passport) for any child who looks older than their years. Teenagers may be asked for ID. If the person’s age cannot be verified then they will be required to pay for an adult ticket to gain entry.
What facilities will be available on the campsite?
Accessible and regular toilets will be available throughout the entire site. There will also be a dedicated hot shower block located beside the family camping site at the Sunflower Village and also in the rowdy singles camping field. Locations of showers will be clearly signposted. All facilities can also be found on the site map which will be available online.
Are there secure lockers for personal belongings?
Not at this time.
How far is it from the car park to the campsite?
The car park is only a short walk away from the main entrance. The first family campsite is located at this entrance. The furthest campsite is approximately 300 metres from the main entrance. The shuttle bus drop-off point is 200 metres from the main entrance. No cars are permitted in the campsites.
How do I get my gear from car park to the campsite?
There will be a trolley service operated by our charity partner with all proceeds going to RSPB NI to help in their 'finding nature a home' campaign. You can also ask one of our dedicated volunteers to assist. They will be wearing yellow visibility jackets. Our advice for all festival goers is to bring only your essentials as Sunflowerfest does not take responsibility for damage to or loss of property.
Can I bring gas canisters onsite?
No gas canisters or open fires are permitted onsite. There is a designated area within the campsite where portable barbeques are allowed.
Can I bring a gazebo/canopy?
No, gazebos and canopies are not allowed in the campsites.
Is there a space where I can barbeque?
Yes, there will be a cordoned off area within the campsites where portable barbeques are permitted. YOU MAY ONLY BBQ IN THIS DESIGNATED AREA.
Will there be ACCESS camping/facilities?
Sunflowerfest is an all-inclusive festival and our dedicated staff will be available, both in the car park and on the festival site, to provide you with any assistance you may require.
We encourage anyone with a disability or special needs to contact us ahead of the festival so that we are prepared to welcome you. Should you or a friend/family member wish to visit the festival site before the festival, please contact us. All enquiries should be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org
In addition, accessible toilets will be present throughout the festival site.
Kartent, Glamping and Campervans
You will need to purchase these tickets to gain access to the dedicated sites for these camping options. All of these areas are located within the festival site and each occupant must also have a festival weekend camping
ticket. Tents are not permitted in any of these areas.
For 2017 we will have a new dedicated campervan area with improved facilities and optional power.
Campervans must load in on the Thursday before the festival
Campervans cannot depart before 9.00am on the Monday after the festival.
Can I pitch a tent next to my camper van?
Tents cannot be pitched in the campervan area for health & safety reasons.
Can I bring a trailer-tent or caravan?
Trailer-tents and caravans are permitted in the Campervan Site but must also purchase a campervan supplement ticket.
Is there an electric hook-up for my camper van?
Yes, for 2017 there will be optional power available for a small fee.
Can I bring a generator for my camper van?
No, all generators are prohibited on the festival grounds.
Is it possible to park a commercial style van (Hi-ace, Transit, etc.) in the campervan area if I have a campervan ticket?
Ordinary commercial vans of any type will not be permitted so please do not purchase a campervan ticket for anything other than a purpose built or adapted live-in vehicle. We would define this as having it’s own in-built kitchen facilities and toilet.
Can I park my car beside my tent?
No, vehicles are not permitted into any of the campsites or the campervan park.
Does everybody wanting to enter the campervan area need to purchase a campervan supplementary ticket as well?
Only ONE campervan ticket is required per campervan. Anyone travelling with it or using it just needs a standard weekend ticket.
What if I don’t want to camp, can I still attend the festival?
Yes, of course. We’d love you to join us at the festival and offer a range of non-camping tickets. Our full list of pricing options are available here.
Where else can I stay?
A list of alternative sources of accommodation is also available on the Hotels Tab above
Will there be phone charging facilities on site?
Yes, we will have a phone charging station on site (fee may apply)
Is there an ATM facility on site?
There will not be any ATM’s on site. A cash-card payment facility is available at the bar with limited cash-back, but we would encourage all festival-goers to bring money with them.
Pre-Pitched 'cardboard' KarTents
Every year, at most festivals world-wide, a lot of stuff gets left behind. We're no strangers to this at Sunflowerfest, especially after Northern Ireland's only three-day, interactive celebration of music, interactive arts and storytelling. A lot of stuff
does get left behind: food and drink, general rubbish and for our rowdy singles campsite, trace amounts of dignity.
Thankfully, we always keep our eco-friendly ethos close to our hearts and every year our dedicated volunteers help us tidy up. We recycle everything we can and Tubby's Farm returns to a beautiful community garden again by the very next week.
But one problem that's tougher to solve are the non-recyclables and more specifically abandoned tents. We know you've been there. It's the morning after day three and taking down that tent you bought last-minute becomes a lot more like wrestling a wild animal. The whole process seems infinitely more complicated now, there are pegs everywhere, there's no way this thing fitted into that tiny tent bag to begin with, did it? So, you take the path of least resistance.
Our Dutch friends at Kartent tell us that 1 out of 4 people leave their tent behind on various festival campsites worldwide. And while we don't exactly know the math, we do know that our global festival family leave behind approximately seven billion tents each year…
Alright, well maybe not that many. But ideally we'd like our family-friendly festival to leave no environmental impact at all. Synthetic tents are usually made up of 30-or-more materials, and when our unclaimed tents get sent to the rubbish heap this is not good news for the environment.
But, our friends at KarTent have come up with a solution. KarTent are 100% percent recyclable, cardboard tents. Yes, you read that right - cardboard tents! They fit two people, measure at a comfy 2.2 x 1.5 metres and weigh a sturdy sixteen kilograms (so you won't have to worry about your accommodation blowing away).
We know what your first concern would be with a cardboard tent, especially our Northern Irish festival-goers, what about the rain. Well, KarTent have produced a tent that's not only easily recyclable but also water-resistant. They tell us they've had a tent last for 2 and a half months in the elements. And the material, no ordinary cardboard but a high-quality CCM called kraftliner, is actually a fantastic insulator. This means you'll be able to block out the early morning sun, the whole family can get a lie in before another day of festival fun and, yes, you'll even be able to block out that guy singing Free Fallin' at 3am this year. What's not to like?
Like camping... but in another dimension!
Camp in style with Yippee Tents this year! They are providing Luxury camping options in a Glamping Village located on our beautiful site!
Limited quantity available - book now to avoid disappointment
NB : To gain access to the Glamping Village each Glamping occupant must have a Sunflowerfest camping ticket
Sleeps up to 6 people from £250 per tent
Included in the "Comfort" set up
- Half moon Coconut coir matting flooring
- Aerobed inflatable air mattresses
- A camping light
- (Bedding not included, don't forget a sleeping bag)
Sleeps up to 4 people from £350 per tent
Included in the "Luxury" set up
- Full moon Coconut coir matting flooring
- Luxurious 'Aerobed' inflatable air mattresses & Hotel bedding
- Cushions & throws
- Side Tables
- Electrical supply available
The flagship Yippee Palace is a 6m double pole canvas Bell tent that sleeps up to 2 people and is intended primarily for couples.
Included in the "Palatial" set up
Some people camp... cool people campervan
Those with weekend tickets and also Campervan tickets are allowed entry to the Campervan field from Thursday 27th July at 5pm. For 2017 there is a new Campervan field for some of you, those that have parked their campervan/caravan at the top field the last few years will notice no change, but those that have parked nearer the festival will. All campervans/caravans must now be parked at the top field, the same entrance as always but you will be redirected into that field.
Load in for Campervans is the same as before, from 5PM Thursday 27th July until 8PM 27th July. If you arrive after this you will be refused entry. This is to do with the access into the festival by road and we regret that wehave to stick very strictly to these times. But you do get an extra night at the festival if you want too.
No entry to the festival arena until Friday 28th July 12 noon.
Your campervan will be searched on entry. No glass bottles allowed and they will be confiscated if found.
You cannot leave with your campervan until Monday, again due to road access.
Each person in the campervan must have a weekend festival ticket. Which must be accompanied with a Campervan ticket for the vehicle.
You will be given 5 metres between campervans for fire safety, you can put your awnings/canopies up in this area.
There is no electric hook up available.
Please speak to the Campervan field Stewards if you have any questions or problems, the Steward area will be very recognisable and also were you will get your wrist bands.