Camping Information

Campsite Gate Managers

Each of our campsite gates has a manager who will manage and monitor everything going on. These are Festival Republic staff, who are there to make sure that all the campsite gates run smoothly and the queues don’t back up too far. They can also help with any ticket and wristband enquiries you might have. They wear day glo pink tabards with unique numbers, so you’ll spot them easily. 

Where To Stay At The Festival

If you’ve bought a weekend ticket, this includes free camping  in 1 of  the 7 coloured camping zones .We’ve also got some boutique camping options available for those of you who want to ‘glamp’ Check out Pink Moon and PodPads in this info section!

We also have dedicated camping fields for campervans – but there are some additional terms and conditions for bringing this type of vehicle for health and safety reasons. Make sure you read up on it HERE

Sometimes we make changes to our site in order to improve the customer experience, which can alter the way that some campsite zones are laid out. Come back before the event to check out the site map to get re-acquainted before you arrive.

If you don’t wish to stay on site, you will be happy to know we are located very closely to numerous bed and breakfast, budget hotels and luxury hotels, in Reading town centre. 

Campsite Opening Times

We open our campsites to all weekend ticket holders from Thursday 21st August from 8am.

If you have an Early Bird ticket, you can access the campsites the day before – from 6pm Wednesday 20th August. Just like our standard event tickets, we do not sell early birds on site, so if you want to get a prime space or enjoy the experience a day early, then make sure you purchase one today.

We close all campsites at 12 midday on Monday 25th August. Please keep this in mind if you are planning to make multiple trips to pack up your stuff. After this time, you may not be allowed access back on site – this is in line with our Licence conditions. 

Festival Map

Our awesome visitor friendly site map simply isn’t ready yet – standby and keep checking back on the website closer to the event for further updates and a downloadable copy.  

Campervan & Caravan Permits

We have two campervan areas on site – you will need to purchase a campervan ticket to obtain parking and set up in these areas:

  1. A public campervan area for all weekend ticket holders, in the White campsite.
  2. A disabled festival-goer campervan area, situated next to the disabled campsite in Red.

If you are intending to bring your motor caravan, caravan or trailer tent, you will also need to purchase a campervan permit below assuring you of a place.

Please note the following:

  • There is a new wristband available at the gate when you arrive, which will identify you as someone staying in the campervan area.
  • Every occupant of the campervan must also be in the possession of a valid weekend ticket to the event
  • Please ensure you have purchased your weekend tickets prior to purchasing your campervan ticket
  • A campervan ticket is simply a supplementary ticket sold per vehicle.
  • The campervan ticket must be displayed inside your vehicle windscreen before you arrive on site, so that we are able to direct you to the right place.
  • NO vehicles are permitted in the standard campsites and only towing vehicles for caravans are permitted in the campervan fields.
  • You will not be permitted to sleep in the standard car park.

FOR WEEKEND TICKET HOLDERS STAYING IN THE PUBLIC CAMPERVAN AREA - £60

Click HERE to buy your weekend ticket and campervan or caravan permit today.

If you have any queries, please email these to [email protected]

Please click here to read the supplementary Public Campervan / Caravan Terms and Conditions.

FOR DISABLED CUSTOMERS STAYING IN THE DISABLED CAMPERVAN AREA - £TBC

You must email [email protected] to obtain information on how you can purchase your campervan permit.

Campfires

Definition of ‘campfire’…

Small contained campfires will be allowed in the campsite until 8pm Sunday, as long as they are not not blocking any roads or too near any structures. They will be monitored and will be put out if they are deemed unsafe.

  • NO fires are allowed in the main Arena at all.
  • Large bonfires are not permitted anywhere.
  • No campfires at all permitted after 8pm Sunday night.
  • Clean firewood available from onsite woodsman up until 6pm Sunday night.
  • Burning tents, metal poles, wellies, sleeping bags, plastic, rubbish, unwanted items, etc, is not only dangerous but produces toxic fumes. Please pack down unwanted and put them to good use by handing them in to Recycling points.
  • Never throw gas canisters or cylinders on fires. It may seem like fun, but the repercussions can be dangerous, sometimes fatal.
  • No campfires will be permitted anywhere on site after 8pm on Sunday night. Any campfires that are started after this time will be extinguished.

 

The zone manager in your campsite will be able to help you on any fire issues or questions you may have.

We have a woodsmen selling clean firewood located by Reaper Bridge and the White campsite. Both woodmsen will close at 6pm on the Sunday night and no firewood will be permitted onto site from 6pm Sunday in line with our Sunday night policies.

Check out our Fire Safety section for more information.​

 

A few other good pointers:

Candles are plain dangerous; torches are far less of a fire risk in and around tents. Watch out for flying embers and sparks, as they could start a fire, even from some distance. Never use petrol or paraffin to start or revive a fire. If you cook, always do it outside, ensure that there is constant supervision and keep well away from any flammable materials.

Bonfires are not permitted anywhere. Anyone seen creating a bonfire or a fire in the arena will be subject to being evicted from the site on the spot.

Campsite Assistant Teams (CATs)

Campsite Assistance Team (CAT) volunteers work within our campsites in order to help you make the most out of your festival experience – 24 hours a day!

Everything from securing your belongings by UV marking them, helping you with directions, stage times, complaints about litter or any of our facilities, any anti-social behaviour that may be worrying you, or simply if you’re struggling to put your tent up (we’ve all been there!) – CATs will try their very best to help you.  

CATs are easy to spot wandering around in their patrols with their bright turquoise, unique numbered tabards, but if you can’t see them, they can also be found or contacted at your nearest fire tower or at the zone manager’s office for your coloured zone!

If you would like to be involved in the festival and feel like you’ve got the spirit to volunteer to be a CAT, please check out the application process at www.HotboxEvents.com. You can also email them at [email protected]

Campsite Offices

For each of our coloured campsite zones, there is a campsite office which is where the Zone Managers, security, CATs (Campsite Assistance Teams) and DC campsite staff operate from. It is well worthwhile getting to know where your one is and it is worth popping along to say hello!

Whilst this is a base for each zone’s operations, there will be patrolling teams who will be watching out for anything untoward and keeping an eye on everyone.

All of the teams working in your zone are there to help. They’re there if you simply need directions, can’t find something, want to see if something was handed in, have a query, or want to know what time something may be on.

They’re also there if your festival experience is not going so well. Talk to them to help us take the appropriate actions to make the event more enjoyable for you.

Confiscation Policy

Our Confiscation policy may seem a bit dull to most, but it’s very important for us to keep our event safe and ensure that all of you guys have an awesome time.   

Remember to check out our Festival Terms and Conditions HERE – get festival-savvy and help us to report any behaviour you see on site or non-permitted items so we can work to improve our event!

CONDITIONS OF ENTRY

There will be NO RECEIPTS issued for any confiscated items. So please don’t bring it, if you don’t want to lose it!

The following items may not be brought into the site through the campsite gates – that means they’re not allowed on our festival site at all:

  • Aerosols over 250ml
  • Air horns
  • Alcohol in the possession of under 18 year olds
  • All gas canisters of any size (including nitrous oxide)
  • Any goods for unauthorised trading
  • Any goods with unauthorised Reading/Leeds Festival logos
  • Any items which may reasonably be considered for use as a weapon
  • Audio recorders
  • Chinese lanterns
  • Excessive amounts of alcohol
  • Excessive amounts of cigarettes
  • Excessive amounts of food
  • Fireworks
  • Flares
  • Generators
  • Glass bottles, jars, containers over 100ml. Items under this measurement, such as small perfume bottles, and mirrors will be permitted.
  • Illegal substances
  • Legal highs
  • Megaphones
  • Portable laser equipment and pens
  • Sound systems
  • Unauthorised professional film or video equipment
  • Unofficial tabards and reflective jackets
  • Firewood and Alcohol after 6pm on Sunday evening only

All items will be confiscated.

You may be searched at the entrances and upon exit from the festival site. This is in line with crime reduction strategies with Thames Valley Police. Any persons suspected of carrying items that may be used in an offensive or dangerous manner, or carrying out illegal activities onsite may also be searched.

As stated in our list above, excessive amounts of food, cigarettes and alcohol will be refused entry to the site. Please only bring enough for personal consumption.

No animals are allowed onsite at all, with the exception of registered guide dogs.

We often get asked about what is permitted as we know the above can seem daunting and confusing, so we’ve made a helpful guide below of what will be allowed in through our campsite gates:

  • Aerosols less than 250ml
  • Alcohol (not contained in glass bottles) in the possession of over 18yr olds
  • Cans
  • Disposable BBQs
  • Firelighter stoves
  • Fitted gas canisters/cylinders in campervans
  • Flags
  • Glass under 100ml – such as small perfume bottles and mirrors.
  • Green Heat base camp cooker
  • Methylated spirit stoves
  • Solid fuel stoves

Whilst the short list above are permitted in our campsites, there are some which are not permitted into the Arena. These are as follows:

  • Cans
  • Disposable BBQs and permitted cooking stoves (see below)
  • Drinks bottles **

You can either take these items back to your tent or use the left luggage facility near Reapers Bridge. If you refuse to do either, these items will be confiscated.

** Sealed plastic water/soft drinks bottles 500ml and under; and food for personal consumption may be brought into the Arena.

Cameras are normally permitted for personal use. This now includes digital cameras with a detachable lens. Professional cameras and video/audio equipment are strictly prohibited. Live video/audio recordings made without the permission of the artiste/promoter are prohibited.

Disabled Camping

We have plenty of disabled customer camping, campervan and parking on site.

For more information on this, application forms, facilities and information on the 2-for-1 ticket offer please see our Disabled Access and Facilities section.

At the festival wet weather can cause the ground to become very muddy and hot weather brings dust. Whilst we strive to ensure access is possible in the event of wet weather by using infrastructure and roads, please ensure you are fully prepared for any difficulties you may encounter and where necessary make use of the 2-for-1 scheme to bring a PA who will be able to assist you.

Pink Moon Camping

Pink Moon Camping will give you a calm and sophisticated sanctuary to unwind.

Their Oasis will have 24/7 security, serviced and maintained toilets & showers, 'podpads' will offer that touch of quirky luxury and style whilst at the same time 2/4/6 Person Tents are available taking away all the hassles of carrying, erecting and breaking down your camp.

For more info and booking please visit www.pinkmooncamping.co.uk or email [email protected] with any questions.

For more info on Podpads and secure booking online visit: www.podpads.com or email [email protected] with any questions.

Pink Moon Camping are now offering camping packages with optional Weekend Tickets. Get all your requirements in one place and buy today.

 

Podpads

Accommodation Options from Podpads 2014:

Option (1) the 'podpad' – suitable for 2 adults.

A small but perfectly formed lockable plywood structure with a solid floor and beds off the floor, with inflated air mattresses, creating useful storage space underneath. The ‘podpad’ comes carpeted with a shelf, mirror, 3 windows and is solar powered with LED lighting and 12v car dashboard sockets suitable for mobile and iPod charging (don't forget your 12v incar charger)

 

Option (2) the 'beaupad' - suitable for up to 4 adults.

A brightly coloured 4m diameter traditional bell tent in strong canvas with superior ‘black-out qualities, allowing a morning sleep-in. Supplied with a heavy duty groundsheet and 4 inflated airbeds as standard.

Option (3) the ‘bellepad suitable for 2, 4, 6 adults, across 3 sizes.

In a ‘podpads’ attempt to fight against the ever-spreading ocean of beige canvas bell tents, we commit to “more festival colour and no more beige, please”. Podpads are offering our new unique ‘podpads’ style ‘bellepads’ - brightly coloured stripey versions of the traditional strong canvas bell tents. All sizes come with heavy-duty waterproof groundsheet, carpet and 2,4 or 6 campbeds as appropriate, providing comfort and underbed storage space. A windbreak comes as standard. Zip-up front doors and heart-shape windows with curtains keep you in touch with the Podpads Love. 

Option (4) the 'luxpad' - suitable for 2 adults - (twin or double)

A lockable plywood structure, with solid floor and covering it comes with hand built beds, having slatted bases and foam mattresses to suit. Furnished with shelves, hanging storage, waste bin and coat hooks, this charming scaled up version of the traditional ‘podpad’ offers 50% more floor space and increased head-height. The ‘luxpad’ comes with 240v electrics, suitable lighting and spare 3 pin sockets for your use.

Please note that the 2014 model will have hanging shelves/storage not the chest of drawers shown here & bedding is not standard

Option (5) the 'bunkpad' - suitable for up to 4 adults.

As in 5 above, but furnished with 2 sets of bunk beds.

Option (6) the 'octopad' - suitable for up to 4 (poss 6) adults

A fabulous spacious structure with solid floor and walls, lockable door and 9’ high canvas roof fitted over tipi style poles. With 16’ across the level floor area, the ‘octopad’ comes furnished with shelves, hanging storage, tables, waste bin, 4 hand built beds with slatted bases and foam mattresses to suit. The ‘octopad’ comes with 240v electrics, suitable lighting and spare 3 pin sockets for your use.

Option (7) the ‘unidomepad’ – suitable for 2 adults

  

The modern day alternative to a traditional yurt and offering a unique living experience the ‘unidomepad’ has arrived. Lovingly handcrafted locally and produced using timber and a light/bright modern day alternative to canvas, the ‘unidomepad’ will provide you with that “special space”. With its star-gazing clear acrylic topcap above and a groundsheet & carpet below, the ‘unidomepad’ will come with 2 quality single airbeds, interior furnishings and lighting to suit. Perfect for two sharing. Please note that on the 2014 model, there will be a zip-up door, not the type shown here.

For more info on Podpads and secure booking online visit: www.podpads.com or email [email protected] with any questions.

 

Family Campsite

We don’t have any dedicated ‘Family’ camping area on site. If you do decide to camp somewhere away from the main hub and excitement of the Green, Red and the fields that encircle the Arena, then please make you way to our White campsite. Ask a steward to direct you there, or check out the Quieter Campsite section.

This year we are introducing children’s Tyvek wristbands for young children attending the event, which is given to you upon first entry. This wristbands have a space on the inside where you can write your name and telephone number (as a parent or guardian) so that, if they unfortunately go missing, wander off, or a member of our staff happens to find them alone, we can use that as a primary contact to reunite you. Replacements can be picked up at the Welfare Tent or the Information Points.

Quieter Campsite

White campsite has historically been our quiet campsite, away from the main hub . To get to white from the main siteto cross the pedestrian footbridge from Brown campsite over the Thames . It has all the necessary facilities to make it a comfy cosy home for the weekend – free, hot male and female showers, a bar serving real ales, a mini supermarket and some food traders. It is also home to the boutique camping and dedicated campervan fields.

If you are planning to bring a car to White car park, please  purchase a car park pass  in advance to guarantee a space. We ask that you follow the directions on the back of the car park pass to get to White rather than your Sat Nav – we like to make the journey quicker and more efficient for you by avoiding other Reading town traffic, as well as keeping our local residents happy so we can continue the event in future years!

Please do not walk to White campsite from Reading town centre, the station or Kings Meadow/Green car park as it is a four mile walk by road. There are very few pavements or walkways in Mapledurham (where our White car park is based) and it could be dangerous to walk this route. Please check our section on Walking to White Campsite.

Carbon Monoxide

To help revellers stay safe and have fun, NHS Choices and the Gas Safe Register have published separate safety guides offering practical tips on how to stay festival safe when using disposable barbecues or any type of camping stove.

Never take a portable barbecue – or lit charcoal – into an enclosed space like a tent or caravan. Make sure exhaust from generators is properly vented away from occupied areas Carbon Monoxide (CO) is a colourless, odourless, highly poisonous gas that can kill in minutes. Carbon Monoxide poisoning can be caused by ANY fuel that burns or smoulders.

Watch out for the symptoms

  • Mild headache
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Fatigue
  • Drowsiness

Please read the safety guides here before you arrive at the festival.

Fire Safety

We have dedicated fire fighters who are fully equipped to deal with any fires. We also have fire observation towers with spotter stewards on the top located around the campsites and car parks, to keep an eye out for fires and incidents, as well as CCTV which is monitored.

There are fire extinguishers across the site and water backpacks provided to some of our stewarding teams. Outside of our fire fighters, many of the stewards and security staff have been trained in fire safety and the use of fire equipment so please let them deal with the incident.

In the event that you, or a friend, have an accident and have burns, you should look to apply water to the area and contact a member of staff immediately. They will have the relevant medical equipment necessary to help with a first response, as well as contact the medics for further care. Make sure you advise the staff about what has happened and what caused the burn, plus any further details you may know such as any allergies or prior medical history which may be helpful.

Note:

  • NO fires are allowed in the main Arena at all.
  • Bonfires are not permitted anywhere.
  • No campfires, including flame bbqs, at all permitted after 8pm Sunday night.
  • Clean firewood available from on site woodsman up until 6pm Sunday night.
  • Burning tents, metal poles, wellies, sleeping bags, plastic, rubbish, unwanted items, etc, is not only dangerous but produces toxic fumes. Please pack down unwanted and put them to good use by handing them in to Recycling points.
  • Never throw gas canisters or cylinders on fires. It may seem like fun, but the repercussions can be dangerous, sometimes fatal.

Definition of ‘campfire’…

Small contained campfires will be allowed in the campsite until 8pm Sunday, as long as they are not not blocking any roads or too near any structures. They will be monitored and will be put out if they are deemed unsafe.

A few other good pointers:

  • Candles are plain dangerous; torches are far less of a fire risk in and around tents.
  • Watch out for flying embers and sparks, as they could start a fire, even from some distance.
  • Never use petrol or paraffin to start or revive a fire.
  • If you cook, always do it outside, ensure that there is constant supervision and keep well away from any flammable materials.

The zone manager in your campsite is there to help and advise you, so if you have any questions about fire safety or an issue, let them know!

Anyone found throwing any gas canisters, cylinders or any flammable objects onto fires will be evicted from the site. 

Firewood

We have a woodsmen selling clean firewood located by Reaper Bridge and the White campsite.

Note that both woodmsen will close at 6pm on the Sunday night and no firewood will be permitted onto site from 6pm Sunday in line with our Sunday night policies. No campfires, including flame bbqs, will not be permitted after 8pm Sunday anywhere on site.

Please check out our Fire Safety section HERE for some tips on looking after your campfires.

Definition of ‘campfire’…

Small contained campfires will be allowed in the campsite until 8pm Sunday, as long as they are not not blocking any roads or too near any structures. They will be monitored and will be put out if they are deemed unsafe.

Lockers & Left Luggage

Lockerhouse will be back again this year to ensure that there are loads of lockers for you to keep your belongings safe at Reading Festival. When you book a locker, you’ll get to keep a souvenir branded padlock and you have the locker for use across the whole weekend. These lockers also come equipped with mobile phone charging facilities, which only require 12v car adaptors/chargers – so you can keep in touch with friends over the weekend.

It’s important to note that the locker sizes are 25cm wide x 15.5cm deep x 10cm high so they are the right size for small valuables such as mobiles, wallets and cameras. The lockers are used at the hirers own risk.

Pre-bookable lockers are only available to weekend camping ticket holders.

We also have a left luggage facility by Reaper Bridge, should you wish to store any of your belongings there for a small charge.

Toilets & Showers

We’ve got plenty of toilet facilities both in the campsites and the Arena (including female urinelles) and any member of staff should be able to direct you to the closest ones.

We also install free hot water, male and female showers both on Baker Lane in the Yellow campsite and in the White campsite. Sometimes these can get a bit busy and there may be queues, so we advise campers in Brown and Purple to make their way across the bridge to White.

The showers will open at 6am–8pm each day, with breaks for cleaning so please make the most of them.

However, if you do want to get away from it all, then the Rivermead Centre’s café, pool and showers are open to festival-goers for a small charge. Check this out in the Rivermead section HERE. Access to the Rivermead Leisure Centre can be made either via Red gate or by taking O’Malley Alley onto Richfield Avenue, then turning in left at the roundabout.

Please don’t use the campsite water points for washing your hair or dishes. This can clog up the run off, meaning we’re left with a flooded water point which no one can use – no fun for anyone! 

Info boards

We’ve got huge electronic information boards based at our campsite gates and key entrances, as well as a few other key locations such as within the Arena. These signs display key points, such as safety info, a reminder of key locations for facilities, sudden line up changes and other real time information. At night, they then help with advertising the best way to get back to your tent or to public transport to get home. Look out for them! 

Large information boards will be provided at each campsite office. These will include a huge site map, latest running order information and/or changes, as well as other general information for all our facilities and entertainment. As these offices have staff working in / nearby, if the board can’t answer what you want to know, try asking them – they’ll do their best to help!

We’ve also got two information points on site – one based on Baker Lane in Yellow campsite and one within the Arena.

Eviction Policy

We have an official eviction policy at the festival for any festival-goers seen displaying, or inciting, inappropriate, offensive or illegal activity or behaviour. 

Unacceptable behaviour that can lead to eviction includes, but is not limited to:

  • Illegal activity
  • Offensive behaviour
  • Throwing of objects in the direction of people
  • Encouraging others to behave badly by incitement
  • Preventing our security or emergency services reacting to a situation
  • Taking tents with the intent of burning them
  • Building large bonfires
  • Any fire in the campsites after 8pm on Sunday night

We take evicting very seriously and have spent every year reviewing our eviction policy with Thames Valley Police. 

We have two eviction tents at the festival which are managed by an independent contractor under the name WAVES. They will independently assess each eviction based on the evidence and report provided by the escorting security. The festival-goer will have their details and photo taken. The festival-goer will be given a chance to make a statement, before any decision is made.

With the provided evidence and report, WAVES will assess and decide to issue either a warning and let the individual back into the event, or they will take the wristband off and get security personnel to evict them from the site.

If you are evicted, you will not be permitted back to your tent to collect your belongings. Instead, you will be offered a phone call to a friend or family member on site who will have to pack down your stuff and take it home for you.

If evicted, the festival-goer will be escorted off the site onto Richfield Avenue, where they will have to make their own way home (either by using the taxi ranks, shuttle bus or walking to the train station). They will not be allowed back into the event at all.

We will record behaviour for evidential purpose using CCTV cameras around the site and other recording devices. By choosing to come to the festival site, this will be seen as acceptance of this and any footage will be given to the police for court purposes. 

Toilet Roll

This year, in an effort to be more sustainable, we’re not providing toilet rolls in the campsites anymore. Why, I hear you cry? Well, we are always improving on our sustainability policies, this year we’re going to crack down on the sheer amount of paper/tissue we have to purchase for this, considering the amount that gets wasted rather than used for its intended purpose.

Traders on site will be selling some, plus we are located near a large Tesco – so don’t panic too much if you forget! 

Security And Police In The Campsites

As you’ll probably notice when setting up your tent, or walking around the campsites, we do have a number of security and police on site.

Introduce yourself and get to know them – they’re there to help you, as well as giving them names to faces of who is camping in their zone.

We want our campsites to remain happy and safe throughout the event, so if you see someone acting suspiciously, or if you are concerned with someone’s behaviour (or a whole group) then please do let the security or a steward know at the time it is happening. It gives them a chance to investigate the situation and then respond appropriately.

Help us to ensure you have an awesome time at the event!

The Green Tent Company

Here at Reading Festival, we are very excited to announce the arrival of The Green Tent Co and Stepladder. The world's first recyclable tent company and the forward thinking youth development organisation will be working together to create and deliver an exciting new brand run by young people.

Together they have formed an exciting new partnership to offer a unique opportunity for young people of any means and background to earn and learn in a real world environment and witness the disciplines involved in producing a large-scale outdoor event. Under the supervision of professionals they will be tasked with looking at ways The Green Tent Co can have an even bigger impact at festivals through more environmentally sustainable and socially responsible ways.

Each year we are faced with the mammoth task of cleaning up the fields, which are usually strewn with huge amounts of used camping equipment including tents, sleeping bags and camping mats.

Until now we have only been able to work with charities in the main to collect good equipment and a vast majority of the remainder end up going straight to landfill because a traditional tent is made up of many different components such as fibre glass poles, nylon zipz and metal pegs which makes them un-economical to separate for recycling.

We are working closely with The Green Tent Co who are the first company in the world to design a stylish, competitively priced tent range made solely from one product and incorporating a new peg system which prevents them from being left in the ground all with one focus of being environmentally and festival friendly. Their groundbreaking range starts with a 2 man dome tent and is topped by a deluxe 6 man, 3 bedroom version which is tall enough to stand up in. They have even manufactured their sleeping bags and camping mats from the same single product making them more festival friendly.

Tent Recycling

Every year, thousands of tents, sleeping bags and camping mats are left behind after the festival, along with things like wellies, radios, and clothes. Please pack up your gear and take it home, ready for your next festival weekend. Not only will you save money, you’re helping the environment by not wasting the resources and energy needed to make all that stuff over and again. If you take home your kit you’re also not giving fuel to those that are looking for abandoned gear to destroy in fires sending up toxic fumes into the air and up everyone’s nostrils!

If you really don’t want your camping gear, please pack it up and hand it into the Tent Donation points in the campgrounds. Donated gear will make their way to charitable and community organisations.

We will have separate collection bays for:

• Tents, Sleeping Mats, Sleeping Bags

• Chairs

• General camping bits and pieces

• Wellies

• Clothes

• Unopened food

Look out for the collection points that will pop up on Monday morning on your way out of the campgrounds.

We need you to take down your tents yourself and then hand them in to the donation points. It is impossible for us to take down all the tents left abandoned even if they are in perfect condition.

Tents left standing will go to landfill and damage our environment. So, don’t leave your tent. Pack it. Hand it in. Change lives!

For more information on recycling, check out our Green Reading section.

Zone Managers

Festival Republic Zone Managers are situated in each of the coloured zones, covering 24 hours and are there to help you out! They are also the manager for that zone, looking after the security and stewarding teams as appropriate. 

They have a campsite office which contains all the most up-to-date information on running orders, a large site map and useful information.

Get to know your nearest Zone Manager – they’re there to help so if anything was to go wrong, or if someone’s behaviour is worrying you, you can always let them know so they can take the appropriate action. 

Walking To White Campsite By Road

Please do not walk to White campsite from Reading town centre, the station or Kings Meadow/Green car park as it is a four mile walk by road. There are also little to no pavements at all in Mapledurham (where our White car park is based) so it could be dangerous to walk this route.

If you have parked in Kings Meadow/Green car park or been dropped off in Kings Meadow and you want to camp in the White campsite, please get the free shuttle boat to Green Gate and use the Green wristband exchange, then walk down through the campsites and across the pedestrian bridge into White from Brown. This is a much shorter and manageable route. Staff will be able to advise you of the route if you are unsure.

If you arrive by shuttle bus from the station, or are walking from the town centre, go into the main site via the Red wristband exchange, then walk through the campsites and across the pedestrian bridge into White from Brown. This is a much shorter and manageable route. Staff will be able to advise you of the route if you are unsure.