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What you can and can’t bring

There will be no receipts issued for any confiscated/surrendered items and they will not be available to collect after the festival.

You may be subject to more enhanced searches of bags and personal belongings. We request that you cooperate with any security requests and searches. Please pack light!

Please note, campfires and disposable BBQs are banned from both the campsite and the arena in 2023. For detailed guidance on camping stoves and fuels please see here.

This list is subject to change:

Item Campsite Arena
Aerosols over 250ml. No No No No
Air Horns / Megaphones. No No No No
Alcohol for personal consumption 18+ (only before 6pm on Sunday evening). Yes Yes No No
Animals (other than registered hearing dogs or guide dogs). No No No No
Any goods for unauthorised trading with unauthorised Reading/Leeds Festival logos. No No No No
Anything that could reasonably be considered for use as a weapon including oversized lighters or any item which may cause danger, offence or disruption to any other person. No No No No
Audio Recorders Yes Yes No No
Bags larger than A4 size Yes Yes No No
Balloons No No No No
Blow torches No No No No
Cameras, film or video equipment. Lenses must be less than 6 inches. *Please note, professional cameras and video / audio equipment are strictly prohibited. Yes Yes Yes Yes
Camping Equipment including cutlery, tin openers (weekend ticket holders only) Leatherman style multi tools are not permitted Yes Yes No No
Cans Yes Yes No No
Catapults No No No No
Chairs / Stools / Inflatable Loungers Yes Yes No No
Chinese / Sky lanterns / Paper Lanterns No No No No
Cigarettes for personal use. Excessive amounts of cigarettes (ie. more than for personal consumption) will be confiscated Yes Yes Yes Yes
Clothing/Garments/Items which promote Cultural Appropriation No No No No
Cool Bags/Boxes (if for personal use) Yes Yes Yes Yes
Disposable BBQs No No No No
Non-Disposable BBQs No No No No
Dogs (other than registered hearing dogs or guide dogs) No No No No
Disposable vapes (note, refillable vapes are permitted) No No No No
Drinks of any size (sealed or unsealed) in plastic and metal reusable bottles (No glass). *Only sealed soft drinks under 500ml are permitted into the arena. Yes Yes No No
Drones and other flying devices No No No No
Empty Reusable Plastic & Metal Bottles / Coffee Cups must be empty) Yes Yes Yes Yes
Excessive amounts of food (i.e. more than for personal consumption) No No No No
Fireworks/Pyrotechnics, Flares/Distress Flares No No No No
Fitted Gas Canisters/Cylinders in Campervans Yes Yes No No
Flags Yes Yes No No
Flat based cooking stoves: meth stoves including fuel, trangia stoves, solid fuel stove / hexi stoves, gel stoves, green base camp cooker, firelighter stoves. (Please note - fuel limited to maximum of 1L per stove and only gas canisters of 250mls or less.). For a detailed list of stove and fuel guidelines, head here Yes Yes No No
Gas canisters for cooking stoves (250ml or less), Fuel is limited to maximum of 1L per stove Yes Yes No No
Gazebos Yes Yes No No
Generators (unless in campervan) No No No No
Glass bottles, jars, containers over 100ml. Items under this measurement, such as small perfume bottles, nail varnish, and small mirrors will be permitted. No No No No
Illegal Substances (drugs) and legal highs, herbal highs, new psychoactive substances and unidentifiable substances - including Nitrous Oxide No No No No
Medication (if accompanied by doctors note / prescription or if it is recognisable) Yes Yes Yes Yes
Nitrous Oxide and any items associated with the taking of NPS and NOS (including but not limited to balloons, whipped cream dispensers, water crackers / CO2 dispensers) No No No No
Penknife No No No No
Perfume and make up (over 100ml) No No No No
Petrol Burner No No No No
Portable laser equipment and pens No No No No
Selfie Sticks Yes Yes No No
Skateboards and rollerblades, hover-boards, scooters, bicycles, and other personal motorized and non-motorized vehicles No No No No
Sound systems (Small Portable speakers are permitted in Campsites) No No No No
Spray Cans No No No No
Umbrellas – (inc. Golf Umbrellas) Yes Yes No No
Unauthorised professional film or video equipment, radios or walkie talkies No No No No
Unauthorised solicitation or marketing materials (e.g., handbills, flyers, stickers) No No No No
Unofficial tabards and reflective jackets No No No No

Opening and Closing Times


  • Early Bird Ticket holders: 18:00 Wednesday 23rd August 2023
  • Weekend ticket holders: 08:00 Thursday 24th August 2023

Campsite is open 24 Hours, individuals can arrive at any time after the above

Campsite closes at midday Monday 28th August 2023



Friday, 25th – Sunday, 27th August 2023

Opening time: 11:00


Age Restrictions

We welcome all ages to the festival. However, there are entry restrictions for under 16s and we do advise not bringing young children. Anyone 15 and under must be accompanied by a ticket holder over 18 years old at all times. Children under 13 years are admitted free. ID may be required upon entry to the event.

For information purposes only, age checks will also be carried out on the entrance gates.

Please note our policy has changed from Challenge 21 > Challenge 25.
Please bring ID if you look under 25 years old and remember that legally there is no automatic right to be served alcohol. Service is always at the discretion of the licensee for whatever reason they decide, and the licensee is under no obligation to explain the reason.


The following forms of identification are accepted:

  • A Passport (Not a photocopy)
  • Full Driving Licence or Provisional Licence
  • A Proof of Age Card bearing a PASS hologram
  • A Ministry of Defence identity card
  • A National identity card issued by an EU member state

Please bring the original document as you won’t be able to use a photocopied version. If you don’t have any of these, or don’t want to lose valuable documents on site, we suggest that you apply for a PASS approved ID, some of which are free to get.

We do not accept any parental or supervisory duty of care or liability for any under 18’s on site.

Young Children

Whilst we do allow under 13s to attend for free, we do suggest that this event is not suitable for young children. If you do want to bring children along we advise camping in the White Campsite which is expected to be our quietest campsite.

On entering the event, children will be given Tyvek wristbands which have space for you to write your telephone number (as a parent or guardian). We can use this as a primary contact to reunite you. Replacements can be picked up at the Welfare Tent.

Festival Dates

Reading Festival 2023 will take place on Thursday, 24th – Sunday, 27th August 2023 at Richfield Avenue in Reading.

Lost Property

We hope it doesn’t, but if your phone goes for a walk over the weekend, make the situation the best you can by writing down your IMEI number for your phone – on a piece of paper, not in your phone’s notes! – and, if you have an iPhone, install the Find My iPhone app in advance. This will really improve the chances of us reuniting you with your phone.

Not sure how to find your IMEI number? It depends on your phone, but Google has a long list of helpful articles to point you in the right direction.

If you have a lost property enquiry after the event please contact or by post to: WAVES, PO Box 7058, Stourport on Severn, DY13 3DG

Please Note – lost property can be retrieved within 28 days post show.

Valid ID

Please note our policy has changed from Challenge 21 > Challenge 25.
The following forms of identification are accepted:

  • A Passport (Not a photocopy)
  • Full Driving Licence or Provisional Licence
  • A Proof of Age Card bearing a PASS hologram
  • A Ministry of Defence identity card
  • A National identity card issued by an EU member state

Please note: This may vary with certain establishments/traders onsite. To minimise carrying your ID around the festival, we advise you visit the over 18’s Wristband Tent situated in the green campsite. Here you will be asked to show your identification and in turn receive a over 18 wristband. This can be used throughout the festival as ID instead of one of the previous listed. However, please be aware that bar staff always reserve the right to ask for proof of age if you look under 25.

Bag Restrictions

Your safety is our priority and we’ve put in place all necessary measures to maximise public safety, working closely with local authorities at the highest level. We ask that you also play a part in keeping Reading Festival safe and secure, so please take note of our messages below, pack accordingly and stay strong together.

All festival-goers will be subject to extra searches of their vehicles, bags and their person. Please be patient if there are longer queues than normal. We request that you cooperate with any security requests and searches. Please pack light!


CCTV recording is in operation throughout the festival site for public safety and crime prevention.

We strongly advise you do not bring a bag into the Arena as there will be long queues while all bags are searched. If you do wish to bring a bag into the Arena please ensure that it is no bigger than A4 sized 8.27”x11.69”. There is a limited to one A4 sized bag per person permitted into the Arena.

Charge Candy – Phone Charge

Portable Chargers will once again be provided by Charge Candy with multiple swap locations in the campsites and arena. You can pre-book a weekend wristband that allows you one full charger per day. Click here to grab yours before they sell out.

Charge Candy