An Introduction to Edinburgh Festival Camping 2019
We’re back and we’re SO EXCITED for Edinburgh Festival Camping 2019! We had an amazing summer hosting our customers and seeing everyone enjoy our campsite. Venue 403 was a huge success with daily evening performances throughout the Festival, and we received fantastic feedback on our new and improved facilities and our lovely staff.
Here’s a brief overview of our campsite and what you can expect from your stay at Edinburgh Festival Camping 2019…
WHAT IS IT LIKE? IS IT LIKE A MUSIC FESTIVAL CAMPSITE?
Our campsite is a haven away from the bustling festival city and not at all like a music festival campsite! It’s a welcoming, calm, spacious and family-friendly campsite. We have lots of room for campers to choose where they want to pitch, an all day cafe open from 07:30, a licensed bar, our very own Fringe Venue with evening entertainment, excellent hot showers and toilet blocks, free Wi-Fi, free charging points for electronic devices, free board games, a badminton net and ball games, a free camp kitchen including pots and pans, information points, washing up areas and more!
The campsite is in two sections; the Meadow is for motorhomes, caravans, campervans and for those who want to park on their pitch. The Countryside area is primarily for Bring Your Own Tent campers, the Pre-Pitched Tent and Bell Tent village and a few Performer Electric Pitches.
There’s usually plenty of space to pitch with friends, but if you’re booking a Pre-Pitched Tent, Bell Tent or Electric Meadow Pitch please get in touch so we can allocate you spaces next or near to each other.
IS IT EASY TO GET TO THE CITY CENTRE?
Absolutely! We’re located approximately 8 miles from the city centre with regular public transport through the day and night in both directions and a cycle path into the city passes by our entrance too. Public transport is very affordable (from £1.70 one way for an adult) and if you’re staying for longer, you can get a weekly or monthly pass.
WHAT KIND OF FOOD IS SERVED?
We run breakfast daily from 07:30 til 10:30 with a selection of cereals, toast and bacon rolls. After breakfast, you’ll find a selection of cakes, snacks and hot paninis – along with proper coffee, a selection of teas, hot chocolate and cold drinks.
An evening meal special will be available each day. On weekends this will be our delicious freshly made wood-fired pizzas, and during the week this could be burgers, chili con carne, bolognese, curry or other options… veggie options are available too!
We always try our best to provide a delicious vegan and gluten free option.
Our aim to be an affordable accommodation choice for our customers is also reflected in our cafe and bar prices.
WHAT IS IT LIKE FOR SOLO TRAVELLERS?
It’s a great place for solo travellers! Our campsite is super friendly and there’s always plenty of people around to have a chat. Our Giant Tipi is the centre of activity on the campsite with solo travellers, backpackers and solo-travelling performers hanging out, having a drink, socialising and enjoying the free performances. Our facilities are perfectly tailored to those travelling light – we have a camp kitchen with pots, pans and few utensils for you to use, free WiFi, free device charging points, a Fringe Recommendations board filled in by other guests and lots of information to help you get around.
If you’re interested in having a different experience, why not have a look at joining our volunteer team in exchange for free accommodation and the guaranteed opportunity to meet new friends?
WHAT IS IT LIKE FOR FAMILIES?
We think it’s great. We bring our own families to the campsite, along with their bikes and footballs (between us we’ve 5 boys from 2 -7 years old!) and there’s loads of space for them to play or cycle around. The Bring Your Own Camping area has restricted vehicle access and a circular tarmac road perfect for bikes and scooters and the Meadow is great for a kick about too. Bring what you’d normally bring on a family camping holiday – deck chairs, bikes, swingball, it’s all welcome!
We try our best to provide entertainment for everyone so we’ve got free board games and ball games for all ages to enjoy, and there are so many really cool events at the Fringe and Book Festival for kids – we’ll share more on this when their programmes are announced!
Public transport is easy to access and to escape the city, there’s loads of alternative Family Days Out within 30 Minutes.
We’ll always support mothers nursing their babies on our campsite.
WHAT ABOUT DISABLED ACCESS?
We have disabled parking bays at the entrance and the Countryside area is level access throughout and easy to get around with the tarmacked road. There are two disabled toilets with sinks but unfortunately we do not have a wheelchair accessible shower room.
We have had wheelchair users stay with every year since we’ve opened and thoroughly enjoy themselves. However if you have any concerns, please give us a call so we can advise based on your or your family and friends specific needs.
If you’re a wheelchair user and you’re planning to attend the Tattoo, don’t forget you can apply for a Vehicle Pass so you can be dropped off by the entrance.