Volunteer with us
and stay for free!

Edinburgh Festival Camping volunteers 2018ABOUT THE VOLUNTEER PROGRAMME


Volunteer with us
and stay for free!



Since the campsite first opened in 2015, we have been hosting volunteers who have helped us create, run and maintain Edinburgh Festival Camping. 200+ individuals from over 30 countries have joined our team and helped us create the reputation we now have and we cannot thank them enough! Our campsite is about making our customers feel welcome and looked after, and it is our happy campsite crew (family!) that make this happen.


It works really simply: a volunteer comes and stays with us for free in exchange for 4 hours work a day.


When you volunteer with us, you will have the opportunity to learn some new skills, do different types of jobs and have fun. As it’s only 4 hours a day, you’ll have the remaining 20 hours to enjoy Edinburgh and the Festivals.


We have a number of veteran volunteers who have stayed with us for two or three years so we must be doing something right!


Still interested? Then read below for more details and apply today.



  • Be a part of our campsite family
  • Meet amazing people from around the world
  • 4 hours per day
  • Free Edinburgh accommodation – bring your own tent or Motorhome / Campervan
  • Free tent accommodation with airbed and duvet to those who can’t bring their own
  • Free breakfast
  • Weekly “Volunteer Social Night” – the whole team enjoys an evening meal together
  • Free WiFi
  • Volunteer area away from customers with free tea and coffee to chill out in
  • Free Charging Lockers
  • Free information and maps to help you make the most of your stay
The volunteer crew on day 1 of our 2018 set up
Volunteers enjoying burger night in the tipis 2018



Both the management team and volunteers will work to create our campsite, starting with putting up tents, building giant tipis and creating facilities for our customers to use – a camp kitchen, bar, venue stage area, check in areas, information points etc. During the operation of the campsite (5th – 30th August 2021), we run the campsite, creating customer services, campsite maintenance, running a cafe and bar and, very importantly, cleaning!


We ask for a minimum of 7 days, but volunteers are welcome to stay for the whole event. We will need help from the first day of set up on 31st July to when we lock our gates on 2nd September 2021 (last night is the 1st September).


Tasks will include:

  • Pitching and taking down tents
  • Marking out pitches
  • Creating and running Check In and the information desk
  • Keeping the campsite clean and tidy
  • Cleaning Pre-Pitched Tents & turning over Bell Tents between stays
  • Toilet and shower cleaning
  • Helping campers – whether it be carrying kit or providing information
  • Helping with food prep or in the cafe and bar in our awesome Giant Tipis
  • There may be other duties too!


Volunteers will be sent information about the campsite before they arrive which they must read. We pride ourselves on providing fantastic service so it is essential that our volunteers have the knowledge and understanding that it is up to us to ensure our guests have a brilliant stay.



Further training will be provided on site, and a high level of English is required to work on Check In or customer service roles.



  • Sociable people who want to meet other travellers and make new friends
  • Passionate and motivated individuals who want be a part of creating and delivering something amazing
  • Happy and enthusiastic campers who are not afraid to roll their sleeves up and get involved!
  • Customer service ninjas who are friendly and great at sharing information
  • Must be available for a minimum of 7 days
  • Must be over the age of 18
  • They must be flexible with time – shifts start between 07:00 and 22:00
  • Sense of humour is essential!
  • Friendly and helpful manner is also essential!
  • Previous event or camping experience is preferred but not essential


Stephanie, student, Germany, 2017 I spent three weeks this summer at the Campsite right outside of Edinburgh and it was marvelous! I was working with the best team (and by team I actually mean family!) and I hope I will find the time to come back again next year.


Lynne, happily retired, UK, 2015 – 2019 – I liked being able to visit the fringe either before or after your shift and the flexibility of the shifts to accommodate this… Loved volunteers night, it was great to socialise and get to know the other volunteers better.

Edinburgh Festival Camping volunteer review November 2018
Volunteer review of Edinburgh Festival Camping
Volunteer review for Edinburgh Festival Camping



When you sign up you will receive an email with further information. Please get in touch if you do not receive this, and check your Junk Email folder in case it gets mistaken for spam!


Applications will be reviewed from March 2021 onwards and we will only confirm positions once we’ve been in contact with you. Training material will be sent out via email so it’s really important that you receive the email from us after you submit your application!


If you do not let us know that you would like to accept the position, it may be allocated to another applicant.


We look forward to hearing from you!