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Aspinal's Guide to Attending a Summer Festival


From music and arts to heritage and food, the UK is spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing a summer festival too attend. While one day festivals are easy to manage, preparing for a multi-day camping festival can be more of a challenge. From choosing accommodation to knowing what to pack, here's our Aspinal of London guide to attending a summer festival.

From music and arts to heritage and food, the UK is spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing a summer festival too attend. While one day festivals are easy to manage, preparing for a multi-day camping festival can be more of a challenge. From choosing accommodation to knowing what to pack, here's our Aspinal of London guide to attending a summer festival.

Getting There

Arriving at your festival of choice can be both an exciting and stressful experience so it's important you plan it properly. If you're not opposed to packing light, the train or an organised coach will be the easiest option. For those who like the freedom of taking all their belongings, driving there is best but make sure you park as close to the campsite entrance as you can to avoid multiple back and forth trips to the car.

Accommodation

Nowadays, festivals are known for their huge variety of accommodation options. You can choose to stay in luxury tented accommodation that's set up before you arrive (often with a real bed), opt for a nearby hotel or find a house to rent near the festival site.

For a more hands-on festival experience, bring your own camping equipment and set up in a quiet area that's away from the main performance arenas to reduce the noise level when you're trying to sleep. For comfort and a taste of home, a blow up mattress is a must-have while a real pillow is a luxury you'll definitely appreciate at the end of the day.

Festival Hygiene

Most weekend festivals which require you to camp will lack proper shower facilities unless you are glamping, staying in a caravan or have accommodation offsite. There are therefore a few toiletries you'll definitely want to take with you to maintain your appearance and keep yourself feeling fresh. Dry shampoo, hand sanitiser, toilet roll and baby wipes are essential and a small lightweight towel is also useful too.

You should always pack sun cream too (even if the weather is scheduled to be overcast), and insect repellent may also be useful if you're particularly prone to bites.

Essential Festival Saviours

Packing for a festival is an art in itself as you'll be limited to what you can bring simply by whether you can carry it or not. That's why we put together this essential list of festival saviours:

A Compact Mirror

From applying your colourful festival make up to inserting contact lenses, a portable mirror like our Aspinal of London Marylebone Compact Mirror is one of the most useful accessories to pack. It'll slip easily into your bag due to its size and shape, allowing you to whip it out when needed.

A Hipflask

Many festival sites won't allow you to bring glass bottles past the gates for safety reasons. If you think you'll fancy a tipple whilst watching your favourite artists performing, a small and discrete hipflask is a perfect (and stylish) alternative.

A Small Backpack

Attending festivals tends to involve a lot of walking, meaning you'll need to carry all the essentials wherever you go. A backpack like our versatile and roomy Oxford Rucksack is the perfect option as it effortlessly combines comfort with style.

Small Money Purse

From food stalls to festival souvenirs, most vendors at festivals will only accept cash for goods so it's crucial that you have some on you at all times. Keep your money safe and on hand in a small pouch like our gorgeous Heart Coin Purse that features a seasonal embossed floral print.

Which British festival will you be attending this summer?


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