It’s just four days until the gates open to the 2017/18 Woodford Folk Festival – have you started packing?
Now in its 32nd year, there are many friendly faces returning to Woodfordia this year.
Yet even the most seasoned festivillian sometimes forgets to pack a few items essential for the best possible experience.
First and foremost
DON’T FORGET YOUR TICKET! Print it out and keep it handy alongside your vehicle pass and the 2017/18 Festival Programme. You need this.
Plan out your Festival Fashion
Woodfordia loves its colourful characters and we encourage every patron to embrace the festival spirit. Keeping in mind that the Woodford Folk Festival includes six full days of outdoor activity, pack enough outfit changes to handle anything the week throws at you (sweat, dust, rain – and to keep you looking fresh).
Sturdy shoes are a must. You’ll be doing a lot of walking throughout the day and dancing up a storm to your favourite band, so the last thing you want is tired, achy feet. Find a pair that can also withstand wet weather in the case of summer rain. Rubber thongs aren’t the best choice for around the festival, but are great for quick trips to the shower.
A backpack or shoulder bag should fit everything you need for the day and save you traipsing back and forth from your campsite.
Beating the heat
We live in a sunburnt country and the summer holidays are a cherished time, however come with obvious need for extra care to keep you cool under the harsh sun.
Slip, Slop, Slap –
Pack a shirt that will be comfortable to wear all day while providing good sun protection, ideally lightweight and quick drying.
Slop on the sunscreen each and every day. Pack a strong SPF to keep at your campsite, along with a smaller bottle in your bag for topping up throughout the day. Not only can they cause skin cancer, sunburns ruin fun.
A hat is the best way to protect your face and scalp from the midday sun. One that folds up inside your bag means you won’t lose it after taking it off inside venues.
It is so important to stay hydrated. Bring a refillable water bottle to carry around at all times. There are multiple Mt. Beerwah Spring Water Watersheds around the festival site for water refills, and all tap water on site is potable.
A reminder that glass is not permitted on the festival site and glass water bottles are not advised.
Sunglasses, handheld fans and spray bottles are always useful for days in the sun, and another popular trick is to pack a lightweight sarong that you wet wrap around you – DIY portable air conditioner!
A picnic rug is also great to have on board both around the festival and at your campsite. Take a break in the shade on the Village Green or set up your spot on the hill at the Amphi and Grande while you chill out and listen to live music.
The Wandering Woodfordia Picnic Rug is back this year and is the perfect addition to your festival fashion. You can buy yours here.
Be ready for anything
While the weather forecast is looking in our favour, it’s always smart to pack for all seasons. An emergency poncho will take up no space, an umbrella can also shade you from the sun, while gumboots (plus socks) will make you feel invincible. Evenings can get quite cool so a light jacket is also worth having.
Basic first aid supplies should also be considered. Pack the essentials, and keep them near-by.
The festival precinct has a first aid tent open daily, plus medical advice and ambulance for emergencies.
Creating the ultimate campsite
Your campsite will be your haven for the week of the festival. While most of your time will be spent enjoying the hundreds of acts, it’s the best feeling to have a comfortable campsite to head ‘home’ to at the end of the day.
Your campsite essentials:
- Tent + tent pegs, extra tent pegs
- Camping mattress + bedding (+ mattress pump if necessary)
- Tarp + poles + ropes + pegs – to go over your tent to guard from sun & rain, plus as a communal outdoor area at your campsite.
- Shovel + hammer
- Large water container
- Battery powered light
- Hand torch
- Camping towel – for quick dry
- Camping chairs + table
- Extra rope for clothesline – but don’t forget to take it down at the end of the festival, please don’t strangle our trees!
For an extra comfy tent:
- Doormat to wipe dirty feet
- Foam floor mats
- Dust pan & brush
- Battery powered tent fan
- Solar powered fairy lights – not only do they make your campsite beautiful, they help you find your tent in the dark and will prevent tripping on tent & tarp ropes.
The Woodford Folk Festival is renowned for its delicious food available at any time of day, but if you’re planning on some self catering at your camp, you’ll also need to bring:
- Camping stove – PLEASE NOTE: many portable butane gas cookers are prohibited from festival grounds. Please only bring compliant gas cookers to Woodfordia. Check the safety regulations here.
- Pots + pans
- Brush + washing up bowel
- Tea towel
- Reusable cups + crockery
- Basic food supplies
Follow this checklist and you’ll enjoy yourself in any situation. If you do arrive at Woodfordia only to discover you’ve left something at home, the General Store stocks everything you need to make your Woodford Folk Festival experience complete.
If you’re planning on joining us at the Woodford Folk Festival, make sure you book your tickets online – there’ll be no opportunity to buy them at the gate this year.
Ticket allocation will be capped and all vehicles require a Vehicle Pass.