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Reading Festival: where to camp and other questions about the festival

ByDebra J. Aguilar

Aug 24, 2022

WONDERING where to camp? Need to know what the alcohol situation is? Wondering whether to bring rubber boots?

If you’re going to Reading Festival, we’ve got you covered with answers to some of the big questions.

Please note that these answers are provided by friends of The Reading Chronicle, the author’s past experiences, words of wisdom from Reddit, or the official Reading Festival website.

Where should I camp?

Straight from the horse’s mouth (i.e. a friend from The Chronicle camping this weekend) the place to go if you’re up for a fun time, orange and purple camp tend to be the busiest places to camp.

Camp yellow is also a lively setting, as is green, but brown and white are calmer.

Image via R&L Festival

According to Reddit user Wafflemode, who is a Reading Fest regular, you’ll find more food vans in green and yellow camps.

The green campsite has “street feast” facilities, as well as a phone charging station, a bar and a secure storage point.

Red and Orange have quiet disco venues within them, if you fancy a late night boogie.

Reading chronicle:

A yellow and green campsite borders the arena if you want quick and easy access to the air.

Our vote goes green – if you can get a spot there, then well done!

Can I bring alcohol?

Yes, but only until 6 p.m. on Sunday evenings.

If you’ve been blessed by the gods and look young, you’re likely to be tagged according to our Reddit friend Wafflemode, but as long as you’re over 18, you can take as many as you want.

Reading chronicle:

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NEVERTHELESS. You cannot bring alcohol into the arena. However, you can bring soft drinks and metal bottles.

Can I bring a bag into the arena?

Yes, but it is advisable not to do so in order to reduce waiting times and the bag must be smaller than A4.

Should you bring rubber boots?


According to meteorologists, the chance of precipitation this weekend is less than 10%. However – you never know what might happen – and buying rubber boots at the festival will be expensive.

Reading chronicle:

Campsites deteriorate quickly and even the slightest rain will make things tricky on the ground. Better to be safe than sorry.

How are the toilets?

Some savvy advice from our Reddit friend on this one.

“[They are] bad, just be nice, pee and poop in the hole, respect the next person who has to use it, they still smell, you’ll get used to it.

Will I need to shower?

It’s up to you, of course. If you want the festival experience, you can easily go three/four/five days without – just bring baby wipes, deodorant, maybe some smelly stuff and water if you fancy a makeshift washing in your tent.

Reading chronicle:

If you fancy a good shower, facilities are provided in the orange campsite, near the red campsite, in the “camping plus” site and in the pink moon campsite.

What about charging my phone?

Bring a long lasting charging pack if you have room, they are essential at festivals.

However, if your phone breaks down, you can recharge it at the charging stations located in the green campsite and in the arena.

Will my tent be broken into?

Some other great tips from Reddit here.

Reading chronicle:

Wafflemode says:[I] doubt [it]make friends with your neighbors, pay attention to each other, don’t stick a padlock on her, if you’re so worried, buy a blow up doll and dress her like a person in there.

How to get to the front of the stage?

Wafflemode, who says he’s been to Reading Fest 11 years in a row, says: “My particular advice would be to start on the right side, go sideways rather than forward and be polite to people.”

And the silent disco?

Queues for the silent disco form quickly after the last act of the evening, so maybe leave a bit earlier (the latest songs, perhaps?) if you’re looking to avoid traffic jams.

How many things should I bring?

As someone who has been to many festivals over the years, I would recommend trying to pack light whenever possible.

Reading chronicle:

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Obviously bring the essentials in terms of clothing, but it’s not worth bringing too many extras such as bits of food and perishables as you can still get most of what you need on site of the festival or just outside.

Where to find cheaper food?

There is a large Tesco about a 30 minute walk from the site. However, it gets crowded very quickly, so try to go in the morning if possible.

You can get hot water for pot noodles at the Salvation Army tent near the green campsite.

Will I have a good time?

In our opinion, Reading Festival is the best festival in the world, so in a nutshell — YES!