FAQs 2024

Lost / mislaid ticket confirmation emails

Can't find your ticket confirmation email?

Look for a message from We Scan Tickets with the subject heading 'Dorset Volksfest 2024 Tickets for [your name]' - the message includes a link to your tickets to download and show at the gate for scanning.

If you are still unable to find it then please email tickets@dorsetvolksfest.co.uk and include the name and/or email address of the person that placed the order - we can re-send the email.

Online Tickets / Entry Wristbands

Online Tickets will be on sale (subject to space availability) until the event closes. A link to your tickets will be emailed to you immediately after purchase - sent from 'We Scan Tickets'. If for any reason you don't receive an email after purchase please check your Spam/Junk folder before contacting us.

Wristbands will be issued at the gate on presentation of your tickets (on your phone or as a printed copy), allowing you to come and go as you please.

Children under 11 go free; no tickets will be issued but yes, you can request wristbands for them at the gate when you arrive.

Camping pitches & Weekend tickets may also be purchase at the gate (subject to availability).

Gates Open / Admission Times

For stallholders only (setting up) gates open Thursday midday until about 8pm, and from 8am on Friday

For weekend campers gates open at 10am Friday

For Friday evening visitors from 5-12.30pm for bar & live entertainment

For day visitors, Saturday 9am - midnight, Sunday 9am - finish (about 5pm)

About Weekend Camping Tickets

We recommend that Weekend & Saturday night Camping Tickets are pre-booked online in order to secure a pitch. Tickets will only be available on the gate if we have camping space available at that time.

Please note you will need to purchase a camping pitch, plus a separate Adult or Teen admission ticket for each member of your party.

You are offered a choice of pitches - General Camping or Quieter Camping (noise curfew 8pm).

Regular online prices below; online bookings are processed by We Scan Tickets and subject to a booking fee of 75p per ticket + 3.5% transaction charge.

  • Camping Pitch, (£10 or £20, depending on the size required)
  • £60 Adult Weekend (anyone 17 yrs and over)
  • £25 Teen Weekend (12-16 yrs)
  • Children 11 yrs & younger go free

On the Gate prices:

  • to be announced
Meeting up with friends? ... no camping pitch allocation

If you wish to pitch up together with friends, you need to arrive at the gate together. We regret we are unable to 'reserve' individual spaces.

Eight or more camping vehicles in your group?

We can offer a group booking for groups requiring 8 or more pitches, the same as we do for VW Club members. Booking & payment required by 30th May. See the details at Club/Group Camping and contact Richie.

Club Camping - discounts & club camping areas

A Ticket Discount is available to Club Members. An allocated Club Camping area is available to clubs booking and paying for a minimum of 8 vehicles/pitches by 30th May.

Please see Club/Group Camping for details.

Saturday Arrivals - one night only camping

Can't get here for Friday night? We offer online ticket sales for Saturday arrivals - Ticket sales

  • Pay for your pitch (£10 or £20), plus a Saturday admission for campers ticket for each person in your party. Children 11 yrs or younger go free.

You can pay on the gate if you prefer, but entry is subject to space availability.

Please note we don't offer camping for Friday night only

Facilities for Campers

A regular £10 pitch size is 6m x 6m allowing for a camper van + awning, or tent. If you are bringing a caravan or motorhome (longer than 6m) please note you will need to pay for a £20 pitch owing to the additional space you will require.

All camping is on grass. Pitches are allocated on a first come first served basis, unless you belong to a club and have a members camping area organised.

Free hot showers, wash and toilet facilities are available.

No electric hookup is available.

Fresh drinking water taps available around the site.

We offer a Quieter Camping area, with an 8pm noise curfew; ideal for families with young children and anyone else that enjoys an early night. Please ensure you choose the appropriate ticket option when you book online.

Friday Evening drop-in entry for bar & live entertainment

Friday evening tickets will be available online (nearer the date) and to casual drop-ins. Entertainment starts at about 5pm and ends at 12.30.

Please do not bring your own alcohol or any glass, neither is allowed in the show area, thanks. The DVF bar will be serving lager, wine, spirits, local beers & ciders at reasonable prices

All teens & children must be accompanied by an adult. Please note we don't offer camping for Friday night only

Day Visitor Passes

Day Visitor Passes will be available online (nearer the date) or at the gate. They include parking and admission to the Volksfest on either Saturday or Sunday. Day Visitor wristbands allow you to come and go as you please.

All teens & children must be accompanied by an adult.

Glamping at DVF

DVF has again teamed up with Happy Glampers Dorset, based just a few minutes away from the festival site in Wareham, to offer a luxury Volksfest camping option.

A 5-metre bell tent is pre-erected on site, ready for your arrival - details and pricing information.

Glamping hire prices include your camping pitch but DO NOT include admission to the Volksfest. You will need to purchase a separate Admission for campers ticket for each person in your party

Fire Pits & BBQ rules / Fire hazards

NO OPEN FIRES – there’s a lot of excellent, very precious lives and motor vehicles on site!

Fire pits & BBQs are allowed but MUST be kept off the ground. Don’t leave them unattended. Please make sure you have enough water, a powder fire extinguisher or some other means of putting out flames in case something goes wrong! Ideally, please wet the ground around your BBQ in case sparks fly.

Disposing of used coals & portable BBQs – please use metal bins provided, NOT regular waste bins. Don’t dispose of any portable BBQ until you are sure it is cold & dead!

Please don’t litter – drinks cans and glass bottles left on the ground can ignite dry grass. If you smoke, please dispose of your cigarette ends with care – use the metal bins provided.

Generators

We really would prefer you not to use an independent generator in the camping area. If you must then it will need to be diesel (our H&S people are likely to be checking) and run only during the daytime - so long as you're not annoying anyone. Please be considerate of other campers.

Dogs

Yes, dogs are 100% welcome at DVF but please keep them on a lead in the show area.

Don't leave dogs unattended in cars, and don't forget the poo bags! We will provide dog drinking water in bowls at various places around the site.

If you see a dog, or any animal, suffering in a hot car please call the Police on 101 (or 999) and/or advise a member of the DVF Security team.

Car Parking

There is plenty of car parking at DVF for day visitors and any campers with extra vehicles, included in the price of your tickets. Parking is on grass, on a large field in front of the main event field (look out for the signposts as you come up the lane).

Glass & Alcohol

Strictly no glass in the show area. Your own alcohol is permitted in the show area, but in reasonable quantities (e.g. no crates). The DVF bar will be serving lager, wine, spirits, local beers & ciders at reasonable prices - please consider purchasing a re-usable DVF-branded eco-cup, available at the bar. A good range of other hot & cold refreshments are available in the food village.