How does it work?

How does it work?

Find all necessary Castlefest Camping information on this page.

Do you have any questions left? Send us your questions via email. We’re happy to help!

PLEASE NOTE: our camping is NOT accessible by cars, therefore camper vans, caravans and folding trailers are not accepted at the camping grounds. 


Castlefest Camping tickets are online available during presale! It is not possible to buy your camping tickets at the entrance. Check out this page for all our ticket options.

Opening times campsite

Camping ticket holders can make use of the camping site from Thursday 10:00 to Monday morning 10:00.
Please keep in mind that the last shuttle bus to the train station departs from the visitors parking lot on Sunday 21:45h.

Arrival and Check-in

Inchecken op de camping kan op donderdag tussen 10:00 en 23:59 bij de camping receptie. Vanaf vrijdag kan je hiervoor tussen 08:00 en 23:59 bij de hoofdingang terecht. Kom je buiten deze tijden aan op de camping? Dan kan je éénmalig het terrein betreden, op vertoon van een geldig campingticket
Check-in is possible on Thursday from 10:00 to 23:59 at the camping reception. From Friday onwards check-in is possible from 8:00 till 23:59 at the main entrance of the festival. Arrival outside these times is possible by showing a valid campingticket. This allows you one-time terrain entrance. 
The check-in procedure is as follows:
  1. Je loopt met je kampeerspullen vanaf de parkeerplaats naar de camping. LET OP, dit is een flinke wandeling!
  2. Bij aankomst op de camping laat je je ticket zien aan de toezichthouders bij de ingang.
  3. Je hoeft niet direct in te checken, maar kan ook eerst je tent opzetten. Of even lekker een kopje koffie drinken natuurlijk!
  4. Bij de receptie kan je inchecken en krijg je een polsbandje. Met dit polsbandje heb je vrij toegang tot de camping en kan je vanaf vrijdag onbeperkt van het festival genieten. Vanaf donderdag 16:00 is het niet meer mogelijk om zonder je bandje de campingvelden te betreden. Heb je een Castlefanatic Ticket? Dan ontvang je bij het inchecken ook je toegangskaartje voor het openingsconcert op donderdagavond.
  5. Genieten, feestvieren!

Steps check-in:

1. You arrive by car or by public transport at the main parking area.
2. Walk from the main parking area to the camping.  PLEASE NOTE: this is quite a walk! 
3. Show your e-ticket to the security at the camping entrance.
4. There is no need to check-in first, feel free to put up your tent before checking-in. Or drink a cup of coffee :-)
5. Now’s the time to check in at the reception and get your festival wrist band! This wrist band allows you free entrance to the camping and unlimited festival fun from Friday onwards. From Thursday 16.00 uur onwards it  won’t be possible to enter the camping grounds without this wristband. Do you have a Castlefanatic ticket? You will receive your ticket for the openingsconcert on Thursday night while checking in.
6. Enjoy the feast and have a great time!


Cars may be parked at the regular parking lot. PLEASE NOTE: the parking lot is a good distance from the camping. Therefore we do not recommend our camping for people with disabilities. 

People with disabilities

Unfortunately our new camping fields are not suitable for people with disabilities. Not only are these fields unpaved, but there is also quite a great distance between the parking lot and the Castlefest Camping. There will be no shuttle service between the parking lot and the camping and there are no special facilities available on our camping. Fortunately there are several campings in the area that are more suitable for people with disabilities. Check out this page for a list of these campings.

Public Transport

Shuttle busses drive back and forth between the train station at Hillegom and the parking of the festival terrain from Thursday afternoon. From the parking it’s a few hundred meters walk to the Castlefest Camping. For arrivals prior to the shuttle busses start, please plan your journey at 9292, using ‘Keukenhofdreef, Lisse’ as the point of arrival. It is a short walk from there (route by foot: continue past the roundabout and follow the road leading up to the entrance).

Camping fields lay-out

Like last year this year we haven’t made any distinction between different camping fields. Though it will be more quiet the further away you stand from the chill-out zone, there is no specific quiet zone for visitors. However there is a quiet zone for volunteers. Please take this in mind when you’re near that area.


A drinking water tap can be found near the showers. Please note that it ́s only clean water when indicated by symbols! The washing bins at the public toilets, for instance, do NOT provide clean drinking water!

Power supply

There is no electricity available on the camping site. You can charge your telephone batteries at the campgrounds for a small fee, or get a Castlefest Powerbank.

Chill-out area

At the Chill-Out Area it is possible to party on till late. Bring along your guitar and join the party, have a beer at the bar or enjoy a late-night snack.

The Chill-Out Area is located next to the festival grounds, which means it will be accessible for all festival visitors during daytime. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday it will be possible to get to the festival grounds from your tent in just a couple of minutes! Please note: between 20.00 and 21.00h (on Sunday from 17.00 and 18.00h) the Chill-Out Area will be temporarily closed. You can reach the festival grounds via the main entrance from that moment onwards. 



In the morning the breakfast service offers freshly baked sandwiches and croissants, fresh orange juice, coffee and tea. At night the breakfast service gets a metamorphose into a bar with draft beer, mead and soda. There will be delicious late-night snacks for sale as well.

Catering opening times at the camping are:

Thursday:                                                  10:00 – 03:00h
Friday, Saturday and Sunday:               07:00 – 03:00h
Monday:                                                     07:00 – 12:00h



You do not need to check out upon departing. Check this page for more information.
 You are free to stay until Monday morning, 10:00, after which the clean-up crew kicks everybody out (gently).

Campsite rules



– Guests staying at the Castlefest Festival Camping accept any limitations or discomforts that go with staying at a festival camping. Even though there will be Vana Events staff present at the camping grounds at all times, Vana Events cannot be held responsible for any damage to, theft or loss of property. Campers younger than 16 years old need to be accompanied by an adult. 

– Bought on site glass bottles and (LARP)weapons that are brought as part of your costume are not allowed at the camping. It is possible to temporarily safe-deposit these items at the camping entrance. It is NOT possible to deposit gas bottles and other camping prohibited items.
– In the cooking area, you are only allowed to use distillers that make use of disposable gas cartridges, types C206, CV300 and CV470 plus. Using other types of gas bottles, (disposable) barbecues or cooking outside the designated cooking area is strictly prohibited because of fire safety regulations.
In extreme heat, staff may avert from this rule.
– Consider your neighbours. Don’t put your tent in someone else’s and try to be as quiet as possible after 23.00h. Party tents and other bigger obstacles are at the expense of sleeping tents. Vana Events staff as allowed to order you to remove your party tent. Tent sizes should correspond to the number of people staying in the tent. In other words: no army tent for only 2 people.
– Guide dogs need to bee recognizable as such, preferable by a harness, coat or brace. In doubt staff may ask about a guide dog certificate. Guide dogs need to be walked outside the camping area. 
–  Litter is to be collected in the trash bags which are provided upon arrival. Full trash bags are disposed in the designated containers.
– The camping site is divided in different zones, each of which are designated with red-and-white cordons. Tents need to be set up at the designated spots. Fire exists situated in between these zones, need to be kept clear of any items at all times. Tents blocking any fire exists will be removed by the organisation immediately.
– It is not possible to enter the camping grounds by car. Cars, vans, bicycles and motorcycles need to be parked at own risk at the visitors parking. Sleeping in these vehicles at the parking is prohibited.

 – There are NO special facilities (parking spots or showers) for the impaired on the camping site. Due to the large distance between the visitors parking and the camping and the quality of our camping fields, we discourage people with a physical handicap to stay at our camping. 

– Prohibited at the Castlefest camping: Open and closed fire (candles, wax candles, barbecues, torches, fire-eating, free poi or other fire shows), gas bottles (with exception of types C206, CV300 plus and CV470 plus), (LARP)weapons, drugs, glass, sound systems and power generators, animals (with exception of guide dogs recognisable as such), handing out flyers, folders or any other kind of promo material  and all other objects about which Vana Events staff decides on the spot.

– The organisation reserves the right to permanently remove anyone from the camping site without reimbursement.



I want to bring the mead I brought at the festival to the campsite, but glass is not allowed?

Indeed, glass is not allowed on the campsite grounds. That is why Mead and More has a special bottle(ex)change program, where you can get your mead poured into a plastic bottle. That plastic bottle is allowed on the campsite grounds and you can still share your mead with all your drinking buddies!

Where can I put my (re-enactment/LARP) weapons?

At the entrance (to the campsite) is a special ‘weapon wardrobe’. Here you can hand over your weapon for safekeeping. Weapons are NOT allowed on the campsite. You will receive a receipt and with that you can pick your weapon up whenever you leave the campsite.