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TICKET UPDATE: SATURDAY SOLD OUT!

Hopefully everyone has their tickets now, as the Saturday tickets are completely sold out!
As stated last week, the cash desks at the entrance are closed on Saturday. It will still be possible to buy a day ticket at Friday or Sunday at the cash desks.
 
See you all soon!
 

Smoking ban at Castlefest

As we have already announced, we are in constant consultation with the fire department and municipality about the ongoing drought. 
By means of visible and invisible measures, we ensure that existing risks are limited so that we can keep Castlefest a wonderful and safe event for each and everyone.

Therefore, in consultation with the fire department and municipality, we have decided that a smoking ban is in force during Castlefest. This means you are not allowed to smoke at Castlefest, except in designated areas.

Check out our festival map for these designated areas.
Let’s keep nature safe and clean together.

TICKET UPDATE: CAMPING TICKETS SOLD OUT!

The Castlefanatic tickets including camping are sold out.

Luckily, there are still Castlefanatic tickets available, so don’t hesitate! For alternative accommodations, see the options listed here.

PLEASE NOTE: Saturday tickets are really close to sold out. Do you wish to attend Castlefest on Saturday, make sure to buy your tickets today.

Mead at Castlefest

As always Mead and More and De Delftse Mederij will be selling the best mead at Castlefest. Of course there is nothing better than taking a delicious bottle (or more) of their delicious honey wine home with you.

As of this year you can only pay with festival coins or pin at both Mead and More and the Delft Mederij. Fortunately there are always enough coin machines nearby.

At Castlefest you can also have your newly purchased bottle decanted in a plastic bottle for a small fee at the Mead and more decanting service, so that you can enjoy it at the festival itself (and the campsite) since glass is not allowed on the terrain.

You can find De Delftse Mederij on the Castle Grounds and Mead and more on the Castle Grounds and on the Meadow Fields (next to the Party Area) Cheers!

TICKET UPDATE

The last Saturday day tickets are selling like hot cakes right now, we only have a few of the Saturday tickets left. Therefore Saturday tickets will only be available in our online ticket shop, our ticket offices will stay closed that day. The Castlefanatic Camping tickets are close to sold out and will be gone within the coming days.
 
Do you wish to visit the Camping or the Castlefest Saturday? Buy your tickets online now.

Camping baggage shuttle

It’s really sunny and hot weather these days. Not the ideal circumstances to carry your baggage all the way from the parking to the camping, right? We think so too!

For this reason we offer a baggage shuttle. Are you staying at the camping? Have your baggage transported to the camping. This way you can enjoy a more relaxed walk to the camping without carrying all your stuff.

Opening hours:

Thursday August 2nd from 10.00 till 18.00h (collecting baggage till 18.30h)
Monday August 6th from 9.00 tot 13.00h (collecting baggage till 13.30h)

Costs:

€2,- per person for a one way shuttle, max. 4 items per person.
PLEASE NOTE: Only exact change is possible.

Procedure:

Hand in your baggage at the collection point at the visitors parking, pay the shuttle fee of €2,- and receive your personal collecting number. Upon arrival at the camping you can collect your baggage with your personal number. 

TICKET UPDATE: Saturday & Castlefanatic Camping close to sold out!

With less than two weeks left, ticket sales are going fast: the Castlefest Saturday and Castlefanatic Camping tickets are getting close to sold out! In case of sold out tickets it’s not possible anymore to buy those tickets at the festival entrance. Don’t want to miss out? Buy your tickets as soon as possible.

Want to photograph at Castlefest?

Want to photograph at Castlefest by using your camera with detachable lenses ? Apply for a photo pass! The deadline for applying is tomorrow (Sunday July 22nd).

Castlefest: drought in the Netherlands

Due to the ongoing sunny weather it is very hot and dry in the Netherlands. This drought affects nature and therefore also regulations regarding fire.
 
Nature is a great good for Castlefest and something we don’t want to take for granted, as well as the safety of our visitors. Therefore it has been decided that open fire like bonfires, torches, candles and the like are not allowed at Castlefest this year.
 
Wicker Ritual:
Fire is a essential part of the Wicker Ritual, an important element of Castlefest itself. Together with emergency services and the municipality we are working on how to proceed with the Ritual in the safest way possible.

LARP Village

A traveling LARP caravan has found a spot on Castlefest to attract new blood for their special adventures. This remarkable crew of wondrous characters creates a lot of commotion and spectable wherever they go. Take it up against the strongest caravan guards in the arena, learn to create powerful potions with the alchemists, let your future be predicted by mysterious fortune tellers, go on an adventure for the merchant or enjoy a lovely drink in the tavern to quench the thirst.

This year the LARP Village is about the LARP caravan and completely adapted to show you how awesome the LARP hobby is for people of all ages. LARP is a Real Life Game, where contestants, all dressed up, venture into an magical adventure world where everything is possible. 

Throughout the Netherlands LARP events are organised. Mostly in forests, but every now and then it takes place in a castle or stronghold. The magical play world is mostly medieval with various hints of fantasy. Several LARP crews are present to introduce themselves to you next to a lovely bonfire in the LARP Village. 

 
 

Q&A: Robin Hobb

During this Q&A Robin Hobb will take the time to answer your questions. Do you want to know where she gets her inspiration from, how certain characters come into existence, or perhaps you’d just like to know if she owns any pets? Drop by, ask your questions or just sit back, relax and listen :-)

This Q&A takes place on Friday at 16.30h

Greenthingz

Greenthingz

13 years of Castlefest and 12 years of Greenthingz attendance!

The garbage goblins from Greenthingz are welcome guests at Castlefest. Where they picked up litter twelve years ago, nowadays they pick up little bits and pieces. It’s therefore that they are into barter business now. Bartering will take place around the barter cart, where they will trade you all things they have found and traded in the past years. Mind you: money has no value here, only barter.

Brisinga

The two girls forming the psychedelic folk band Brisinga combine folk music with modern influences, such as minimal music and pop.

Their unique compositions tell stories of nature, love and myths, expressed on various folkloristic, partly ancient instruments such as recorder, hurdy gurdy and harp. Their style crosses borders between raw, archaic chants and fine folk tunes.

Since the release of their debut album ‘Visa Nornir’ in 2017, Brisinga has developed a versatile sound with a touch of chamber music, which aims to address a broad range of listeners.

On Castlefest 2018, they will be supported again by Sandra Schmitt (Storm Seeker) on cello, nyckelharpa, drum and vocals.

Brisinga plays on Sunday at Castlefest

Floortje Zwigtman

Floortje Zwigtman (1974) published her debut novel Spelregels in 2001 and the sensational Wolfsroedel a year later. She used her passion for 19th century London in the trilogy Een groene bloem, for which she did a few years of research. Zwigtman received many prized for her books, including the Gouden Uil and the Gouden Zoen. Her long awaited book Vlam appeared in 2014, the first part of a trilogy about young adults growing up during a dictatorship.

‘There is no other Dutch author who writes so honestly and transparently for the young as Floortje Zwigtman. (…) She tells the whole story. It leads to truly piercing young adult literature.’
Trouw about Een groene bloem trilogy

Floortje Zwigtman will be present on Friday

Ambachts Ghylde

Always wanted to know how to cook medieval dishes on an open fire? Or how to use a spindle to make yarn out of raw fleece from sheep? Or do you want to felt your own woollen bracelet, or braid a mouse from straw? The Ambachts Ghylde can show and teach you all of this and even more!

You can always find something to do in our camp. Whether you want to be creative yourself or you just want to look how a craftsman makes his own creations. Besides that you can also visit us to try, or buy our handmade items. Like tasting sweet honey from our own bees, or buying shiny jewellery made from straw, or have a look at our magical items from the woods and our freaky hats and scarves made from wool. All handmade by our craftsmen. Or just sit down and relax with one of our medieval board games.