Taking place in a secret location each year, this independent party weekend has won awards for its green efforts, family focus and all round fun times.
It’s not often we’d recommend taking your kids to a festival, but Shambhala is actively for families just as much as ravers, with kids getting their own fields of activities, workshops, play areas and crèches and even overnight camping adventures.
Refreshingly uncorporate, Shambala has an impressive word-of-mouth reputation for its cool, hippy chic. It's got plenty of art installations, cabaret, theatre, poetry, debates and forums, all laid out in stunning woodland (which plays host to amazing AV performances, art and all manner of weirdness). There’s a big emphasis on dressing up and creating a fun environment – you're equally likely to find a police van turned into a mobile rave unit as a 1920s supper club.
The festival doesn’t announce the entire line up, preferring to keep it a surprise, but the real attraction here is the triumph of imagination.
Don’t miss Shambala Springs, complete with hot tubs, saunas and a Moroccan lounge – perfect for bringing you back to life.
How do I get there?
Shambala Festival is held on a beautiful country estate in Northamptonshire. The exact directions are given when you purchase a ticket and can be found in the text of the E-Ticket.
Shambala Express Coaches: Return coaches are available from Bristol, Brighton, London, Birmingham, Manchester and Sheffield. You can also start your festival as soon as you board, with on-board entertainment including Shambala movies and big prize bingo. Prices range from £14-25 return, and are subsidised by the festival to keep prices affordable and as part of their green travel commitment.
You can add coach tickets to your e-Ticket at any point (until sold out), but the earlier the better. When boarding the coach you simply need your e-Ticket code and your name. Do not give your Shambala Password (created by you when purchasing tickets) to the coach stewards. This is only for use at the end of the fest, on site at the entry gate.
Departures available on Thursday 27th August for all routes listed:
Bristol: Leaving from outside the back of @Bristol (Anchor Rd, Harbourside)
London: Leaving from Pancras Road close to the big glass front of St. Pancras International
Sheffield: Leaving from Pond Street (the road between the bus station and the back of Ponds Forge)
Birmingham: Leaving from Heath Mill Lane adjacent to the Custard Factory (Digbeth)
Brighton: Leaving from Old Stein, Brighton (opposite Royal Albion Hotel)
Manchester: Leaving from the corner of Chester Street (off Oxford St) and Lower Ormond Street
All coaches pick up at 9.00am for a 10.00am departure.
All return coaches leave the site on Monday 31st of August. It is your responsibility to make the prompt departure times listed. No alternative travel arrangements, nor refunds, will be available.
Bristol: 9am meet and load for 10am departure.
London & Brighton: 10am meet and load for 11am departure.
Manchester & Sheffield: 11am meet and load for 12 noon departure.
Birmingham: 12 noon meet and load for 12.45pm departure.
All return legs drop off at the original departure points only.
By train: They provide bio-fuelled London Routemaster shuttle buses from and to the local train station (Market Harborough) on a hourly basis. It costs £3 each way to help cover costs.
From Market Harborough train station to festival site:
Thursday 27th: Midday – 9pm
Friday 28th: 11am – 9pm
Saturday 29th: 2pm – 5pm
From festival site to train station:
Sunday 30th: 2pm – 5pm
Monday 31st: 8am – 1pm (Site closes Monday midday)
Early bird adult: £129.00
Teen (15-17): £89.00
Child (5-14): £39.00
Under 5s: FREE!
When can I get them?
Tickets on sale now
Where can I get them?
Tickets are available via the website.