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Shambala Festival


“As close as the UK gets to Burning Man style madness”

The Guardian

Small, yet perfectly formed- Shambala Festival has blended music, art, creativity and participation into perfect, bite size chunks of brilliance for well over a decade.

Set across 4 days on the August Bank Holiday weekend, the variety and quality of entertainment on offer is staggering for a festival of its size.  With over 200 diverse musical acts across 12 live stages, world-class cabaret, stand-up comedy, inspirational talks and debates, jaw dropping circus and acrobatics, interactive theater and nationally acclaimed poetry all housed in beautifully crafted venues.

The complete line up is kept under wraps, but a few gems included in this year’s program of world class acts include; LAMB, with material from their new album “5”; Jamaican roots reggae legend JOHNNY CLARKE; the infectious party spirit of THE BOLLYWOOD BRASS BAND; the relentless energy of Shambala favourites, THE CORRESPONDENTS; RED SNAPPER, who have just dropped their first album in 11 years; the Asian infused dub-step vibes of the ENGINE EARZ EXPERIMENT; and Junglist legends CONGO NATTY feat. TENOR FLY.

On a more tranquil note, over in our acoustic venue (in the biggest yurt in Europe), we welcome one of the UK’s most innovative singer songwriters, NICK HARPER alongside a stripped down set from Bristol’s BETH ROWLEY. From further afield we welcome the American troubadour WILLY MASON and the German gypsy masters, THE 17 HIPPIES.

Stumble across late night secret hideaways curated by acclaimed arts collectives from all over the UK including; The Recursive Function Immersive Dome (RFID) with their unique 360 degree visuals and the sumptuously decadent LOST PICTURE SHOW cinema featuring live film scores and classic celluloid and the legendary COMPASS who will bring all their talent and programming skill to titillate the festival goers. Learn the art of rebellion with the REBEL SOUL tent, …

‘Utopian, underground, non-commercial word-of-mouth success’

Venue Festival Guide

Expect the unexpected in the Wilderness Woodlands, home to surreal art installations, beautiful soundscapes, live theater and huge scale AV installations through the night.  And watch out for the gorillas in the mist!

And if all that was not enough, don’t miss the legendary grand finale with the infamous Pirate Technics.  Be prepared for large scale fire shows, performance and fireworks set against a stunning backdrop of tree-lined lakes.

“The most free thinking, way out experience to be had”

Out Of Hand

“It’s reassuring to know that they are keeping the hippy spirit alive”


Spectating is not an option….

With over 200 timetabled workshops and activities there is no excuse not to get involved.  Use your own hands, dance like a diva, sing like a lark.  The legendary Shambala Fancy Dress Carnival Procession is second to none- each year the participant’s costumes are taken to new levels.  This year’s theme is “Around the world in 80 ways” brimming with adventurous and exotic potential- so get those thinking caps on and join in.

Test your handicap in our giant sized Crazy Golf Tournaments or your table tennis skills with the annual Kings of Ping Championship, or, if you think you have you got what it takes, enter The S-Factor Talent Contest.

“Anti-corporate and family-friendly jamboree”

The Times

Setting and facilities

Shambala is set on a beautiful country estate in the heart of the English countryside with stunning lakes, lush flat fields, woodlands and meadows.  Over the bridges find healers waiting to massage and pamper fun fatigued limbs, lounge around in hot tubs sipping cocktails or swim in the lake amongst giant lotus flowers.

Got a thirst on?  Then visit one of the 6 bespoke bars on site

Over 50 local ales, the best ciders and beers and sumptuous cocktails designed by our in house mixologists await your parched lips– all at reasonable prices.  Our 6 on-site bars all have their own themes including: The Calypso- a Caribbean disco-dancing hotspot, The Wonky Cock- where you can try your hand at Blingo or join in our new Debating Chamber where the free flowing liquors will lubricate your oratory skills.

You are what you eat and we pride ourselves in selecting the best food providers on the festival circuit- delicious cuisine from around the world all at reasonable prices.

“All the best bits of Glastonbury put into an intimate and beautifully considered manageable space, rolled into one manageable family friendly festival.”

A happy punter!


A Greener Festival Award Winner


Shambala has long been known as being one of the most family friendly events with a wild side.  We know what families need- we all have kids!  This year we have a dedicated quiet family camping area a stones throw from the car-parks, a toddlers tent, baby bathing, one of the biggest kids areas known to the festival world and bedtime stories with cocoa in the family yurt.

Ethics and Green

Oh! And by the way, our event is 99% powered by wind, sun and waste vegetable oil and has been judged the greenest outdoor event by Industry Green and A Greener Festival.  We are completely independent and will be till the day we die!  So, you will not see any adverts trying to sell you stuff you don’t need or want on site!

Adult Full Price £119.00* + BF
Teen (ages 15, 16 & 17yrs) £79.00 + BF
Child (ages 5 to 14yrs inclusive) £29.00 + BF
Under 5s (must be registered) FREE
Vehicle Passes
Live-In Vehicles (Converted Van / Car & Caravan only) £30.00 + BF
Car Parking Pass £20.00 + BF
Motorbike Park Pass £5.00 + BF
Coaches Tickets (Return)
Birmingham (Thursday Departure Only) £10.00 + BF
Sheffield (Thursday and Friday Departures) £12.00 + BF
London (Thursday and Friday Departures) £16.00 + BF
Bristol (Thursday and Friday Departures) £18.00 + BF
Brighton (Thursday Departure Only) £20.00 + BF

*Free Carer Tickets are available to attendees on DLA middle or higher rate allowances. Free Carer Ticket available by phone only. Please Call 0844 870 0000

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