Information for the weekend

Base Camp Festival 2017 will be open between 2 pm Thursday 7th September and 5 pm Sunday 10th September 2017. Entry to the site will only be allowed with a valid Festival Ticket. No tickets will be sold on the door. 


3hrs to London & Bristol / 90mins to Birmingham, Manchester & Leeds / 45mins to Sheffield / 60mins to Nottingham / 2hrs to Liverpool

Base Camp Festival will be held at Sabine Hay, just outside Darley Dale in the Peak District.


Sabine Hay, Off Oldfield Lane, Darley Dale, Derbyshire DE4 2LN

Warning! If you are driving here then the postcode above will only get you close to the site, make sure to check out the maps above for a more accurate location. 


If you are looking to share a lift to the Festival you can join this Facebook group and arrange with others Base Camp Festival Liftshares. We cannot vouch for those you liftshare with, so please take sensible precautions when sharing transport


No parking will be permitted on site without a pre-ordered car park ticket which you can buy here

We will do our best to provide parking on the festival fields but if the weather is wet then it will be on the surrounding roads. The furthest you will have to carry stuff is about 500m. There will be marshals to help you park in the right place. Cars with unusually low suspension are not a great choice for parking in fields. 


No campervan can park on site without a pre-ordered Camper Van Ticket which you can buy here. Due to fire regulations you will be parked in a field designated for vehicles. You will have to be completely self sufficient for the weekend as there are no electric/waste or water hook-ups. 

Base Camp reserves the right to prohibit vehicles on site if the weather causes the ground to become unsuitable for traffic. Base Camp cannot guarantee to have vehicles or equipment on site capable of towing stranded camper vans.


It is worth checking out the Traveline East Midlands website which provides an easy and thorough travel planner combining buses, trains and walking with additional timetable information and maps.

Trains: Matlock Station is the nearest mainline station, approximately 3.5 miles from Sabine Hay. There are hourly trains to Matlock Station from Nottingham, via Derby, connecting with mainline trains from other areas of the country. These trains run along the scenic Derwent Valley Line and the lovely chaps at East Midland Trains even provide an information guide to the line. Approximate taxi fare from Matlock Station to Sabine Hay is £10

For added fun, the nearest train station is Darley Dale Station, approximately 1.5 miles from Sabine Hay, from which Peak Rail operate a steam train to and from Matlock Station on Saturdays and Sundays.

Buses: There are several local bus routes from Darley Dale providing connections to mainline train stations, see Traveline East Midlands for further details. Darley Dale also lies on the route of the TransPeak bus route operated by High Peak between Derby and Manchester.

There is also a local bus that goes to Darley Bridge -

Walking: If your chosen public transport drops you off in Darley Dale, it is a fairly gentle 1.5 mile roadside walk to Sabine Hay.

Cycling: We don’t have any specific bike-store facilities, but if you’d like to come by pedal power then we will be more than happy to find you somewhere to store your bike safely, though it might be best if you let us know in advance.


  • Tent, sleeping bag and sleeping mat - or bivvy or hammock 
  • Towel, toiletries, medication
  • Torch, water bottle, sunscreen
  • Folding chair/roll mat to sit on
  • Snacks for the Saturday and Sunday
  • Cash for the bar (no cards) and for some really special discounts on some lovely outdoor kit only available at the Festival
  • Cash for any extra adventure activities you may want to book (no cards)
  • Outdoor clothing suitable for the weather including waterproofs and hiking boots
  • Your Explorers Connect T-shirt
  • A sense of adventure


  • We'd prefer to keep glass to a minimum onsite. Please don't bring glass if you can bring an alternative.
  • Please do not bring alcohol onsite. The bar is reasonably priced, offers a good selection and is open all weekend
  • Sorry but no dogs or other animals/pets are allowed on site


We have a tree lined camping area contained by beautiful Derbyshire woodland. On site facilities include toilets, a washing up area and water points. No vehicles are allowed on the camping fields at any time. No pets and no fires, however we'll keep a huge fire burning near the bar so you can always hang out there.


There will be a well stocked real ale/cider bar with a good selection of teasingly tasty beers, wines and spirits. The bar is priced like a pub, not a festival, so it is good value and we ask that no other alcohol be consumed in the bar or main marquee area. 

Sample menu (to be taken as a guide only) We make sure that the food at Base Camp is not only delicious but also good value, forget 'festival priced' food, this is priced to be great value. 

Dinner - £4.50 per person

Paella live cooked and served with rustic bread and mixed leaf salad £5.00 per person
Chicken and chorizo paella
Seafood medley paella
Vegetarian paella

Spaghetti bolognese
Chicken al a king
Chilli con carne
Chicken curry

Saturday Dinner - Free!
Hog-roast or vegan spicy bean burgers
With a selection of salads and new potatoes


Bacon baps £2.50
Sausage baps £2.50
Egg Baps £2.00
Veggie sausages £2.00
Croissants £1.00
Fresh Fruit £1.00

Gourmet Porridge £2.50 (100% vegan)


Derbyshire Beef burgers £3.50
Pork Sausage £3.00
Cajun chicken £3.00
Pulled pork £3.00
Veggie burgers £2.50
Spicy bean burgers £2.50

Packed lunch including sandwich, crisps, fruit & cake £5 

Super healthy lunch couscous / rice pots (100% vegan & gluten free option) £3.80


Base Camp Festival is not just for the weekend, its for life! Numerous adventures were hatched at last year's festival, we want you to share those adventures and help inspire others. There will be a noticeboard available for you to add your own adventure achievements in the form of a photo/poster/anything you can stick on a noticeboard (within reason please). Don't be shy, whether it was your first camping trip, learning an outdoor skill, climbing Kilimanjaro or going to the North Pole, we want to hear about it and so will the rest of the Base Camp Festival community. Whether your adventure was big or small, all your inspiration is welcome (and we hope that plans for 2017 will be made during the weekend too!)


Base Camp Festival supports the charity The Youth Adventure Trust (YAT) which enables vulnerable and disadvantaged young people to achieve their potential through access to the outdoor environment. Many of your will already know how much of an impact outdoor adventure can have on somebody. The positive effects of challenging yourself, learning to trust others and work as part of a team are immeasurable.  The young people YAT work with are otherwise unlikely to ever have those opportunities. We will be fundraising for the YAT during the weekend and we want your help - please get in touch if you can donate your time or a prize


When you need to, please use the toilets. The surrounding fields and woods are for the birds and squirrels, not you.
Please use the litter bins and recycling points provided.
Smoking is not permitted in enclosed public spaces or buildings. However, you can puff away in designated smoking areas.
To protect your own safety and that of other guests, please act responsibly at all times.
Warning: excessive exposure to loud music may cause damage to your hearing.
Warning: We can't promise that everything won't seem too mundane after this.

Photography courtesy of Iain Harper