Festival Information

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking Policy

You can bring your own alcohol but glass is not allowed in the arena. Please drink responsibly. WOMAD does not tolerate underage drinking. Anyone under the age of 18 found with alcohol will have it confiscated and their parent/guardian contacted.

Challenge 25
If you are lucky enough to be or look under 25, you need to provide proof of age. Please bring one of the following IDs with you.

  • An in date photographic driver’s licence or provisional licence
  • A valid passport (not a photocopy). Out of date passports will NOT be accepted
  • A Proof of Age Standards Scheme Card (showing the PASS hologram)

The unlawful supply or illegal use of drugs is not condoned by WOMAD, this now includes the use of substances previously referred to as ‘legal highs’ and Nitrous Oxide (NOs). Drug enforcement laws are as applicable on site as anywhere else in the country. Security officers will be on site and will deal with drug offences in accordance with national guidelines. If you engage in the unlawful supply of drugs, it is likely that you will be arrested. Neither anti- social nor illegal behaviour will be tolerated; participants will leave themselves liable to eviction from the site.

Experimenting with drugs can lead to adverse reactions. If you do take drugs and you become ill, depressed or frightened, please ask a steward to direct you to one of the many facilities on site which can help and support you.

Smoking is illegal in enclosed public areas. We enforce a smoking ban in ALL enclosed structures. Please remember to dispose of your cigarette ends responsibly.


No animals are allowed on site with the only exception of registered guide dogs.


There are ATMs available within the arena and in the campsite market. There is a charge per withdrawal.

Please check the festival map closer to the time to find ATM locations on site.

Campsites & Parking

When you purchase a 4 or 3 day ticket, camping and parking is free and included.

We have many camping options, including Glamping.

For safety, we segregate cars and tents (apart from in the Park & Camp areas). Campsites are in walking difference of the main festival site and are well lit. Please check the festival map closer to the time to check camping and parking locations.

Sleeping in vehicles is not permitted under any circumstances apart from in the designated live-in vehicle areas. Live-In Vehicle tickets can to be purchased separately but sell quickly. Please note: generators are not permitted.

Customer Care

Customer Care is the place to head to for any help or advice when on site. It is also where you can securely lock up any items, including bikes.

Bike lock up
If you cycle to the festival you can leave your bike at Customer Care. There is a charge of £1 per item for this service. Please bring your own bike locks.

Lock it up
Any valuables you want to keep safe? The WOMAD Campers’ lockup, situated in Customer Care, can do just that. Items can be left and collected between Thursday at 8am and Monday at midday. There is a charge of £1 per item for this service.

Lost and Found
Items found on the festival site should be taken to Customer Care. If you have lost any items, please check here to see if they have been handed in.

Customer Care will be open 24 hours from Thursday 26th July at 8am until Monday 30th July 2018 at midday.

Guardians & Parents

Children (aged 13 and under) must be accompanied by a parent/ guardian. One ticket holding parent/guardian can only accompany up to four people under the age for 18.

There is no charge for children aged 13 and under, however they must hold a valid ticket to enter the festival.

Teenagers (aged 14 – 17) must be accompanied by a parent/ guardian of 22 years and over. One ticket holding parent/guardian can only accompany up to four people under the age for 18.

Litter & Recycling

Please help us to keep this beautiful site clean and tidy by recycling as much waste as possible. There are plenty of recycling points around the site and you will be given recycling sacks when you arrive at the campsite. If you require extra sacks, visit Customer Care.

Please make sure you dispose of your cigarette ends in one of the many litterbins across the site.

Glass can be brought into the campsites but not into the arena. Please dispose of any glass items responsibly in the bins provided.

Lost & Found Property

Lost and found property can be reported at or handed in to Customer Care over the festival. If you have lost any items over the festival, please email lostproperty@womad.org. 

Reviews of WOMAD 2017

MCR Live
the most experimental event I’ve ever come across… Cultures and genres of all kinds came together in one big pool to create a squishy, malleable, wonderful experience for all. Everyone was knee-deep in the same cultural mixtures, and everyone loved it. …upon my departure of the site…as bags on legs made their way past me I heard pure delight. ‘The best WOMAD in years!’ was just one exclamation of many”.

“WOMAD is the cool aunt of festivals. It’s chilled, deceptively chilled in fact, because it’s actually so easy to get into the groove. This is a festival where everyone is free to be themselves, and to enjoy things that they’ve never seen or even heard of.

The Guardian, Robin Denselow, 4 Stars
“..A knock-out celebration of global sounds

I, Bernadette McNulty, 4 Stars
Music from this world and far out galaxies”

There was as much cutting-edge electronica on the bill as traditional music, with the most exciting acts borrowing from both.”

“One of the reasons for the Wiltshire festival’s success is how effortless it makes the experience of moving around site, with few of the queues or endless yomps to get from one stage to another and none of the corporate branding or terrible food and drink that mar so many others.”

The Arts Desk, Tim Cummings
“Womad is embedded into British festival culture, flying the flags of a musical multiculturalism that is about breaking down barriers and building new relationships. It’s not something you want to lose”

“While WOMAD is in part a jubilant, ebullient escapism into a big borderless world via its music, it is also a socio-political movement, its thriving existence here and worldwide a testament to an embracing liberalism that is under siege.”

“It’s the sound of a world without borders”


For everything from travel information, event updates, exclusive interviews with the artists, behind the scenes gossip, reviews and more, tune into Radio WOMAD throughout the Festival.

Frequency for 2018 to be confirmed, please keep checking the website and our social media for updates.

Tickets FAQ

We hope we can answer questions about tickets using the information below. If you would like to find out more, please email info@womad.org.

We regret that WOMAD does not offer refunds on tickets. You can sell tickets on if you cannot use them. For ticket enquiries please contact us here. 

How will tickets be sent to me?
Tickets will not be posted but emailed to you when you have purchased them through womad.co.uk. They will be attached to your email. You will need to either print out your tickets or download them to a mobile device to present at the gates when you arrive on site.

Is parking and camping included in the price of my ticket?
Yes. Your ticket for the weekend includes parking your vehicle (unless you are taking a camper van) and camping area. You can bring your own camping facilities or you can book a Camp WOMAD tent to have pitched for when you arrive. For more information on this, please see our Camp WOMAD page here. 

Can I buy a Thursday or Friday day ticket?
No. Tickets available to buy are:
4 day – Thursday to Sunday
3 day – Friday to Sunday

How do I purchase a disabled ticket and apply for a carer’s ticket?
Select a disabled ticket from the main tickets menu and proceed with the sale, then please complete the disabled form, stating details of the carer and documentation of disability.
If you wish to apply for a carer’s place or disabled camping, please complete the form.

Is it possible to add a children’s or teenage ticket to my order?
Yes. Children aged 13 or under go for free, but will still need a ticket.

Teenage tickets are available to 14-17 year olds. These ticket holders must be accompanied by a ticket holding parent or guardian aged 22 years or over.* One ticket holding parent/guardian can only accompany up to four people under the age of 18.

*You will be required to register all teenagers when you purchase the tickets, providing the names of the teenagers you are bringing. You will also require proof of age identification on site. Teenagers will not be admitted without their parent or guardian.

I’ve booked a pre-pitched tent in Camp WOMAD, can I add camping accessories to my order?
Yes. You can purchase deluxe foam mattresses, sleeping bags and pillows from our ticketing page. Simply scroll down to find the individual items and enter the amounts you require, then proceed to payment using the green button at the very bottom of the page. These purchases will be emailed to you, same as the tickets. All camping and tents will be pre-pitched before you arrive. Please follow signs to Camp WOMAD where staff will take you to your assigned tent on site.


More information to come soon. Please keep checking this page and our social media for updates on water for 2018.