Smugglers Festival 2021

Smugglers Festival 2021

Thursday 2nd - Sunday 5th Sept

Selected Ticket Price:

Regular price £91.80 incl. online booking fee On Pre-order

Price incl. an online booking fee - No fees when you pay cash at our records shop


Smugglers festival 2021 is on!!! 10 years since its inception. Bigger, better, bolder than ever!

Smugglers of all generations, whether 10 time veterans or fresh new faces, come help make it the best one yet.



Which ticket type do I need?

A "4 day ticket" (previously called a weekend/festival ticket) is valid Thursday to Monday morning. A festival ticket with camping is the one you need if you plan to camp.

A "Non-camping 4 day ticket" is a bargain ticket if you can plan to come every day and not stay over, perhaps you'll stay on another camping site, in a hotel, Airbnb or at home.

Day tickets don't include camping.

What ages are the tickets for?

Children under 5 are free. Children aged 5-16 need junior tickets. 17+ inclusive need adult tickets.

Can I get a refund on my ticket?

No refunds (except if the event is cancelled) however, you can resell tickets

Do I have to pay extra for camping?

If you plan to camp, you'll need a 4-day ticket. Alternatively, you can get a reduced price festival ticket that does not include camping. Camping is not included in day tickets due to limited space. 

Can I bring a campervan?

Yes! We've designated space for live-in vehicles and campervans and added facilities for you. To reserve a campervan plot (size of plots is about 5m x 6m) please buy a campervan pass. Spaces are limited.

How will I know if I have a ticket or not?

You will receive a receipt on email and then the tickets will be mailed to you.

Will tickets be available on the gate?

Day tickets will possibly be available on the gate however 4-day tickets usually sell out in advance.

I’m under 18, can I buy a ticket?

Yes, all ages are welcome, if you are under 18 you must be accompanied by an adult. You won’t be able to buy any alcohol or drink onsite but you can have as much new music as you like.

Do children under 5 need tickets?

Under 5's are free

Can I bring my dog?

Sorry, no dogs allowed



Our ethos at Smugglers is that we want to make sure nobody is excluded from the festival.

Carers go free

We offer a free carers ticket for festival goers who require one-to-one support. Please provide a supporting document when you apply for your carers ticket by contacting

Accessible Drop Off and Pick Up Points

Please note, after Drop Off the vehicle will need to be parked off site in a car park that has uneven terrain and is a distance from the site, not accessible for people with mobility needs.

The drop off and pick up points are at the site entrance, (near the accessible camping) and are only open for arrival on Thursday 2nd September and departure on Monday 5th September.

Due to the size of the site Accessible Drop Off Points are limited on other days please contact us to discuss availability.

Please let us know if you have any special access requirements and we will look at what we can do to support additional needs.

Moving around the site

Smugglers is a relatively small site, with the majority of the festival being on flat ground with some slightly uneven surfaces which are slippy when muddy. We try our best to improve the ground under these circumstances. In the woodland areas there are cleared, flat pathways which enable access to the stages. The box office and the wellbeing area can provide information and assistance. We provide accessible toilet facilities.

What time do the gates open?

You can arrive at the site any time after 17:00 on Thursday 2nd September. Music begins at 19:00.

Do I need to exchange my ticket for a wristband?

Yes you do. When you arrive you will need to present your ticket to the gate staff along with some ID, which will be exchanged for a wristband allowing you access to the site.

On site

Is there a limit on tent size?

Please bring the smallest tent you can. Our campsite is not big. Please bring reasonably sized tents to accommodate a fair amount of people i.e. a bell tent for a family is fine but not for 1 person. No porches, gardens or lounges out front of tents!

Is there free water on site?

Yes, there are 4 water points throughout the site.

Where can I find lost property?

Lost property will be taken to the Box office, which will be marked on the festival map.

And who can I contact after the festival for lost property?

Can I get cash out at the festival?

Sadly no, so make sure you bring enough to keep you going for the event.

Is there any lock up service for valuables?

No. We don’t have this facility, so please don’t tempt fate by leaving valuables on show.

Can I BBQ?

Sorry, no fires or BBQ in campsites.


Getting to Smugglers


Walmer, Deal and Shepherdswell are the closest train stations. 

Walmer/Deal and Shepherdswell train stations are near-on equidistant from the festival.  For those coming from Canterbury, Shepherdswell is only £5 and 18 minutes away. For parties of between 3-9 people travelling off-peak, discounted rail fares can be purchased using the GroupSave initiative.  Below are some taxi companies who can also assist in getting you from station to site.

From Shepherdswell

The Village Taxi - 07735 668686

Metered fare / Call out charge from Barham / 7 passengers max.

Companies listed below can collect from Shepherdswell with a call-out charge.

From Deal

Deal Cars - 01304 382345

£10 up to 4 ppl / £15 up to 8 ppl.

Castle AI - 01304 363636 -

Metered fare only / office located directly next to the train station.

From Dover

Dover Royal Taxi - 01304 202020 -

£16 up to 4ppl / £23 5-8ppl / + £2/£3 post midnight call out.

White Cliffs Taxi - 01304 202070 -

£16 up to 4ppl / £24 5-8ppl / £5 post midnight call out.


Making your way to Smugglers by bike is the perfect self sufficient

adventure.  Bring your own lock and pick a sensible place either in

the woods or family camping.

Walking micro-pilgrimage

Starting from Walmer train station is the safest and prettiest route

and you’ll find walking directions by the wonderful Will Parsons of The British

Pilgrimage Trust to guide your way.  A brisk walk of an hour, or a gentle saunter of two will allow you to take in the scenery.  


If however, driving to site is still your preferred option then it is

well worth checking out or our facebook page to grab yourself a space in a

vehicle already making the journey, or to offer up space you have in

your own. A lift sharing notice board will be available at the box office for return journeys

so be sure to share your spare seats if you have them.

Carbon off setting

Finally, we'd love to invite you to consider offsetting your carbon

emissions for the journey.  It costs surprisingly little and can

easily be done by following this link: