Festival Info

Cloudspotting Ethos

Cloudspotting is a welcoming and inclusive festival and community for people from all walks of life and of all ages. We champion diversity, encourage dialogue and celebrate cross-cultural across many arts forms. As an audience member, you are a star of the festival, you have an active role in creating an enjoyable and accepting environment for the people around you. Making a positive impression on someone you don’t know might provide a lasting memory for a fellow attendee.

The safety of our audience is paramount and because negative vibes are so very rare at Cloudspotting, we ask that if anyone witnesses anything they regard as unacceptable behavior, that you take immediate action and report it to the nearest steward or Festival staff member, you won’t need to go far to find a fluorescent jacket! We have never had one ejection from Cloudspotting in 8 years, but we want to keep things that way.

Cloudspotting has a zero-tolerance policy for harassment or discrimination of any kind, including but not limited to race, colour, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, religion, and disability status.

Offensive behavior includes, but is not limited to:

  • Acts of violence
  • Verbal abuse
  • Racial or ethnic slurs
  • Groping, sexual assault, or unwanted sexual remarks
  • Unwelcome attention of physical contact
  • Stalking
  • Threatening language
  • Camping, Live-in Vehicles & Parking

    Camping under the dark skies of Gisburn Forest is a privilege in itself. It is only granted on VERY special occasions. This year’s early festival means that camping is scaled back a little, but we can still offer two distinctly beautiful locations.

    The Highlands take in a elevated position, a vista flanked by a glorious summer meadow on one side and the tall pines of the forest on the other.
    Highlight of this spot is the sensational view, the only relative disadvantage to the ‘Lowlands’ is that it’s a slightly longer walk to the Car Park, but in this location, nothing is far when compared with your larger festivals. We also have wheelbarrows to help you carry your kit from car to camp.

    If you are the proverbial lazy camper, who likes to pretty much empty the boot of your car into your camping plot, then the Lowlands are for you. This camping ground is in close proximity to the Box Office, and even closer to the car park and the hallowed, permanent toilet block, which has flushing toilets and hot running water. It is also a little closer to the Baby Grand Stage and a morning cappuccino in the Forest Den Café. Camping bliss.

    We have a limited amount of ‘Glamping’ courtesy of our loveable rogues Dave and Craig from the Kurfew Klub. A limited number of 4m and 5m bell tents are available (£180 and £240 respectively). All come with ground sheet, flooring, and blow up mattresses as required (you need to provide own bedding). We have also just added 1 mini Yurt (£260 for a family of 4) and 1 Dave and Craig will keep a check on our glampers throughout the weekend, and make sure all is fine and dandy.

    We have space for a limited number of Live-In Vehicles. Tickets for your Live-In Vehicles must be purchased in advance of the Festival and they are only valid with weekend camping tickets. The Live-In Vehicle is classed as the vehicle you are using to sleep in for the weekend (IE: Motorhome or Caravan). A second vehicle (for example a car that pulls a caravan, will be requested to park on the Car Park and a separate Car Parking pass will be required for this vehicle.

    If you are coming by car, you need to buy a car park pass along with your festival tickets. Money raised from the sale of car park passes will be donated to the Forestry Commission to support continued forest creation and development. A car park pass covers the duration of the festival. If you are booking weekend or multiple day tickets, you only need one parking pass per car.

    Cloudspotting is an inclusive festival and we want to make the time you spend with us as memorable and comfortable as possible. As Festival sites go, the Gisburn Forest Hub is well serviced and generally enjoys good access. Even with inclement weather, the small footprint of the festival site means that it rarely gets too muddy, with facilities available on hard-standing areas and lift access in the indoor buildings.

    If you have any concerns whatsoever or specific questions you need answering as you plan for your weekend, don’t hesitate to get in touch. Cloudspotting works with professional access specialists and will be able to help you with any specific requests.

    We operate a free personal assistant ticket scheme. You are automatically eligible for this scheme if you can supply one of the following:
    • Front page of DLA / PIP (no specific rate required)
    • Front page of Attendance Allowance letter (no specific rate required)
    • Evidence that registered severely sight impaired (blind)
    • Recognised Assistance Dog ID card

    If you would like to take advantage of the free personal assistant ticket scheme, you can email us on spottingclouds@gmail.com and we will organize one of our team to call you and pass on our Access Requirements Form.