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.

    Food & Drink

    We do our best to keep the quality high and prices sensible of all our food and drink traders so please do your best to support them and bring less consumables onto the site. Its all helps make a more sustainable and environmentally-friendly festival.
    We have a choice of four excellent and good value street food traders in The Courtyard and the Forest Den Café – where you can sit at a table (in the indoors) and enjoy a range of breakfast, lunch and refreshments.

    Cloudspotting would not be complete without Honest Crust Pizza. Now back for their 7th year at Gisburn Forest with their award winning wood-fired sourdough pizzas, hand-stretched and cooked to order in 90 secs, what’s not to love?

    Luke and the Green Canteen is back with his delicious vegetarian and vegan treats. His Bhaji Burger is a regular sell-out, so make sure you don’t miss it this year.

    But if meat flicks your switch, we have enough to light-up your taste-buds. Spicy Jack Deli are back with their Mexican menu including nachos and burritos, BBQ pulled pork, spicy chicken and chilli mexx all topped with salsa, cheese and sour cream. They also offer the tastiest of Punjabi street eats for extra spice.
    New for 2019, Preston based We Don’t Give A Fork boast they are “all bull and no s***”. With minimum road miles, locally reared, rare breed and pasture fed beef from a single local source they offer a simple but creative menu that allows you to choose your burger, cheese, sauce and bread to suit you. Whether you’re a carnivore, herbivore or an allergyvore they cater for all including our darling little Forkers.

    Angela and her team offer a friendly welcome at the Gisburn Forest Hub Café. On site and open for hot drinks, breakfasts and lite-bites throughout the day. Home to locally prepared fresh cakes, handmade sandwiches and delicious ice-cream, you can also buy camping supplies such as milk, eggs and other essentials. Bike hire is also available here.

    The Bitter Suite
    Your festival local, The Bitter Suite, located in the festival heart (courtyard) with an East Lancashire Beer/Cider/Gin Festival, featuring a selection from award winning local breweries all within easy distance to our festival site. Our hosts James and Katy have recently been awarded Camra Blackburn with Darwen Pub of the Year for their excellent ‘Drummers Arms’ venue, so come in and sample their award-winning hospitality and pulling skills. During the day and into the night, our Cloudspotting DJ’s will play a selection of fine chilled tunes to accompany your favourite sip – please check line-up boards daily for full details.