St Albans Meraki Festival 2018 countdown: are you festival ready?


Camping - Credit: Archant

Meraki Festival is nearly upon us - but are you camping ready?

If the answer is yes, well done! If the answer is no, never fear, because we’ve got a handy camping dos and don’ts list to kick start your preparations.


- There will be regularly cleaned and serviced toilets and free drinking water around the site.

- Washing points and warm showers are provided - but be warned there is a limited number and there may be a queue.

- Refreshments will be available around the venue, including a wide variety of cuisines, drinks, and breakfast meals on offer.

- Coffee vendors will be operating in a quiet social area, to offer a haven for anyone wanting to get away from the hustle and bustle of festival-life.

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- A general store will be open for business, with mundane necessities like toothpaste, water, milk and treats on sale.

- Although the festival is contactless, there will be cash machines dotted around for some quick dough.

- The 21st Century is a digital world - phone charging points will be available at the Meraki Merchandise Stall.

- Hopefully no-one will need it, but there will be first aid and welfare support on hand for whenever a problem arises.

Extra activities to enjoy:

- Morning yoga

- Festival-ready face painting

- Baby bath time and bubbles

- Children’s bedtime stories

- For keen-beans with early-camper tickets, there will be a warm-up gig on Thursday night at 7pm, with spirits tasting.

Nitty-gritty details:

- Meraki is held at Hertfordshire County Show Ground on Dunstable Road, AL3 7PT. It is about 300m from M1 junction 9.

- The festival site is open 10am to 1am each day.

- Parking is available in the field next to the campsite, but remember your parking ticket! Buy one at However, the campsite is a little walk away from the car park, about 15 minutes.

- Campers should be off-site by 12pm on Monday August 13, taking all their rubbish and recycling home.

Don’t forget:

- Suncream

- Charging cables

- Swimming costumes and towels

- Water bottles

- Meraki Festival cups

Not to be a party-pooper, but every festival has some rules. Here are Meraki’s:

- No glass anywhere on the site

- Only 1L of alcohol in six cans per camper is allowed into the campsite, but none can be brought into the festival area.

- No barbecues

- Unless it is an emergency, Meraki ask that no-one leaves and re-enters the site between 11pm and 10am.

Meraki Festival takes place from August 10 to 12. For more information, visit