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A Festival for Self-Builders & Van Lovers

Whether you’re a full time vanlifer or a self-builder, if you love campervans or are into all things tiny living; this is the festival for you. Camp Quirky is an opportunity to meet new friends who share your passions. There are workshops and talks aplenty, music to fill your ears and beautiful craft stalls for you to peruse. And of course lots and lots of campervans.

You don’t need a campervan to attend! We welcome tents, caravan, motorhomes, bicycles, hammocks or just turn up on foot if you like!

Double tipi at Camp Quirky

Dates: 10th to 13th May 2019

Location: Northamptonshire

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The UK’s only handmade campervan festival. Featuring vanlife talks, practical workshops, expert contributions, special guests, music, food, drink and LOADS of quirky vans to look round.

This year Camp Quirky is going diesel free! (don’t worry, we just mean power for the festival, we’re not excluding diesel vans). In 2019 we will be running a low impact festival. We will be powering all of the site electrics (stage, bar, lighting etc.) purely from solar energy generated on site. As well as workshops in all things campervan related, we will also be hosting workshops on sustainable living and ways of reducing our impact on the environment in these delicate times.

If there’s any info you can’t find on this page, check out Everything You Need to Know About Camp Quirky 2019.

Campervans open up their doors for people to look round

What can I expect from Camp Quirky 2019?

We will be growing the festival in 2019 but are working hard to maintain the same friendly and intimate feel. If you come along you can expect to meet lots of friendly people who are as excited as you about campervans. We encourage people to open up their campers (if they are so inclined) so you can expect to nose round dozens (if not hundreds) of other campers and welcome many people into yours if you have one. Don’t be surprised if someone offers you a cup of tea (or if you’re lucky a G&T!) In addition:

  • Dozens of the Quirky Campers fleet will be on site with their doors open for you to have a nose and ask questions
  • Workshops and talks on everything from insulation to interior design, resourceful living to renewable energy
  • Stalls full of useful and beautiful items for your handmade campervan conversion from storage pouches to woodburning stoves
  • Top quality live music and entertainment
  • Childrens area with lots of activities
  • The best food stalls and bars – there will be Vegan and Gluten free options available
  • A Q&A with the Quirky Campers Directors

Confirmed Special Guests

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Live music at Camp Quirky festival

Music

A practical workshop on carpentry for campervan conversions

Workshops: Van Conversion & Living

So far confirmed:

  • Planning your van conversion
  • Electrics for campervans
  • GasSafe: All you need to know
  • Full time van living
  • The facts about van insulation
  • Campervan interior design
  • Mechanics: The basics & how to keep your van tip top
  • Woodburner installation 
  • Campervan carpentry: templates and fitting to curved surfaces
  • How to earn a living on the move 
  • Campervan cooking demos
A green woodworking workshop

Creative and Sustainability Workshops

  • Stone carving
  • Tile painting
  • Ceramics
  • Felting
  • Leaf printing/tote bag printing
  • Jewellery making
  • Live painting
  • Macrame making
  • Festival bunting from pre-loved, up-cycled & found materials
  • Stained glass
  • Circus skills
  • Solar power
  • Make your own balms
  • Grow your own food
Florence and the Morgans were one of the vanlife special guests at camp Quirky 2018

Can you show me what it's like?

That’s easy! We are hugely grateful to all the attendees and special guests who have put together some fantastic vlogs which give you an idea of what it’s really like to attend Camp Quirky. Here are some of our favourites from 2018:

Enjoy!

Lots of campervans in a field with event flags

Where did the idea for a handmade campervan festival come from?

We didn’t originally intend for Camp Quirky to be a handmade campervan festival. It started out as simply an opportunity for Quirky Campers vans and owners to come together. To swap stories, share tips and learn from each other. However, it has quickly outgrown this modest aim… When the limited number of tickets available to the public for this year’s event sold out in a week(!) we realised this event is much bigger than us… There was such a hunger from a range of self-builders, professional converters and vanlife bloggers for an event aimed at people like them. Many people had tried out the VW festivals or the motorhome shows, but just didn’t get what they were looking for. Camp Quirky provided them with real self-built inspiration. A range of sizes and types of van, every layout you could imagine, technical tips and style ideas.We want to be able to welcome lots more of you, for the whole weekend, and in your own campervans if you have them. Don’t worry if you haven’t you are more than welcome to attend in a caravan, tent, or rock up on a bicycle and sleep in a hammock! Or of course you could hire a Quirky Campers campervan for the weekend.

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Something to offer?

Most of our slots are now filled, but it you can offer a workshop, talk, performance or stall we don’t yet have covered then we would love to hear from you. We are also looking for a handful more volunteers.

General contact address – campquirky@quirkycampers.co.uk

For volunteering opportunities please email – volunteers@quirkycampers.co.uk