Since 2005, fantasy lovers of all kinds have been gathering in the gardens of Castle Keukenhof in Lisse, the Netherlands. Every year in early August, some 40,000 visitors enter the fantasy world of Castlefest, a three-day medieval and fantasy festival with an extra opening concert on the Thursday prior to the festival.
Activities at Castlefest
Castlefest is a complete experience with music, fantasy writers, themed catering, medieval crafts and a huge market with everything the heart of a fantasy lover could desire! On the different festival stages, there is all kinds of music to discover, from Pagan Folk to World Music, Medieval and Indie rock!
All visitors are invited to dress up medieval, to participate in workshops like felting and also to taste neo-pagan wicca and old Celtic rituals. There will also be various other acts such as fire eaters and the opportunity for live roleplaying. Children can have fun at the children’s battle, get their faces painted and go to the knight school where they will be turned into knights.
These four stages you can discover at Castlefest
Forest Stage – biggest of the stages, for the main acts and opening concert
Village Stage – the second largest stage, for medium to large acts
Folk Stage – small stage, for starting bands
Meadow Stage – small stage, for starting bands
The annual highlight of the festival is the Wicker Ritual, which celebrates the Celtic harvest festival Lughnasadh. This feast is dedicated to the sun that was worshipped by the Celts as the god Lugh. A large willow doll filled with offerings is burned. All the visitors, stallholders, caterers and the entire organisation live up to the moment when the Wickerman is lit. The energy released at that moment is a special experience not to be missed.
Camping Castlefest is located right next to the festival grounds. The best way to spend the night without worries is in a FestiTent. Stroll without excessive luggage to the campsite and check in at our FestiTent reception to jump straight into your fairy tale.
We place your ready-made tent in advance so you don’t have to drag and mess with tent poles and canvas. The FestiTent reception is open 24/24 and you can check in whenever you want. The FestiTent is yours during the whole period.
Our FestiTent village is open to all campers, so your friends who might not have a FestiTent are always free to visit you.
The campsite will be open from Thursday 4 August around 10am until Monday 8 August 10am.
All FestiTent guests can use the camping facilities such as: hot showers, fresh toilets some food & drinks and access to the Party Area as part of Meadow Fields.
Book your FestiTent now and enjoy Castlefest 2022 Easy & Relaxed!
After your booking you will receive an email as payment confirmation. Our Guest Support will check and confirm your booking. You will then receive an email with your FestiTent voucher. This voucher only gives you access to your FestiTent, not to the festival or the campsite. The entrance ticket to the campsite must be purchased separately in the ticket shop of the festival.
Is your spam filter stronger than our vouchers? No problem, you can download your voucher straight from the FestiTent Guest Center.
A few days before you travel to the festival, you will receive an email from us with additional information about the location and check-in.
After entering the campsite, proceed to the FestiTent reception. Our hosts will be waiting for you and guide you to your FestiTent. You can check in by handing in your voucher. If you have lost your voucher (your dog ate it, your printer ran out of ink just when you tried to print it or your phone ran out of power) we will find your name in our check-in system. No worries! During the check-in we will check if your FestiTent is damage free and fill in a check-in form together.
Come over to the FestiTent reception when you want to check out. We will check together if your FestiTent was not damaged during the weekend. If everything is ok, your deposit will be refunded the day after. From then it’s out of our hands. Depending on your payment method it can take several weeks before you will see it appear on your account.
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