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Torchlight Festival of camping

Walesby Forest, Nottinghamshire 19th – 22nd August 2022


Walesby Forest, Nottinghamshire 19th – 22nd August 2022

This event is exclusively for Club members. If you're not already a member, you can join here.

3 nights festival camping pass, entertainment and up to 4 children go free.

From £199

We are now SOLD OUT for 2022. However, if you are still interested in attending, please contact our Customer Services team as pitches may become available at the last minute.

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Frequently asked questions

What happens if Torchlight Festival is cancelled due to Covid-19, or if I can no longer attend due to restrictions?
Tickets will be refunded in full if the event is cancelled due to local or national Government restrictions relating to Covid-19.

Tickets will be refunded minus the £25.00 admin charge or transferred to Torchlight Festival of Camping 2023 if you and/or your party cannot attend due to local or national Government restrictions, including self-isolation.
Last Modified: 23 Feb 2022
How do I cancel my Torchlight Festival Booking?
Cancellations for the Torchlight Festival made before 19th July 2022 will be refunded minus an admin charge of £25.00 per booking. Cancellations made after 19th July 2022 cannot be refunded.
Last Modified: 23 Feb 2022
What are the payment methods for Torchlight Festival?
Whether you book online or by phone, we accept Visa or MasterCard debit and credit cards.
Last Modified: 23 Feb 2022
How do I book a pitch for Torchlight Festival?

You can book online or by calling our Service Centre for individual pitches. Please be aware that full payment will be required at the time of booking.

For groups of over 8 units that want to camp together please complete the Torchlight Festival of Camping booking form.

Last Modified: 23 Feb 2022
I don’t want to stay for the duration of Torchlight Festival, can I just book for 2 days?
Unfortunately, no. This is a standalone event with a fixed fee. Guests must pay for the full duration of the event regardless of how many nights you stay on site.
Last Modified: 23 Feb 2022
Is the Torchlight Festival site wheelchair-friendly?
Yes there is a single-track road around the central area, but it is mainly a grass, wooded, rural site and the ground is uneven. We do have a Blue Badge camping area, but availability is limited, please book early to guarantee an accessible pitch.
Last Modified: 23 Feb 2022
Are dogs allowed at Torchlight Festival?

We welcome well behaved pets on site and hope they enjoy their stay as much as you do, but in the interest of safety and comfort we ask that pets are kept on a lead of no more than 2m when outside.

Walesby Forest is known to have Ticks, which can put your dog at risk for Lyme disease, take precautions to avoid the heather and wooded areas.

With the exception of assistance dogs, pets are not allowed in the toilet blocks or marquees.

For everybody's comfort on site, pet owners are respectfully asked to ensure any mess is cleaned up and noise is kept to a minimum.

Last Modified: 05 Aug 2022
Can I have a barbecue (BBQ) at Torchlight Festival?

We want to keep everyone safe, so the only fire or fire pit on site should be the one organised by the Walesby Forest Team at the campfire stage. There is a charcoal barbecue ban on site because of how dry the site is, causing an increased fire risk. Gas barbecues are permitted, please ensure they are raised off the ground sufficiently to prevent damage.

Last Modified: 05 Aug 2022
Is there a Motorhome Service point available at Torchlight Festival?
No. There will be elsen points available only.
Last Modified: 23 Feb 2022
Can I use my own generator at Torchlight Festival?
No – generators can disturb other campers and we prefer you not to use them.
Last Modified: 23 Feb 2022
Are there any shower and toilet blocks at Torchlight Festival?

There will be limited toilet and shower facilities primarily for campers that do not have their own sanitation, such as tent campers and campervans.

If you have your own sanitation we encourage you to use it.

Last Modified: 23 Feb 2022
Is waste disposal available at Torchlight Festival?
We provide full waste disposal facilities for your black, grey and dry waste.
Last Modified: 23 Feb 2022
Are there any hardstanding pitches at Torchlight Festival?
Not on this occasion, grass pitches only are available.
Last Modified: 23 Feb 2022
How big are the pitches at Torchlight Festival?
All pitches are 10m x 10m grass – large enough to accommodate one main camping unit, i.e. a tent, trailer tent, caravan, campervan or motorhome, plus a car and an awning or pup-tent.
Last Modified: 23 Feb 2022
Can I choose where to pitch (e.g. next to my friend) at Torchlight Festival?

Pitches are allocated on arrival, if you want to camp with a friends you must arrive together.

Groups of over 8 units can book and camp together using the Torchlight festival of Camping booking form. Group bookings must all have the same pitch type, i.e., all with electric or all without.

Last Modified: 23 Feb 2022
What if I arrive late for Torchlight Festival?

We request that you arrive before 11pm as there is no vehicle movement permitted on site after this time.

Arrivals after 8.30pm may be allocated a temporary pitch if for health and safety reasons it’s not appropriate to access the main campsite.

Last Modified: 23 Feb 2022
When do I have to leave Torchlight Festival?
Monday 22nd August by 12pm.
Last Modified: 23 Feb 2022
What time can I arrive for Torchlight Festival?

Friday 19th August from 10am

When you arrive, please display any vehicle hangers and stickers sent to you to ensure we can pitch you as quickly as possible. If you haven’t received any paperwork by the time you need to arrive on site, then please pull into the Walesby Forest visitor car park where you will be checked in and issued with the relevant passes.

Last Modified: 05 Aug 2022
When will I get my tickets for Torchlight Festival?
Event tickets and paperwork will be with you by 22nd July, please contact us if your tickets do not arrive by this date.

Anyone booking after the 5th August will be required to collect their tickets at the entrance gate of the event.

Last Modified: 27 May 2022
Where is Walesby Forest?

Located in the heart of Sherwood Forest, Walesby Forest is easily accessed by the A614.

Address: Walesby Forest, Brake Road, Walesby, Newark, NG22 9NG

The access route for the event will be provided in your event paperwork.

Ticks and Lyme disease

Walesby Forest is known to have Ticks, we recommend you bring insect repellent.

The Walesby Forest Activity Pass

From its very inception, The Club has promoted a healthy, active lifestyle. Torchlight visitors will be able to purchase an activity pass, giving them the chance to enjoy a huge range of fun activities in the forest, including archery, climbing, bushcraft and ziplining.

A pass can be purchase on site for £17.50 per person per day. This gives you unlimited access to all the activities.

Last Modified: 12 Jan 2022
Is there electric hook-up available at Torchlight Festival?

Yes, electric hook-up can be booked for the duration of your stay for £39.99.

It is recommended you bring an additional hook-up lead to extend a standard 25 metre electric cable.

Last Modified: 23 Feb 2022
How many people can camp on one pitch at Torchlight Festival?
A maximum of 8 people are permitted on a single pitch, with no more than 6 adults on a pitch.
Last Modified: 23 Feb 2022
How much is a camping and entertainment ticket for Torchlight Festival?
A family 3-night ticket is only £199, which covers two adults and up to 4 children on a pitch and access to the on-site entertainment for the duration of the festival.

Single adult 3-night ticket is £149, additional adult is £50.01.

Weekend Ticket Prices – Friday 19 August to Monday 22 August 2022:

- Family Weekend Pitch and entertainment (2 adults + 4 children) = £199
- Family Weekend Pitch and entertainment (1 adults + 4 children) = £149
- Adult weekend pitch and entertainment (1 adult) = £149
- Additional Child (age 6 - 17) = £15
- Additional Children Under 6 = £0
- Additional adult (18+) = £50.01
- Electric Hook-up =£39.99

Thursday night camping is also available for a small fee for those that would like to arrive early.

Thursday Prices - 18 August 2022:

- Family Weekend Pitch and entertainment (2 adults + 4 children) = £25.60
- Family Weekend Pitch and entertainment (1 adults + 4 children) = £12.80
- Adult weekend pitch and entertainment (1 adult) = £12.80
- Additional Child (age 6 - 17) = £6.40
- Additional Children Under 6 = £0
- Additional adult (18+) = £12.80
Last Modified: 23 Feb 2022
What can I expect at Torchlight Festival of Camping?

Torchlight will give everyone at Walesby the opportunity to enjoy the full festival experience, all included in a three-night camping and entertainment ticket:

The show
The main music stage will be headlined by established festival performers, such as Squeeze, Gabrielle and Craig Charles, as well as a host of crowd-pleasing tribute acts. Torchlight will also entertain and delight with a separate outdoor event arena, vintage funfair, family tipi, trade area and a calming wellness sanctuary in a hidden glade.

The light

At the spiritual heart of Torchlight and unique to the event, will be a magical light trail through the forest, celebrating the history of the club and the significance of its local groups and associations. It will wind its way through the trees, to an illuminated vintage camping display. And just as in 1921, attendees will be encouraged to decorate their own units with lights, making their own personal contribution to a wonderfully memorable weekend.

The fire

The campfire has always been a symbol of togetherness. At Torchlight, it will be a genuine focal point, hosting singsongs for all and creating a captivating and convivial meeting place for adults to share their tales of the day after dark.

The feast

Torchlight will be a foodie haven, with a world of flavours on offer from independent street food vendors in the catering village. A fully covered Festival Pub and a Quiet Bar will provide further options for families and friends to enjoy their time together.

Last Modified: 03 Feb 2022
What is the Torchlight Festival of Camping?

In 1921 the Club launched the National Feast of Lanterns, the members end of season camping festival. As an event organised by member for members, its founding figures had a clear vision of what this promising new event should be. Plans were set for an uplifting celebration of the camping season and the chance to share memories and experiences of the great outdoors – the one place they all loved to be.

Every member was invited and asked to bring their voices and their instruments. Each was encouraged to decorate their tent with brightly coloured, handmade lanterns. The collective effect was spectacular and a new tradition had begun.

Now, a hundred years later, it is time for a new generation to carry the torch. And for The Club to take the opportunity to reinvigorate this special festival. To breathe new life into its line up and inspire more members to make memories of their own. 

As with its earliest staging, and keeping the Club’s values at its heart, all who attend should feel wanted and welcome. From die-hard DA member to wide-eyed young explorer, this new event will offer everyone the chance to meet, camp, eat, dance and play in an enchanting woodland setting. 

All members are invited to join us at Walesby Forest on 19th August 2022 to celebrate the centenary of the original NFOL and the launch of the future Torchlight Festival of Camping. This celebration will include a live music stage, forest light trail, festival food, outdoor activities and convivial campfire.

Torchlight will have a family festival vibe and we encourage you to keep the NFOL tradition alive by illuminating and decorating you camping unit for all to enjoy.

Last Modified: 03 Feb 2022
Interested in trading, performing or sponsoring Torchlight Festival of Camping?
If you would like to find out how to get involved with the event please email
Last Modified: 03 Feb 2022
How will I pay for items on site?
All vendors are set up to take card payments but this does rely on network coverage (which can be limited) so they will also be taking cash.
Last Modified: 05 Aug 2022
Will there be WiFi?
There is no WiFi available across the site. We are in the middle of a forest so 4G coverage is limited. The venue has informed us that EE is one of the better networks for the site but there isn’t full site coverage.
Last Modified: 05 Aug 2022
What if I have forgotten some essentials?

There is an onsite shop where you can buy some essentials, and there are supermarkets in nearby New Ollerton that you can also go to:

Tesco Superstore, NG22 9PL


There is no cash machine on site, but there are cash machines at these supermarkets.

Last Modified: 05 Aug 2022
What activities are on offer with the activity pass?
There will be archery, bushcraft, laser tag, assault course, outdoor climbing, indoor climbing, ziplining, tomahawks, air rifles and watersports. So don’t forget your swimming costume! You can purchase your pass on site.
Last Modified: 05 Aug 2022