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More than 90,000 music lovers are expected to attend the three-day music festival at Reading. It’s where the world’s best bands will bring the stage down with their electric performances.
One of the most common questions many travellers ask during this time is ‘How much money should I take on holiday to Reading Festival?’.
Unless you set a budget and plan things, it is easy to spend more than expected and find yourself cash-strapped. While there are several cash points on the festival site and nearby, here are some tips to help you stay on budget.
So, if you are ready to head to the August Bank holiday festival, you will need to consider a few important things – What will you pack? Where will you camp? How much money will you take? How will you spend?
Packing is the key when you want to cut the cost of attending the music festival. While you can buy everything on site, it’s much cheaper if you buy them beforehand.
Here is a checklist of things you may need to pack:
This year, the standard cost of going to the Reading festival is more than £400 (which is higher than last year). Let us break it down to see how much money you should take if you wish to want to spend luxuriously or stick to a tight budget.
The standard tickets will cost you £250.75 (including booking fees and delivery), unless you choose to volunteer at the festival for a free pass.
If you are traveling with a group of friends, you can order multiple tickets together and split down the £7.75 delivery charge.
Once you are there, you will spend £50 on transport get to the festival site from London and another £50 to get a parking ticket.
If you are traveling with your friend, it comes to about £50 each. You can buy lockers for £20 to keep your cash and valuables.
A hearty breakfast with enough snacks and a crate of beer for the entire day will cost you about £30. There are several food and drinks onsite where you can get a hot dog for £7 or a filling curry meal for £15. Buying a pint from the onsite bars will cost you £5 so if you buy only two each day, that amounts to £10.
So, expect to spend anywhere between £60 and £80 on food per day. You can bring down that cost by carrying as many allowed food items with you. For example, water bottles are not allowed on site but you can bring beer, soda, and wine.
Any music festival is incomplete unless you pick a band or festival T-shirt. A good quality t-shirt will from an official stall cost you about £20.
You are likely to spend about £150- £200 for the things mentioned above (excluding the event ticket). With the ticket, a Reading festival trip will cost you about £500. We include some extra just in case. There are several cash points in and around the festival site, so you don’t need to worry if you run out of cash.
An important tip – Keep cash in different pockets and never leave it unattended. Also, hide cash and valuables beneath your sleeping bag at night.
If you have the money to splash, you can indulge in the various attractions and activities such as:
You may also choose to go glamping instead of camping to enjoy a more comfortable stay in one of the pods, yurts, and pre-erected tents. If you are traveling with your partner, you may choose to stay offsite at a decent hotel that offers comfortable beds, private bathroom with shower, separate parking, hair dryers, spa treatment, private bar and so on.
To indulge in luxuries, you will need to carry about £2,000 (including a classic tent accommodation for two people); and about £6,000 to include a lavish accommodation for two people.
• Avoid buying merchandise or souvenir t-shirts
• Bring most of your food and drinks on site
• Volunteer at the festival to get a free pass
Whether to plan to enjoy a luxurious trip or stick to a tight budget, we hope this information helps you decide ‘How much money you should take on holiday to Reading Festival’.