Edinburgh Festival Camping
Our campsite is a unique experience where our friendly, sociable and relaxing campsite meets the incredible Edinburgh Festivals - the world's largest performing arts festival in the world. The Edinburgh Festivals are made up of 6 different festivals, all running throughout the month of August including the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the Edinburgh International Festival, the International Book Festival, the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, the Edinburgh Art Festival and the MELA, which celebrates the cultural diversity of Scotland. The Edinburgh Festivals attract over 4 million people and the Fringe alone ran over 50,000 performances of theatre, comedy, dance, music, opera, circus, burlesque, children's shows and more.
We ask you to volunteer your time to complete a variety of tasks for your place at Edinburgh Festival Camping - that's your free stay in either your own tent or one of ours, free breakfast, free WiFi and access to all of our facilities (with exclusive volunteer facilities too!) AND most importantly, an incredible opportunity to meet new friends, contribute to the running of our campsite and be a part of an unique experience.
Every year we are joined by approximately 80 volunteers who join our campsite team over the 5 weeks of our operation, some for the minimum stay of 10 days - others for the whole month. These people are often travellers, teachers, students, gap year families or retirees who typically come from about 25 countries around the world. We love hosting and getting to know each person, as well as building the friendly community that our campsite is known for.
If you're looking for somewhere to call home, to make lifelong friendships and be a part of a project where we work hard and have fun, this is for you!
Be a part of our campsite family
Meet amazing people from around the world
4 hours per day
Free Edinburgh accommodation – bring your own tent or Motorhome / Campervan
Free tent accommodation with airbed and sleeping bag to those who can’t bring their own
Weekly “Volunteer Social Night” – the whole team enjoys an evening meal together
Access to all of our facilities, including hot showers, free WiFi, free tea and coffee, cooking facilities including pots and pans, and loads more...
25 minutes by public transport from Edinburgh city centre and the world's LARGEST performing arts festival!
We also try our best to make environmentally responsible decisions for our company! We always aim to reduce our carbon footprint by carbon offsetting against our emissions, reducing paper use in our office, and when we're on site, our whole team are expected to use reusable cups, plates and bowls at meal times. We encourage our customers to do the same and when they can't, we provide compostable cups and plates. Separate recycling, food waste (compost) and general waste bins are found all around our campsite.
My name is Sarah, I joined Campingninja as a volunteer back in 2016 and absolutely loved the experience I had at Edinburgh Festival Camping. With my colleagues Geoff and Rhian, we work all year to create this great campsite and experience for our customers and volunteers. The campsite is open for the duration of the Edinburgh Festivals every August.
At the campsite, we are joined by 10 other management staff members who we've met over the years (most began as volunteers!) - we are really more like a family. We are friendly and welcoming, hard working and relaxed. We love to have a laugh and we appreciate each other. We all have travelled extensively which is why we love being able to share this experience with other travellers. We love learning about each person, making new friends and we're proud to say we've hosted over 230 volunteers over the past 5 years since Edinburgh Festival Camping began.