Volunteering and Contributing to the Festival

Buddhafield Festival 2016 |

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What are you up to next July? Do you want to be part of something rewarding and watch your efforts bloom into the enjoyment of thousands of people? Have you been to Buddhafield Festival before and want to get involved? Are you keen to spend time outdoors and have a hand in creating one of Britain’s greenest, most intimate and much celebrated festivals?

I love the sacred atmosphere and people only off their heads on yoga and dharma talks!

We will be looking to put together a set of effective teams, working in a spirit of friendship to put in place everything necessary to make the Buddhafield Festival happen.

Volunteering at a festie is often a wonderful way to enjoy it: for many people it’s the main pleasure in going to them at all. Many people come to Buddhafield in particular for the team spirit.

Alcohol, Drugs and Contributing

All Buddhafield events are drug and alcohol free. We believe this is one of the things that makes the atmosphere at our Festival special. A great many people come to Buddhafield because that’s our stated aim. It’s a value we actively want to promote.

This applies to the crew at least as much as ticket holders: crew (many of whom are on site for several weeks during set-up) strongly set the tone of the event.

People tell us that they didn't know they could enjoy a festie without their drug of choice, so if this would be a new way of experiencing a festie, then why not give it a try! Whatever your views on drugs, though, please bear in mind that if you choose to work with us, then we expect this value to be respected.

This applies to “legal highs” as well as illegal drugs and we reserve the right to ask you to leave if you can’t respect this.

Join a Team

You’re signing up to be part of a team. That’s an important part of the way our festival operates so please sign up for something you can participate in fully.

There’s no overall Buddhafield volunteer coordinator so if you know someone who wants to volunteer at the Festival, the best way for them to make contact with us is to start here, on this webpage.

Below are two lists of the areas within which we’re looking for volunteers and contributors.


Infrastructure Teams

  • Specific Skills
    • Plumbers
      Plumbers with experience of working in a festival environment and to BS 8551. If you are interested please contact us via the Site Crew page.
    • Electricians
      Electricians with current NICEIC certification to test and sign off temporary electrical supplies at 240v. If you are interested please contact us via the Site Crew page.
    • Gas Fitters
      Gas Fitters with Gas Safe certification to test and certify LPG commercial systems. If you are interested please contact us via the Site Crew page.
    • Environmental Health Inspectors
      Environmental Health Inspectors with current or recent experience in enforcement in catering. If you are interested please contact us via the Site Crew page.
  • Buddhafield Café
    We’ll be opening up recruitment for Café teams very soon.
  • Padma Pancakes venue and Café
    We’ll be opening up recruitment for Padma Pancakes very soon.
  • Recycling Team
    Find out what they do and volunteer through the Recycling Team page.
  • Site Crew
    Find out what they do and volunteer through the Site Crew page.
  • Site Decor
    Find out what they do and volunteer through the Decor Crew page.
  • Steward Crew
    Recruitment is not yet open, but you can find out what they do on the Steward Crew page.
  • Take-Down Crew
    We’ll be opening up recruitment for the Take-Down Crew very soon.
  • Toilet Wizards
    Find out what they do and volunteer through the Toilet Wizards page.
  • Contributors

    • Bands
      We’re sorry, but the Bands Co-ordinator is inundated with applications from musicians.
    • Healing Garden
      Applications for places in the Healing Garden are accepted from 1 April onwards: the contact link for the Healers Co-ordinator will display here on that date.
    • Yoga
      All the places on our yoga teaching team are taken.
    • Stalls and traders
      We’ll be taking applications from traders very soon.
    • Workshops
      Please fill in the proposal form on Workshop Leaders page.