faq

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the campsite? Our campsite is situated at Townsend Farm, in the village of Whelford. It is a 20 minute walk from the campsite to the entrance of the show.
When is the campsite open? Townsend Farm is a working farm apart from the week running up to and including Fairford Airshow itself. See the booking page for dates. We do not run any DIY camping at any other time of the year at Townsend Farm as we do not have any infrastructure apart from lush meadows and water troughs for the cattle! We clear the fields a couple of weeks beforehand and bring in electricty, water, showers and toilets specifically for the open period during RIAT. This is also why we don't have facilities in every field. If you are looking for electric hooks ups and full facilities within a few metres of your pitch then this is probably not the best campsite for you. We do however work as hard as possible to ensure you have a great stay during RIAT in a lovely location with a relaxed atmosphere and unprecedented views of aircraft on final approaches to the runway.
Do you take caravans and motorhomes? Our campsite is open to all vehicles, but please bear in mind that for the rest of the year, as higlighted above, it is a working farm. If bowling green type pitches and concrete roads are more your thing, this is not the campsite for you.
Can I drive in and out during the show? The police set up a one way system for part of the show weekend and this can make it difficult to drive in and out of the site. However, we do not restrict vehicle movements unless wet weather forces us to do so. If it is wet and you think you will need to drive in and out during the show, please let us know when you arrive and we can make sure we find you a suitable pitch or parking space.
Can I bring pets and children? Yes! Both are very welcome. We have designated quiet fields designed for families. All we ask is that dogs are kept on a lead, and that you clear up and dispose of any mess.
Can I park next to my tent? In most years, yes. If the weather is extremely wet, then you will need to park in a designated area and then walk to your pitch. We recommend bringing a trolley if you like to camp in one of the more far flung fields of the site.
Can I pitch my tent next to my friends? Yes, you can! As long as the first to arrive bags enough space for your tents/carvans etc. You will be able to camp with your family and friends groups.
Can I bring a gazebo? Yes, you can.
What time can I arrive at the campsite & when do I need to check out? Reception will be open from 6am each day. You are welcome to leave your tent up during the day you are planning to leave. We will be checking pitches each evening. If you would like to extend your stay beyond your original booking you will be welcome to pay cash on the day, suject to availability.
What do I need to bring with me to check in? Please bring your booking reference/reservation number with you - either a print out or displayed on your phone/device. We will use this to look up your booking to check you in.
Do I have to pre-book or can I turn up and pay on the day? Subject to availability, we will take bookings on the gate but we cannot guarantee space without prior booking. Book online to avoid disappointment.
What food and drink is there? We will be running a BBQ from Thursday to Sunday, cooking quality food and often featuring specials made from our home reared meat. Jenners Barn will be open and offering a Bar from Thursday to Sunday.
Is there any electric hook up? Sadly not, but we provide a device charging service at the shop.
What is Pop Up Glamping & how do I book? In partnership with Brook Bell Tents we are delighted to be able to offer fully managed glamping in a dedicated field just two minutes' walk from the air field. Taking the hassle out of camping, you will stay in a ready set up bell tent and benefit from a host of extra facilities. Find out more and book at RIAT Camping.
How do you take payment? We take several payment methods: Visa We accept payment using Visa Mastercard We accept payment using MasterCard Maestro We accept payment using Maestro JCB We accept payment using JCB
Is payment secure? Yes. Our website encrypts all communication between you and us (you should see a green padlock or similar by the URL in your browser). Additionally, we outsource payment to WorldPay who are an international company specialising in taking payments securely. Your credit card details do not come to us / our website and are not stored by us.
Do you store data about me? Yes, we store the data we need to allow us to take your booking and provide a service to you, in accordance with GDPR 6(1)(b). Data is held by us, and by Planyo, the company we use to administer your booking. All information is held securely.