We are really looking forward to inviting you on site at Waterperry for the first Oxford Storytelling Festival.  This is the technical boring bit, but I hope that with sharing this info with you will make your time at the festival more relaxing and fun.

General Info

Arriving on site: The site will open at 3pm on Friday until 2pm on Monday.  Day ticket holders may have access from 8am on Saturday and 9am on Sunday.  The Festival entertainment will finish on Sunday night, but if you have a weekend ticket, you are welcome to stay until Monday.  Breakfast and coffee will be available. 

Parking: Parking is free.  Please only park in the designated area.  We are keeping the camping field car-free to create a child-friendly zone.

Wristbands:  Please wear your wristband at all times, and a garden sticker for access to the gardens (available from the office or garden shop for £5)  All children under 12 require their responsible adults phone number written on their wristbands.

Recycling: There will be black bins around the site.  Green for food scraps.  Please use these for all refuse. We are using Bucks Recycling Ltd who will recycle as much waste as possible.

Food: We have a lovely selection of Vegan & Vegetarian food on site. We have decided to be mainly vegetarian as we feel that it’s the biggest thing we can do to support the future of the planet.  Lalitas will be serving Vegan Indian Street food and The Lindworm Bar/Cafe will be serving alcohol/tea/coffee and a selection of delicious food for breakfast, lunch and supper. All our plates and cutlery are compostable.  If you would like an alternative, you can find sandwiches and hot food at the Waterperry Gardens Cafe. If you show your wristband, you will receive 20% discount.

Waterperry Farm Shop: If you fancy cooking your own breakfast, the farm shop on site can provide hampers for pre-order.  Full English Breakfast hamper £25, Vegetarian Hamper £18 and Cereal Hamper £15. Please visit the farm shop for other yummy things too! Pre-order on the Waterperry Farm Shop website.  It’s important to note that only raised camping cookers allowed on the campsite.  NO FIRES/BAR-B-Q’s.

Glamping: Glamping can be arranged by visiting the Wyld Experiences website here.  Oxford Storytelling Festival guests get 5% discount using the promo code Wyld5.

Drink:  Our Lindworm bar will serve Local Beer, Prosecco, Wine, Pimms and Soft Drinks to over 18’s only.  Under 25’s will be carded. No alcohol is to be brought onto the festival site.

Toilets: We have compost toilets near the entrance to the festival, Toilets at the end of the Waterperry Gardens Cafe and two toilets in the Artists Hall.  Extra toilets can be found in the Waterperry Gardens Car Park. Please take care to leave the toilets as you would like to find them. It is important with compost toilets to be aware to keep the solid and liquid nutrients separate.

Lost Property:  Please hand into the Festival Office (front left room in the house).

First Aid:  If you need First Aid please alert a steward or come to the Festival Office (front left room in the house)  In an emergency, please call 999.

Waterperry Gardens: Access to Waterperry Gardens is available for £3 when purchasing a weekend ticket to the festival (through eventbrite until 23rd August).  Access is available for £5 for the weekend if purchased during the festival. Usual Adult price is £7.95/day. Please wear your gardens sticker to enter the gardens.  

20% discount extends to the Waterperry Gardens Cafe, Garden Centre and Gift Shop - just show your wristband (excluding already discounted items).

There is NO ACCESS to the gardens before they open at 10am and after the gardens close at 5.30pm.  

All children must be supervised by an adult at all times.

No Dogs on site - Except Guide dogs.

No Glass on Festival site or camp site.

No Alcohol to be brought onto site.

Accessible parking can be found near the Box Office.  Don’t forget your festival clothes, the more imaginative the better!!!


Our camping field is beautiful and flat.  We hope you enjoy the flatness :-)

The large square field in front of the parking area is available for camping.  Please do not camp amongst the Apple Trees. This is for Wyld Experience Glamping only.

We need to keep an emergency access through the campsite, so please do not camp in the marked out ‘lanes’.  

Having had a really hot summer, it is really important that there are NO FIRES/BAR-B-Q’s anywhere on the estate. Camping stoves are allowed if placed off the ground on a stable surface.

There are two water sources in the camping field, compost toilets, a sink and a fire extinguisher/blankets.

For £5 you can purchase a Sky from Wyld Experiences (glamping area) or for £6 you can access the showers in the Coach House between 11am and 2pm.  Tokens can be collected from the Festival Office (front left room in the house.)

There will be no access to the festival area between midnight and 7am.  The Lindworm and the coffee bar will open up for breakfast at 7.30am each day.

You leave valuables in your tent at your own risk.  Please only bring valuables if you are willing to carry them around.  Oxford Storytelling Festival cannot take responsibility for anything lost or stolen.

Enjoy your stay and we hope you are transported by the magic of Storytelling…


Finding Waterperry

Waterperry House and Gardens
Nr Wheatley, Oxfordshire, OX33 1LQ





Oxford Storytelling Festival, Waterperry House,  Waterperry OXFORD OX33 1LA

By Car
Waterperry is located 7.5 miles from Oxford city centre; 50 miles from London and 62 miles from Birmingham. From the east take  M40 junction 8 and from the north junction 8a. We are 2.5 miles from the A40: turn off at Wheatley and follow brown signposts with the Tourist Board ‘rose’ symbol. If using Satnav to find us, we recommend entering postcode OX33 1LA which will bring you to Waterperry. Drive to the end of the village through the entrance to Waterperry and the Festival.

From Oxford: Follow directions for A40 East – London. On the A40 take the third exit, 2 miles after passing the Thornhill Park and Ride, signposted for Wheatley and Waterperry Gardens follow the brown signs.

From Birmingham – M40 South – Follow the M40 Brown Signs, exit Junction 8a for Oxford Services follow directions towards the services then at the second roundabout take the exit signposted Oxford A40, after 0.5 miles turn right again towards Wheatley and Waterperry, follow the brown signs. Do not join A40.

From London – M40 North – Follow the M40 Brown Signs, exit Junction 8 for A40 Oxford then take first exit approx 1/2 mile Wheatley and Waterperry, turn immediately left on leaving A40 , follow the brown signs to Waterperry.

By Public Transport: From Oxford City Centre take the Arriva Bus 280 (Timetable Here) to the 'Waterstock Turn' from which there is a 20 minute walk through the country.

From London: Oxford Tube Coach or X90 runs from London to Thornhill Park and Ride, where you can order a taxi or take the 280 (Timetable Here)

Taxi: 001 Taxis 01865240000 have 8 seater mini busses so if you would like to lift share at a particular time, leave a message on Facebook.  Sharing an 8 seater with 8 people brings the cost down to £2.50 each (from Thornhill Park and Ride).