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Equip: food and accommodation


There are two ace options for accommodation at Equip – under canvas or in the castle! Either way, Castlewellan Forest Park has incredible facilities for us to use, so find our more and take your pick.

Equip: food and accommodation


Camping (£99 earlybird)

Looking forward to having the peak festival experience at Equip, sleeping under the stars and admiring God’s creation? Camping is for you! With space for over 200 people to camp, borrow a tent and get ready for lots of fun!

Divided into regions so that you can camp, hang out and share meals with those from CUs you know, we’ll make camping as easy as possible for you. There’ll be good toilets, showers, washing sink facilities and electricity beside the site, so that you don’t have to depend on portable loos or have too wild a camping experience! We’ll also have two rooms to chillout in, particularly if the weather is wet, as well as the cafe and coffee shop two minutes’ walk away.

The Castle (£199 earlybird)

Dislike camping? Never fear, the Castle is near! Come to Equip and sleep indoors with full catered accommodation. You’ll have no cooking or cleaning to worry about: just wake up overlooking a beautiful lake each morning, ready to start the day! This Indoor catered option includes bed and bathroom facilities, as well as breakfast, lunch and dinner in a large dining room. Share a room with friends from CU or enjoy making new friends in comfort!



If you’ll be staying indoors, you just need to let us know what medical requirements or intolerances you have when you book. Please help us serve the Castle team well, and do not put down things on your form that are just preferences – medical conditions only.

If you’re camping there are three or four options to make your life easier!  


  1. Talk with your CU committee about sharing meals together as a CU
  2. Talk with your regional Staff Worker who may have plans for a central shared cooking and chillout gazebo for your region on the campsite!
  3. Near to the campsite is a small cafe that serves hot and cold food, as well as drinks at reasonable prices. There is also a coffee shop beside the cafe in the courtyard near the car park.
  4. Castlewellan Town is well equipped with several chippys/chippers, a Chinese take–away, two pizzerias, a Spar, a fresh food centre, two daytime cafes and several nicer restaurants. To get to a larger shop like Tesco or Lidl is a 7km drive into Newcastle.


The programme allows plenty of time for you to cook together, or to walk into Castlewellan.

Our bookstall and cafe near the main marquee will take card payments, but the nearest ATM in in Castlewellan. It would be advisable to bring cash for on–site purchases.

Book your place now and start planning the best week of the summer!