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Get a unique look behind the scenes of a large festival

Volunteers are the heart and soul of Fantasy Forest. They create the entire experience and without them, the festival would simply not exist.

It is a magical experience you'll never forget, where you'll make new friends, sometimes for life, and add a great work experience to your resume. All while you are being well taken care off.

There is a dedicated area reserved for the crew on the event terrain where you can pitch your tent. In the evening this is where we start a campfire and relax, share a laugh and have a drink at night. During the day, you can find your temporary home; the crew tent. You can walk in 24/7 to grab a drink, something to eat or simply rest. Throughout the day, breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served by our own crew catering, free of charge for all our volunteers! If you work during the weekend your team-leader will make sure you have enough free time in your schedule to enjoy the festival.

The minimum age requirement is 18 and there is no maximum. There are many positions available. Some are physically demanding; some require people skills while other positions have no specific requirements.

If you have any questions or require more information, do not hesitate to contact jantien@fantasyforest.co.uk.

Do you have what it takes to become a 'Purple Shirt'? Go ahead and sign up with the form at the bottom.

We highly suggest to fill out the form on a desktop

Construction Crew

Monday 8AM – Friday 10PM (before the festival)

The build team prepares the terrain for the visitors and guests. The team starts one week before the event.

The build team will put down the track mats, place the fences and the crowd barriers, distribute the tables and benches, assist the contractors when needed and perform any other task necessary to transform the event site into a festival site. This is a physically demanding position and is less suitable for people that are not physically fit.

During the weekend you can enjoy the festival. But you are also welcome to sign up for another team during those days if you like to keep busy.

Decoration Crew

Monday 8AM – Friday 10PM (before the festival)

The decorating team turn the castle ground into a magical realm.

The decoration crew will place all decorations, such as banners, decorative lighting, blackboards and much more. While plenty of decorations are pre-made and prepared, you'll also need to prepare and paint some during the construction week. A creative mind is expected.

During the weekend you can enjoy the festival. But you are also welcome to sign up for another team during those days if you like to keep busy.

Camping Crew

Friday 1PM – Monday 1PM

As a member of the camping crew you are responsible for the visitor campsite. You will help direct the visitors to their location and assist them with any questions they have. You will help keep the campsite and campsite facilities clean. In the evening you take care of setting up and controlling the official campfire(s) on the campsite.

When the guests arrive you check their tickets, give them their wristbands, explain the campsite rules and help them get settled in. You will also make sure only people with a camping wristband access the campsite. During the weekend the Campsite tent will act as the registration point for lost/found children. When someone is reporting a missing child, you activate the missing child procedure and coordinate the search.

Stage Crew

Friday 1PM – Sunday 8PM

You will help the artists unload and load their instruments and bring them to/from the stage when requested. You will also help keep the stage area clean, make sure there is enough coffee, tea or other refreshments for the artists. During change-overs you will assist the technicians on stage to ensure a smooth and quick change-over. You make sure that people stay behind the barriers and that no unauthorized people enter the backstage area. Together with the stage crew manager you will make the artists feel welcome and at home.

Entertainment Team

Friday 8AM – Sunday 8PM

As a member of the Entertainment Team you are responsible for all off-stage entertainment. You may be asked to pick up guests at the gate and bring them to their location, assist re-enactment groups when they have questions/requests and make sure the entertainers with scheduled performance times arrive and start on the agreed time. On top of that, the Entertainment Team will make sure the entertainment equipment in the Children Entertainment tent is clean, safe and well stocked. You will also be helping to coordinate and run the Costume show and Wicker man ceremony.

Parking and Traffic control

Friday 8AM – 23PM, Saturday AM and Sunday PM

As a member of the traffic control team you will be the first and last festival employee that artists and stall holders see and talk to. You and your team will be responsible for all the traffic on and around the festival terrain. At times where traffic is light, you will have ample time to see the festival! Friday and Sunday (evening) the traders, entertainers and campsite visitors will arrive/depart. They will report to the parking team who will check with the location managers if the trader can enter the terrain and will direct the entertainers and campsite visitors to the correct entrance gate.

Tickets and Info Stand

Friday 5PM – Sunday 7.30PM

As part of the Festival Gate team you will sell tickets in the ticket office or control access to the event site. You will be equipped with scanners to check the tickets and will issue wristbands to two-day pass holders. You will help keep the waiting lines short and will greet the visitors in a friendly way when they arrive at or leave the festival.

You will also provide information to the visitors if they have questions about the festival, show times and anything else they can think of. You will also be distributing the information material (festival site map, schedules) to the visitors when they enter the festival grounds. But it is also the location where they will turn in items they have found or will report items they have lost

As a member of the info-stand team you will register the found items and try to return them to the right owner.

Crew Care

Friday 8am till Monday 8am

As part of the crew care team you will make sure all volunteers are well looked after during the weekend. You will make sure the crew tent is a clean, safe space where coffee and snacks are always available. You will assist the kitchen team, distribute food to volunteers and make sure any volunteers who need water/waterproofs/food are well supplied. You report to the Crew Care team leader and work closely with the Kitchen team.

Night Watch

During the night you will help keep a watchful eye on the grounds, stalls and equipment. Your eyes will supplement the professional security guards that are also patrolling the site. Acting mainly as a deterrent, you report to security and inform them by radio if you see something unusual so they can check it out. You will then have the whole day off to explore the festival!

Mobile Support

Friday 5pm – Sunday 8PM

As a member of the mobile support team you may be asked to assist at any location as the need arises. Maybe ticket control needs additional support in the morning. Or you receive information about broken decoration that requires fixing, or may be involved in a missing child search. You also make sure that the garbage bins are emptied regularly, may be asked to assist with crowd control, guard the entrance to the crew area etc. Basically any task that comes up during the festival that we did not foresee and needs to be fixed or supported.

The mobile support team see every aspect of the festival while working!

Location Manager

Friday 8am till Sunday 10pm

As area manager you are responsible for a specific area of the festival. On Friday you will be there to greet the traders, direct them to their location, make sure that everything they asked for is waiting for them, they unload their trucks within the given time and that they do not drive on the grass. During the weekend you are available for the traders in your area in case they have questions or requests, alert the mobile support team if trash cans are overflowing, keep an eye on safety and alert security/first aid if needed. On Sunday evening you assist parking and traders to make sure all traders are able to leave in an orderly fashion, leaving their pitch/stall as it was handed to them.

Media Team

Friday 5pm till Sunday 8pm

As a member of the media team, you are responsible for capturing beautiful images and videos to show the festival in all it's glory.

Between the few requested images and/or video recordings you are expected to provide, you'll have complete freedom to photograph or film what you like on the festival for your own portfolio. You will also be granted access to places regular photographers cannot reach in order to make the best possible images.

This role has a selection process. As a member of this team, you are expected to bring your own camera