Finally, T in the Park weekend is upon us! From July 7th to July 10th festival-goers and music lovers will descend on Strathallan Castle in Perthshire. This year sees big-name acts take to the stage, including Calvin Harris, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Stone Roses, Jess Glynn and many more. Combine that with some stunning natural surroundings and a great location only one hour from Glasgow and 30 minutes from Dunblane – and you’ve got a top weekend in store!
Whether you’re camping over the whole weekend or simply heading through for the day, we’ve got some top tips for making the most of T in the Park 2016…
Plan your route
Driving there can be the most practical option if you’re camping and plan to travel up with a lot of luggage. However, be prepared for traffic, long queues and a bit of a trek from the carpark to the campsite! Taking the bus can be a simpler mode of transport, with regular buses going to and from Buchanan Bus Station in Glasgow (as well as many other towns and cities). It looks like the festival drop off and pick up points will be closer to the entrance this year too, which is handy. Book in advance and make sure you give yourself enough time to unpack before your favourite bands take to the stage!
The Traffic Scotland T in the Park minisite, www.trafficscotland.org/titp is now live, providing up-to-date information for all road users and travel information to the event.
Pack the right stuff
- A sturdy backpack – not one of those useless trolleys that get stuck in the mud
- Sunscreen – you never know; the sun might pop out…
- A compact rain jacket/anorak
- Wellies – it’s bound to be a wee bit muddy in places
- Your tickets and/or camping pass
- Enough money to see you through the day or weekend
- Wet wipes & anti-bac gel
- Spare loo roll
- A hoodie or jumper for when it gets cooler in the evening
- A first aid kit
- Refuse bags
Build an itinerary
If you can’t decide which acts to see every hour of the festival, how do you choose who to see and who to sacrifice? Look through this year’s line-up and make a custom itinerary of who you’d like to see each day. If the venues are close enough together you can even flit back and forward between both! Make sure you leave the campsite or venue in enough time to secure the best vantage point for each act; you don’t want to be stuck behind that 7-foot tall guy three miles from the stage, do you?
Get yourself a good tent
Chip in with pals to get a good quality waterproof tent if you plan on camping over the weekend. Don’t forget your sleeping bag, duvet and a pillow either! Remember, when choosing your spot to pitch up, never choose the bottom of a hill – it will soon turn into a river of mud when it rains!
Dress for the weather
Shorts are obviously a good choice if the sun is shining, but don’t forget to pack a pair of long trousers and a jumper for when it gets colder later on. Loads of thick socks are ideal for wearing under walking boots or wellies and can keep your feet warm when you’re in your tent. A waterproof poncho is lightweight and won’t be too warm when you’re dancing about to your favourite band. And lastly, make sure you’ve got plenty of clean undies!
Give up on the camping
If you have a day ticket (or even a weekend ticket) but getting dirty and not showering for a few days doesn’t sound like your cup of tea, camping at the site doesn’t have to be your only option. Dunblane is less than 30 minutes’ drive from Strathallan and the number 19 bus between Perth and Stirling stops at both Dunblane (outside Queen Victoria School) and Auchterarder (near the festival site). So if you want some top quality food, access to a pool and health club, and a great location – book DoubleTree by Hilton Dunblane Hydro for a fun T in the Park weekend.