Superheroes Wanted…

Volunteering at a Elderflower Fields is a great way to experience the festival for free and to be part of a dynamic and creative team. Many of our volunteers are parents and we work hard to make the volunteering experience fit with the requirements of being a parent. If you’d like to apply to volunteer at Elderflower Fields 2019 and become part of our awesome family of superheroes, please complete the form at the bottom of this page. You can also join our Facebook Group so that we can all get to know each other better – lovely!

Elderflower Fields is a rather special little festival. We take real pride in crafting a magical weekend which is inspiring, safe, exciting and diverse. It takes a lot of planning to keep everything running smoothly and all of our customers safe and happy, but we couldn’t do any of it without YOU – our wonderful volunteers.

In 2019 the festival takes place from Friday 24th to Monday 27th May. We ask that, as a minimum, volunteers commit to being on site from 6pm on Thursday 23rd through to 6pm Monday 27th. This may mean you need to arrange some time off work or college.

We’ve got quite a diverse range of volunteering opportunities at Elderflower Fields. Here are some of the roles we’re looking to fill (click on the role title for a longer description):

Field Teams

Our Field Teams are the eyes and ears of the festival. General stewards and supervisors work together to be responsible for one specific area of the festival. We rely on you to know your area inside out, support the activities which take place there, keep it looking beautiful and make sure the customers are having fun and being safe. You’ll be in radio contact with HQ, reporting any incidents and feeding information back to staff and the public. Field Teams make up the core of our volunteers and it’s a great opportunity for anyone interested in getting into event management with real, on the ground responsibility at a large arts event.

Information Team

The Information Team is based at Elderflower Fields HQ and has two main jobs. Firstly, acting as a central hub of information for festival goers – answering questions and pointing out where things are. And secondly, keeping in contact with the Field Teams and the festival production team to update the programme with any changes and communicate this to staff and the public. If you love organising and creating calm from chaos, this could be the role for you!…

Ticketing Team

Our ticketing and accreditation team is normally the first contact our guests and performers will have with festival staff once they arrive, so it’s a super important role. You’ll be working in the main ticketing tent or in the accreditation office, welcoming customers, crew and performers, scanning tickets and issuing wristbands. The work can be hectic at times, but you’ll be led by an experienced manager and it’s great fun meeting all the smiling customers and bands!

Production Support Team

The Production Support Team does pretty much what it says on the tin. You’ll be assisting in a diverse range of activities which makes it perfect for those looking to gain first hand experience of running a large arts event. Production Support is sort of like the glue which sticks the whole festival together – which means you could be doing anything from welcoming bands and helping them move their gear to chaperoning vehicles across the site or helping the tech crews on one of the stages.

Green Team

This year we are looking for a small team of wonderful volunteers to help implement our waste and recycling strategy. We are aiming to significantly increase our recycling rates and will need to engage customers and crew alike. The role will include managing recycling facilities on site and communicating with the public and crew. There are roles available during build and break phases, in addition to working during the event.

Arts Team

If you are a creative person, skilled DIY-er or generally practical and artistic type, then you might like to join our Arts Team. We run two weekend making days at our offices in Barcombe at which we need people to help paint and make. We require Arts Team volunteers to complete three x 6 hour shifts, before or after the the festival.

You must do at least two of your shifts on any of the following four days; Saturday 6th, Sunday 7th, Saturday 27th, Sunday 28th April. One of your shifts can also be helping to install or de-rig art stuff on site on either Tuesday 21st, Wednesday 22nd, Tuesday 28th or Wednesday 29th May.

If you apply to join the Arts Team, please include in your application any relevant skills you have.

We ask that volunteers complete a maximum of 3 six hour shifts, one or more of which may be before or after the public are on site. The ambition is to reduce this to 4 or 5 hour shifts but it depends on how many volunteers we get, so invite your friends! In return, you get free entry (obviously), plenty of time to relax and enjoy the festival and we’ll feed you a hot meal once per day (normally in the evening).

You’ll be camping in the crew & performers area with access to loos, showers and sinks. But most importantly, you’ll help create an amazing experience for all the families, experience great camaraderie, learn lots and have a really fun few days. We also encourage all staff to stick around on the Monday night after the festival for our private after show party!

Before filling out the application form, please ensure you’ve read our volunteer terms and conditions – click here.

If you’re interested in any of these roles, please fill out the form below, or if you have any questions, please email Stuart at

Bringing your family

Children of volunteers are welcome to join you at the festival, free of charge. Please indicate on the application form the names and ages of children you are likely to bring. You must arrange suitable child care for the times that you are on shift. If you would like to bring your partner and they do not want to, or aren’t able to volunteer, they must buy a festival ticket, but we will be able to give you a discounted rate. These will be available to purchase in the autumn.

Please click the link below to apply to volunteer at Elderflower Fields 2019

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