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Download 2020 Site Improvements

We’ve got some huge site improvements coming to Download 2020 that are going to blow your mind.

Check out all of the changes coming below, including: a new home for The Village, a huge new Merchandise Superstore, new campsite and car park locations and much more.

The Village has now moved to hardstanding ground – on the awesomely-nicknamed Tarmac Lake – just to the west of the site.

It’s going to be the beating heart of the campsites: firstly, it’s right slap bang in the middle of them and you can walk there in less than 20 minutes from wherever you’ve camped.

But, what about that walk from The Village to the Arena? In its new location you’ll be able to get from the Village to the Arena in 10 minutes flat – that’s the same amount of time as listening to Iron Maiden’s ‘Fear Of The Dark’. And, what’s more the route from The Village to the Arena will be on hard standing ground all the way!

Plus, the route from the Disabled Access campsite to The Village is also all on hardstanding ground.

A huge Merchandise Superstore is coming to The Village at Download 2020!

It’s is going to be an actual walk-in shop where staff will be on hand to show you the size of #DL2020 merch and artist merch before you buy it. The merch stands in the arena are also getting bigger and will have extra staff, so you can get your paws on merch even quicker.

We’ve moved the Transport Hub to a brand new location that’s closer to the campsites to shorten the amount of walking you have to do with your camping gear.

When you arrive at the Transport Hub you can walk to the nearest campsite in just 2 minutes and a maximum 26 minute walk to the furthest campsite. You can also walk to The Village in just 1 minute.

Coming to DL just for the day? You can walk from the Transport Hub to the Arena in just 10 minutes.

To make your walk to the campsite and arena as short as possible we’ve moved each of the car parks to new locations

They’re now only a short walking distance to campsites, if you’re coming for the weekend, or to the arena if you’re coming for the day. We’ve also created a brand new East Car Park to give you more space to park up if you’re driving in from the North.

East and West Car Parks 

If you’re travelling to Download for the weekend you’ll park in either the East or West Car Park. You can walk to the nearest campsite from the East Car Park in just two minutes and from the West Car Park to the nearest campsite in just 14 minutes.

South Car Park 

If you’re coming to rock out at Download just for the day you’ll park in the South Car Park. You can walk from the South Car Park to the Arena in just 10 minutes.

Check out the Site Changes map to see the new locations.

We’ve created brand new campsites as part of our mission to make your walking distances shorter on site. All of the campsites are closer to The Village and car parks to make it easier for you to get around the site.

Check out the Campsites map to see the new locations.

Also, remember when you’re driving to #DL2020 please do not follow your sat nav. We’ll have signs on the road to get you to where you need to be and to let you know which car parks are filling up the fastest.

As the campsites are new they need new names and this, Downloaders, is where we need your help.  Check out the Dog Blog to find out how you can name the new campsites.

If you’re a Disabled Access customer we want to ensure you can move around the site with ease. So, we’ve kept the campsite in a hard standing location and moved the Access Campervan area closer to the arena. The Access Campervan field has also been expanded to now hold over 100 campervans compared to 70 last year.

The new location of The Village means you can now reach it on hard standing ground all the way, whether you’re heading there from the campsite or the arena.

And, if you’ve been to Download before you’re sure to have encountered one of our helpful Castle Donington volunteers. In 2019 they transported a staggering 4,250 Downloaders and did 600 journeys. So, we’re psyched to tell you that they’re returning again to #DL2020 for the fifth year to help you to get on and off site.

You know The Dogtooth Stage is the place to sink your teeth into the freshest up and coming acts as well as some legendary names, like Sepultura. So, we’ve increased the capacity of the tent from 2890 to 4050.!

We’ve increased our vegan food offering by 40% to give you over 30 vegan vendors to choose from on site. Vegetarian? You’ll have over 40 vendors in addition to the vegan vendors to tuck into.

All water refill points in the arena have been completely redesigned with high flow meaning that a litre bottle can be refilled in just 3 seconds, compared to last year which could have taken up to 12 seconds. That’s four times faster!

And, all water bottles sold at the bars and traders stands will be made from renewable plant based bottles that can also be refilled.

At #DL2020 you can once again pick up reuseable Download cups, and use Every Can Counts in the campsites to recycle your tinnies as well as Co-op’s reverse vending machines in the campsite supermarket.

We are operating a deposit return scheme and closed loop recycling on our plant based bottles onsite so make sure you return them and get your deposits back.

If you travel by car please fill up your empty seats with Liftshare, who are back this year.  If you used Liftshare at #DL2019, get ready to have a celebratory mosh as you saved a massive 16.29 tones off CO2e and 42.54kg of NOx.

If you come to Download for the day you will now get a wristband! So, like our weekend Downloaders you can have a memento of your legendary time at Donington Park.