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2021 Opening Times

General campsites

The general campsites open at 12pm Wednesday 2nd June and close 12pm Monday 7th June.

The Arena

The arena will open at the following times:

Friday – 12.00pm
Saturday – 10.00am
Sunday – 10.00am

*Please note these times are approximate and subject to Health And Safety checks prior to each opening.

Box Office

The onsite box office will be open at the following times:

Wednesday 8am – Midnight

Thursday 8am – Midnight

Friday 8am – Midnight

Saturday 8am – 9pm*

Sunday 8am – 9pm*

Monday – CLOSED

Box office times are subject to change.

* Estimate time – box office will close half an hour after the headline act starts.

Where is Download?

Download happens on the sacred site that is Donington Park, next to East Midlands Airport. Donington Park lies where the three counties of Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire and Derbyshire meet – the ley lines of ROCK!

Download has excellent connections by road, rail, bus and plane.

Please note: There will be no Pedestrian access to the Festival from Melbourne Lane

Download 2021 Dates

Download Festival will take place from 4th– 6th June 2021.

5 Night Camping and 5 Night Quiet Camping Tickets give you access to campsites from 12pm on Wednesday 2nd June until 12pm on Monday 7th June 2021 and access to the Arena on all show days.

3 Night Camping and 3 Night Quiet Camping Tickets give you access to campsites from 10am on Friday 4th June until 12pm on Monday 7th June 2021 and access to the Arena on all show days.

Weekend Arena Tickets only gives you access to the Arena on all show days (Fri/Sat/Sun).

Weekend Camping Tickets

3 or 5 nights camping and entry to all 3 days of the festival. You can choose to camp in the main camping areas, or if you prefer to take a breather come the witching hour, then the Quiet Camping area has a noise curfew at midnight. If you are an environmentally friendly rocker then the Eco camp is the place for you.

Volunteer with Hotbox

Volunteers work across the Download Festival helping festival goers to get the most out of their weekend!

When volunteering you’ll get to see behind the scenes, meet other volunteers from across the country and around the globe, gain valuable experience for your CV, and help us to continue making Download one of the best music festivals in the world!

When joining us as a volunteer at Download you’ll be provided with entry to the festival, lots of free time, you’ll make new friends whilst volunteering, get access to staff camping, cafe, toilets and showers, and most importantly be part of an unforgettable experience!Volunteers assist with a wide variety of areas and it’d be tricky to list everything they get up to but some of the most common roles include…

  • Assisting Download Festival goers with directions.
  • Helping Download Festival goers carry their belongings and pitch their tents.
  • Answering questions about Download Festival performances and line-ups.
  • Reporting any problems such as a build-up of litter or faulty facilities.
  • Work alongside Download Festival Fire Safety, Medical and Security teams.
  • Keeping an eye on the Download Festival campsites from the fire towers.
  • Helping out with various roles across the Download Festival site including pedestrian and vehicle gates, wristband exchanges, keeping an eye on facilities, monitoring stages and walkways.

If you’d like to find out more about volunteering at Download, you can drop the team an email at [email protected]


Age restrictions and children’s tickets

Under 5s (ages 0-4 years) are allowed for free – no child ticket required, but must be accompanied by a ticket holding adult.

5-12 years olds must be accompanied by a ticket holding adult and each child will require a Child Ticket.

13-15 must purchase an ADULT ticket and be accompanied by a parent / guardian over 18.

Note: Download Festival will contain acts unsuitable for children

Parents may be asked to provide ID with proof of age if the child appears to be over 12 but holding a Child Ticket.

If you are 16 or over you can attend alone.

We do not accept any parental or supervisory duty of care or liability for any under 18’s on site.

Valid ID

A valid form of ID may be needed throughout the event.  We have a Challenge 21 Policy on site and the following are accepted as ID on site for the bars and cigarettes:

  • A Passport (Not a photocopy)
  • Full Driving Licence or Provisional Licence
  • A Proof of Age Card bearing a PASS hologram
  • A Ministry of Defence identity card
  • A National identity card issued by an EU member state


Medical Services

There are first aid and welfare tent facilities available throughout the duration of the festival. Please see our help map for locations.

For information on medical services at Download and what to do in an emergency please see here.