Campsite bookings

This page will be updated for 2020 shortly!

York Rally 2019 online campsite bookings are now closed. But we have plenty of space, so please now just turn up and pay on the day!

The York Rally campsite is divided into two areas: a motor vehicle free section for lightweight campers, and then there are also plenty of ‘motorist’ pitches for car-carried tents, for caravans and for motorhomes.

On the day prices are as follows:

Motorist campers:
£32 including one adult, plus £17 per extra adult and £5 for children between 5 and 18.

Lightweight campers:
£27 including one adult, plus £12 per extra adult and £5 for children between 5 and 18.

Each pitch booked includes 1 adult. You can add additional adults and children during the booking process.

  • “Children”  means under 18s. There is no charge for under 5s.
  • The fee is for up to three nights camping (21, 22 & 23 June 2019), including shower use. Unfortunately for practical reasons we cannot offer any discount if you are staying for just one night.
  • Site opens 4PM Friday, closes 10AM Monday.
  • Prices are set so that the earlier you book, the cheaper it is. The online booking forms below always use the current prices. You are welcome to turn up on the day without a booking, but it will be slightly more expensive, and we also can’t allocate you a pitch alongside your friends or clubmates.
  • Please note that advance bookings are not refundable.
  • Please note that there are no electrical hook-ups available.

By booking a pitch you agree with the following statement: “I agree to comply with the organisers’ instructions and not to hold them responsible for any loss or damage to persons or property. I also agree to comply with the requirement of the Campers’ Code (copies available from the Camp Steward at the event, or in advance from, especially the need to be quiet after 11pm each night. The organisers reserve the right to instruct those who fail to comply to leave the campsite, so as not to cause an unacceptable disturbance to other campers.”

You can book by post or online. However you make your booking, we will use the information you provide only to administer the campsite and to communicate with you about your booking. Please see our Privacy Policy for full details.

Campsite bookings by post

Sorry, postal bookings for the 2019 York Rally have now closed. Please just pay on arrival.

Campsite bookings online

Sorry, online bookings for the 2019 York Rally have now closed. Please just pay on arrival.

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Contact the campsite team

If you have any queries or problems with the booking process please just contact our campsite team: or leave a comment below.

Camping at the 2015 York Rally. Photo: Mike Handley
Camping at the 2015 York Rally. Photo: Mike Handley

8 Replies to “Campsite bookings”

  1. hi I’ve just been speaking to paul reed – about the june bike/camping event. Im really hoping to get there my disabilities: epilepsy ( i only have night time seizures and i have emergency meds to stop it – long story) and autism sometimes cause me problems so getting there may be a last minute thing –

    regards peter street

    1. Hi Peter, hope you can make it! We won’t run out of space so no problem just turning up on the day if you have to… Cheers Peter

  2. The prices listed today are early bird
    prices. Can you tell me what the lightweight pitch price will be if we just turn up so I know what I will be saving by booking early?

    1. Sorry for the delay, just making absolutely sure I got the correct figures!
      On the day prices are:
      Motorist: £32; extra adults: £17
      Lightweight: £27; extra adults: £12
      Extra children (U18) always £5 and toddlers (U5) always free

  3. I am planning to cycle down as a lightweight camper, what facilities do you have to help keep my cycle secure? I will have a good U lock and cable with me. Certainly spoil my weekend if the bike got stolen and it seems to be on the increase as cycling increases in popularity thieves know there is a market for their ill gotten gains.

    1. Hi Ron, good question! We place sets of heavy interlocking metal barriers in and around the lightweight camping area for people to lock their bikes to – see e.g. here for a picture. We also have a security company on site throughout the Rally and patrolling regularly through the night. It’s not possible for us to guarantee total security on an open site like the Knavesmire but for what it’s worth, in the four years the new team has been running the Rally we have had only two bikes stolen (in a single incident, in 2016 IIRC, and both apparently secured only with flimsy cable locks) and of those, one was recovered undamaged – and since then we’ve also improved the security and layout. The lightweight camping area is ‘shielded’ on three sides by motorist pitches as a further deterrant to thieves. Hope that sets your mind at rest and we look forward to welcoming you in June! All the best, Peter

    1. Hi Caroline, dogs are very welcome 🙂

      Longer answer from the FAQ: “Dogs are permitted in all areas of the York Rally site except for any condoned off areas, including the arena and any other areas from which the general public is excluded and, with exception of assistance dogs, in the marquees or in the vicinity of catering areas. Dogs must be kept under close control and keepers are requested to refrain from using extending leads in all camping, trade/exhibition areas, other circulation areas and designated access routes. All waste from dogs must be disposed of appropriately and certainly not in the recycle bins.”

      Hope that helps – any other questions please just let us know!

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