- Pitch Perfect
Your luxury bell tent will certainly put the glamour into camping
- Hop to it
Whether you’re an experienced Lindy Hopper or simply a learner jiver, there are numerous dance floors for you
- The stage is set
Get ready for Big Bands, solo artists and everything in between
- The Twinwood Festival
The Main Arena will be alive with music and dancing for four straight days and nights
- Self catering
Enjoy a music festival in stylish surroundings in Saga’s very own Glamping Village
This five-night stay at the Twinwood Festival of vintage music and dancing is sure to hit the right note whether you’re a seasoned festival-goer or simply a first-timer looking to tick the experience off your bucket list.
Spend August Bank Holiday weekend in a picturesque setting at an historic RAF Airfield in the heart of rural Bedfordshire. You’ll sleep in a luxury tent complete with everything from a hanging vanity mirror to magical fairy lights and yes, of course, a rack for your boots... and dancing shoes!
The rustle of synthetic sleeping bags and plastic ground sheets is not for you, you’ll snuggle under a warm duvet and crisp white Egyptian cotton — then wake up refreshed before you head for a hot shower.
Look forward to four days of live music, spanning five decades of inspiration, performed across 13 on-site stages. Between sessions relax in the chill-out tent, which is furnished with cushions and deck chairs and boasts books, magazines and phone charging facilities. A separate hospitality tent houses refrigerators and complimentary tea and coffee throughout your stay.
No need to worry about lugging your camping gear into a field, untangling your guide ropes and hunting for missing pegs, simply check-in at the reception and opt for the bag-carry service on offer. Round-the-clock assistance is also available.
- Welcome barbecue on your arrival
- Admission to all four days of the Twinwood Festival
- A Saga exclusive Glamping Village featuring luxury tented accommodation
- On-site parking
- Porterage at your camp
- Cancellation rights
Twinwood Road, Clapham, Bedfordshire, MK41 6AB
The scenic surroundings of Twinwood Airfield provide a glorious backdrop for the 18th annual Twinwood Festival. Leave the 21st century behind as you are whisked back as far as the 1920s to enjoy some of the finest music created over the following four decades.
Your glamping (glamorous camping) experience is provided by Brook Bell Tents, a family-run firm with over 20 years of expertise, specialising in music festivals.
Each tent — which can host up to four guests — comes with:
- Magical lighting from fairy lights and hanging storm-lanterns with dimmable LED bulbs
- Indian rugs and hand-painted Bajot tables
- Boot tray and doormat
- Tissues, wet wipes and bottled water
- 13.5 Tog duvets, pillows and white Egyptian cotton bedding on a luxury double-height inflatable mattress
- Deck chairs
Food and Drink
Your stay here is on a self-catering basis, although there will be a welcome barbecue on the evening of your arrival where you have the chance to meet your fellow festival-goers. Fridges are available in the exclusive hospitality tent for you to keep items cool should you wish to bring food or drink with you. The festival does offer plenty of food and drink options including:
- The Carvery — Traditional hot roast meals
- Asian Fusion Buffet
- MJ’s Fine Fayre —Burgers, hot dogs, jacket potatoes, wraps and sandwiches
- The Colonial Club Vintage Tea Room — Tea and cake served with vintage china
- Stone-baked Italian Pizzas
- Crepe Lucette — Sweet and savoury crêpes
- Cafe on the Arena Decking — Breakfast and fish & chips
- MJ’s on the Arena — Bangers and mash and much more
- Woodland Noodle Bar — Noodles and curries
- The Nag’s Head — Real Ale pub
- Twinwood Tiki Bar — Cocktails and Tiki-themed bar
- The Officer’s Mess Bar — 1940s-themed bar
- The Arena Decking Bar
- The Colonial Club Bar
Festival-goers can enjoy a number of venues throughout the event, including:
- Twinwood Arena — The main arena and the focal point of the festival
- The Control Tower Stage — The Rock ‘n’ Roll stage
- The Colonial Club — 1920s, 30s and 40s entertainment
- Le Monde Electrique — Live rockabilly and electro swing bands set in a clearing in the woods
- Moonshine Glade — Daytime stage with American-roots music, country and folk
- The Liberty Stage — A stage showcasing the traditional 1940s Twinwood spirit
- The Casablanca Club — Moroccan-style club taking you back to the French-occupied Casablanca of the 40s
- Le Cafe de Bois de Jumeau — Authentic period French and European entertainment
- The Dance Marquee — A venue offering lessons during the day and rock ‘n’ roll disco and bands at night
- The Hanger and Officer’s Mess Bar — Part of the original RAF Twinwood where daily dance classes are taught and music from the 1940s plays throughout the evening
- The Tin Hat Club — Boasts a wooden-sprung dance floor hosting regular intermediate dance lessons during the day before transforming into a 1960s disco in the evening
- The Carnaby Club
- The Soulshack — The nightclub-style venue plays soul music from the early 60s with plenty of Northern Soul thrown in
Other Hotel Information
Your tent will be in a fenced-off private glamping village for the sole use of Saga customers. You will have access to:
- A comfy chill-out tent where you can relax, read or even charge your phone
- Private toilets and showers, not accessible by other festival-goers
- Pamper facilities where guests can do their hair
- Hospitality tent with tea and coffee-making facilities and fridges available
- A reception desk with check-in and bag-carry services, plus out of hours assistance
- Admission to the Twinwood Museums — featuring historic aviation and motor displays and several First and Second World War exhibits, plus the Glenn Miller Museum.
Vintage devotees from all corners of the globe will gather in their thousands in this secluded setting in the Bedfordshire countryside bordered by woodland. Scores of top acts from all over the world are set to perform across 13 themed stages while acres of sprung dance floors vibrate to jiving, Lindy-hopping, and every dance style in between.
There’s something for everyone - from the Art Deco Colonial Club, to the Gypsy Jazz played in the French Cafe from the Rock ‘n’ Roll on the Control Tower Stage, to the 1940s Big Bands and fabulous soul and sixties acts in the Main Arena.
After taking some lessons you can try out your dance moves on one of the numerous sprung dance floors and dance through the night to the music of your choice in one of the many themed bars and night spots keeping the vibe going on into the early hours.
In addition to learning the popular dances of the day, why not visit one of the festival’s vintage clothing shops and dress up for the event to add an extra dimension to the experience, you can even have a makeover at one of the salons on-site, and who knows, you might just find yourself in the running for the coveted Mr and Miss Vintage titles!
After all that excitement and the promise of more to come the next day, you’ll probably need a good night’s sleep.
Glamping is a fusion of glamour and camping for those who want to experience all the romantic aspects of camping without the hassle. These well-appointed tents are the best way to experience the great outdoors without sacrificing luxury.
Twinwood Airfield is easily accessible from the M1 using junctions 13 and 14 as well as the A1 and the A6. If you are driving from the South, East and West you will come through Bedford. Clapham is the first village north of Bedford off the A6, around a mile-and-a-half from the festival site.
The nearest mainline train station is Bedford, approximately three miles away, serviced by First Capital Connect trains (connecting Bedford to London and the South) and East Midlands Trains (connecting Bedford to the North). It is advised to take a taxi from Bedford’s railway or bus station to reach the airfield.
Day 1 Twinwood Road, Clapham, Bedfordshire
Travel to the Twinwood Festival and check-in to Saga’s exclusive Glamping Village from midday. Be sure to pick up your free festival planner, detailing the times and stages of all the entertainment. Enjoy a welcome barbecue in the company of your fellow festival-goers this evening before spending your first night under canvas.
Good morning campers! Today sees the start of the Twinwood Festival. You can look forward to live performances by Kai Hoffman and her Kombo, The Fabulous Hurricanes, The Paul Da Vinci Explosion Show and Lola Lamour, among others, with a host of DJs playing music from the 40s, 50s, 60s and northern soul into the night.
Day 3 - 5
Look forward to another three days packed with music and nostalgia, whether in the form of big bands, solo performers or big-name impersonators.
After waking up under canvas for the final time, bid farewell to your fellow guests this morning and head for home.
In the 1940s Twinwood Airfield was an RAF training base. During this time, Glenn Miller and his Orchestra were based in nearby Bedford as a safer alternative to London, and regularly used Twinwood, even playing an outdoor concert at the airfield in August 1944.
In December of that year, Major Glenn Miller was due to fly from Twinwood to France, but after boarding a Norseman aircraft outside Twinwood Control Tower, he was never seen again, sparking a mystery that still fascinates the world.
The Control Tower was restored to its original condition and opened to the public in 2002. To celebrate this, a Glenn Miller Concert was held, becoming the forerunner of what is now the annual Twinwood Festival.
The tower is now known as the Glenn Miller Museum, featuring exhibits dedicated to his life and music, and has become somewhat of a shrine to his fans from around the world.
As with all events of this nature, performers and scheduled performances are subject to change, sometimes at very short notice. Further acts will be added in due course. For a full list of acts performing across the four days, visit www.twinwoodfestival.com/line-up/