Address: Boterhoek 8, 9920 Lovendegem – Belgium
From Brussels airport: Travelling from Brussels airport is very easy. In the airport there is a traing station on floor -1. You take the train to Ghent-Sint-Pieters.
From the airport of Charleroi: There is a regular bus connection between the airport and the train station (bus A to Charleroi Sud, 20 minutes). There you take the train to Ghent-Sint-Pieters (you’ll have to change at Brussels South). This journey takes about one and a half hour in total. Check out belgianrail.be to get more information on the arrival and departure times and on the return route. You can also take the bus directly to the train station of Ghent-Sint-Pieters at the airport of Charleroi. This journey takes one hour and 20 minutes in total. Check out the website flibco.com to get more information on prices, arrival and departure times and on the return route.
From the ‘Ghent-Sint-Pieters’ train station: Take the 65 or the 67 bus to the festival (further instructions: see public transport).
By public transport: The 65 bus and the 67 bus links the train station (Ghent-Sint-Pieters) to Lovendegem (+/-25 minutes). Ask the bus driver to drop you off at the correct location, which is called ‘Binnenslag’. You can find the arrival and departure times to and from the Ghent-Sint-Pieters train station on delijn.be. Watch out: there are different arrival and departure times for week & weekend days.
You don’t have to order your train or bus tickets in advance, you can easily buy them in Belgium. This also applies for the festival tickets, however if you order them earlier, it’s a little bit cheaper.
By car or motorbike: Take the E17 or the E40 towards Gent, exit Expo. Then, follow the R4 towards Eeklo. Take the Lovendegem-Eeklo exit and follow the N9 towards Eeklo-Lovendegem. You pass over a bridge and continue to follow the N9. After the fourth set of traffic lights, you take the first road on the right, the Bredestraat, and you follow this road for one and a half kilometers. After a sharp bend to the left, you will see the first signs of the festival.
Car Park: a very big free car park is available only 200 metres away from the festival.
There are two campsites close to the festival site. Both are open from Thursday morning and are closed again on Monday afternoon. Mobile homes and cars are allowed behind the tents. For practical and ecological reasons, toilets and hand wash units are provided at each campsite, showers (hot and cold) and washbasins can be found at the entrance of the festival.
Every morning you can enjoy a fair and delicious breakfast in the Oxfam tent. You can find this tent on campsite 1 and it’s open from 8:30 to 11:30.
Important: due to safety reasons no kind of barbecues or camp fires are allowed on the camp sites! If you want to cook a meal, you can bring and use little gas bulbs of max 3kg and which are especially designed for camping.
Rent a tent
To make your trip to Belgium easy, you can hire a tent at Boombalfestival. Your tent will be set up and you can just leave it when you go back home. Tent one person: 20 euro. Tent two persons: 35 euro.
Just send a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your tent.
There are different b&b’s en hotels In the area where you can stay. Contact ‘Tourism Meetjesland’ bij phone (0032 9 37786 00) or go to their website.
The festival grounds are situated in the Boterhoek 8, 9920 Lovendegem. The reception and cash registers for the dance temples are located in the Orchard and open at 6pm on Thursday evening. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the festival and drink & food stands open at 10.30 am.
Food and drinks can be bought with tokens which are available at the cash registers and can be purchased per cash / Visa / Bancontact / Mastercard.
Food & drinks
At Boombalfestival you will find a diverse range of food and drinks. For the thirsty, we offer a range of eight beers from the barrel and three bottled, all served in glass. Oxfam juices and wines, soft drinks, aperitifs and cocktails are also on the menu. The hungry can find their taste in the wide range of fresh, on the spot and with lots of love prepared pastas, wraps, paninis, hot meals, soup and burgers. Do you prefer vegetarian? No problem, we’ve got you covered!
You can also start the day with a delicious coffee from the Coffee bar on Wheels and in the afternoon enjoy a fresh organic ice cream.
On the festival site, we have adapted toilet facilities for wheelchair users. Cars transporting people with disabilities are allowed to enter the driveway to the festival and drop off their passengers at the entrance, after which they can park their car in the normal car park.
A red cross first aid team is present at the festival site and is located in the Orchard.
There is a festival shop on the festival site, right next to the reception and cash register where you can buy fun Boombalfestival stuff.
Free earplugs are available at the reception.
In the center of the festival, there are toilets that are regularly cleaned by our fantastic sanitary duo. The toilets and the toilet paper available are free of charge. The water at these toilets is not suited for consumption.
Lost and found
Do you find an object that seems lost during the festival? Do the owner a favor and drop it off at the reception. That is also the place to be if you have lost something yourself.
Free wifi is available near the reception.
Mobile phone charging
Mobile phones can be charged at ‘the charging tree’ in the middle of the Orchard.
Boombalfestival is first and foremost a family festival where everyone, young and old, feels at ease and can have a fantastic time.
Our Orchard stands for family atmosphere & cosiness, children’s entertainment, good food & drinks and good music!
The youngest can enjoy a wide range of children’s entertainment organized in a separate children’s tent. You can expect a diverse range of circus techniques, puppet theater and the making and playing of instruments, a toddler corner, bouncing castles & merry-go-rounds, dance workshops and theater and music performances for children. These are just some of what our children’s animation team can pull out of their magic hat.
And whilst the children are enjoying themselves, the adults can enjoy the performances, workshops and initiations on the outdoor stage up close on the outside dance floor or from a seat on our terrace.
Furthermore, our dance temples are free for children under the age of 12 and we provide a care table and microwave for the little ones.
Photo: Eddy Jansen