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Guide To Festival Portable Toilets

Festival season is fast approaching, and folks from all over the UK are gearing up for weekends full of music and beer. But amongst all the excitement, there is one aspect of festival prep that sometimes slips under the radar – toilets.

Toilets are essential for any event, particularly a festival where people may be camping overnight. Portable toilets are the go-to choice, keeping things convenient and practical for everyone.

Let’s talk about the importance of portable toilets at small to mid-sized festivals.

The significance of portable toilets

Organisers cannot overlook the importance of portable toilets at events like festivals. It might seem minor, but without them, things could get messy quickly and nobody wants that. Even at a festival of around 10,000 people, a large crowd is drawn to one area, but with the help of portable toilets, everything can flow smoothly. Without them, who knows where people would be going to the loo?

Factors to consider

At any event, it’s important to make sure there are enough facilities for everyone, from the actual festival-goers to the event staff. Whether it’s a one-day festival or a small weekend event, having the right facilities is crucial.

How many toilets do you need at a festival?

The number of toilets changes depending on the number of guests, the gender percentage of guests, and whether your event lasts up to 6 or 12 hours.

Here’s a breakdown of how many toilets you need based on the number of attendees for small events lasting up to 6 hours:

  • 1 – 249 guests: min. 2 toilets
  • 250 – 499 guests: min. 3 toilets
  • 500 – 999 guests: min. 6 toilets
  • 1000 – 1999 guests: min. 12 toilets
  • 2000 – 2999 guests: min. 25 toilets
  • 3000 – 3999 guests: min. 38 toilets
  • 4000 – 4999 guests: min. 50 toilets
  • 5000 – 5999 guests: min. 63 toilets

Here’s a breakdown of how many toilets you need based on the number of attendees for medium-sized events lasting up to 12 hours:

  • 6000 – 6999 guests: min. 113 toilets
  • 7,000 – 7,999 guests min. 132 portable toilets
  • 8,000 – 8,999 guests: min. 150 portable toilets
  • 9,000 – 9,999 guests: min. 170 portable toilets
  • 10,000 – 12,499 guests: min. 188 portable toilets

If there is alcohol being served, the general rule of thumb is to increase the above number of toilets by 30%. If the event is also expected to have more female guests than males, the number of toilets needs to be increased as well.

Portable toilet maintenance

Making sure the portable toilets stay in top shape at a small-scale festival or event is super important to keep everyone happy. At Toilets+, we have a whole crew who clean and maintain the toilets, if needed, and restock supplies like toilet paper and sanitiser. If the event lasts longer than 6 or 12 hours the toilets will be cleaned at intervals of 6 or 12 hours.

If you’re wondering how festival toilets are emptied, we take care of that too. We empty the toilets with professional equipment, getting the job done efficiently and without any mess.

Hygiene essentials

Don’t forget about the importance of hygiene. While festival-goers might not prioritise showering, it’s essential to provide hand sanitiser in the toilets at the very least. All of our portable toilets come with sanitiser dispensers, and we also offer hot water chemical toilets that, as the name suggests, come with a hot water sink and chemical flushing toilet.


Having enough toilets is crucial, but don’t forget about making them accessible for everyone. This includes having accessible toilets and placing them in easy-to-reach locations. At Toilets+, we can help you pick the best toilets for your festival and find the perfect place to put them.

Luxury loos for festivals

Festival toilets don’t have to be bog standard, so why not treat attendees to luxury loos? Guests love the extra comfort and convenience, which can help to boost satisfaction and spread positive feedback about the festival.

Our luxury portable toilets have running water and sink basins, giving people an at-home loo experience they’ll more than appreciate. A fancy toilet upgrade might even see more people coming back year after year.

Get organised with Toilets+

Interested in our toilet hire service for your event? We have a wide range of portable toilets, from luxury trailers to standard chemical toilets. Give us a call on 0800 606 100 to discuss your event needs and let’s make sure your festival is a hit.

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