Festival period nightmares: in illustrations | ActionAid UK

It's festival season and most festival-goers will know the dread of having your period while camping. Share these illustrations if you've ever experienced your own festival nightmare.

Desperately trying to find a toilet before you leak on your new dress. Illustration by Daisy Bernard.
Desperately trying to find a toilet before you leak on your new dress. Illustration by Daisy Bernard.

Millions of women and girls around the world face having no sanitary products, no proper toilets, no clean water on a monthly basis.

Our illustrations highlight the importance of access to clean washing facilities and sanitary products for all women anywhere in the world.

A YouGov poll shows that a third of women in the UK (16-39 year olds) would find that leaking while they had their period is their biggest menstrual fear. And - speaking from experience here - leaking at a festival, where it's hard to keep clean and comfy, is a real nightmare. 

Illustrator Daisy Bernard has depicted some classic moments that anyone who's ever had their period at a festival will recognise.  We believe that access to washing facilities and sanitary protection is a right and not a privilege. Take a look.


A woman stands in front of a line of portaloos horrified.

A woman sitting on a man's shoulders in a festival crowd worries about leaking.

A woman tries to buy sanitary towels at a festival.

A woman asks her friends to see if she's leaked on her shorts.

A woman has terrible period cramps at a festival.

So if you're coming to Latitude Festival, come to our tent next to the BBC Music Stage to try out the surf simulator and challenge yourself to ‘ride the wave of change’ – and design a #MyBodyIsMine tote bag to take home with you.

Not coming to Latitude but want to support our work on periods? Find out how we are helping end period poverty and providing women with reusable sanitary towels as part of a sustainable solution. 

Find out how a monthly gift can help us make sure that women and girls around the world can manage their periods hygienically and with dignity.

Donate now to help women and girls get access to sanitary towels 

This page was last updated in July 2019.