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Festival Address: Denny Lane, Chew Magna, Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset, BS40 8SZ

Map: https://goo.gl/maps/gNveb

Valley Fest takes place on an organic farm and we strive to be as green as possible – we’d love you to do the same! Car parking is available on site for £10 (with the money going to our chosen charity) but please consider coming via bike, public transport or lift share. You can contact other festivalgoers on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/lovevalleyfest

Directions:

Our postcode is BS40 8SZ. If you search for the postcode on the internet or your sat nav, please bear in mind the exact location of the farm is slightly different to the postcode location. There is a road closure and one-way system in force on Denny Lane. We advise people to arrive from the Chew Valley Lake side of Denny Lane (Walley Lane, via Bishop Sutton), as there will be a strict one-way policy for entering and leaving the car park.

By bike: We’d love to see more cyclists this year! It’s approximately a nine mile cycle ride from central Bristol. There are two possible National Cycle Network routes, which are shown on Ordnance Survey maps or can be found at http://www.sustrans.org.uk/map

By bus: Public transport to the farm is limited. If you do wish to take the bus from central Bristol, take the 672 from stop CP on Rupert Street. Change at Blagdon, Seymour Arms. Then take the 672 towards Broadmead and get off at Chew Magna Post Office. It’s then a 15 minute walk to the farm. For return journey details and further information see: http://www.travelinesw.com

By car:

A37 from Bristol: Take the A37 from Bristol towards Wells. At Chelwood roundabout turn right onto A368 towards Bishop Sutton. Before you reach Bishop Sutton turn right onto Bonhill Road, heading towards Chew Valley Lake. Follow Bonhill Road around the bend then take the next left onto Walley Lane. Then turn right onto Denny Lane for the main entrance and car park. The route will be signed from the A37 – and the other end of Denny Lane will be closed to all public traffic.

A38 from Bristol: Taking the A38 from Bristol take the A38 towards Bristol airport. Turn onto the B3130 towards Winford and Chew Magna. At Winford roundabout turn right onto Pagans Hill heading towards Chew Stoke. Then turn left onto Wallycourt Road towards Chew Valley Lake. Take the next left on Denny Lane. The route will be signed from the Winford roundabout.

The gates open to the public at 12:00 midday on Friday 4th August 2017, with the festival field opening at 14:00. The site closes to the public at 12:00 midday on Monday 7th August 2017 (this means you need to be tidied up, packed down and off site by this time).

The box office will be open for new entries to the site at the following times:

Friday – 12:00 – 22:00

Saturday – 10:00 – 20:00

Sunday – 10:00 – 20:00

Entertainment will be:

Friday – 16.00 – 01.00

Saturday – 09.00 – 01.00

Sunday – 09.00 – 12.00

Camping is free all weekend for those who have bought camping tickets – please ensure you have if you wish to camp. Parking is £10 (you can buy this in advance or at the gate). All car park proceeds go directly to the charities we’re supporting this year.

Tractor rides! Depending on where you are in the car park, you’ll be 500 metres away from the campsite – and to lighten the load a little we will take you in a trailer pulled by a tractor with all your camping gear to the campsite. This is completely free and a very fun way to start the weekend!

There is only one entrance to the site, which will be clearly visible from the car park. Stewards will guide you to the camping area. There will be a designated family camping area, as well as a campervans only field.

Campervan passes cost £60 per van. Passes sold fast last year and only a limited number were available on the gate, so we advise you to book in advance. Campervan passes need to be bought on top of the weekend with camping tickets.

Baby changing: the disabled toilets have baby changing facilities inside.

Valley Fest is a small festival located on a working organic farm. Most of the activity takes place in the main festival field. There are some pathways available, but much of the site has a grassy and sloping terrain. All of the venue entries are flat and accessible.

The campsite has a reserved accessible camping area – please contact us in advance if you wish to camp here. People who have reserved will also be able to bring their vehicle here and park next to their tent.

Accessible toilets will be available in the campsite and the main arena.

If you have any queries on festival accessibility please contact us on info@valleyfest.co.uk

• Entry ticket (or print out of email confirmation)
• Money and bank card – please note, we don’t have a cash dispenser on site although some traders accept card payments
• Clothing and footwear for appropriate weather – check the forecast before you come, wellies are always a good idea!
• Mobile Phone and battery charger (we don’t have charging facilities on site)
• Sun cream
• Torch
• Refillable water bottle – free drinking water will be available from taps on site
• Any medication you might require

The following items may not be brought into the site through the campsite gates. There will be no receipts issued for any confiscated items. Please don’t bring it if you wouldn’t want to lose it!

• Do not bring drugs to festival. You will be ejected from the event and will be handed over to the police.
• Air horns
• Alcohol in the possession of under 18yr olds
• All gas canisters of any size (including nitrous oxide). Please note, if you have special requirements which mean you need a gas hob please email us at info@valleyfest.co.uk
• Any items which may reasonably be considered for use as a weapon
• Hot air (Chinese) lanterns
• Excessive amounts of alcohol – No glass or spirits
• Excessive amounts of cigarettes
• Excessive amounts of food
• Portable BBQ’s of any kind
• Fireworks
• Flares
• Glass bottles, jars, containers
• Illegal substances
• Legal highs of all types
• Megaphones
• Portable laser equipment and pen lasers
• Sound systems
• Unauthorised professional film or video equipment
• Unofficial tabards and reflective jackets
• No animals are allowed onsite, with the exception of registered guide dogs and helper dogs.
• You may be body searched at the entrances and upon exit from the festival site. This is in line with crime reduction strategies with Avon and Somerset Police.
• Persons suspected of carrying items that may be used in an offensive or dangerous manner, or carrying out illegal activities onsite may be searched.

FOOD & DRINK

There will be an array of food traders to buy delicious organic food from, including both meat and vegetarian options. A full list of traders will be available soon. We are striving to keep food prices down at the festival and so are offering reduced pitch fees to organic food traders – this discount will be passed on to our hungry festival-goers.

There will also be various bars available for soft drinks and alcohol. Alcohol bought off site will not be allowed in the main arena. You may be searched when entering the main arena. Festival-goers are free to consume alcohol in their camping area. Strictly no glass bottles or spirits are allowed. If you bring excessive amounts of alcohol you may be asked to leave some in the car.

Water will be available at the bars and various labeled standpipes around the site. Please bring reusable bottles for water – we’re trying to minimise waste as much as possible!

ON SITE FACILITIES

• Showers
• Public toilets
• Accessible toilets
• First Aid and welfare tent
• Drinking water stations
• Food stalls
• Bars

Please note you won’t be able to get cash out on site – so bring all you need with you.

• Cars cannot be parked alongside tents and will be parked in the designated car parks
• Generators are not permitted
• There will be no vehicle movements on the campsite over the weekend
• We cannot save spaces for people, pitches will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.
• Sleeping in cars overnight is not permitted
•No sound systems will be permitted on site
• Only purpose built caravans, campervans and trailer tents will be permitted – modified trailers or other vehicles will not be allowed access to the campsite. Estate cars, vans and any other vehicles not designed with in-built sleeping facilities will not be allowed access to the campsite.
• Please be considerate when pitching your tent. There are no specific pitch sizes but if you arrange your tents in such a way to take up more than a reasonable amount of space for your group you will be asked to re pitch or take some of your tents down
• In the event of needing assistance, medical or otherwise, please contact any steward or member of campsite staff who can radio for assistance
• Campers will be issued with special wristbands, please ensure your party wear them at all times
• No water source should be deemed drinking water unless specifically labelled as such
• Please ensure your party know the location of all the facilities, including first aid and how to gain help in the event of an emergency
• Please remain vigilant to fire safety in order to help keep yourselves and other festival go-ers safe
• Please do not camp in the Fire Lanes!
• Remember you need to purchase a weekend ticket with camping if you want to camp More info on camping here (link to separate page)

FIRES & BBQS

Open fires and BBQs of any kind are strictly forbidden. We have some beautiful firepits in the arena to warm yourselves by, and lots of delicious food.

Imagine opening your tent in the morning and being greeted with a stunning lakeside view. We are incredibly lucky to be perched up on a hill and boast a beautiful view of the lake and surrounding countryside – so camping at the festival offers an added bonus – it’s like being on holiday! So if you’ve bought a weekend ticket with camping, here is some basic information for you.

If you want to add a little luxury to your festival experience then you can choose one of our glamping options. Sleep under the stars in a salubrious bell tent, tipi or yurt. Click here for more information.

The gates open to the public at 12:00 midday on Friday 4th August 2017

The site closes to the public at 12.00 midday on Monday 7th August 2017 (this means you need to be tidied up, packed down and off site by this time).

When you get to the site and park your car, you can notch up another unique Valley Fest experience and hop on our tractor to get to the campsite! It’s not far to the campsite but we like to lighten the load and take you and all your camping gear in a trailer pulled by a tractor. This is completely free and a very fun way to start the weekend!

There will be a designated family camping area, as well as a campervans only field.

Campervan passes cost £60 per van. Passes sold fast last year and only a limited number were available on the gate, so we advise you to book in advance.

The campsite has a reserved accessible camping area – please contact us in advance if you wish to camp here. People who have reserved will also be able to bring their vehicle here and park next to their tent.

Accessible toilets will be available in the campsite and the main arena. If you have any queries on festival accessibility please contact us on info@valleyfest.co.uk

CAMPSITE RULES

  • Cars cannot be parked alongside tents and will be parked in the designated car parks
  • Generators are not permitted
  • There will be no vehicle movements on the campsite over the weekend
  • We cannot save spaces for people, pitches will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.
  • Sleeping in cars overnight is not permitted
  • No sound systems will be permitted on site
  • Only purpose built caravans, campervans and trailer tents will be permitted – modified trailers or other vehicles will not be allowed access to the campsite.  Estate cars, vans and any other vehicles not designed with in-built sleeping facilities will not be allowed access to the campsite.
  • Please be considerate when pitching your tent.  There are no specific pitch sizes but if you arrange your tents in such a way to take up more than a reasonable amount of space for your group you will be asked to re pitch or take some of your tents down

We will be on the lookout for people to help make this magnificent festival what it is nearer the time. We will post opportunities here so check back soon. If you have something specific you want to talk to us about then have a look at our contacts page.

GENERAL ENQUIRIES

Please do read our Essential Information first, but if you still can’t find the answer you can email us at info@valleyfest.co.uk or contact us via social media.

GET INVOLVED

TRADERS

All pitches for food trading have been taken for Valley Fest 2017.

If you would like a stall selling non-food goods (clothing, gifts, craft etc) or activities please contact us on traders@valleyfest.co.uk for more information.

PERFORMERS
With lots of different stages and performance areas, we’d love to hear from all different kinds of performers. If you have an act you think would go down a storm at Valley Fest, contact us at submissions@valleyfest.co.uk. For more information click here.

VOLUNTEERS
Volunteer are an essential and much-loved part of the Valley Fest family. If you would like to volunteer at this year’s festival, please email Abi our lovely Volunteer Manager at volunteers@valleyfest.co.uk