Care & Safety

If this is your first festival or you are looking for general advice, please visit the Festival Safe website for some useful pointers to getting prepared and making the most of your experience.

If this is your first festival or you are looking for general advice, please visit the Festival Safe website for some useful pointers to getting prepared and making the most of your experience.

ADVICE FROM OUR LOCAL POLICE

  • Don't buy your ticket from a ticket tout or an unauthorised site - the tickets may be fake and you won’t be allowed access to the festival.
  • Don't bring anything to a festival that you can't afford to lose - if you do bring valuables, make sure you carry them with you.
  • Think about how you're going to get to the festival and decide the best way to travel for you - train/coach/car. Book your travel tickets or Parking Pass in advance to avoid delays on the day.
  • If you plan to travel by car make sure your vehicle is roadworthy and running well - you really don't want a breakdown on a festival site (or even en route or on the way home)
  • If you take medication for any illnesses, make sure you have enough to cover you for the duration that you will be away from home (and take it in its original packaging as proof it's for you - just in case). If you have a medical condition that might cause severe problems, make sure your friends know what to do in an emergency and wear a medic-alert bracelet or necklace so that people know what to do in the event you lose consciousness.
  • Try and keep cash in smaller amounts in different places on your person, that way if the worst happens and you lose it you'll only lose some and won't be left totally without.
  • Take a good sunscreen and sunglasses - don't forget that sunscreen whatever the weather forecast says - even an hour in the sun can give you sunburn.
  • Remember to pack a towel, wash stuff, deodorant and toothbrush/toothpaste. Take condoms/contraceptive pills/tampons as required.

CAR PARKING

  • Don’t leave valuables in your vehicle. Leave the glove box open and empty to show that there is nothing of value in there.
  • Remember where you left the car. Many parking areas will be zoned, colour coded and well-marked to assist you in finding your vehicle

LOOKING OUT FOR YOU

  • Try to eat at least one hot meal a day and drink enough non-alcoholic drinks, being dehydrated makes you more prone to feeling tired/irritable and having headaches.
  • There have been a small number of cases of measles around the country and at other big events this year. Measles isn’t common these days because most of us are vaccinated, but young people who missed their MMR jab as children are vulnerable, especially if gathered in large numbers at an event. If you think you have any of the recognised symptoms, please call your GP or NHS 111. If you suspect you may have symptoms onsite at The Big Feastival please notify or go to First Aid and follow directions of the onsite team.
  • There are FREE drinking water points in the Arena and the Campsites near the toilet blocks. It really can't be overstressed – make sure you drink plenty of water.
  • If it's really hot, stay in the shade as much as possible, use sun-block and cover up exposed skin to prevent painful burning and sunstroke with its flu-like systems.
  • Do not feel pressured into drinking excessively. You know what your limit is and what you are comfortable with - don't let anyone make you feel you should be doing something you don't want to.

IN THE CROWD

  • Arrive at the venue in plenty of time to familiarise yourself with the setup and layout - check it out to see where the exits, Info Point and medical services are located.
  • To avoid the crowd's inevitable rush to leave following a performance, consider the possibility of leaving before the end of the show - you may miss the last number but you will get out much more easily.
  • Once you're in the venue check out where the emergency exits - preferably look for a different exit - NOT the main entry/exit because if there is a need to get out fast, most people will make for the main one and the crowd there will be very intense.
  • Make a decision with your friends as to where you will meet up if you get separated - either inside the venue or outside the venue - that way you all know what you will do and how you will make contact in an emergency situation.
  • Most people want to be near the front of the stage for their favourite acts – but don’t spoil the experience by forcing yourself into an already overcrowded situation.

BE SAFE

  • Stay in groups and be tolerant of people slowing you down. Just enjoy going with the flow.
  • If you are a victim of crime, contact festival security or the police immediately. Report any incident, even near-misses as soon as possible, you may help others by doing so.
  • Remember, alcohol or drugs can affect your ability to make safe judgements.
  • Don’t forget to keep your mobile charged and check it on a daily basis. There is a recharging facility onsite.
  • If you have any concerns about your safety in the Campsites, find a plot somewhere well-lit. Go near a fire tower, your nearest steward or the campsite management hub (near to the Campers Entrance to the Arena).

YOUR VALUABLES

  • Unfortunately, festivals can sometimes attract petty thieves or opportunists so please be aware of this and ensure you look after any valuables that you have to take with you.
  • Don’t leave valuables on display in your car or within your tent when you are not there.

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