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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.  

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 over stressed – 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 sun stroke 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 any 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.

 

CAMPSITE RULES

GENERAL GUIDELINES

  • No admission without a valid ticket.
  • Please remain vigilant to fire safety in order to help keep yourselves and other festival-goers safe.
  • Make note of your location and key landmarks nearby (like trees or signage) to help you remember how to find your tent.  You could also try decorating your tent with flags or paint. Things can look very different at night, when other tents have moved and other people have arrived and set up so take your time familiarising yourself with your location.
  • Get to know your neighbours, then you can keep an eye on each other’s set ups. 
  • The Organisers reserve the right of admission.
  • There is to be no vehicle movement within the Campsite over the weekend. Pitches are allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  • We ask you be considerate when pitching your tent - if you take up more than a reasonable amount of space for your group, you will be asked to re-pitch.
  • Generators are not permitted.
  • Children must be supervised by an adult at all times.
  • Anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated and you will be ejected without a refund. 
  • Guests may be searched on entry to the event. If you are in possession of illegal substances you may be arrested.
  • No sound systems will be permitted on site.
  • No animals are allowed on the festival site other than assistance dogs.
  • In the event of needing assistance, medical care or otherwise, please contact any steward or member of Campsite staff who can radio for assistance.
  • Campers will be issued with special wristbands allowing the access to the Campsite. Please ensure your party wear them at all times.
  • Strictly no fire/Chinese lanterns or fireworks are allowed on site.
  • Please ensure your party know the location of key 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-goers safe.


PITCHING YOUR TENT

  • Make note of your location and key landmarks nearby (like trees or signage) to help you remember how to find your tent.  You could also try decorating your tent with flags or paint. Things can look very different at night, when other tents have moved and other people have arrived and set up so take your time familiarising yourself with your location.
  • Get to know your neighbours, then you can keep an eye on each other’s set ups. 
  • Do not leave valuables on show and split your money into various hiding places when you’re in or around your tent.  Don’t leave anything valuable in your tent during the day when you are not there.

COOKING FOOD AND ALCOHOL

  • Open fires and BBQs are not permitted.
  • Please note: If we experience hot, dry weather in the lead up to the festival – there may be restrictions on cooking activity in the campsites.  If this is the case, we will be communicating to all ticket-purchasers in advance. 
  • Campers wishing to bring stoves should only bring purpose built gas stoves with small gas bottles (2.2kg). No spare bottles are to be brought. These stoves can only be used for cooking in a designated area of the Campsite, and should not be used inside individual tents. No other LPG should be on site.
  • If you are camping, you are allowed to bring in your own alcohol (to be consumed in the Campsite) up to a reasonable amount per person (eg 1 case of beer/lager/cider or up to 1 litre of decanted spirits). You will be asked to leave excess quantities outside the event.
  • Alcohol cannot be brought into The Big Feastival from the Campsites. There are fully licensed bars available for you in the festival.
  • You will not be allowed to bring in glass of any kind. Broken glass is dangerous for children and for the animals that will be using the fields after the festival. There will be no exceptions.
  • No water source should be deemed as drinking water unless it is specifically labelled as such.
  • Please ensure to put any rubbish in the bins provided.
  • We have a No Naked Flame policy at the festival and in the Campsite. There will be designated areas in the Campsite where you will be able to go to use small stoves to cook food.


CAMPERVANS AND CARAVANS

  • The allocated pitch size for campervans and caravans is 8m x 6m.
  • Due to uneven ground in some areas, please take precautions to ensure that you vehicle is securely stationed.
  • Cars and campervans will be parked in a designated area and cannot be parked alongside tents.
  • Sleeping in cars overnight is not permitted.
  • It is strongly recommend not to bring any large Winnebago or RV style vehicles as we are unable to guarantee access for these vehicles to the Campsite.
  • For those with caravans and trailer tents, please note that towing vehicles must be removed from the Campsite and parked in the public car park.
  • Please be aware that no hook ups are available for water within the Campsite.  There are a limited number of electric hook ups, which must be booked in advance when you purchase your Campervan Pitch.
  • Estate cars, vans and any other vehicles not designed with in-built sleeping facilities will not be allowed access to the Campsite.
  • An average, reasonable sized vehicle will be permitted onto site. Permission to accommodate your vehicle is entirely at the Event Organiser's discretion.
  • Owners of campervans should bring sufficient gas bottles in the fitted cylinders on the vehicle only. No spare bottles should be brought on site.
  • Due to uneven ground in some areas, please take precautions to ensure that you vehicle is securely stationed.

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