FAQs

Prohibited Items

The following items are NOT permitted into the festival or the festival campsite. Any person found with any of these prohibited items may have the item(s) removed by a member of the Campsite Staff:

• Campfires, firewood and fire starters
• Chinese lanterns
• Drones
• Fireworks
• Gas Cylinders exceeding 15kg
• Generators
• Glass. All liquids must be decanted into plastic containers before arrival. All glass bottles will be removed and disposed of by Campsite Staff on arrival
• Kites
• Offensive weapons
• Paddling pools / swimming pools / hot tubs etc.
• Radio controlled aircraft / drones / etc.
• Restricted and illegal substances
• Sound systems capable of creating excessive noise
• Any and all items that are deemed dangerous, offensive or unsuitable for the safe environment of the festival and campsite.

Admission will be refused to anyone carrying prohibited items, regardless of the tickets carried by the persons concerned and without refund.

The Festival

How far is the festival from the car park?

Just a short walk, there will be a designated disabled parking area too at the closest point to the main arena.

Do I need a car pass to park my car for the festival?

No this, car parking is free and does not need to be booked. We encourage car sharing where possible to reduce the impact on the local area and the environment.

Can I leave my car overnight if I get a taxi home?

Of course! The beer festival is about drinking responsibly and we don’t want anyone to drink and drive. All we ask is that you collect your car before midday on Monday 19th August.

Is there a reduced price for children?

Yes! Anyone aged between 2 – 18 on the festival dates can be admitted on a Child Ticket. Children under 2 do not need a ticket but will be given a wristband on entry to the festival. Proof of age may be requested.

Please note: all children must be accompanied by an adult whilst at the festival.

Can I come to the festival and not camp?

Sure! Day tickets will be available to purchase when the ‘Early Bird’ tickets go on sale. Why not make it a full weekend any enjoy the picturesque grounds and have breakfast cook for you to help the hangover.

I haven’t had my tickets sent to me, how will I get in?

All of our tickets are sent via email from Eventbrite. Look out for an email from orders@eventbrite.com, it may be in your junk box. Alternatively, you can log into your Eventbrite account online or download the Eventbrite app. Your tickets will need to be scanned on the gate.

Are there phone charging facilities on site?

No, there’s so much going on you wont need to look at your phone!

Can I bring my pet to the festival?

Yes, well-behaved dogs kept on leads can come to the festival during the days only, no pet animals are allowed into the campsite.

Can I bring my own alcohol on-site?

Why would you need to? We have some of the best beers, ciders and drinks from all over the world, all in one place. No alcohol can be brought into the main arena and there is a section below about alcohol limits. Security will be conducting random searches.

Will we be able to purchase tickets on the gate?

That depends if there is any available. Please ensure you check out the Blackpit Brewery Facebook page before you set off. Pre-bought tickets will be better value, so why risk it?

What is the address for The Festival of Beer?

You can use the postcode MK18 5LJ. As you get nearer to the festival, please follow all signage as satnavs may try and take you to the wrong part of the site.

Will I be able to re-enter the site if I leave during the day?

We hope you won’t want to, and we try and ensure you won’t need to. However, as you enter the festival you will be issued with a wristband and you will need to show this to re-enter the site if you leave.

What time can we enter the festival?

For day ticket holders, the main arena will open at TBC and will close after the entertainment finishes. The main stage is scheduled to finish at TBC on Saturday and TBC on Sunday. On Saturday, we have a late night Woodland venue carrying on to 2am on Sunday morning.

Alcohol Limits

You may bring the following to the festival: 6 cans beer / lager / cider / pre-mixed drinks OR 1 bottles of wine (decanted into plastic bottles) per person.

Strictly no spirits or hard liquor. You may only bring these in on first entry only. Searches will be undertaken upon entry. If you leave the site, you may be searched again upon re-admittance. ­Any alcohol above this allocation will be confiscated. This alcohol may only be consumed in the campsite.

The Camping

Will there be an electrical hook-up in the campsite?

No, we do not have any electrical hook-ups in the campsite.

Can I camp next to my friends?

The campsite will fill on a first come, first served basis. To ensure you’re next to your friends its best to arrive together. If this isn’t possible, you’ll need to bring their tent and pitch it for them to ensure no one else takes their spot. Please note, live-in vehicles will not be pitched in the same area.

Can we bring a BBQ?

Yes, as long as it is raised off the ground however, we have an amazing selection of street food vendors to keep you fed throughout the weekend. Campfires are not allowed.

Can we bring our own alcohol into the campsite?

Again, why would you need to? But if you insist you can bring your own booze. Just remember glass is not allowed in the campsite. Alcohol cannot be taken into the main arena.

Will I be parked next to my tent?

No, we will have a separate car park that is a very short walk from the campsite.

Can I bring my pet into the campsite?

No, pet animals are not allowed into the campsite.

Do you have grey water and chemical disposal points on site?

No, we ask that you take all waste water home with you after the event.

What is glamping?

Glamping: noun. – A portmanteau of glamorous and camping, the luxurious way to camp.

Arrive to your well-appointed bell tent already built and set up for you, you’ll also be able to make use of the communal lounge area, a phone charging tent and a pamper area with chairs, large mirrors and hair dryers! To find out more, and to book, visit Hotel Bell Tent’s website LINK.

Am I allowed to bring a generator with me?

No, we operate a strict no generator policy and security will be patrolling the campsite to enforce this rule.

What is a live-in vehicle pitch pass?

A live-in vehicle pitch pass is an additional ticker that you’ll need if you’re bringing a live-in vehicle to the festival. This includes all motorhomes, caravans, trailer tents and converted campervans or any vehicle you plan to sleep in.

I’m bringing my van, is it classed as a live-in vehicle?

If you plan to sleep in the van, then yes. However, if you’re just using the van to bring your camping equipment then you will not need a live-in vehicle pitch pass.

How big is my pitch?

We do not specify a pitch size for tent camping, we just ask that you only take up the space you need to be fair to other campers. For those with a live-in vehicle, pitches are approximately 7x8m for your whole camp.

Do you have accessible camping?

As our campsite is super close to the arena, we don’t have a specific area for accessible camping. We do however, have accessible facilities in both the campsite and the festival arena.

How far is the campsite from the festival?

Just a short walk, closer than the car park in fact! The closest pitch will be less than 250m from the main arena.

What time does the campsite open and close?

The campsite will be open from TBC on Friday and will close at midday on Monday. Your pitch must be clear after this time.

The Serious Bit…

Blackpit Brewery Limited reserves the right to search any/all vehicles and/or persons on arrival. Admission will be refused to anyone carrying prohibited items, regardless of the tickets carried by the persons concerned without refund. Blackpit Brewery Limited reserves the right to refuse permission of entry or re-entry to any person(s). No trading/flyering/placing of posters/stickers without prior written consent. The ‘Challenge 25’ policy will be in place across the site and you must be over 18 to bring, buy and consume alcohol on the site. There is a zero tolerance policy to drugs on site.