Q. Where is the festival ?
A. Blues on the Farm is held at Pump Bottom Farm, Birdham Road, Chichester, PO20 7EH.
Q. Where is the nearest railway station ?
A. Chichester railway station which is approximately two miles from the site. There are plenty of taxis and buses run to and from the station every thirty minutes.
Q. When will I receive my tickets ?
A. Once payment has been received for your tickets, be it by cheque, card or cash, we will send them out to the address of your choice as quickly as possible, but please allow 21 days for delivery. Should you wish to pick up your tickets on arrival we will have them ready and waiting for you at the entrance gate.
Q. Is there a camping facility ?
A. Yes, we have fifty acres of mown, level grass for you to pitch your tent.
Q. Are there restrictions on tent size ?
A. No, but please don’t bring a fifty foot marquee for one person or you will be asked to remove it !
Q. Will the camping area be supervised ?
A. Yes, our dedicated team will be there to welcome you and show you where to pitch your tent once you have shown them your camping ticket.
Q. Can we bring a caravan or camper van ?
A. Yes, but we need to know in advance, including the size and registration number. We will even provide an electric hook up if required.
Q. Are there toilet facilities on site?
A. Yes, plenty of portaloos including one for the disabled.
Q. Can I have a BBQ on site ?
A. BBQs are allowed but must be off the ground. Flat throwaway BBQs or open fires are strictly prohibited.
Q. When is the site open / closed ?
A. You are welcome to arrive from midday on Thursday to set up camp and we ask you to vacate the site by midday on the Monday following the Festival.
Q. Are children welcome ?
A. Yes they are, the whole family is welcome. Children under five are admitted free. Children under 16 must be accompanied by a ticket holding adult.
Q. Are there parking facilities ?
A. Yes, acres of flat, mown grass and attendants too.
Q. How safe will my family be ?
A. Very safe. We have fully trained security officers on site 24 hours a day as well as First Aid Personnel. A full Health & Safety Audit has been carried out for the site and Public Liability Insurance is carried for all visitors on site.
Q. How accessible is the site for disabled visitors ?
A. The site is very flat and we have a special parking area for disabled visitors very close to the Festival entrance.
Q. What refreshments are available ?
A. We have a selection of excellent food stalls at the event including curries, hogroast, fish & chips, sausages, beefburgers, vegetarian and sweet doughnuts. For the campers there is also a breakfast bar serving full English from 08.00hrs each morning on the campsite.
Q. Is there a bar ?
A. Yes, a superb sixty foot dedicated beer tent with some twenty real ales, wines, soft drinks and our own prize winning Appledram Cider.
Q. Can I bring glass bottles and glasses on site ?
A. No, for Health & Safety reasons no glass is allowed in the Festival site, only on the campsite.
Q. Can i bring my own food and drink on site ?
A. No. No food and drink may be brought into the festival site.
Q. Do I need ID ?
A. Yes, unless you will not be buying alcohol from the bar or are obviously over 18 ! Blues on the Farm 2011 will be operating the “Challenge 21” initiative which aims to cut down on underage alcohol sales and highlights the fact that :
"If you are lucky enough to look under the age of 21 you will be asked to prove that you are over 18 when you buy alcohol"
Acceptable forms of proof are Photo ID card, photo driving licence, passport or PASS accredited proof of age card.
The Challenge 21 initiative encourages sellers of alcohol to request official forms of identification from anyone who appears to be under 21. If the bar manager suspects that the customer is under that age and he / she does not have the relevant identification described above they will not be served. Official stewards on site also have the power to ask for identification if they see anyone drinking who appears under age.
The scheme is being promoted because it is often very difficult to identify accurately whether someone is 17, 18, 19 or 20, but is often easier to establish whether someone is over 21. However, if young people have official identification to show that they are over 18 they will be served legally.
WE TAKE THIS VERY SERIOUSLY – AFTER ALL, IT’S OUR LICENCE AND LIVELIHOOD WHICH IS AT STAKE.
Q. Is smoking banned at the Festival ?
A. Smoking is banned inside the main marquee area where the main stage is housed and the bar marquee area. The outside area in the open is a general smoking area but we do ask you to be considerate to other visitors and please dispose of cigarette ends safely.
Q. Are dogs allowed ?
A. Sorry, for Health & Safety reasons no dogs or other animals and birds are allowed on site.
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