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Are Dogs Welcome?

Yes we welcome well behaved dogs on a lead. All dogs must be on leads at all times. Owners are responsible for clearing up after their dog and also ensuring its health and wellbeing while at the festival. There are no kennel facilities at The Beacon Festival and if the weather is hot it is unsuitable for a dog to remain in a car for periods of time. For this reason we ask you to think before bringing your dog.

How do I become a volunteer?

We have lots of volunteering opportunities; click here for details and our application form.

What food and drink is available?

There will be an international feel to the plant-based food on offer in our piazza. In addition to tea and coffee there will be ale, cider and cocktail bars. Although we encourage you to support our food vendors, you are very welcome to bring your own food into the festival arena (although only alcohol purchased on-site will be allowed inside the arena - please see below).  Breakfast can be purchased both Saturday and Sunday morning. Click here for details of our food and drink traders. 

Can I bring Glas on site

No, as a working farm, NO GLASS is allowed on site anywhere.

Are you running a bus from Watlington?

Yes, a mini bus will operate from The Spire and Spoke and Hopefully from the Red Kite Estate, See our transport page for details.

Will there be Tickets on the Gate

Yes there will be tickets on the Gate to purchase, However we encourage you to purchase online, it helps everyone!

Entry Times

Those camping will be able to gain access from 4pm on Friday. The main arena will open at 5.30pm and the Bars, Music etc. will start at 6pm. Day Tickets entry starts at 6pm on the Friday.

On Saturday - Entry for Day tickets will be from Midday.

The main arena will shut both nights at 1am. 

The Main gates will shut at 9pm each night and only ticket holders will be able to gain access after that time.

Can I bring my own drinks?

The venue is a working farm so glass bottles are not allowed anywhere on site and will be confiscated if found. There are bar areas in the arena serving alcoholic and soft drinks. We encourage you to support the Festival and local businesses by buying your drinks on site, many thanks. Drinks will not be able to be brought into the many arenas and your bags will be searched in accordance with our new license.

What facilities are there for campers?

There is ample space for tents, caravans and camper vans. Click here for details.

How Green are you?

We are working hard to be as environmentally sustainable as possible. We have banned our traders from using single use plastic in any form. We have worked hard this year to amend our ways too, costs permitting, although we haven't been able to find suitable suppliers for some elements of the festival, our quest goes on.
We implore you not to bring single use plastic to site and make sure you have a re usable water bottle which you are free to refill.  

What time does the festival start?

Festival doors open Friday at 5pm. Music and trading 6pm – 1 am. Gates open at 9am Saturday morning for those camping with us, (gates for Saturday tickets is Midday) with the Kiszone and Workshops starting from 9am, music and Bar trading 12 noon until 1am. Camping available from 4pm Friday until Sunday 12 noon, when the festival shuts its gates for the last time.....

Is there a car park, and how close is it to the Camp Site?

There is ample parking onsite with a small charge £5 (payable on arrival) although it is first come first served. Please make sure you have change available not to hold the queue up although we should have a card machine available to. Please DO NOT park in the road outside. The car park is around 500 yards from the campsite, you wont be able to park next to your tent, but you will be able to see your car from it.

What activities are there for children?

There is an assortment of free activities and work shops for children of all ages in the Kidzone plus a selection games and inflatable which will be charged for.​

I can only come for a day, what can I do?

There will be Friday only and Saturday only tickets available. Take a look at our ticket options here. 

What provisions are there for people with disabilities

Beacon Festival prides itself on being as inclusive as possible. We welcome those with disabilities and will strive to make it as accessible and enjoyable for them as possible. But please remember the setting is rural farming land, which is mainly grass. Although the main areas are reasonably flat (as flat as grass can be) the location is on the top of a hill and there will be slight inclines in the natural lie of the land. We will assist wherever possible.

All of our bands will be accompanied by a sign language interpreter to ensure the music on offer is accessible to more people. 


Your carers can accompany you for free.

What is your Drug Policy 

The Beacon Festival is a drug free zone. No illegal drugs of any description will be allowed on the festival grounds. Anyone found with illegal drugs will be taken to the security marquee and the local authorities will be called. There is no exception to this rule.


The Beacon Festival recognises the increased use of “legal highs” at festivals. A legal high is defined as;


A substance with stimulant or mood-altering properties whose sale or use is not banned by current legislation regarding the misuse of drugs. An example of this is mephedrone. The substance was created in a lab to mimic the effects of cocaine or ecstasy, but it had a slightly different chemical structure to both of these drugs so that it would not fall under the Misuse of Drugs Act. Subsequently the government passed legislation so that mephedrone became a controlled substance meaning it’s now illegal to possess, give away or sell.


Anyone found trying to achieve a legal high at The Beacon Festival will be asked to leave. Anyone trying to supply a legal high to another person will be taken to the security marquee and the authorities may be called.


The Beacon Festival reserves the right to ask anyone consuming a legal high to leave the festival grounds.


The Beacon Festival reserves the right to “dip test” any liquids they feel may have an illegal substance in them.

Antisocial Behavior Policy

The Beacon Festival is a family festival and antisocial behaviours such as fighting, racial or discriminatory comments, excessive alcohol consumption will not be tolerated.


Anyone displaying antisocial behaviours will be asked to leave the festival grounds. Refusal to do so may result in the authorities being called.

What is your Alcohol Policy

A Challenge 25 policy will be implemented and adhered to meaning: all members of staff at the [remises shall seek ‘credible photographic proof of age evidence’ from any person who appears to be under the age of 25 years and who is seeking access to the premises or is seeking to purchase or consume alcohol on the premises. Such credible evidence will prove that the person is over the age of 18 and shall include a photograph of the customer and will either be a passport, photographic driving licence, or Proof of Age card carrying a “PASS” logo


Sadly we dont accept refunds 

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