The festival is set to take place in East Sussex in the scenic and romantic woodlands of Pippingford Park.
Pippingford Park, Nutley, Uckfield TN22 3HW
Below are a few recommendations to help ease the journey a little.
Cars and Parking
This would be the opportune moment to enjoy a nice ride through the countryside as you reach the festival. If you’d like, you could make the journey more exciting, fun and save on gas by making car pool arrangements with other like-minded festival goers through lift sharing websites like www.liftshare.com or www.blablacar.com. There is free parking available to all festival ticket holders INCLUDING CAMPER VANS, which have their own designated area.
If you would fancy a train ride to the venue, the nearest options for train stations are East Grinstead, Tunbridge Wells and Uckfield which have regular trains running. It's cheaper to get a taxi from Uckfield (£10) vs (£22) from East Grinstead but it should be easier to get a taxi from East Grinstead.
The area also has good taxi services to choose from: aclasslewestaxis.co.uk, forestcars.co.uk , eastgrinsteadtaxis.co.uk , uckfield-taxis.co.uk, http://www.villagetaxiservices.co.uk/ where the contact details can be found.
Try Village Taxis - tel: 01825 764431
The parking area will also a have a rack where bicycles can be chained. The bicycles can also be chained to the trees near your campsite.
Arriving at the Festival
Our beautiful festival home is at Pippingford Park, Nutley, Uckfield TN22 3HW
Information on travel by train, bicycle or car is available on the festival website. https://www.bylinefestival.com/directions
Whether you arrive by campervan, taxi, car or bicycle, please follow the stewards’ instructions. All vehicles except drop off taxis must be parked before you come to the Box Office. However you get here, please make sure you come to the Box Office before attempting to enter the Festival site.
Opening and Closing Times
The Festival site will open to the public at midday on Friday 23 August, closing at 4pm on Monday 26 August. All guests must leave the site by 6pm on Monday.
Entry gates close to new arrivals each day at 10pm, so make sure you arrive in good time if you are joining us for evening entertainment!
Festival Entrance opening times:
Entry Gate opens
Entry Gate closes
Friday 23 August
Saturday 24 August
Sunday 25 August
Monday 26 August
There are a few things that we need to be super clear about in advance of you arriving at the festival. This is to ensure you get access to the festival as quickly and as stress free as possible!
You must have a ticket to enter the Festival. Tickets have been sold for weekend and single day entry, with discounted tickets for children. If you have purchased a camper van ticket, you will receive additional wristbands for access to and from the camper van area throughout the event.
Under 18 tickets must be accompanied by a ticket holding parent or guardian over the age of 30.
Please look after your wristband - lost wristbands will not be replaced.
Weekend tickets include free weekend camping. You must bring your own tent and other camping equipment unless you’ve booked a pre-pitched or glamping tent. For those who have booked ahead for a tent, reception for these is located in the main camping field.
If you’re new to camping, the Festival Safe website has some excellent guidance on what you will need to stay warm, dry and well rested while you are here.
Day tickets can be collected from the box office located on the main road down to the Festival entrance. Please park your car and collect your wristbands from the box office before you try to enter the Festival site.
On the day sales
A limited number of tickets each day will be available to purchase by credit or debit card (no cash) at the box office.
Getting to the campsite
The car park and box office are about 10 minutes on foot from the campsite. There will be a limited transport service available on Friday and Saturday to move camping equipment from the box office area to entrance to the campsite.
It is worth noting that waiting times may be substantial at peak times - if you are able to carry your belongings, you will definitely get to camp faster. Please also note that attendees with accessibility issues or small children will be prioritised for buggy transport. The transport service may be withdrawn at any time if other requirements take precedence or the weather makes it dangerous. We appreciate your help and understanding with this.
Pre-booked tents and Glamping
If you have booked a glamping tent from Tee and Toast or any other supplier, their reception area is on the left as you enter the main camping field.
Need to know
First Aid is located in the main festival field opposite the Media Circus tent. Ask any steward or member of crew if you need assistance.
The information tent is located next door to First Aid in the Media Circus field. Open til 10pm each day, the team will be able to tell you what’s happening as well as selling merchandise, books and other content relating to the festival.
We want to make that our attendees with accessibility needs have a fantastic experience while at the festival. Please make any accessibility needs known to the box office staff when you arrive and we will give you contact information so you can get in touch with us if you need help. We have disabled access camping and toilets close to the entrance to the camping field and crew to help you get around. Please be aware that Pippingford Park is quite hilly and the Forest Forum in particular may be challenging to reach, particularly in poor weather.
When you arrive onsite as a family, make sure your children know how to recognise stewards, crew and security in case they lose you or you lose them. If your child is lost, please go to the First Aid or Information Tent, or ask a steward for help. Found children will be looked after at the First Aid tent.
The Festival site and natural hazards
Pippingford is a Site of Special Scientific Interest. That means we must look after it - leave the site as you found it and use the bins and ash buckets provided.
The site is home to animals the rest of the year, so please be aware of animal poo, washing your hands regularly. There have been reports of ticks, poisonous berries and fungi in the area in the past, so be extra careful with any children in your care.
There are extensive woodlands and a river running through the site so be careful and wear sturdy shoes, especially in bad weather.
Leave No Trace - recycling and waste
Pippingford Park is a beautiful place and contains sites of special scientific interest - we are lucky to be here. Green fields and untouched landscapes are what make it beautiful. It is not acceptable to litter and abandon possessions while you are at with us. Please make sure you put your rubbish in the recycling bins provided around the site or take it home with you.
Water, toilets and showers
Drinking water is freely available at all bars and taps around the festival - bring a reusable water bottle with you to help keep waste down.
Toilets are located around the site, please check the map for locations. Please don’t put anything other than toilet paper into the toilets - this blocks the drainage and can cause toilets to be closed.
Shower blocks are located in the main camping field. Be prepared to queue if you want a shower first thing in the morning - the smart time to shower is after lunch!
We will have four ATMs on site near the food stalls area.
Food and drink
We have a wide variety of excellent food and drink stalls (including new for this year, a fully operating restaurant! Booking online in advance) and we encourage you to take advantage of the quality on offer and join us for more conversation. Snacks for your children are of course allowed.
We ask that each person only brings a reasonable amount for themselves to enjoy - no more than a crate of beer or a box of wine. NO GLASS is permitted onto site and will be removed if found.
If you are using a camping stove, any fuel must be stored in appropriate and safe containers. NEVER use a camping stove or BBQ inside a tent. Any cooking stoves or barbecues must be off the ground to avoid any damage to the grass.
Make sure all disposable BBQs are properly extinguished before leaving them unattended and keep them separate from any other rubbish.
In case of very dry weather where there is a fire risk we may ask attendees to take additional precautions with both cooking and smoking cigarettes.
We have a zero tolerance policy on the use of or dealing of illegal drugs, including nitrous oxide. Anyone found to be dealing will be handed over to the police. Amnesty bins can be found at the front gate if they are required.
New to camping? Be Festival Safe
The British summer is renowned for its unreliability and festivals often experience four seasons in one day - make sure you are prepared for all eventualities, from wellies to suncream.
Your tent and essential kit
Please make sure you pitch your tent safely, using guy ropes, and leaving some space between you and your neighbours. Use a double skinned tent (with an inner and outer section) to ensure that you stay dry if it rains. Bring something to sleep on, and sleep in. There is lighting in the camping fields but you will need a lantern or a torch for getting around late at night, especially inside your tent.
Here’s our go-to list of things to bring for a comfortable hassle free weekend of festival camping:
Cash & bank card
Campervan pass ticket if you have one
List of contact numbers for friends
Tent and pegs (or live in vehicle)
Sleeping mats/airbed (and a pump!)
Blankets if you get cold at night
Lantern/lights for your tent
Bivvy bag/waterproof rug for sitting
Ear plugs, sleeping mask if you need them
IN YOUR WASH BAG
Insect bite cream/antihistamines
Toothbrush and toothpaste
Skincare and haircare products
Sanitary items if needed
Wet wipes/flannel and bowl for washing
Warm clothes - layers is best
Comfortable, sturdy shoes (not just trainers)
Plenty of socks
Sunglasses and a sunhat in case it’s hot
Hat and scarf in case it’s cold
If you are a camping novice or just want a little more advice, head over to Festival Safe for a pretty comprehensive list of what to bring and how to have the best festival camping experience.
If you forget anything, we will have our general store open on site.