Useful Information

Online Ticket Sales:

All tickets for the festival can only be purchased in advance of the festival through our online shop here or on the gate on the day of the festival.

Once you have completed your purchase, your tickets will be sent via email to the email address given. Your ticket must be presented at the festival entrance where it will be scanned, checked and exchanged for a festival wristband.

Please ensure that you read the Festival Terms and Conditions before purchasing tickets.

Tickets can be purchased through the website up until 10pm on Thursday 9th August 2018, when the online store closes. Tickets can still be purchased at the gates on arrival at any time up until 11pm on Friday 10th August and 11pm on Saturday 11th August.

Please be aware that we can not guarantee your entry to the festival on purchasing tickets in advance. Once we have reached capacity, the gate will work on a one in, one out basis, though this rarely happens, we recommend arriving in good time. We also will not permit entry to anyone who is overly intoxicated or poses a threat to themselves or other people.

Beer vouchers purchased in advance online can be collected in the voucher tent upon entry to the festival site.

On redeeming your tickets, if you are 18+ years old, upon providing sufficient identification if requested (in the form of a passport or driving license) you will be given a red wrist band. Please note, you will NOT BE SERVED alcoholic beverages if you are not wearing a wrist band. The festival operates the Challenge 25 procedure.

If for some reason you can no longer attend the festival and want to refund your tickets, please get in touch


Other information:

Reusable cups are provided for everyone in the voucher tent, where you can also purchase vouchers with which to buy drinks at the bar. The bar works on a voucher only system, cash or cards will not be taken under any circumstances, as form of payment at the bar. You can also pick up your festival guide at the voucher tent, listing the events, bands and beverages available over the weekend.

A range of food, snacks and soft drinks are available to purchase in the food tent. Please note this is cash only, we currently are not accepting card payments for food.

Last orders at the bar are as follows:

Midnight on Friday 10th August

11:30pm on Saturday 11th August


For any other queries please email us at

Can I buy tickets on the gate?

Tickets are available to buy at the gate. Please note that once our capacity is reached no further entry can be granted.

You can also buy tickets through this website up until 10pm Thursday 9th August.

You can also buy your Beer Vouchers at the festival.

Will there be food available on site?

Yes!!!! Click Here to see Food & Drink and loads of it!!! Hot and cold food including vegetarian and vegan options will also be available.

A food van will also be on the campsite.

What are the Ticket Prices?

Prices as follows:
•Friday festival pass – £12
•Saturday festival pass – £15

Camping £5per person, per night, aged 14+

•Friday – Under 18’s & OAPs £7
•Saturday – Under 18’s & OAPs £9
•Accompanied under 14’s are Free

Tickets can be bought in advance only on this website by clicking above on Shop. Tickets are available at the gate. Please note that once our capacity is reached no further entry can be granted.

Beer vouchers will also be on sale at the festival. Please note that we can only accept cash at the festival.

Card payments may be available, this is something we are testing.

Where can I park?

There is ample free parking at the festival.

There are two car parks, one car park for campers which is right next to the camp site and the other is right next to the festival site.

It’s a short walk from the campsite to the festival site.

If you come by push bike, please ask us for a safe place to lock it but bring your own lock.

What are the Festival Site opening times?

Friday 10th August – gates open at 6.30pm till 12:30am (Last orders at midnight)

Saturday 11th August – gates open at 1pm until 12 midnight (Last orders 11:30pm)

Campsite is open from – 2.30pm on Friday 10th August – until noon Sunday 11th

Can I pay on debit/credit card?

We can take credit/debit cards, though this can be unreliable (as we are in the middle of a field!) so we advise bringing cash with you!

Is there a cash machine?

Unfortunately not. Please note that though we do have card payment facilities, these can be temperamental – so please bring plenty of cash with you!

Can I have a BBQ?

Due to fire regulations no fires or barbecues are allowed on the festival site.

Can I bring my dog?

Sorry, no dogs are permitted on the festival site or the campsite. Guide dogs for the blind and assistance dogs for the disabled will be allowed on the festival site and camping site.

Assistance dogs must wear their Jackets at all times during the festival to show they are at work.

Can I bring my own alcohol?

The terms of our license strictly prohibit alcohol being brought onto the festival site. Security checks will be made at the gate and any alcohol/narcotics found, will be confiscated.

We have over 40 different ales, ciders and various other beverages, you might find a new favourite!

You may have your own alcohol on the campsite.

Please note though if you are drunk upon entry at the gate, you will not be allowed on the festival site.
Please also respect that families will be camping.
For safety reasons no glass whatsoever is allowed on the site. Security checks will be made at the gate and all glass will be confiscated.
Please drink responsibly.

What footwear / Clothing should I bring?

Please bring suitable clothing depending on the weather – sun protection for the daytime, warm clothes if you plan to be outside in the evening (it can be chilly on top of the Blackdowns) and suitable footwear if it’s wet.

The site is in a field located on farmland, so please be aware the grass can get slippery / muddy when wet. Animals have been grazing in the field year round and though we do our best to clear the site before the festival, do be aware of sheep droppings!

The bar, stage and food areas are all under cover, but most of the site is open air and you will have to walk outside to the toilet.

Can I take photographs / videos at the festival?

You are very welcome to take photos and videos, and if they’re suitable we’d love to see them and add them to the gallery. Please send them

or tag us on Facebook or Instagram @blackdownbeerfestival

Where does the money go?

All profits from the festival go towards funding musical projects in the local schools and community groups.

You can see where it all goes on our Grants & Funding page here.

What disabled facilities are there at the Festival?

There is good level access to all parts of the site.

Please be aware though that parts of the field can get muddy if the weather is wet. Please keep in mind the event is held on a field which could be bumpy in places.

In previous years wheelchair users commented that they found it easier if they used a powered chair depending on your abilities.

We have disabled parking at the festival and disabled toilet facilities at both the festival and campsite