FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

When can I arrive?

This year, the festival site will be open from 5pm on Thursday 15th August. When you arrive you’ll need to register and get signed in, then you will be given your wristband and programme for the weekend. The programmed events will begin on the Friday evening, but you’re welcome to hang around the site before that and get to know it and each other.

Will there be a vegetarian/vegan food on site?

Yes, the Beech Cafe offers a range of vegetarian and vegan food

Where do we dispose of rubbish on site?

There will be recycling points at the festival.

Can we have fires and BBQs?

There will be three hosted campfires in the main festival area, so we can share them as focal points for the event into the night. Other fires are not permitted.

Where can we buy essentials (milk, newspapers, cigarettes, etc)?

There is a mini-mart in East Meon, which is about a mile and a quarter from the site.

Can I park my car by my tent?

When you arrive you will be directed to the car-park, which is right next to the camping area, and that’s as far as your car will be able to go.

Can I bring my caravan / camper van / live-in vehicle?

Caravans are not allowed on the site, but camper vans can pitch on the edge of the car park. Please buy a camper van pass with your festival ticket.

40 thoughts on “FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  1. Alistair Todd

    Hi,
    I was just wondering if there are opportunities for volunteering at this festival. It would be great to be a part of this this year.

    All the best,
    Alistair

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  2. Abbie Palache

    I am sure you have got your programme finished at this stage, but on the off-chance… I’m a storyteller from Brighton. I tell stories to adults and children – traditional tales – and love exploring how traditional tales develop our connection to the land.

    If you have any need of a storyteller, please let me know – I would love to attend your festival!

    warm spring wishes,

    Abbie

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  3. Bernadett Fekete

    Hi there,
    I was wondering if I could ask the following:
    we are a Hungarian social worker couple and I heard of this event through Rima’s website. We would be so interested to participate on this event, but paying for two persons would be too much for us at this moment.
    Is there any possibility to reduce it to one person’s ticket, and we contribute to the event with some volunteer work? Or any other suggestions are welcomed too. We would arrive with a campervan.
    THanks a lot in advance.
    cheers
    Betti

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Betti,

      I’m sorry for the delay in replying – I hadn’t seen these comments. Yes I have a few stewarding slots available, please can you email me: sophie@dark-mountain.net and we’ll sort something out?

      All the best,

      Sophie

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  4. Ali

    I have a very small, old caravan – my festie wagon – which I would love to bring along. You say no caravans allowed but this will not take up much space at all. Any chance I can bring it along?
    Here’s hoping….
    Ali

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    1. admin Post author

      Hello Ali,

      We allow campervans, if your vehicle is of a similar size then yes you can purchase a carpark ticket and bring your van. If it’s bigger then no, I’m sorry, we won’t accept it.
      All the best,
      Sophie

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    2. admin Post author

      Hi Ali,

      Not sure where this discussion ended up but just to clarify – the Sustainability Centre has an agreement built into their ownership of the site that no caravans are allowed at all. We’re not sure why, but we found this out the hard way last year! So I’m afraid we have to rule it out. Sorry.

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    3. admin Post author

      Hello Ali,
      I am just checking that you’re clear that we won’t allow the caravan on site?
      All the best,
      Sophie

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  5. Sharon English

    Hi There,
    Just a question I don’t see answered on the Transport page: I’d like to arrive Thursday evening without a car. Is there any way to get from East Meon without a car–other than walking? Taxis? Thank you!

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Sharon,

      On the Transport page: http://uncivilisation.co.uk/transport/ there’s also information about the bus services.

      “Buses from Petersfield are the 52 or 67 to East Meon and the 37 to Clanfield (get off at the Rising Sun Pub if you intend to walk). You can also catch the 41/X41 from Portsmouth to Clanfield. The 67 also runs hourly from Winchester.”

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  6. Ali

    Sophie
    Thanks for your reply. I’ve measured my caravan and it’s 11ft 10 x 6ft 8 which I think is probably a comparable size to a camper van. Just wanted to run it by you before I buy a ticket as I don’t want to be turned away at the gate.
    Many thanks
    Ali

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    1. admin Post author

      Hello Ali,

      I just want to be clear. If your caravan is that big then there will no room for your car. You can’t keep both on site. If you want to bring the caravan and then go and park your car in town then that’s okay otherwise, yes you will be turned away at the gate.

      I’m sorry if this sounds draconian but we are so short of carpark spaces this year and can’t accommodate caravans.

      All the best,
      Sophie

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  7. Sharon

    The site mentions a shuttle bus leaving Monday morning as well. What time? Or is that still being arranged?

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      1. Sharon English

        Hi,
        I’m still wondering about whether staying over Sunday evening is permitted, and whether there will be a shuttle bus running Monday morning? Any info on this would be welcome to make arrangements for leaving. Thanks.

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        1. admin Post author

          Hello Sharon,

          Just to let you know we are unable to run a shuttlebus on the Monday. We’d recommend taxi or lift share?
          All the best,
          Sophie

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  8. Sharon

    Hello, I’m wondering about the Monday morning shuttle? Is this confirmed with the Centre, or tentative? What approximate time? Just trying to arrange departure, as I’m flying out of London Heathrow Monday afternoon.

    With thanks,
    Sharon

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi David – I’m afraid the Centre doesn’t allow dogs, so we’ve had to say no to all of them. Apologies. Hope you can still make it!

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  9. louise

    Hi I am concerned about getting my tent from the carpark to the camping space- I am coming with my 5 year old. My tent is too heavy for me to move more than a few feet – is there any help available for people with disability/ access issues?
    xxx
    louise

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Louise,

      The car park is literally right next to the camping area, so you shouldn’t have a problem. If you do need help shifting your tent, let the people on the gate know and we can certainly find someone to give you a hand.

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  10. jennie debenham

    Hi there,

    I wondered if you had any volunteering slots available for this years festival?

    Many Thanks

    Jennie x

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    1. admin Post author

      Hello Jennie,

      Unfortunately all of the stewarding slots are now full.
      Thanks for getting in touch though!
      All the best
      Sophie

      Reply
  11. Annali Grimes

    Hi!
    I can’t make the whole weekend anymore and was wondering if you would by any chance (fingers crossed) be doing day tickets?
    I would love to come on the sunday.
    Thanks very much!

    Reply
    1. admin Post author

      Hello Anna,

      I’m sorry but due to the strict number count we have to do we are unable to offer day-tickets.

      I hope you’re able to make it anyway as it is the last one!
      All the best,
      Sophie

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  12. Andy

    Hi

    I now have one spare adult ticket for the festival and am wondering whether it is possible to get a refund or resell it at face value?.

    I havn’t actually received any paper tickets and am wondering if I should have?

    thanks

    andy

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    1. admin Post author

      Hello Lisa,

      I’m sorry but there’s only weekend tickets available and no dogs are allowed.

      All the best
      Sophie

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  13. Joe

    I see BBQs and fires are not allowed, but are we permitted to bring camping stoves for heating water and food? Thank you

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  14. kate

    hello. i was planning on cycling, at least from the station, if not from london. will there be safe and secure places to leave bicycles for the weekend? surprised there aren’t any details on your website… 🙂

    thanks!

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    1. admin Post author

      Hello Kate,
      That’s great that you’re cycling. I’ve emailed the centre to double-check about secure bike stations and will get back to you. But please do come by bike I’ll find somewhere safe for it for you!
      All the best
      Sophie

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    1. admin Post author

      Hello and thank you for your comment. Unfortunately Michael is no longer part of the steering group, do you need his email?
      Sophie

      Reply

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