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FAQs

WHAT IS THE RIVER COTTAGE FESTIVAL?

The River Cottage Festival is a two-day event at River Cottage HQ. The chance for you to fully immerse yourself in the River Cottage experience. There’ll be food, music, talks, masterclasses and a host of children’s activities.

HOW MUCH IS IT?

Click here to see the ticket options and prices listed, it also contains a bit more about what you can expect.

WHAT TIMES DOES THE FESTIVAL OPEN AND CLOSE ?

Wristband Exchange will open daily at 10am and close at 10pm.

Campers can arrive from 6.00pm on Friday. All guests must leave the site by 11am on Monday.

Once parked, ticket holders can go straight to wristband exchange. Children will be given their own wristbands with space to write their parents’ mobile numbers in case they get lost.

Bars will open until 11pm each night (Friday - Sunday)

Hot food will be available until 10pm (Friday - Sunday)

Breakfast will be available from 7.30am (Sat - Monday)

IS HUGH COMING?

Yes Hugh will be joining in the fun! He’ll be available for book signing and more activities to be announced.

WHEN AND WHERE IS THE FESTIVAL?

Saturday 26th August and Sunday 27th August 2017 at River Cottage HQ, Axminster, River Cottage HQ, Trinity Hill Road, Axminster, EX13 8TB. But please don't rely on SatNav due to our rural location. Please note the Park and Ride field is 2 miles away along the same road.

HOW DO I GET THERE?

By Car: Please see GETTING HERE

By Rail: The closest railway station is Axminster which is 4.5 miles from River Cottage HQ. From London Waterloo it is approximately 2.45 mins to Axminster with regular trains also running to and from Exeter.  Parking: There is FREE parking on fields nearby to the festival site, your ticket includes a free park and ride ticket. Taxis: Please see https://www.rivercottage.net/local-travel

IS THERE OVERNIGHT CAMPING? 

Yes, there are full weekend camping tickets plus ‘glamping’ with our Luxury Festival Ticket. Please do not bring gazebos or extra large tents to save room. Sadly we can not accommodate campervans.

WHAT IF I DON’T WANT TO CAMP?

If you do not fancy camping, a variety of day-only tickets are available. There is plenty of lovely hotels, B&B’s and other accommodation options nearby, but book early to avoid disappointment. Click HERE to see the list.

IS THE FESTIVAL SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN?

Absolutely! The River Cottage Festival is a family event, there will be activities for children throughout the weekend. Plus all under 16s come for free!

CAN I BRING FOOD & DRINK?

Please do not bring your own alcohol onto the site. 

Campers are welcome to bring a picnic to enjoy at their tents. There will be boiling water available 24 hours a day in the campsite for making hot drinks and baby milk. Unfortunately due to fire safety we are not able to permit naked flames in the campsite this includes camping stoves.

CAN I EAT IN THE FARMHOUSE?

There will be a pop-up restaurant in the River Cottage Farmhouse. More details will be available on the day, it will be first come, first served.

CAN I BRING MY DOG?

Because River Cottage is a working farm, sadly we are not able to have dogs at the festival to protect our livestock. Guide Dogs are an exception.

CAN I LEAVE THE FESTIVAL AND COME BACK LATER?

Yes re-entry is allowed.

IS THE SITE ACCESSIBLE?

River Cottage HQ is a farm located at the bottom of a valley. Visitors will have a short walk down the hill from the top car park to the festival site. The paths and terrain are uneven. Click here for more information about accessibility. Disabled parking is free, please contact us on 01297 630302 to register your place - a blue badge is required.

WIILL THERE BE FOOD FOR VEGETARIANS/VEGANS?

Of course!

ARE THERE CASH POINTS ON-SITE?

No, this is a small festival with a laid back, back to basics feel but cash back will be available. 

WILL THERE BE SHOWER FACILITIES IN THE CAMPSITE?

Yes, there is a shower area in the camping field.

CAN I RETURN OR EXCHANGE MY TICKET?

If you contact us more than one week before the event then you can exchange your ticket to any other River Cottage event for a £25 admin charge. Refunds are not permitted.

CAN I LEAVE TICKETS FOR FRIENDS AND FAMILY TO COLLECT ON ARRIVAL?

As we are using e-tickets so you can forward them to all members of your group to print or show on their phones, so you will not need to leave tickets. 

SECURITY & SAFETY

• Lost property will be held at the Information point which will be located in the Barn.

• All our water points are suitable for drinking. The water in the toilets is not drinking water.

• Don’t leave valuables unattended in your tent. During the night, keep them in an inaccessible place such as your sleeping bag.

THINGS YOU CAN’T DO

• Smoke inside any of the festival tents. This is the law.

• Drugs – Definitely not!

  • Bring alcohol on site.

• Make open fires or barbecues.

TERMS & CONDITIONS

• Please see our festival terms and conditions here

More information

Find out more about the River Cottage Festival from any of the links below...