Festival Terms & Conditions
|Please note: Your rights to cancel are set out here.|
1. Purchase of tickets for the Festival is governed by these terms and the relevant parts of our core terms. These terms also govern use of the tickets and attendance at the Festival.
2. In these terms, certain words and phrases have specific meanings:
the site means the site where the Festival takes place.
we, us, our or related words refer to River Cottage Limited.
you, your or related words refer to the buyer of the tickets and, as relevant, anyone using the tickets.
3. Any words following “including”, “includes”, “for example”, “in particular” or any similar expression are illustrative only and do not change the sense of the wider clause they are used in.
4. We have the right to not admit you to the site or to require you to leave the site. If we do this for any of the reasons listed in clause 5 below, you will not be entitled to any refund. If we do it for any other reason, you will be entitled to a refund of the ticket price (except where clause 28 applies).
5. You are not entitled to a refund if we refuse you admission or require you to leave the site where, in our reasonable opinion (or the reasonable opinion of anyone working for us):
a. you are under the age of 18 and not accompanied by an appropriate adult;
b. you have no ticket;
c. your ticket has already been used by someone else, has been bought from an unauthorised reseller, or is fake;
d. you are under the influence of alcohol or drugs;
e. you behave inappropriately in a way that causes or is likely to cause distress to other people (and that behaviour either continues after a warning or is so bad that it is reasonable to refuse admission or require you to leave the site without a prior warning);
f. you breach any of the rules set out below under the heading “Site Rules”; or
g. you present a risk to the safety of other people or the safe operation of the Festival.
6. If you have any disabled access requirements, please email firstname.lastname@example.org as far as possible in advance and we will do our best to accommodate your needs, though the site is a working farm and we cannot guarantee that you will be able to access all facilities. If you turn up without making prior arrangements it is more likely that you will not be able to access all facilities.
7. Ticket holders must exchange their ticket for a wristband on arrival. This must be worn at all times for the duration of the event – you may be asked to leave if you are not wearing a wristband.
8. No animals will be admitted to the site other than assistance dogs for the disabled.
9. As referred to above, if you are under the age of 18 you must be accompanied by an appropriate adult, who must be your parent, guardian or nominated guardian. We (or people working for us) may ask you for proof of age or your accompanying adult for proof of parentage or authority as your guardian.
10. Campsites open at 16.00 on the Friday immediately before the main event days and last admission on that day is at midnight. Earliest admission the Saturday and Sunday is 10.00 and last admission is at 21.00 on those days. It is your responsibility (not ours) to ensure that you take into account the time it may take to queue for entry – we suggest allowing at least 30 minutes at peak times.
11. You will normally be allowed to leave and re-enter the site.
12. You and your bags may be searched before you are admitted to the site. Any items which you are not allowed to have on the site (as set out in clause 18 below) may be confiscated, temporarily or permanently (though you will normally be given the chance to take the items away and re-join the queue from the back without those items).
13. Please note there are restricted capacities at any stage or attraction that is within a tent or similar structure and once they reach maximum capacity there will be no further admissions to those tents or structures. You are not guaranteed admission to these areas.
14. Please respect the site and use the bins provided.
15. Fires are not permitted in any area and will be extinguished.
16. You must not tackle any dangerous situations, including (but not just) fires, but should instead report situations like this to one of our stewards, security guards, first-aiders or other workers.
17. Strictly no trading is allowed on the site without written permission from us.
18. You are not allowed to bring or have the following things on the site:
a. professional photographic or recording equipment;
b. laser pens or similar devices;
c. any psychoactive substances, illegal drugs or other illegal substances (sometimes known as “legal highs”);
d. your own alcohol (but alcohol purchased at the Festival is allowed);
e. containers for liquid which are made of glass or hold more than 500ml;
f. Chinese lanterns, fireworks, flares, smoke canisters or any similar item;
g. air horns, klaxons, megaphones or any similar item;
h. any personalised motorised vehicle (but mobility vehicles and wheelchairs are allowed);
i. any radio communicators;
j. personal generators;
k. leisure batteries or vehicle batteries (lithium-ion “power bank” batteries with the “CE” mark are permitted);
l. barbeques of any sort, camping stoves of any sort or any other heat-producing cooking equipment;
m. any other illegal thing; or
n. any other thing which, in our reasonable opinion (or the reasonable opinion of anyone working for us) is a threat to the safety or wellbeing of yourself or others or to the rights of our authorised traders.
19. You must not smoke in any enclosed spaces or other areas which any signs say are no-smoking areas. This includes e-cigarettes (and similar things).
20. You must not record any video or audio footage of any performances.
21. Whilst on the site you must comply with any reasonable instruction which is given to you by someone working for us and which relates to safety, the enforcement of these terms, or the smooth running of the event.
22. Camping (in tents only) is permitted only in the official campsites and with the purchase of a Weekend Camping ticket. Sleeping in vehicles is NOT permitted in any car park. Tents are NOT allowed in car parks. Gazebos, personal event shelters or similar structures are permitted at the discretion of the campsite manager and only when sufficient space is available (and must be taken down if requested by someone working for us).
23. We strongly advise that you do not camp or park in laybys, fields, or private property around the site.
24. Any vehicles on the site must remain stationary once you have arrived and until you finally depart. Any vehicles not cleared off the site by 15.00 on the Monday following the event may be towed away and we may charge you a reasonable amount to cover our costs of this before your car is released to you.
25. We will not issue duplicate tickets. It is your responsibility to keep your tickets safe.
26. You must not re-sell (or allow anyone else to re-sell) your ticket without our express written permission. You must not re-sell or transfer any ticket if you are doing so in the course of business. If you have bought your ticket from someone who breached these restrictions, your ticket will not be valid and we will not owe you any refund – it is your responsibility to check that you have bought a valid ticket if you are buying from anyone other than us.
27. No tickets may be used for competitions or promotions without our express written permission.
28. If we cancel the Festival (in whole or in part):
a. We will do our best to give as much advance notice as possible to the person who bought the tickets, using the contact details given to us at the time of buying.
b. If the event (or any cancelled part of it) is re-scheduled to another date, we will do our best to give details to the person who bought the tickets, using the contact details given to us at the time of buying.
c. Your ticket to the cancelled event will be valid for any re-scheduled event or, if there is no re-scheduled event, the equivalent event the following year (if there is one). This does not apply if the event is cancelled part-way through due to reasons outside our reasonable control.
d. If the cancellation is due to reasons within our reasonable control and is a cancellation of the whole event covered by your ticket, you will be entitled to a refund of the price shown on the affected ticket.
e. Cancellation due to extreme weather or a major incident is not within our reasonable control.
f. The wording above sets out your entire remedy relating to any cancellation by us and we will not be liable to you for any other costs, losses or similar that you may have as a result of or relating to the cancellation. (We recommend that you consider travel insurance to cover any costs, losses or similar not dealt with above.)
29. We will do our very best to ensure that the line-up and content of the Festival are as advertised, but sometimes things change despite our best efforts (and sometimes at short notice) so we reserve the right to change the advertised line-up, content and on-the-day timings without prior notice.
30. We reserve the right to change the admission requirements and the site rules set out in these terms to the extent strictly necessary to ensure safe management of the site and compliance with any changes in law, regulations, or the terms of our use of the site. We will do our best to give you as much advance notice of those changes as possible, but in any case they will apply as soon as they are communicated to you.
31. Please note that amplified sound and strobe lighting are likely to be used at the event – it is your responsibility to take appropriate precautions against any negative effects these things may cause you.
34. Important – Limitation of Liability: These terms do not limit or exclude any liability which, by law, cannot be limited or excluded. Otherwise, our maximum liability to you in respect of any matter arising out of or in connection with the Festival or your purchase of a ticket is limited to the total price paid to us for your ticket(s) (or, in the case of cancellation by us, is limited as set out in clause 28 above).
35. English law applies to these terms, their subject matter and their formation, and the English Courts have exclusive jurisdiction over any disputes arising about those things.