The festival booze policy
Sorry, but we don't allow you to bring any alcohol into the arena. Modest amounts may be taken into the campsites and strictly no glass.
There are a number of reasons for this policy:
1. Licensing - we are required under our licence to control the consumption of alcohol, and we have responsibilities to ensure people don't get out of control or unwell, and to prevent under-age drinking. We can't do that if people are using their own supply.
2. Litter/environment. - we give everyone a free souvenir glass when they arrive, and they use this throughout the festival weekend and take it home afterwards. It means there are no plastic cups, bottles, cans etc all over the arena, and it's more eco-friendly too - in line with our policy on the environment and conservation. In the camping areas, please put your empty cans into a recycling bin.
3. Charity support - we try hard to raise a lot of money for charities and needy organisations through our festival, and this is largely funded by the proceeds from the sale of beer, cider and wine. If people drink their own supply we are not able to support our charities.
4. Quality - We source some really delicious and interesting beers, ciders and wines and enjoyment of these is part of the festival celebration. Prices are pretty reasonable at £3.50/pint, with prices for 175ml wine also starting at £3.50. We also supply 4-pint carry-out kegs for the campsites. Our event started out 8 years ago as a beer festival with the aspiration of supporting local independent breweries and cider makers, and we want to stay true to our roots.