Festival Frequently Asked Questions

Buddhafield Festival 2017 | That’s All Folks!

A man seating himself for meditation in a geo-dome

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These are the most common enquiries we receive. There are answers to all these questions on the website, but if you can’t find the Q or a satisfacatory A, try the Festival Contacts list.

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Lost Property

What happens to lost property? Answer.

Due to the volume of lost property and lack of storage space, we can keep items for only five days after the festival. That time has now passed. All items were either destroyed or donated to a charity shop.

Where and When

What are the dates for the 2017 Buddhafield Festival? Answer.

Wednesday 12 — Sunday 16 July 2017

Where is the Festival site? Answer.

About 7 miles south-west of Taunton, Somerset. Taunton is the nearest railway station. You will get exact directions with your ticket. We will run a shuttle bus service from the train station on the Wednesday (to arrive), Sunday and Monday (to leave). We don’t routinely publish exact site location on the site to dissuade random visitors.

I’m a volunteer and my Area Coordinator hasn’t sent me travel directions. How do I get to the site? Answer.

You can find help on the getting there page or contact the Festival Office.

Ticket Related Questions

How much are the tickets? Answer.

How do I buy tickets? Answer.

Online: through this website by credit/debit card via PayPal (you don’t need a Paypal account). Information about other alternatives will be published as they become available.
Please note that we cannot take payments over the phone.

I can’t come for the whole thing. Do you sell weekend or day tickets? Answer.

The Festival is at it’s most satisfying for everyone if you come for the whole event. For Buddhafield 2017 we are not planning to sell any 'Weekend only' tickets this year.
Day Tickets are available from the ticket office on site on our last day, Sunday 16 July only, costing £40 per adult (no charge for children or cars).

Volunteering

I’d like to volunteer to work at this year’s Festival Answer.

We are not currently recruiting for Festival volunteers. Please visit the main volunteer & contribute page for general information

Festival Facilities

Are there Cash Machines, ATMs, on site? Answer.

No the closest ATMs are in Taunton or Wellington.

I have a disability: can I still come to the Festival? Answer.

Yes. There’s some guidance for Disabled ticket holders on the Camping and Live-ins page.

We want you to advertise your Festival with us Answer.

Contact our Publicity Team

Can I bring a live-in vehicle or caravan? Answer.

Yes, unless it’s a very large motor home (e.g. a Winnebago), a full-size coach or over 7.5 tons. You will need to buy a live-in vehicle pass.
See the Live-ins section of the camping page for complete information.

Can I bring my dog? Answer.

We’re sorry, but no. Our experience tends towards seeing dogs inadequately or inconsiderately cared for. Under certain circumstances — including the length of time key crew spend on site — we may offer an exception, but we can’t extend this to ticket holders

Can I buy food at the Festival? Answer.

Yes, we expect several stalls on site to be selling fresh fruit and veg. We also hope to have a wholefood stall again this year, who can even bring things in by request. Contact them on arrival (see the site map). There are a number of vegan / vegetarian cafés on site. More information on the food & traders page.

Will there be music? What’s sorts? And when does it stop?! Answer.

We offer ample opportunities to practise meditation, but not under retreat conditions. There will be a range of amplified and acoustic music, programmed and impromptu, in various venues and cafés around the site. We have DJ sessions and a number of dance workshops throughout the day. See our performance page for information about Programme Times and our Noise Policy

I’m gay: will I be welcome? Answer.

Absolutely.

I’m in recovery: will there be anyone I can turn to for support? Answer.

Yes, we have Twelve Step Dome for people in recovery from any sort of addiction.. Find out about them on our Healing and Bodywork page.

Nudity? Answer.

There may be more nudity than you are accustomed to. Many people enjoy the freedom to be naked in a safe, mixed environment. If you, or your children, may find this difficult you may wish to reconsider booking tickets.

You may be comfortable being fully naked, but please offer consideration to those people that, given our culture, find nudity distracting, challenging or even threatening.

I’m a woman coming on my own. I’m a bit nervous... Answer.

We provide a Women’s Space, as well as a supportive area for women and mothers in the Association of Radical Midwives yurt. In our recent survey many women said how comfortable and safe they felt coming on their own, as well as the Festival offering a safe space for single mums. Find it on the site map when you arrive: they have a camping area for women only; more on our Areas & Spaces page

I have marquees / solar-power rig / a tractor. Want to hire my gear? Answer.