Festival Facilities

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On Site During the Festival

You will be given a programme with a site map when you arrive. Look for the locations of Info Point — where you’ll find our up-to-date programme boards — and the First Aid tent, open 24 hours throughout the Festival.

Music and Noise

There will be amplified music, bands and DJ sets programmed until:

  • Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday: 11pm
  • Saturday: midnight

Outside of these times, levels of noise drop dramatically, but don’t stop completely. This means we’re happy for people to perform ‘unplugged’, sing or chant together unrestricted, unless the volume intrudes into designated quiet areas. If you have children or your rest would be easily disturbed, please camp away from venues and communal fires — we suggest Quiet or Family Camping respectively. More about these under Camping and Live-ins.

We ask people to be considerate about drumming at all times, but especially after dusk. No drumming at all after the end of amplified music (see above) until at least 10am.

Please see the programme boards at Info Point, or outside individual venues for the times of a particular performer. We are committed to keeping all noise levels at safe and enjoyable levels, and routinely monitor levels around site.

Communal Fires

There are a small number of prepared fire pits. For safety’s sake, please ensure 3m clear space between a fire and the nearest tent. Please don’t strip wood from the hedges or trees — firewood will be provided. Please don't burn candles in tents or live-ins, or change gas canisters in an enclosed space or near a naked flame.

Lost Children, Lost Property and Theft

We have a dedicated Lost Children Team (location on the site map in your programme). Ask a steward or peacekeeper, at Info Point or the Kids Area.

If any lost property is handed in during the festival it’s taken to Info Point. If not claimed during the event, we can keep items for a month after the festival: please contact the Buddhafield Office if you want to check. We’ll ask that you reimburse us for the costs of postage.

Due to the volume of lost property and lack of storage, please note that all items will ultimately either be destroyed or donated to a local charity shop.

Because Buddhafield is a legendarily friendly festie, it’s easy to get relaxed about your valuables. It’s unusual for tents to be plundered, but it has happened. So please take the usual sorts of care about your property.

Camping and Live-ins

Unloading and Packing your Car

For safety reasons we are unable to allow ticket holders’ vehicles down from the car park to the camping areas to unload/pack. This doesn’t apply to caravans: see the notes on Live-ins, below. Please be aware that you will have to walk with your belongings from the car park to wherever you choose to camp.

So — for your own sake — please don't bring the proverbial kitchen sink with you!

The Camping Areas

We expect all camping areas to be fairly quiet at night, but please avoid camping in any of the arena fields if you’re a light sleeper: anyone wishing to stay up late and socialize will be asked to go to these central fields, where venues will be open into the night for this purpose. Please see the notes on Music and Noise, below, for more information about programme times.

The Women’s Space is open for camping to all women. For safety reasons we can’t accomodate Live-in vehicles. Children are welcome, but no boys over 4 years old, please.

Live-ins

A “live-in” is defined as any vehicle in which you intend to sleep while on site. Live-in vehicles are only allowed to park in the Rings Field. A live-in is a not a people carrier, or any other medium sized vehicle you want to park near (i.e. for storage). If you buy a Live-in pass for a vehicle that’s not going to be lived in, we’ll refund the difference in passes and you will need to leave the vehicle in the car park.

We can’t accept very large motor homes (e.g. Winnebagos), full-size coaches (neither of these will make it through all the gates) or vehicles over 7.5 tons (which will put stress on a small bridge on site). A proportion of the money from the car parking goes towards permaculture and tree planting projects on Buddhafield land.

Each vehicle gets it’s own 6m x 4m bay. Unfortunately, we are not allowed to have tents pitched immediately next to vehicles (in either the same or the next bay). Awnings are ok, but if you have a tent with you it will need to be pitched in a designated “Asscociated Camping” area, 4m away, over a fire lane. Please ask the live-in vehicle marshal for assistance with this when you arrive.

If you bring a caravan (ie something towed behind a car) You’ll be allowed to drive down to unhitch, but we’d like the car to come back to the car park afterwards.

Example of a live-in vehicle at the Festival
This is a live-in opposite an Associated Camping area.
There’s a 4m fire lane between the camper and the tent.

Camping Area Facilities

The facilities page goes into more detail about general amenities. All designated camping areas are serviced by compost toilets, sinks and taps. First Aid is open 24 Hours a day for the duration of the Festival. We have hot shower facilities (and several saunas) distributed around site. (See the site map in your programme for locations.)

Photo showing a block of six compost toilets
This is a block of six compost toilets (three pairs in this example).
There’s at least one sink with tap water next to all toilets.

Disabled Ticket Holders

We welcome people with disabilities, but ask you to consider the natural limitations and obstacles our site presents before you purchase your ticket(s).

The Festival is distributed across a total of four fields, gently sloping on both sides of a valley.

Most tracks have a slope, tend to be uneven and gravelly. In very bad weather tracks between the lower arena fields (Rings and Owl) into the Long Field will be challenging for wheelchairs; entrances in and out of all fields get muddy after persistent rain. People do use motorized chairs around site, but please check that your model can cope with mixed terrain.

For safety reasons, we are unable to allow free passage of cars between fields for any reason, so please do not a consider a motor vehicle bigger than a motorized chair as a viable mode of transit around site.

At present we don’t offer signing for talks or workshops, nor a festival programme for the hard of seeing, but please contact the festival office to ask about particular assistance we can offer; if we know in advance, we can plan to help you. Once you’re on site, ask at the Info Point for any specific help and we’ll do our best to accommodate you.

If you are a ‘Blue Badge’ holder, it’s not necessary to buy a vehicle pass (for a car or live-in). Please show the badge to the stewards on arrival.

Washing and Toilet Facilities

Washing and Hygiene

Hot showers are available 24 hours a day throughout the Festival. Only eco—friendly soap, shampoo, shower gel, washing up liquid etc to be used on site, please. These will be available for sale.

We have at least 34 compost toilets distributed appropriately around site. Soap and running water is provided and at night each toilet will have lighting. Our compost toilets are dutifully maintained by a team of Toilet Wizards but if one needs attention, please tell someone at Info Point.

Waste and Recycling

Buddhafield is striving to become a zero waste festival and we need your help: We take our recycling very seriously!

Please don’t put sanitary waste (including nappies) into the compost loos: someone has to fish it out!

Nappies

Disposable nappy waste is the biggest single waste item we have to deal with at the end of the festival.  We are therefore thrilled that Nappy Ever After (a real nappy company) will attend Buddhafield for the first time this year. You will be able to use washable nappies on your baby/toddler while you are there. Nappy Ever After is supplying kits that you can borrow. If you haven’t used washable nappies before this is a great opportunity for you to try them out with advice on hand should you need any support.

Sort it out!

Please help us and use the recycling points, seperating as appropriate.

We’d like to keep shaving a layer off of our carbon footprint, save time and use the money we have to spend on waste more constructively. Please be conscious of what you bring and be prepared to take some of it away with you.

  • Be prepared to get to grips with the some times confusing list of what can be recycled and what can’t (eg plastic packaging). Mixed up recycling has to be sorted out by hand before it will be accepted at the recycling depots!
  • Recycle as much as possible at the recycling points strategically placed around site.
  • Be mindful of what is raw food waste and what is cooked food waste — they have to be composted separately.
  • Bring washable nappies if you can (see below)
  • Use compostable nappy liners
  • Try to use compostable eco-friendly sanitary protection

We would urge people to use compostable baby wipes (try Wilkinsons, about £1 a pack), tissues etc. Try not to bring disposable nappies if you can: they create a huge amount of landfill which Buddhafield has to pay to dispose of. If you have to buy disposables, try to buy as eco-friendly as possible: the eco ones don’t contain chemicals, but they still take 100 years to biodegrade!

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Recycling Ethos

Buddhafield’s “Take Your Landfill Home” Policy

Buddhafield is asking, with love, for you to participate as best as you can with our recycling policy. Everyone will receive a small clear bag for you to take responsibility and take your landfill home. You are welcome to put as much as possible in the correct recycling bin. Please help us to recycle, and recycle in the correct bins. If you have anything that you can not put in any of the corresponding bins, please come and visit the recycling tent.

Committed to a radically participatory ethic, we believe that transformative change, whether in the individual or in society, can occur only through the medium of deeply personal participation. We achieve being through doing. Everyone is invited to work. Everyone is invited to play. We make the world real through actions that open the heart. We are all responsible for properly removing all trash. Everything you bring might become trash: tent stakes, bottle caps, ashes, wood debris, orange peels, cigarette butts, pistachio shells, rope fibers, sequins. Please use your heart and do your best to recycle.

Plan Ahead to Leave No Trace!

Buddhafield respects the environment. We are committed to leaving no physical trace of our activities wherever we gather. We clean up after ourselves and endeavor, whenever possible, to leave such places in a better state than when we found them.

Contrary to popular belief, Leave No Trace is not something you do at the end of your stay on the event. Leave No Trace takes place every stage of the event: in fact, it starts at home! Where you can think what to bring to the event. “Do I need to bring all this packaging?” Try and leave as much as possible packaging at home.

After you get all your food and beverages home, it’s time to remove and discard all the excess packaging. For instance, your cereal’s already in a bag — why do you need a box as well?

Reducing your trash, sorting out the recyclables, keeping bags under control: these are all pretty simple tasks if you think about it.

Composting

A part of this mission involves composting all organic waste which will, after it has fully composted, end up back on the land.

In the composting process the organic waste is left in the white, Intermediate Bulk Containers (IBCs) for 2 years, these IBC’s are rolled every quarter and then after the two years volunteers dig out each IBC and transfer the waste to compost bays at the festival site for it to rot further.

Many man hours goes into giving the earth back its soil, it is a toil of love.

But every year so many of the food waste IBC's have more non-degradable rubbish in them then organic waste. This makes the job composting obsolete. Some IBC's this year were so full of rubbish, then it all will end up in land fill.

There is an IBC at each recycling point for you compost. Please only fill them with compostables!!

We must take responsibility for our own trash, including recycling.The process of leaving no trace should be started before one even leaves their home for the event, and should in fact carry over into one’s daily life, because the entire planet on which we live deserves to be treated with the same sense of reverence as the event.

Landfills across the world are quickly filling up and more and more of our precious land is being taken to house the millions of tons of trash that our race accumulates every year. Studies have shown that 25-50% of this refuse is material that need not be filling up these landfills, as it is recyclable. Recycling is cheap and easy, and the benefits are immeasurable. By taking the time to minimize the amount of material that is brought onto the event, one can minimize the possibility of accidentally having something hit the ground.

The most important thing you can do is to shift your perspective. We’ll give you all kinds of practical advice, tips and tricks, but the most valuable piece of advice is to look at everything in your planning process with a green perspective. The first step is to stop — and think. Learn and consider the 6 R’s: Respect, Rethink, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Restore. With those in mind, how can you do things differently? Think about that question from the beginning through to the end of your festival experience.

Tips and Hints

  • Plan Ahead and Prepare
    For each item that you’re bringing to the event, think through how you’re going to dispose of it.
  • Reduce Packaging
    Bringing less in means having less to haul out. Leave unnecessary packaging at home. Food often comes in layers of plastic and cardboard, but also cast a critical eye toward the toys and camping gear you’re bringing. Unpacking them before arriving on the festival spares you the hassle of bringing back styrofoam packing and shrinkwrap. Choose stainless steel/aluminum over plastic bottles, and reusable containers.
  • Before You Leave to Go Back Home
    Check where you were camped to remove any rubbish that is on the ground. Look good for the tiny bits to ensure animals don't eat them when we all leave.
  • The Environment
    Buddhafield believes strongly in protecting the environment and making the event more sustainable. But we need you to help make that happen.

Food and Traders

Catering

All our cafes sell either vegetarian or vegan food. (We have no meat or fish.)

  • The Buddhafield Cafe — organic, vegan food. Start the day with a cooked breakfast and pick from our afternoon-eveningmenu.

Self-catering

We hope to have an on-site Nurtured by Nature store (based in Wellington town centre), selling cereals, soya milk, teas, eco-toiletries including nappies. Sunseed provided a daily shopping service, taking orders and providing the goods the same evening or following morning.

We expect there to be at least one stall selling fresh fruit and veg.

Shops, Fly Pitches and Campaign Stalls

There will also be a host of traders, fly pitches and not-for-profit campaign stalls.

Contributing: Traders

We make a distinction between a trader and a campaign stall. You’re a Trader if you are primarily selling goods of any sort. You’re a Campaign Stall if you’re principally raising awareness of a social, ethical, political or charitable issue.

Food Traders

Please note that we currently have sufficient caterers.

Please visit the traders application page.