Festival Frequently Asked Questions

 

 

Where and When

What are the dates for the 2023 Buddhafield Festival?

12th-16th July, 2023

Why is Buddhafield a drug- and alcohol-free festival?

Great question! Find out more about that in this article.

Where is the Festival site?

Visit our travel info page here.

What time does the Festival start and end?

Gates open at 10am on Wednesday, and you need to leave site by Monday morning.

Can I leave the Festival and get back in?

You can always leave the site. However, you can only get back in when the gate is open with your Buddhafield Festival wristband. The gate opens at 10am each morning, and closes at 10pm each night except for Sunday when we close at 6pm. 

How much are the tickets?

Please see the Book on Event section for ticket prices.

How do I buy tickets?

Online: through this website by credit/debit card.

Please note that we cannot take payments over the phone.

Your ticket is an email ticket, with the subject line 'Your Buddhafield Booking', and this is automatically generated when you book. Please check your spam folders before contacting us about a lost ticket, as we get a large volume of email and are a small team. 

Please make sure you buy the relevant vehicle pass. If you haven't bought one and you need to, you can still do this separately on the event page. We do sell vehilce passes on the gate but they cost more. 

If some of your party are arriving at different times, each person will need a copy of the booking confirmation email. 

Please do not buy your ticket from a third party especially tickets that are offered for sale on social media. There are scammers out there who offer our tickets for sale so, to be safe, please buy your tickets through this website. 

Tickets are non-transferable

Can I get a Concession ticket?

Concessions are for students and those on non-universal benefits (i.e. state pension does not qualify for a concession as it’s a universal benefit, neither does child benefit). Non-universal benefits include child/working tax credits, Universal credit, housing benefit, Disability Living Allowance, etc. You will be asked to upload proof when purchasing.

We close concession tickets bookings a week before the festival each year, as our office team goes onsite and is unable to process these tickets. We do not sell concession tickets on the gate so you need to purchase by the week before the event. 

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

We don't sell weekend or day tickets. 

I can't find my email ticket - help!

Your ticket is an email ticket, with the subject line 'Your Buddhafield Booking', and this is automatically generated when you book. Please do a search in your spam and other folders before contacting us about a lost ticket, as we get a large volume of email and are a small team. You may also want to check which email address you booked with, and if you have more than one mailbox, check both.

I can no longer attend the festival. Can I get a refund?

We're sorry you're not able to make it. We offer an 80% refund of your ticket(s) if you ask for a refund up until two weeks before the event - please send your booking details via our contact form. The Ticket Office on site cannot give refunds for any reason. Refunds are not guaranteed and will be decided on a case by case basis.Special circumstances will be considered after the cutoff - please contact us with your request.  

I can no longer attend the festival. Can I sell my ticket to someone else?

Tickets are non-transferable. Please get in touch for a refund and then ask your friend to buy their ticket through the website. We can no longer support the admin process that goes with ticket transfers and person-to-person sales leave people open to scam sales so we have taken the decision to make our ticket non-transferable. 

Getting Involved

Can I volunteer at the festival?

Applications for volunteering will open in spring 2023. When they open, we will make announcements via our social media and newsletter. Links for these are above. 
They have a little green leaf next to them when they are open. Some areas close when they are full so please apply straight away if you want to work in a particular area. 

Can I trade at the festival?

Trader applications will open in spring 2023. When they open, we will make announcements via our social media and newsletter. Links for these are above. 

Can I offer a workshop at the festival?

Workshop applications will open in spring 2023. When they open, we will make announcements via our social media and newsletter. Links for these are above. 

Can I do a musical performance at the festival?

We have a lot of musicians on our list and do not often open general applications. That being said, you can send links to your promo stuff via our contact form and these will be forwarded on to our music booker. We cannot get back to everyone but we do listen to everything and keep your details to contact you in the event that we have a space.

Can I offer something in the HealingGarden?

Applications for being a healer in the HealingGarden and helping look after the HealingGarden will open in spring 2023. When they open, we will make announcements via our social media and newsletter. Links for these are above. 

Can I offer yoga or other movement practice at the festival?

We have a lot of yoga teachers on our contacts list and so we do not always open up applications. If they do open in 2023, we will make announcements via our social media and newsletter. Links for these are above. 

Festival Facilities

Are there Cash Machines, ATMs, on site?

No, the closest ATMs are in Taunton or Wellington. There may be some contactless on site but it is notoriously unreliable - it's best to bring plenty of cash with you.

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

Yes. There’s some guidance for Disabled ticket holders under Accessibility Information. You can also contact us via our contact form to ask any further questions.

Can I bring a live-in vehicle or caravan?

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 for the appropriate size vehicle.

See the Camping and Live-ins section of the festival facilities page.

Can I bring my dog?

Please do not bring dogs, cats or other animals. We will simply ask you to leave with them.  Personal assistance dogs are permitted, as long as a request is given to Buddhafield in advance and via  our contact form.Then it is permitted to walk around the site with the dog on a lead when working as long as it is identified as such and the owner takes responsibility for clearing up after them.

When a key member of the event team would not be able to attend the event without bringing an animal they care for, permission is to be granted in advance from the Event Manager.  The Event Manager will determine if risks or potential risks exist before giving permission for an animal to be on site. We can’t extend this to ticket holders.

Can I have a fire at Buddhafield?

There are fire safety points throughout the campsite and live in vehicle fields.

Due to the fire regulations for the events, only open fires, braziers, and BBQs approved by Buddhafield are allowed. In tented areas, we prefer that battery or solar charged lighting is used, and any cooking by camping gas is outside the tent, away from any flammable materials. Parents / caregivers are responsible for their child(ren) around all fires.

Can I buy food at the Festival?

There are lots of cafes where you can buy food. We also have a grocery store on site for topping up on essentials. 

Will there be music? What sort? And when does it stop?

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. 
The event is neither a retreat nor an all-night party, so we ask you to consider our position on both extremes.

Whilst we are asking participants to be considerate about making noise outside of certain time-frames, within those time-frames there will be amplified music that may not suit your tastes, either in style, volume or times of day.     
     
We expect our amplified music venues to play music up to the higher noise limit of our Licence restrictions at any points during the event between:     
     
9am-11pm on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Sunday
9am-12pm, Saturday         
     
If you feel that these times do not suit your preferences, you may wish to reconsider booking tickets or bring ear plugs.

  • Be considerate of fellow campers in the camping areas between 23:00 and 07:00.
  • No unauthorized sound systems or amplifiers to be brought on site. All amplified music must be kept within our license restrictions (please ask the Head Steward if you are unsure of these) and anyone venue breaking these may be shut down.
  • There are late-night cafés and music venues that operate within our license.   If you'd like to stay up all night and chat around a fire please do,  but only around one of our public fire pits. We ask that you are aware that sound travels on the site and people are likely to be sleeping nearby.    

I’m a member of the LGBTQIA+ community: will I be welcome?

Absolutely.

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

Yes, we have 12-Step and 8-Step sessions thoughout the event for people in recovery from any sort of addiction.

Nudity?

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.

We want to help everyone to feel comfortable at Buddhafield. That means holding boundaries as well as welcoming freedom. With awareness, sensitivity and kindness, we hope to create a supportive community for everyone so please bear the following in mind: 

  • 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.
  • We reserve the right to ask anyone, at any time to either put on clothes or exit a space or area. 
  • Workshop leaders and workshop guardians will let people know if nudity is welcome or likely during sessions. If you are unsure or it’s not clear, then please check with someone before getting undressed. 
  • Adult nudity is prohibited in the children’s and teen areas. 
  • If someone’s state of nudity is regarded as sexually inappropriate, we will ask them to cover themselves and if this request is not followed, the person will be asked to leave the site.
  • If you feel that you are on the receiving end of inappropriate sexual behaviour, please report it to the Info Point, Peacekeepers or Safeguarding Team.
     

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

Contact the Site Crew Coordinator

Lost Property

What happens to lost property?

During set-up and tat-down there is a Lost Property box in the Crew Servery. During the event, please visit the info point for lost property. 
 
On the afternoon of the last day of the event, all Lost Property is put out for collection at the Info Point.  Any items not claimed before the Info Point closes are kept on site for five days after the event. Then, any items of considerable value are held for two months until claimed. If you want to check for lost property, please contact information@buddhafield.com.  For each item returned there is an administration fee of £10 charged on top of the cost of postage, and the method of delivery agreed with the claimant prior to returning. Due to the volume of lost property, and lack of storage, any other items left at the end of the event are either donated to a charity shop or if unusable, disposed of in the landfill waste on-site.

Lots more information to be found in the Terms & Conditions and on the Festival Facilities page if you want to keep learning more about our event...