For disabled facilities and site access, please see our Accessibility page.
Backwell Festival is held in the grounds of Backwell Junior School.
Walking or cycling
Please try to walk or cycle to the festival. We’re working hard to think of an incentive for anybody who gets to the site under their own steam.
Travel by train
Nailsea and Backwell station is 15-20 minutes walk from the festival site. Trains run regularly to and from Bristol Temple Meads, Bristol Parkway, Cardiff and London Paddington. Check trains online at National Rail.
Travel by bus
The X1, W1, X8, 352 and 353 bus services link Backwell up with Bristol, Nailsea, Portishead, Clevedon and Weston-super-Mare. All services are operated by First Group. The nearest bus stop is ‘Backwell Crossroads’ which is less than 10 minutes walk from the festival site.
Travel by car
The postcode of the site is BS48 3JJ but parking is limited unless you are an artist or trader. If you can save the planet and walk or take public transport, that would be fabulous – if not, there will be some restricted availability in the roads towards the A370.
Our main parking is at Backwell Secondary School (nearest post code BS48 3NN) where there are plenty of spaces. It is a ten minute walk from the festival field. You can pre-book spaces here.
Also the Nailsea & Backwell train station car park (nearest post code BS48 3LH) may have some availability (£1 for 24 hours).
Travel by air
Bristol airport is only three miles from the festival site. Take the A2 bus to Backwell or splash out on an airport taxi (about £14).
Travelling from other planets
You may dock at the Backwell Intergalactic Transit facility on Rodney Road (just behind the Spar). Warp re-charging facilities are available for a very reasonable 50 Hectons per gigawatt year. Please do not double park. If there are no docking bays free you may have to use the Lunar Park & Shuttle service.
Travelling by wheelbarrow
Local and got kids? We invite you to bring your wheelbarrow to cart home sleepy kids at the end of the day! Prize for the best dressed wheelbarrow! It’s a festival, you just have to do this!!! 🙂
Travelling by submarine or boat
Please dock or moor at Backwell Lake. Fees are reasonable and will be collected by a sou’westered fisherman whatever the weather. The festival is just 25 minutes walk up Station Road.
Times and date 2018
Friday 6 July – Sunday 8th 2018
Weekend tickets only.
The festival gates open to the public from:
Friday = 19:30pm
Saturday = 12.30pm
Sunday = 09.15am
Music will go on til 23.30 on Friday and Saturday, 20.00 on Sunday.
Weekend tickets will be available via our tickets page or at Backwell Post Office.
If you buy from the Post Office you will need to pay in cash or by debit card, they do not accept credit cards for external sales. We are really grateful to Phil and Carolyn and the staff for providing a point locally where you can buy tickets.
Please note it is not possible to buy tickets online and collect them from the Post Office. Tickets are released in stages at different prices. Once we have sold out of one band of tickets, we move on to the next – a bit like the trains and airlines!
And please note that Children/Young Teens aged 14 and under must be accompanied by an adult – ratio is 1 adult to 2 Children/Young Teens aged 14 and under. This will be checked by security at the gate. Young people aged 14 and under will not be able to buy tickets separately at the Post Office or online.
We have a zero drugs policy for both legal and illegal drugs.
Leave not a trace
Wherever you are over the weekend, please make sure you put all your rubbish in the bins provided – respect the space, leave not a trace. We use school land and we really appreciate their support to hold this lovely festival.
What is the ideal festival kit for 2018?
Definitely a picnic blanket , sunscreen and your best festival fashion – with several layers of clothing to add as it gets colder later, perhaps a fleece, a hat and even some ski socks. If you get really chilly then a blanket or even a sleeping bag – and carry mats are always useful. Whatever you wear, remember you will still need to be able to dance! There’s always the chance of a quick shower, so you could always pack your raincoat just in case. Wheelbarrows and trailers are welcome to trundle little ones home at the end of Saturday.
It’s a long day, so we bring your own chairs, blankets, festival tents, sleeping bags, whatever you need to get comfy – this is your festival – we just ask you don’t bring your own drink and leave some room for all the food on offer! But please take all your things home with you.
How can I help?
We need support setting up on the day, on the bars and clearing up afterwards – we also need marquees, gazebos, help to decorate the tents, doctors/first aiders, face painters, hair braiders, kids tattoo artists etc. Visit the Get involved page to see how you can help.
Can I bring my own food/drinks?
No, only food, alcohol and soft drinks bought at the festival can be consumed during the festival – there are security guards checking at the gates. They will confiscate any food or drink found at the entrance.
Our prices are really reasonable and the entrance ticket is excellent value! The bar is well-stocked, and we have loads of food stalls so please support them – in turn it helps raise valuable funds for our charities.
We do not serve alcohol to those under 18 – security will check your id at the gate and issue an adult wristband where appropriate. If the bar staff are still unsure they will ask for proof of age – no ID, no drink.
In response to your concerns and changes to the alert levels in the country, we have security on all gates. We wish it was different, but it is better this way. We hope you will understand if we search your bags! If anyone from the security team asks you to leave an item at the gate, it will be left in a secure room and you will be given a cloakroom ticket so you can collect the same item on your way home.
Is the festival suitable for children?
Let’s just answer yes to that one. Check out all the things they can get up to on our kids page. All children will have a wristband that enable you to write your mobile number on just in case they decide to explore on their own and then cannot find you again. Lost parents should go to the Information Tent.
Parents/carers are responsible for supervising their children at all times. Backwell Festival Ltd assumes no liability for their safety.
Any children not behaving appropriately will be asked to leave.
There will however be a film for the young ones at sundown supervised by Meadowside pre-school, so that will leave you hands free to dance – bring a wheelbarrow to take the sleeping tots home in!
We realise many of the kids feel very at home here because it is or has been their school – however, on this day it is a crowded music festival and there is no room for kids to play ball sports. We do not want anyone to get hit by a ball or injured. If they want to run around and play sport, they need to plan this at a different time, sorry!
Is the festival suitable for grandparents?
Grandparents were young too once! We think there is something for everyone – the music isn’t too loud, we have jazz and vocal harmony and lots of grandparents and members of the silver surfing generation who may not be grandparents have come along and seemed to be really enjoying themselves!
Is the festival suitable for pets?
No sorry! Much as we love animals, we don’t think it’s the right place for them, unless you have a guide dog. Matt Budd can bring his tiger, but no other animals please.
What if someone gets hurt or falls ill, will there be medical support?
We have a team of medically trained staff on throughout the day, including a paramedic at the Info Desk, and two of our stewards are first aiders.
Drugs Zero Tolerance
Backwell Festival has a zero tolerance drugs policy – for both legal and illegal drugs – and reserves the right to eject anyone suspected of infringement of this policy both from the festival field and the campsite.
Will the festival be cancelled if it rains?
Almost certainly not, and being British we reckon we will survive most summer rain with a smile, so please come but dress accordingly – waterproofs are cool these days and we will have a competition for the best decorated wellies if it rains.
If there is persistent, unseasonal wet weather, the festival will be cancelled. We will put a notice on this website and near the festival site. We will notify all ticket buyers by email.
Will I be able to get my money back if the festival is cancelled?
No, sorry, in the extremely unlikely event that the festival is cancelled there will be no refunds. However, we will not stop for anything less than a hurricane.
What sort of music is it?
Something for everyone. Lots of world music rhythm this year, hi-octane european folk, reggae, SKA, jazz, blues, indie, folk, rock and pop and accoustic. Covers and original scores. See our line-up or individual music, chefs & kids pages for details.
Any other questions?
Try getting in touch with us via our Getting Involved page, Facebook or Twitter (links at the top and bottom of this page).