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Festival advice


Before setting out

  • Check the weather forecast and remember to pack appropriate clothing and camping equipment for the time you are there, as well as other essentials such as sun block.
  • Make sure you have the correct location details for the festival, including any specific arrangements for accessing the site, such as which entrance to use.  
  • Check travel apps or websites for any disruption on the road network or public transport.
  • Also check the festival’s website and social media for any last minute changes or useful information.

Vehicle security

  • Do not leave any valuable items in your vehicle and remove all loose change, sunglasses etc from display.
  • Ensure all windows and doors are fully locked and secure.
  • Open your glove compartment to show nothing of value has been left inside.
  • Clean all sat nav suction marks off the inside of your windscreen, as this could indicate to thieves that a sat nav has been left in the vehicle.

Personal safety

  • Don’t show off what valuables you do have with you – it could make you a target for criminals. Put money, cards and mobile phones in a zipped pocket or handbag, use a money belt or store valuables in the lockers on site.
  • Be patient around security searches as they are being conducted for your own safety. You may need to allow extra time for these searches when you arrive.
  • In the event of an incident, follow instructions from security.
  • If you feel unwell, visit the welfare tent on site or speak to a member of security.
  • Phone signal can be poor. Make sure you pre-arrange meeting places with friends in less busy areas and never go off on your own.
  • If the weather is expected to be hot and sunny, make sure you drink plenty of water and regularly apply sun cream.

Alcohol and drugs

  • Never leave your drinks unattended.
  • Remember, alcohol and drugs can affect your ability to make safe judgments and can make you vulnerable.
  • You can still enjoy alcohol but it is important to drink responsibly and stay safe. Alternate alcoholic drinks with soft drinks or low alcohol ones. Drink more slowly and make sure you eat.
  • Ensure you and your friends all look after one another and get home safely.
  • Do not drink alcohol if you are driving home.
  • We do not want people’s lives to be ruined by the dangers of drugs. Officers will work closely with organisers to intercept illegal and harmful substances. Anyone caught supplying illegal drugs, will be dealt with appropriately by police and likely refused entry to the festival.
  • It is an offence to supply, or possess with intent to supply, Nitrous Oxide and anyone committing these offences will be liable for arrest. 

Operation Advisory

Operation Advisory is our on-going campaign to educate people on the issue of consent. 

Having sex with someone without their clear consent could result in a rape conviction, a minimum prison sentence of five years and being placed on the Sex Offenders Register. 

If you do become the victim of sexual assault, please be reassured that police will take the matter
seriously and provide specialist support. Further information about where you can report sexual assault and get help and advice, is available.

Further advice and information can be found by visiting the Festival Safe website at

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