Please note that your bags will be searched as you enter the Festival for your own safety.

Please note we are a glass-free site.  This is for the safety of all our Festival goers, in particular the large number of children.


  • Gates open at 6pm on Thursday 30th June & Noon on Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd July. The festival closes at Midnight, however the Big Top is open until 1am..

  • If you ordered your tickets online you must present a print out or digital version of your ticket PDF. at the gate.

  • Last entry to the festival 9PM or at our discretion.

  • Campsite check-in from Noon on Thursday until 930pm, then on Friday and Saturday from 9am to 930pm. All campers must have departed the site by Noon on Sunday 3rd July.

  • All Bands, DJ’s or other acts and attractions are not guaranteed and subject to change at any time.




Big Top

Main Arena

Thurs 30th June

12pm – 9:30pm

6pm – Midnight


Fri 1st July

9am – 9:30pm

12pm – 1am

12pm – 1am

Sat 2nd July

9am – 9:30pm

12pm – 1am

12pm – 1am

Sun 3rd July

Depart by noon




  • These Festival Rules, in addition to the Terms and Conditions, apply to any person who is at the event.

  • You must wear your wrist band at all times; any lost wristbands will not be replaced. If you have an eticket, it will be swapped for a wristband at the gate.

  • The Festival opens at Noon on Friday 1st July and on Saturday 2nd July.  No Festival goers, including campers, will be admitted to the festival site before this these times. Campers checking in on Thursday are welcome to the Big Top from 6pm on Thursday.

  • Campers will receive the appropriate number of wristbands on entry, which must not be removed until departure.

  • Failure to show an intact wristband on request by stewards will result in entry to the campsite being refused and may result in you being asked to leave the event.
  • Camping is only permitted in the designated areas within the campsite.

  • If a Camper intends to camp in a campervan or caravan, he/she must have purchased a campervan/caravan ticket as well as a camping ticket.

  • Car parking is FREE of charge; parking regulations must be adhered to in accordance with stewarding at the event. Car parks open one hour before opening hours each day.

  • Crowd surfing, moshing, crowd circles and throwing objects are dangerous and can cause serious injury. This behaviour is not permitted and we reserve the right to remove offenders from the event.

  • Please respect the local residents when travelling to and from the Event and keep noise to a minimum as you leave the site.


  • These Festival Rules, in addition to the Terms and Conditions, apply to any person who is at the event.

  • No trading without the consent of Management in the festival, car park or camping areas.

  • Anyone found doing so will be removed from the event.

  • Management reserve the right to refuse admission to the event. Any individual who has previously been removed from the event should not purchase a ticket as they will be refused entry to the event and if found at the event will be removed.

  • Management does not accept responsibility, to the maximum extent permitted by law, for loss of property or damage to persons or property. Campers should not leave valuables in the campsite. Campers should keep valuables on their person at all times.
  • If you require medical treatment on site, the Management and/or our treatment providers (on behalf of the Management) may keep a record of your personal details, any accident suffered and treatment provided to you.

  • Failure to follow any of the Festival Rules and/or Terms and Conditions or behaving in a manner deemed unsociable or potentially dangerous will result in you being removed from the event without refund. Management may prosecute anyone found to be breaking the law.

  • Litter – there are many bins provided at the event, please place all litter in the bins provided.  If you are caught deliberately littering the festival, you may be removed from site.

  • No remote control vehicles, 0r drones of any kind are permitted on the festival or camp site.

  • We reserve the right to refuse entry.


  • Children under 14 must be accompanied by a guardian over 18. If a child under 16 is in your care and caught drinking alcohol, you and the child will be removed from the Event.

  • You may be asked for ID at the bars to prove you are over 18 years of age.  A Challenge 25 policy will be in operation at all bars.  If you look under 25, you may be asked for ID.  Anyone caught drinking under age or without relevant ID may be removed from the event.

  • Children must not be left in any of the festival areas alone at any time.


  • You, your vehicle and/or possessions may be searched before entering and during the event. If illegal substances are found, you may be prosecuted.

  • Management, at its discretion, may confiscate any item that is deemed illegal or unsuitable. This includes, without limitation, illegal or intoxicating substances including but not limited to; “legal/herbal” highs, fireworks, sparklers, Chinese sky lanterns or any flame, smoke or gas devices, portable laser equipment, laser pens, air horns, spray cans or any item that can be considered a weapon. Any person in possession of such articles may be refused or removed from the Event.


  • Festival goers may not bring their own amplified music systems to either the festival or the campsite.

  • Gas cylinders and camping stoves are not permitted in the festival area for safety reasons and can only be used on the campsite on raised platforms.

  • Campfires are strictly forbidden.

  • Weapons in any deemed form will be confiscated.

  • Camping style chairs are encouraged as there will be limited seating. Please remember to take them home with you at the end of the event!


  • Festival goers may not bring any alcohol into the Festival.

  • Baby food will be allowed into the festival, no glass jars please as we are a no glass site.

  • Campers may bring food and drink into the campsite for his/her own consumption, provided they are not in glass bottles. Food and drink will be available for purchase at the event. Excessive amounts of food, cigarettes or alcohol may be confiscated. Glass bottles or containers (including cosmetics) are not permitted. All glass will be confiscated and not returned. As a rule, each camper may bring the equivalent of 8 cans of beer or two bottles of wine per person. No spirits can be brought into the Camping areas.

  • It is not permitted to bring food and drink into the arena or from the campsite to the arena. Backpack-style hydration packs are not permitted in the arena. Campers are not allowed to take alcohol from the festival area to the campsite under any circumstances.

  • BardFest operates a zero-tolerance underage drinking policy. No-one under the age of 18 is permitted to bring alcohol to, or be under the influence of alcohol at, the event. If you are unable to produce ID evidencing that you are 18 years old or over when challenged at the entrance points or within the venue, your alcohol will be confiscated and you risk being refused entry to the vent or arrangements being made for you to leave.  A challenge 25 policy will be in operation.

  • Only persons wearing a valid Adult Wristband will be served at the bars.

  • Whilst festival pint glasses are available to be purchased for £2, this is non-refundable. Disposable pint glasses are available at the bar free of charge.

Statement from West Suffolk Borough Council

All persons entering the festival site may be searched as a condition of entry. The following items are prohibited from being taken on the event site – Alcohol, glass bottles, knives or other items that may be used as a weapon and illegal substances. These will be removed by representatives. Holders will have the option of allowing the organiser or representatives to ‘store’ legal items until the end of the event using a ticket system. The event organisers and representatives do not take responsibility of the security of these items during the event and encourage holders not to bring them to the event or to take them home before being permitted to enter. Illegal items will be confiscated, not returned/stored and passed to the Police. Many thanks – West Suffolk Council.