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07 / 08 / 09 JUNE 2019 - Chilthorne Domer, Somerset
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FAQ

If you can't find answers to your questions below, email us and we'll add the info.

BAG SEARCHES/ID CHECKS

For your security, we will be doing bag searches as you enter the festival both through the main and pedestrian entrances. We will also be doing ID checks if we feel it's appropriate to do so. This is a licencing agreement and we thank you in advance for your co-operation.

E-TICKETING

We use e-ticketing (Eventbrite). Our scanners can read BOTH printed tickets (barcodes) and directly from phones too so you don't need to print anything out if you have a phone or a tablet with your e-ticket email (most importantly the barcode). Every barcode is unique and can only be used once so there is no transferring of tickets possible. If the barcode you present has already been used, you will be refused entry, or will need to buy more tickets on the gate (which cost more).

When your barcode has been scanned, you will then be allocated your wristband/s. If you are camping, only Weekender wristbands with Camping on them too allows you entry into the camping/caravanning areas.

REFUNDS ON TICKETS

Once your tickets have been purchased, under no circumstances will refunds be given. We are running this as a charity event, so please note that this money will be going straight back into School in a Bag.

WHERE DO I STAY?

We have camping fields specifically for festival goers (a family camping area and a group camping area attached to the main site and then a caravan and camper van field a short walk from the main site). ONLY those with camping wristbands will be allowed into the camping areas. If you prefer a B&B or hotel then we can recommend the following, but there are many more in the local area:

Halfway house - Chilthorne Domer | Northover Manor - Ilchester | Ilchester Arms - Ilchester

WHERE DO I PARK?

We have a parking field at the festival site, a big field next to the main site so not too far to walk at all! Parking is included in your ticket price.

CAN I BRING MY DOG?

Under no cicumstances are dogs are allowed at the festival, for many reasons. However, GUIDE DOGS are of course permitted!  (Please let us know in advance if you'll be bringing one)

ARE THERE ANY SHOWERS?

We were so close to getting some this year, but alas it hasn't worked out :(. Therefore it's back to the standard 'shower in a can' type festival, or bringing your own festival shower (and no showering in beer is not what we mean!)

CAN I BRING MY OWN BBQ?

No! Open fires, fire pits and BBQs of any kind are NOT permitted due to our license regulations, only portable stoves are allowed. Our food vendors provide a cracking array of meals from brekkie, lunch and dinner to snacks in between. Please try them out!

CAN I PERFORM?

Places are full for this year - we will be posting the application form for HFF15 around September, so look out for it on this website, and through our social media channels :)

CAN I BUY DAY TICKETS?

Yes you can! Please note that they are more expensive to buy on the gate on the day/s of the festival so you're better off buying them beforehand if you know you're coming.

CAN I BRING GLASS ON SITE?

No. Glass is forbidden for safety reasons. It’s also a working farm throughout the year and we want to keep it clean and lovely.

CAN I BRING MY CAMPER VAN?

Yes! We have a special area for camper vans and caravans to park in the parking field, but we do have a minimal charge of £30 per van for the weekend. This needs to be paid when you book your tickets so make sure you add it to your basket so you get camping-specific tickets (which you need to access the field)

CAN I BRING IN MY OWN FOOD AND DRINK?

We do of course ask that you try out the range of fantastic food vendors and our charity-run bars on-site - the reason being is that all proceeds from the festival go to the charity and the vendors fully support us. Please see more below:

FOOD

We do understand though that a whole weekend eating out, especially as a family, can be expensive, so if you do bring food in, please do it discreetly and in the form of snacks rather than a McDonalds or Burger King etc. If you are bringing some food in, we ask that you respect our food vendors and eat at least one of your meals a day from them.

ALCOHOL

This year we have introduced a new alcohol rule, bringing us in-line with many other festivals. Our main arena (the whole inside area where the festival runs) is NOT allowed to have alcohol brought in, and there will be bag searches at each entry point. You are however allowed alcohol (within reason) into the camping areas, but are ONLY permitted in there if you have a camping wristband. Our bar prices are way lower than the average festival prices and as we run them, 100% of the profits go back to our charity, School in a Bag.

Only sealed bottles will be allowed in via the entry points (we have running water on-site and water at the bars so water bottles can be easily filled up).

CAN I GET A TAXI TO/FROM THE FESTIVAL?

Yes. Our taxi drop-off and pick-up area is from the main entrance to the actual festival so ALL taxis will be asked to meet you there in a designated pick-up/drop-off area. We will not be allowing taxis to pick up from Main Street this year as it's too dangerous with pedestrians leaving the festival site and so that we can be mindful of the local residents.

ARE THERE DISABLED FACILITIES?

Yes. We can accommodate wheelchairs but knowing in advance if you're bringing one would really help as we can then reserve you a parking space nearer the entrance and anything else you may need to make your Home Farm Fest experience as enjoyable as possible. We allow GUIDE DOGS but again need to know in advance, and also have a disabled toilet. Please be aware though that the majority of the festival is grass so if it's wet, it may be more tricky for a wheelchair depending on its capabilities.

ARE THERE ELECTRICAL HOOK UPS?

No, it's all about being one with nature for the weekend (although we do have portable toilets and showers!).

WHAT FACILITIES ARE ON SITE?

We have the following:

  • 8 stages showcasing amazing talent across a wide range of music genres
  • 5 Bars including a local Somerset cider tent - all of these are run by the charity using volunteers
  • Food stalls – Burgers, hog roast, Moroccan, vegan & vegetarian, pizza, fish & chips, wraps, crepes, toasties, ice cream and cake (lots of great, homemade cake!)
  • A market area with lots of lovely stalls - please see the Traders page if you'd like to be a part of this
  • First Aid and Paramedics
  • 24-hour Security
  • Merchandise - don't forget to buy your limited edition Home Farm Fest hoodie or tee (every one is screen printed individually, by hand!)
  • The chance to pack your own SchoolBag (£20) and learn what the festival's really all about
  • On-site card payment facilities
  • Cashback facility in the School in a Bag shop
  • Toilets - portable loos and urinals, plus a disabled toilet
  • Showers - these will have a nominal fee attached to them
  • Children's entertainment and areas
  • Dodgems and inflatables
  • A big wheel!
  • Reptiles
  • Our own Village Green area with a Busk Stop

BRINGING CHILDREN TO HOME FARM FEST

We cannot be held responsible for anyone at the festival, therefore ALL children under the age of 18 MUST be accompanied by a responsible parent/guardian over the age of 21 years who is on-site for the duration of their time at the festival. Anyone under 18 trying to enter the festival without an adult will be denied entry and asked to leave. If this happens, we accept no responsibility and the underage entrant is solely responsible for getting themselves collected and off-site. One over 21 year old can only be responsible for up to FOUR under 18s.

GATE TIMES

The gates open at 4pm on Friday 7th June - NO entry will be allowed before this time, even for those camping. The festival finishes at 9.30pm on Sunday 9th June. For the first time this year, we are allowing people to stay on the Sunday night as well, but you will need to leave the site by 10am on Monday 10th June.

If you have day tickets, arrival and departure times are:

Friday 7th June - 4pm - midnight

Saturday 8th June - 10am - midnight 

Sunday 9th June - 10am - 9.30pm (last entry in on Sunday is 6pm)

CHECKLIST

  • Email with ticket/s (we need the barcode to scan otherwise you won't get in)
  • Money (we do have a cashback facility on site as well)
  • Camera (for personal use only)
  • Mobile Phone
  • Tent if you’re camping - these need to have been paid for beforehand
  • Sun Cream and a hat (hopefully!)
  • Posh frocks/DJs and wellies for Friday 7th!
  • Any medications that you need
  • ID if you think you may need it - you won't be served without it if there are any discrepancies with the bar staff

Only bring what you can afford to lose.

We would encourage you not to bring anything that would cause unnecessary rubbish.

Remember when packing that glass is not allowed at the festival for safety reasons.

Please clean up after yourself - we're only a small team and have plenty to be getting on with without having to clear-up after others...

Have a brilliant weekend!

THINGS YOU CAN'T BRING

Remember when packing to come to the festival the following things that are not allowed. Your bag may be searched at the entrances.

NOT ALLOWED AT THE FESTIVAL AT ALL:

  • Glass - no glass is allowed anywhere onsite for safety reasons
  • Illegal substances
  • Nitrous Oxide
  • Portable Laser Equipment and Pens
  • Drones
  • Megaphones and Air Horns
  • Spray Cans
  • Fireworks or flares
  • Chinese or Sky Lanterns
  • No open fires, no fire pits, no bbqs - camping stoves are ok
  • Any item which may reasonably be considered for use as a weapon
  • Animals (other than registered guide or hearing dogs)
  • Sound systems
  • Unofficial tabards or reflective jackets
  • Unauthorised items for trading, including any goods using unauthorised event logos

All the above items will be confiscated. Anyone resisting confiscation of disallowed

PHOTOGRAPHY AND FILMING

Taking photos and producing an annual festival film is integral to running Home Farm Fest and we use them for marketing and promotion throughout the year. We therefore have several official photographers and a film crew on-site throughout the festival weekend who are all marked with Media lanyards and hi vis jackets (and their camers too of course!). The image and footage become our property to use as we see fit. Please let us know if you see any images you don't want used by emailing: press@schoolinabag.org

SEATING

Home Farm Fest is an open air non-seated event but please feel free to bring camping chairs/picnic blankets.

SMOKING

All public and working enclosed spaces onsite are no smoking, including all tents and marquees onsite, plus the WHOLE of the Children's Area. This includes electric cigarettes.

If you do smoke, please use the bins to dispose of your cigarette ends and be respectful of others around you, as breathing in other people's smoke isn't nice. Please remember, it's a working farm and picking up other people's cigarette butts isn't fun...

BARS

Bar staff will ask for proof of age whenever a customer appears to be under 25 - so if you think there is a chance you may be asked, best bring some photo ID and get it ready to show as you go to buy your drink.

It is down to you to prove that you are over 18 and you will need to do this before you are able to buy alcohol. DO NOT buy alcohol for any one under age as anyone caught drinking who cannot prove their over 18, will be immediately removed from the festival site by our security staff. The person responsible for them will also be removed.

Forms of ID that can be accepted are:

  • Full or provisional photo card driving licence issued by the DVLA
  • Passport
  • Citizen Card

We hope you respect the way we run our festival. We do it because we love it and so do the people that come along, so please don't be the one to spoil it.




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