Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about Towersey Festival. If your question is not answered here please do feel free to email the Festival Office and we will be happy to help.
We want to make Towersey Festival as accessible as possible to all. The Festival takes place on a green field site with flat access and with wheelchair/mobility scooter access available at all venues. Our volunteer stewards are ready to assist. There is a drop off point by Gate 1 and a dedicated area for parking in the FREE car park. Due to the layout of the site we feel this is the closest to the venues we can safely get you to in a vehicle. In our Big Top marquee known as Venue 65 (Main stage) there is a well-positioned viewing platform. Within the 'canvas/caravan' camping site there is a designated disabled person's camping area. There are dedicated toilet and shower facilities in this area and if needed, hook-up for recharging scooter batteries etc. You may also keep a road vehicle nearby. We offer a complimentary ticket to anyone requiring a Personal Assistant (PA) and ask that you provide proof of eligibility - via email is fine. Proof accepted is:
- Front page of DLA / PIP
- Front page of Attendance Allowance letter
- Evidence that registered severely sight impaired (blind)
- Recognised Assistance Dog ID card
Ground level BBQs and open fires are NOT permitted. Sensible height off the ground BBQs are.
The Festival campsites are available to Weekend or Day ticket holders. All you need to do is buy a camping ticket (per person) when you book your ticket. Campsite descriptions
All campsites have toilets, showers and water points close by. There are chemical toilet emptying points. There is also a campsite shop on site for all those camping essentials. The sites are flat and well laid out. NB - there is no electrical hookup. Come and be part of our great camping community. Find out which site is for you HERE.
There is a big free car park, which is available to all visitors and only a short walk from the main Festival site. There is a drop off point for people with disabilities. There are a limited number of car parking spaces for drivers with disabilities but if the driver is able-bodied please use the drop off point and move your vehicle to the main Festival car park. Directions
For Weekend and Day ticket holders, All About Children offers a jam-packed programmed of activities and events for the younger members of your family. For Festival Green visitors there is a great programme of family entertainment every day including dance displays, processions, street entertainment, face painting, comedy, puppet shows and lots more. The Festival Green is a very safe family space for children. What's on on the Festival Green.
If you would like to go to concerts, ceilidhs, dances & workshops then you could buy a Day ticket, which covers all events on a specified day (space permitting). See ticket information and prices
We are unable to accommodate dogs* on any area of the Site. *Dogs to assist people with disabilities will be admitted to all venues including the Festival Green.
Catering for both campers and day visitors, from breakfast to late night snacks, we have a great selection of meat and vegetarian dishes from potato wedges to burgers, crepes to spicy Mexican, ice cream, doughnuts, full English Breakfasts and more. No-one should go hungry. We have sit down cafes, take away food stalls and licensed bars in all main venues serving a wide range of real ales. Of course, you are welcome to bring your own food too. There is also a campsite shop on site for all those camping essentials. The main Festival Bar on the Festival Green stocks all your favourite tipples as well as hosting informal concerts and sessions. We welcome you to bring in a reasonable amount of alcohol per person into the campsites for your own personal enjoyment. Once you have entered the event we ask that you do not re- enter with more alcohol supplies. You’ll be asked to leave any excess alcohol outside the event. Alcohol from campsites and car parks is not permitted onto the Festival Green or into any of the licensed venues. If you are seen bringing alcohol in, you will be asked to take it back to the campsite or discard it.
Towersey Festival takes place on the outskirts of Thame in Oxfordshire, about 15 miles east of Oxford and only a mile from the village of Towersey (where the Festival was born). Directions
After finding great solutions last year we will continue to provide seating in venues as per customer requests. Some of you dance all day, some like to sit and watch, some like to picnic, some just need a rest and so we have seating. In a bit more detail - we have some benches around the new Market Square under cover! We have over 700 seats in The Big Club. We have over 200 chairs in FDH for those of you who want to rest between dances. There are seats in All About Children, the Showground bar, The Den and The Hive. There are smart benches in the enlarged Food Shelter (Market Square) and also scattered around the site. In Venue 65 we find most people who attend would rather dance or stand and watch so we have allocated a large area for dancing and standing in front of the stage and back to the PA / Lights control desk. Here there is also a viewing platform for disabled people and their carers. Access is by a ramp. For those who want to be near the stage but seated we have installed benches to the left and right of the central dance area and with a good view of main stage. If you prefer to bring your own chair to Venue 65 that’s ok up to 6pm daily but always be aware someone might stand or dance in front of you. After 6pm sit on the benches or stand/dance, or you can see the stage from your own seat positioned in the Venue 65 outside compound. We hope this will make a visit to Venue 65 to see our headline acts a more comfortable experience and adaptable for all.
The Site opens at 12noon on Thursday for Weekend camping tickets holders, so you can set up camp ready to start the Festival's incredibly busy programme of events from Friday. Weekend non campers and Day tickets holders are welcome from 9:30am Friday. Any campers (Weekend / Monday night) - please make sure you're on your way home by 12noon Tuesday. Thanks.
Over August Bank Holiday weekend (25-28 August), TOWERSEY FESTIVAL attracts 3500 campers and caravaners, 1000 daily concert goers and 1500 daily visitors to our Festival Green. The Festival venues are within easy walking distance of each other. Festival venues in the village are accessible by foot or car. Towersey prides itself on being one of the most relaxed, family-friendly festivals of its kind. In fact we know of several families who started coming to the Festival when they were young and who are now bringing their own children and in some cases their grandchildren! Whilst the Festival has developed over the years it has retained the small village Festival feel that our customers know and love.
Ticket information and to book tickets (no booking fee)
Weekend ticket - covers all Festival events (space permitting), from the first event on Friday to the last event on Monday. The cost of camping is per person and must be booked at the same time as your ticket. Remember to specify which camping area you want to be in (space permitting). Please see camping & accommodation section for details. Day ticket - covers all Festival events on a specified day (space permitting). You can also camp the night of your valid Day ticket. The cost of camping is per person and must be booked at the same time as your ticket. Please see camping & accommodation section for details. A Festival Green ticket - covers entry into the Festival Green from 10am until 11.30pm. Festival Green tickets can be purchased in advance at Thame Town Hall or Bizzie Lizzie, High Street, Thame or on the day at the Festival gate. Under 5s are FREE and do not need a ticket. For further information about ticket prices and to book your tickets please click HERE
If you are 18 years old or over and are available to work approximately 20 hours over 4 or 5 days then you might like to volunteer as a Festival steward. You could join in with all sorts of things from administration and ticket checking to traffic control and venue management. Volunteer Steward information
Details of the main Festival events will be posted on this website as they are confirmed. If you cannot find the information you are looking for please contact the Festival Office and we will be happy to help. The full programme and lots more information is in the Festival’s Souvenir Programme (£5), which is published in early August. You can order your copy in advance with your tickets and collect it on arrival at the Festival. Children’s Weekend ticket holders will be given a copy of the All About Children's programme when they collect their ticket from the Festival Box Office. The programme is jam-packed with activities and events that are on throughout the whole Festival.
For Weekend and Day ticket holders our programme is packed with amazing stuff for younger adults to get stuck into, dance, play, create or just sit back and watch. There are dedicated and exclusive "Youth" activities but we have also programmed a range of activities across the Festival that we think are perfect for our younger (and more energetic) festival goer. Start planning your Festival here.