Frequently Asked Questions
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.
Some festivals don’t allow dogs in any of their venues or on any of their sites. At Towersey Festival, as always, we try to reach a happy medium and although dogs are not permitted on the Showground site*, those people wishing to reach The Big Club (Concert) and The Ceilidh from Thame Road will clearly have to cross the Showground.Please would dog owners do this as quickly as possible without stopping on the Showground.Dogs are permitted on Camp Sites 1, 2 and 3 if kept on a lead at all times. Dogs on leads will be allowed in The Big Club (Concert) and The Ceilidh, The Hive and The Village Hall, subject to space and good behaviour. Dogs will NOT be allowed in the Church, the Children's Centre, the Showground or Venue 65 or its adjacent compound. There is NO provision for dogs to be left unattended on the Festival Sites.Any dog deemed to be a nuisance will be removed from the Festival sites, along with its owner.* Dogs to assist people with disabilities will be admitted to all venues including the Showground.
For Season ticket holders, the Shooting Roots youth project is the part of the Festival for everyone between 12-25 years old. There is a great programme of music, song, dance & theatre workshops and performances.More information on Shooting Roots
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.
The Festival attracts around 3,000 Season ticket holders for the whole weekend plus approximately another 2,000 visitors to the Showground every day. The Festival sites are within easy walking distance of each other and the other Festival venues in the village. 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.
With 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. The Festival Bar on Site 1 stocks all your favourite tipples as well as hosting informal concerts and sessions. Site 2 boasts a food court, which caters for both campers and day visitors, from breakfast to late night snacks.
All three camp sites have toilets, showers and water points close by. See the Water, washing facilities & toilets section for more details. There is also a camp site shop on both sites for all those camping essentials.
Yes, there is a big free car park, courtesy of local farmer David White, which is available to all visitors and only a short walk from the main Festival site. There is a drop off point by Gate 1 for people with disabilities. There are a limited number of car parking spaces next to Gate 1 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.
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 we will post it out to you when it is published.
Children’s Season ticket holders will be given a copy of the Children’s Festival 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. A replacement copy costs £1.
For Showground visitors, details of shows and entertainment on the Showground will be posted on the website in mid-July. Watch out for big ‘Today on the Showground’ boards when you arrive on the Festival site for a detailed programme of the day events’ for you to enjoy.
The full programme will not be available online.
For Season ticket holders, the Children’s Festival offers a jam-packed programmed of activities and events for the younger members of your family. Children’s Festival
For Showground 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 Showground is a very safe family space for children. What's on on the Showground
Yes, the Showground is the hub of the Festival and a great place to come and sample a whole world of family entertainment over the August bank holiday weekend. Situated in the heart of the Showground are three performance stages which host family spectaculars and dance displays, comedy and clowning.
Plus an International Trade Market, a Craft & Music Fair selling everything from clothes to toys, jewellery to herbs, instruments to handmade pottery and even an energising massage! It is the place to pick up a unique gift or a great bargain.
There is also a licensed bar and a whole range of hot and cold food and drink to suit almost every taste.
If you would like to go to concerts, ceilidhs, dances & workshops then you could buy a Day Season ticket, which covers all events on a specified day (space permitting). Or you could buy Festival Dance House Event tickets for one of the evening shows in Festival Dance House, which also covers entry into the Showground during the day and the Late Night Dance after the events. Or you could turn up on the day, and visit the Showground (pay on the gate) and spend the day enjoying entertainment on the Showground, browse the International Trade Market and Craft and Music Fairs, grab a bite to eat and drink and soak up the great Festival atmosphere. See ticket information and prices
We try to make the Festival as accommodating as possible to all people with disabilities. Wheelchair access is available at most venues with relative ease and our volunteer stewards are always ready to assist with any special needs. There are showers and toilets with wheelchair access on the main Festival sites. There is a drop off point by Gate 1 for people with disabilities. There are a limited number of car parking spaces next to Gate 1 for drivers with disabilities but if the driver is able-bodied please use the drop off point and move your vehicle to the Festival car park where we also have a deisgnated area.
We have a special section of camping on Site 2, available for people with disabilities and those with mobility difficulties. It is close to the entrance to Site 2/3, close to showers, with steps and level access toilet facilities. Car parking is available adjacent to tents and caravans on Site 2/3. There is an electric hook up available for motorised chairs etc, please book in advance through the Festival Office.
For further information please call the Festival Office on 01629 827017 or email us firstname.lastname@example.org from where we will respond as soon as possible.
Over the years we have developed our camp sites to suit the needs of you, our campers.
Read the camp site descriptions
The Festival camp sites are only available to Full Season ticket holders. All you need to do is buy a camping ticket (per person) when you book your Full Season ticket. Sorry, the camp sites aren’t big enough for us to allow Day Season or Event ticket holders to camp.
A Full Season ticket covers all Festival events (space permitting), from the Welcome Ceilidh on Thursday evening to midnight on Monday. The cost of camping is per person and must be booked at the same time as your ticket. Remember to specify which camp site you want to be on. Please see accommodation section for details.
A Day Season ticket covers all events on a specified day (space permitting).
An Event ticket covers entry into evening shows in Festival Dance House. It also includes entry into the Festival Showground and Late Night Dance on the day of the event.
A Showground pass covers entry into the Showground until 6pm. Showground passes can only be purchased on the day at the Festival gate.
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