Travel

Our Festival site is less than one mile from Thame town centre.  Thame is on a main bus route from AYLESBURY TO OXFORD.  The same bus picks up at Thame and Haddenham Parkway rail station which is on the London to Birmingham main line.  When you arrive in THAME it is just a 20 minute walk to the Festival Site.  Follow the signs!  Leave your car at home or if your car is really needed share your trip with another traveller.  See www.liftshare.comIf you do have to drive, when you arrive at Towersey Festival Site – Park your car for FREE and leave it there until it is time to pack up and go home.  Shops are on site and if you need more, Thame is a short walk away!Whatever you choose we look forward to seeing you at a sustainable Towersey.

By Car

The Festival Site address for satnavs is Thame Showground, Oxon, OX9 3JL (Please do not send correspondence to this address, it is an empty field for most of the year!)

Find us on GoogleMaps here. 

Drivers could use the A418 from Aylesbury, the A40 & A418 from Oxford or the M40.  If you are travelling from the north Junction 8a is best.  If you are travelling from the south Junction 5 is best.  That should get you near the Festival where you will pick up directions signs for "Towersey Festival".

By Train

The nearest railway stations are Princes Risborough or Haddenham & Thame Parkway on the London Marylebone line to Birmingham.  Then a quick Taxi (3 miles) or jump on the regular bus service to Thame.  Check out  http://www.chilternrailways.co.uk/

By Bus

If you are coming by bus then there is a stop in Thame (1/2 a mile from the site) for buses from Aylesbury and Oxford.  Plan your Journey here.

By Bike

You could travel to Towersey on your bicycle.  We provide plenty of space to lock up you bike and you can plan the local route here.

Access Information

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 the main gate 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 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 (no specific rate)
• Front page of Attendance Allowance letter (no specific rate)
• Evidence that registered severely sight impaired (blind)
• Recognised Assistance Dog ID card
• CredAbility's Access Card

Please buy the ticket/s you require (not the PA’s).  If you do choose to camp in the canvas/caravan area, the online booking system will ask you if you require a camping pitch within the disabled persons camping area.

Then forward your eligibility proof and ticket confirmation email to info@towerseyfestival.com and we will issue a complimentary ticket (same type) to your Personal Assistant.  We will need their name, postal and email addresses please.

If you have any questions please call us on 01629 827016 or email us on info@towerseyfestival.com from where we will respond as soon as possible and do what we can to help make your visit to TOWERSEY FESTIVAL a great experience.

Food & Drink

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.

Green Towersey

Towersey Festival has been a ‘green’ festival since before the idea was invented.  Founder Committee member SHEILA MANNERS was ahead of her time when she encouraged ‘thrift’, ‘sharing’ and consideration for others and the earth in the early years of the festival.  In the 1970s and 1980s Towersey Festival had a team of volunteers separating cans, bottles, cardboard and plastics from what used to be called ‘rubbish’!  In the eighties, we started asking campers to put their waste (rubbish) in separate bags and for many years now we have given campers a clear or green bag for mixed recycling and a black or blue bag for landfill.  So Green Towersey is our way of just formalising what we have done for years.  We now recycle and recover over 80% of all waste leaving the site and are aiming for even more.  The success of this waste management strategy means that we have achieved eco-savings equivalent to 43 saved trees and 4,793kg of CO2 as well as generating 6MWh of power from non-recyclable waste.  We are also introducing more and more low energy lighting solutions, so reducing our fuel use.  We encourage our visitors to come by bike (the cycle path runs alongside the site).  We ask our toilet suppliers to give us units with push taps to save water and we only print the paper for marketing that we really use and when we do it’s on recycled paper.  We really want the Festival to play its part and we hope you can join in.

Fuel

If the price of motor fuel hasn’t deterred you from using your car at all and the emissions don’t quite do the job for you, then once you are in Towersey please park your car and forget about it.  Better still, bring a bicycle or walk.  Other ways to help are share a lift at www.liftshare.com  Use your vehicle as little as possible.

Fresh Country Air

You are very welcome to as much of that as you can possibly consume.  Sing, dance, enjoy yourself and breathe deeply.  It's good for you!

Working with Traders

All of our Traders and Caterers are requested not to use any polystyrene packaging, cups or plates and are asked to use washable or biodegradable plates, cups and wooden utensils.  Poly bags are discouraged in favour of paper bags and where poly is used it should be re-used i.e. from local supermarket.  Tea, coffee, chocolate and fresh fruit should be from Fairtrade and ethical sources.  Private diesel generators on Trader and Caterer stalls are not allowed.  Any edible leftover food will be collected from the site and distributed to the needy and tins, cardboard, glass and plastics are recycled as with our public areas.

Power

For many years Towersey has used mains power and red diesel generators – in 2015 we ventured into the world of Biodiesel, Solar, Wind and Hi-brid Power units.  We intend to continue this campaign and make a gradual change over the next few years to supply our Traders, Caterers, Workshops and Stages with these sustainable alternative energy supplies.

Recycling

Before you bin something, think recycling.  You can put paper, cardboard, plastic and cans in the same bin.  Please separate glass and landfill rubbish like bottles, leftover food and non plastic wrappers.  Over the Festival weekend you will see The 'Towersey Wombles' keeping our recycling and litter points are kept clean and tidy and ensuring the right items are put in the right recycling bin.  Please help to make their job easier by sorting your waste. It used to be called Rubbish, maybe then Litter, now think Landfill.  If it doesn’t go in recycling, it will be going into a hole in the ground; the holes are getting very full and contaminating the earth.  Think again.

Water

Before you turn on the tap, do you really need all of that water?  Always get it into a container; take it back to your tent.  Never leave the tap running without a container underneath it.  When you have finished, make sure the tap is turned off properly.  We thank you for doing your bit and using as little water as possible!

Thanks for your help in making a difference at Towersey Festival.  Our Carbon Footprint will be reduced and we welcome your thoughts and ideas on everything from how many bins to how big they are, the positioning of them and anything else you think may be possible.  This is a job we must do together.

Whether we carry a badge or not, Towersey is a Green Festival.