Festival Frequently Asked Questions
Buddhafield Festival 2017 |
Meditation is the answer | Image © Charlotte Baxter 2012
These are the most common enquiries we receive. There are answers to all these questions on the website, but if you can’t find the Q or a satisfacatory A, try the Festival Contacts list.
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• What happens to lost property? Answer.
If any lost items were handed in during the Festival they were taken to Info Point. Due to the lack of sufficient storage space or a central office, we can only keep these items for five days after the Festival. We will charge a flat fee of £10 to cover the costs of returning them. At the end of the five day period, please note that all valuables will either be put to good use or given to a charity shop. If you want to check for lost property please contact us in the first instance by emailing Festival lost property.
Where and When
• What are the dates for the 2017 Buddhafield Festival? Answer.
Wednesday 12 — Sunday 16 July 2017
• Where is the Festival site? Answer.
About 7 miles south-west of Taunton, Somerset. Taunton is the nearest railway station. You will get exact directions with your ticket. We will run a shuttle bus service from the train station on the Wednesday (to arrive), Sunday and Monday (to leave). We don’t routinely publish exact site location on the site to dissuade random visitors.
• I’m a volunteer and my Area Coordinator hasn’t sent me travel directions. How do I get to the site? Answer.
You can find help on the getting there page or contact the Festival Office.
Ticket Related Questions
• How much are the tickets? Answer.
A full price list can be found on the tickets page.
• How do I buy tickets? Answer.
Online: through this website by credit/debit card via PayPal (you don’t need a Paypal account).
Cheque: for concession prices print off a booking form and send us proof of low income with your cheque.
Please note that we cannot take payments over the phone.
• I can’t come for the whole thing. Do you sell weekend or day tickets? Answer.
The Festival is at it’s most satisfying for everyone if you come for the whole event. For Buddhafield 2017 we are not planning to sell any 'Weekend only' tickets this year.
Day Tickets are available from the ticket office on site on our last day, Sunday 16 July only, costing £40 per adult (no charge for children or cars).
• I’m registered disabled: do I have to pay for parking? Answer.
Not if you have a ‘Blue Badge’: please show this to the stewards on arrival.
• I’m aged under 18: can I buy a ticket? Answer.
Anyone under the age of 16 wishing to attend the festival MUST be accompanied by someone over the age of 18. Those who are ages 16 or 17 are allowed to attend the festival unaccompanied, but we would strongly advise that this decision is made with the consent of a parent or legal guardian.
• My ticket hasn’t arrived Answer.
This year your ticket is in the form of a "Proof of Purchase" email. If you have not recieved the "Proof of Purchase" email shortly after making your booking please check your, and your ISPs, Junk/Spam folders and for all ticket-related questions email the Tickets Co-ordinator
• I need a refund on my ticket Answer.
You must return your tickets to the Festival Office by June 29 2017. See the Festival Booking page. Refunds will not be given at the ticket office on site, nor after the event.
• I forgot to book a live-in / car pass — what should I do? Answer.
If you don’t want to buy one online you can buy one on the gate (cash/cheque only: we can’t process credit or debit cards in the field)
• I’d like to volunteer to work at this year’s Festival Answer.
For an overview of Festival volunteering visit the main volunteering page.
If a link is greyed out, that crew is fully recruited. People do drop out, so check the main volunteering page right up to the day the Festival opens.
• I’d like to work in the Buddhafield Café. Answer.
The Café crews are currently fully recruited.
Please check the Café Crew page (right up to the day the Festival opens) to see if people have dropped out.
• I’d like to teach yoga at this year’s Festival Answer.
All the places on our yoga teaching team are taken.
• I’d like to do healing at the Festival Answer.
Visit the Healing Garden volunteer page
• I’d like to have a stall at this year’s Festival Answer.
Have a look at the trader applications page. You can contact the Traders Co-ordinator from there.
• I’m a musician, I’d like to have a gig at this year’s Festival Answer.
Sorry, but we’re already inundated by applications from musicians.
• I’d like to lead a workshop at the Festival Answer.
• I’d like to perform at this year’s Festival Answer.
Contact the Live Arts Co-ordinator
• I am a Buddhist monk from abroad: can I teach the Dharma and meditation at your Festival? I need an invitation to apply for a visa. Answer.
We are happy to discuss ideas for contributing to the Dharma Parlour, but we cannot help with visa applications. If you are unfamiliar with the British festival scene then please ensure that you understand what kind of festival Buddhafield actually is before you pursue the matter. If you still think Buddhafield sounds really interesting, email the Dharma Parlour Co-ordinator
• I have a disability: can I still come to the Festival? Answer.
Yes. There’s some guidance for Disabled ticket holders on the Camping and Live-ins page.
• We want you to advertise your Festival with us Answer.
Contact our Publicity Team
• Can I bring a live-in vehicle or caravan? Answer.
Yes, unless it’s a very large motor home (e.g. a Winnebago), a full-size coach or over 7.5 tons. You will need to buy a live-in vehicle pass.
See the Live-ins section of the camping page for complete information.
• Can I bring my dog? Answer.
We’re sorry, but no. Our experience tends towards seeing dogs inadequately or inconsiderately cared for. Under certain circumstances — including the length of time key crew spend on site — we may offer an exception, but we can’t extend this to ticket holders
• Can I buy food at the Festival? Answer.
Yes, we expect several stalls on site to be selling fresh fruit and veg. We also hope to have a wholefood stall again this year, who can even bring things in by request. Contact them on arrival (see the site map). There are a number of vegan / vegetarian cafés on site. More information on the food & traders page.
• Will there be music? What’s sorts? And when does it stop?! Answer.
We offer ample opportunities to practise meditation, but not under retreat conditions. There will be a range of amplified and acoustic music, programmed and impromptu, in various venues and cafés around the site. We have DJ sessions and a number of dance workshops throughout the day. See our performance page for information about Programme Times and our Noise Policy
• I’m gay: will I be welcome? Answer.
• I’m in recovery: will there be anyone I can turn to for support? Answer.
Yes, we have Twelve Step Dome for people in recovery from any sort of addiction.. Find out about them on our Healing and Bodywork page.
• Nudity? Answer.
There may be more nudity than you are accustomed to. Many people enjoy the freedom to be naked in a safe, mixed environment. If you, or your children, may find this difficult you may wish to reconsider booking tickets.
You may be comfortable being fully naked, but please offer consideration to those people that, given our culture, find nudity distracting, challenging or even threatening.
• I’m a woman coming on my own. I’m a bit nervous... Answer.
We provide a Women’s Space, as well as a supportive area for women and mothers in the Association of Radical Midwives yurt. In our recent survey many women said how comfortable and safe they felt coming on their own, as well as the Festival offering a safe space for single mums. Find it on the site map when you arrive: they have a camping area for women only; more on our Areas & Spaces page
• I have marquees / solar-power rig / a tractor. Want to hire my gear? Answer.
Contact the Site Crew Co-ordinator