Festival Site Facilities
Info Point | Image © Charlotte Baxter 2012
When you arrive on site, you’ll be much more at ease if you already have a good understanding about where you can camp. Please find out all about the options on the camping & live-ins page. If you’re concerned about food there’s a page about this elsewhere in this section. If you want to know about washing or toilet facilities, read below.
It is a magical moment in space and time, it reaffirms my faith in the human spirit and the interconnectedness of beings
You will be given a programme with a site map when you arrive. Look for the locations of Info Point — where you’ll find our up-to-date programme boards — and the First Aid tent, open 24 hours throughout the Festival.
The Festival’s on-site wholefood shop, Nurtured By Nature | Image © Buddhafield 2010
Washing and Hygiene
Hot showers are available 24 hours a day throughout the Festival. Only eco—friendly soap, shampoo, shower gel, washing up liquid etc to be used on site, please. These will be available for sale.
We have at least 34 compost toilets distributed appropriately around site. Soap and running water is provided and at night each toilet will have lighting. Our compost toilets are dutifully maintained by a team of Toilet Wizards but if one needs attention, please tell someone at Info Point.
Waste and Recycling
We take our recycling very seriously! Please help us and use the recycling points, seperating as appropriate. Please don’t put sanitary waste (including nappies) into the compost loos: someone has to fish it out!
We’d like to keep shaving a layer off of our carbon footprint, save time and use the money we have to spend on waste more constructively. Please be conscious of what you bring and be prepared to take some of it away with you.
- Be prepared to get to grips with the some times confusing list of what can be recycled and what can’t (eg plastic packaging). Mixed up recycling has to be sorted out by hand before it will be accepted at the recycling depots!
- Recycle as much as possible at the recycling points strategically placed around site.
- Be mindful of what is raw food waste and what is cooked food waste — they have to be composted separately.
- Bring washable nappies if you can (see below)
- Use compostable nappy liners
- Try to use compostable eco-friendly sanitary protection
We would urge people to use compostable baby wipes (try Wilkinsons, about £1 a pack), tissues etc. Try not to bring disposable nappies if you can: they create a huge amount of landfill which Buddhafield has to pay to dispose of. If you have to buy disposables, try to buy as eco-friendly as possible: the eco ones don’t contain chemicals, but they still take 100 years to biodegrade!
Thank you for your time and consideration.
Music and Noise
There will be amplified music, bands and DJ sets programmed until:
- Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday: 11pm
- Saturday: midnight
Outside of these times, levels of noise drop dramatically, but don’t stop completely. This means we’re happy for people to perform ‘unplugged’, sing or chant together unrestricted, unless the volume intrudes into designated quiet areas. If you have children or your rest would be easily disturbed, please camp away from venues and communal fires — we suggest Quiet or Family Camping respectively. More about these on the camping and live-ins page.
We ask people to be considerate about drumming at all times, but especially after dusk. No drumming at all after the end of amplified music (see above) until at least 10am.
Please see the programme boards at Info Point, or outside individual venues for the times of a particular performer. We are committed to keeping all noise levels at safe and enjoyable levels, and routinely monitor levels around site.
There are a small number of prepared fire pits. For safety’s sake, please ensure 3m clear space between a fire and the nearest tent. Please don’t strip wood from the hedges or trees — firewood will be provided. Please don't burn candles in tents or live-ins, or change gas canisters in an enclosed space or near a naked flame.
Lost Children, Lost Property and Theft
We have a dedicated Lost Children Team (location on the site map in your programme). Ask a steward or peacekeeper, at Info Point or the Kids Area.
If any lost property is handed in during the festival it’s taken to Info Point. If not claimed during the event, we can keep items for a month after the festival: please contact the Buddhafield Office if you want to check. We’ll ask that you reimburse us for the costs of postage.
Due to the volume of lost property and lack of storage, please note that all items will ultimately either be destroyed or donated to a local charity shop.
Because Buddhafield is a legendarily friendly festie, it’s easy to get relaxed about your valuables. It’s unusual for tents to be plundered, but it has happened. So please take the usual sorts of care about your property.
Voluntary Recycling Scheme
This year, we are bringing Recycling more to the fore so it’s becoming part of the Permaculture and Social Change space. We will be introducing a scheme whereby volunteers can offer an hour of their time to help sort onsite recycling. In our recent festival survey, over 80% of those who responded said that you were prepared to offer an hour of your time to help, and a further 50% said they would offer more than an hour. So lets make this the greenest year yet, and put us in the running for the Greener Festival Awards next year!