Frequently asked Questions

Keeping you in the know

Will there be tickets on the door at the festival?

Yes, as long as they are still available. The price on the door will be published here nearer the event

If I leave the festival can I return?

Yes, the wristband permits you re-entry to the festival anytime.  No admissions after 7:30 pm (both nights)

Can I take food and drink outside the festival?

No. To protect the surrounding area and ensure litter is contained within the boundary of the festival we have a strict policy of not allowing any food, glass or drinks to be removed from the festival site, this includes soft drinks. You will be requested to leave all drinks at the gate upon exit.

Is there any overnight accommodation?

The venue has no overnight accommodation, however there are 2 camping site in the area about a 10-20 minute walk away as follows:

Southdown Way Caravan and Camping Park, just a 10mins walk from DOWNSFEST
(NOTE max 6 adults per booking)

Ditchling Camping (20min walk)  :

Blacklands Farm Caravan & Camping (15min by car): (restrictions apply)

NOTE: We have no arrangements in place with any local camping provider – our listing of any here is for your information and does not constitute a recommendation.

What is your policy on Under Age drinking?

The festival operates a zero-tolerance policy to underage drinking and works to the Challenge 25 principle.

All festival bars operate a refusals register so please ensure that you bring ID with you as if you are lucky enough to look under 25 you will be challenged.

Acceptable forms of ID are a passport, a European Union photocard driving licence or a photographic identity card bearing the national Proof of Age Standards Scheme (PASS) hologram. No other forms of ID will be accepted.

Can I bring a picnic?

No. The festival provides a variety of different food traders for you to enjoy. These traders contribute significantly to the costs of putting the event on.

In order to support our traders, we regret no food or drink can be brought into the festival, with the exception of infant snacks or special requirements.  As part of our security at the entrance, bags will be searched upon entry.

Do you cater for disabled access and facilities?

Yes. Our festival is on the level, although grass field and there is a disabled toilet.

Can I bring a dog?

No, except Guide Dogs with appropriate documentation.

Do you have security present?

Yes. There is a comprehensive SIA registered, security team present at the festival site at all times.

Is there parking?

No. We advise you to travel via public transport, Hassocks Station is a ten-minute walk to the festival.  Parking at the event is restricted to the staff, bands and concessions.  Parking in the surrounding area is very limited.

What happens if it rains?

In the event of inclement weather, we recommend you come prepared with wellies and a brolly as the site is fully exposed to the weather.

Will there be seating at the festival?

Seating will be limited. You can bring folding chairs and picnic rugs. However, no gazeboes or parasols.

What payment methods are used in the festival.

Cash and card payments are available methods of payment.  Kindly note that card payments are subjected to signal reception of card machines.  

There are ATM’s within a short few minutes’ walk of the festival entrance on the high street in Knight’s Budgens and in the high street up towards the station.

Are you a fundraising event?

Yes. St Peter and St James Hospice is based in the heart of Sussex, in Chailey.

They provide expert and compassionate hospice care to adults living in Haywards Heath, Burgess Hill, Uckfield, Lewes and the surrounding villages.

They also support their families and friends through the challenges of bereavement and grief.

Can I volunteer at DownsFest?

Yes, if you are over 16. We need 30 volunteers to put on this festival. The roles will be litter picking, entrance desk and stage assistance.  Please email [email protected] if you are interested.

What is your photography policy?

The festival organisers have expressed very clearly that the public may not take images or videos of anyone under the age of 16 without the expressed consent of their parent and guardian.

We will have our event photographer onsite.