Banbury Folk Festival – FAQs

How will I get my tickets? 
On line bookings will be confirmed by email. You will need to bring a copy of this with you to be exchanged for a wristband at the Cricket Club if you are camping there, otherwise at the Town Hall. Please note as this is a working Town Hall you may not collect wristbands before 4.00pm on Friday.
Postal bookings will receive a confirmation slip by post. After 1st October 2016 we will phone you to confirm your wristband collection point.

I am a day visitor – what are the Car Parking arrangements? 
Day visitors will need to use the town car parks. There is long stay parking available at the Railway Station, Calthorpe Street, Windsor Street and the NCP Car Park in Marlborough Road.

How do I find out when artists are performing? 
There will be a Who’s on When programme detailing the days when artists are performing on the website once all artists are confirmed. A full programme will be on sale at the festival.

Where can I perform? 
There will be plenty of opportunities to take part in song sessions, folk club sessions and music sessions. These will be detailed in the festival programme.

Will there be Food Stalls at the main venue? 
We do not have permission for Food Stalls outside the Town Hall but there are many bars, restaurants and take away food outlets within easy reach of the Town Hall.

Will there be Craft Stalls at the main venue? 
Unfortunately we do not have space for Craft Stalls, but take advantage of Banbury’s many shops and Saturday Market, all close to the Town Hall.

Can I bring my dog? 
Only dogs required to assist people with disabilities will be admitted into the Town Hall. Those bringing caravans or motor homes may bring dogs as long as they are kept on a lead at all times. Dogs are not allowed on the Cricket Pitch.

I am a wheelchair user. Will I be able to access all the events? 
Yes, there are lifts at the Town Hall and the Cricket Club. Other events are all on the ground floor.

Can I get to the Festival on public transport? 
Banbury Railway Station is about 5 minutes walk from the Town Hall and the Bus Station is 1 minute’s walk away. You will be able to take the shuttle-bus from the Town Hall up to the Cricket Club (after 5pm) if you have a tent. The indoor camping in Marlborough Road is about 5 minute’s walk from the Town Hall.

Will I be able to buy tickets at the Festival? 
This will be dependent on whether all tickets have sold out before the Festival, so you will need to check the website where an announcement will be made if this is the case. Individual Event tickets will be sold at the venues subject to capacity.

What is Indoor Camping? 
The Indoor Camping venue being used this year is the Methodist Church Hall in Marlborough Road, just off the High Street. You will need to bring a bedding roll or air-bed and sleeping bag. The rooms for sleeping are upstairs with toilets and a kitchen downstairs. Facilities for making hot drinks and tea, coffee and milk will be available. We ask for a small donation to cover the cost. Please note – no consuming of alcohol is allowed at the Methodist Hall.

What time can I get on the campsites?
Indoor Camping
Banbury Methodist Hall, Marlborough Rd, BANBURY.
The Methodist Church Hall will be open from 3.00pm on Friday. Indoor Campers using public transport may stay on Sunday night by arrangement with the Venue Manager but must leave by 11.00am on Monday.

Outdoor Camping
Banbury Cricket Club, The Willows, Whitepost Road, Bodicote, BANBURY. OX15 4BN
Banbury Cricket Club will be open from 12.00pm (midday) on Friday. Weekend camping is free for Friday and Saturday nights when you purchase a Weekend Ticket. There is no camping available for day ticket holders and no camping only tickets.  If you wish to stay over on Sunday for the Survivor’s session please book in for this on arrival. There will be an extra charge of £5 per person. The site must be cleared by 12.00pm (midday) on Monday. We advise you to try and avoid arriving between 2.30pm – 3.30pm on Friday as there is a school opposite and parents will be collecting their children.

What facilities will there be on the Cricket Club campsite? 

  • Outdoor camping for Caravans, Motor Homes and Tents.
  • 24 hour access to toilets (including disabled).
  • The Cricket Club, Willows Pavillion will be a venue for events – there is an upstairs room with bar and a downstairs room with bar.
  • Free Shuttle bus service between the Cricket Club and the Town Hall from 5pm on Friday until 6pm on Sunday.
  • The Cricket Club will be providing breakfasts and a range of hot snacks.
  • Water point, but no chemical waste point as there is a septic tank.
  • We ask that you take your rubbish and chemical waste home with you please.

Are there concession tickets for students, unwaged or senior citizens or disabled people? 

Sorry – but there are no concessions available, apart from under 14s who are allowed in for free, as long as accompanied by an adult. We believe that we have kept the ticket price at an affordable level.

How do I get a refund? 
Sorry no refunds except in special circumstances to be discussed with the Organisers.

I’ve lost/forgotten my paperwork what can I do? 
Report to the Festival Information Desk on arrival (at the Cricket Club if you are camping there, otherwise at the Town Hall) where we should be able to trace your original application. Please bring identification such as passport or driving license.