Chepstow is an historic Welsh border town, just 18 miles from Bristol and 125 miles from London, close to the M4.
Situated just outside the town, high above the Wye Valley, the festival site affords spectacular views across the Severn estuary. The neoclassical ruins of Piercefield House provide an atmospheric backdrop to the festival. The surrounding countryside and woodland – complete with standing stones, caves and local legends – is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The site is next to Chepstow Racecourse; follow signs to the racecourse, then festival signs will direct you to the carparks and box office.
The box office and campsite will open at noon on Thursday 2nd August and you will need to leave site by noon on Monday 6th August. The Box Office is otherwise open between 10am and 10pm. Please arrive between these times to access the carpark, campsite and festival.
Public Transport, Walking & Cycling:-
We’re hoping to run a dedicated festival shuttle bus from the train station to the festival site in 2018 – watch this space!
Chepstow train station is approx 5 minutes walk from the town centre; from the centre it’s another 20 minutes walk (or so) to the festival site.
The number 69 bus runs from the railway station (and from the town centre bus station) to near the festival entrance. Ask for ‘Chepstow Racecourse’. There’s also a taxi rank outside the railway station.
For up to date local travel info contact Chepstow Tourist Information on 01291 623772 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Cyclists – We aim to run a guided Green Gathering By Bicycle ride from Bristol train station each year. Contact email@example.com if you’d like to travel sustainably and join a cycle ride… or if you’d like to lead such a ride!
Pedestrians – If you’d like to jump on our free shuttle bus from the festival entrance to the camping fields follow signs to the festival carpark – this is where the shuttle bus picks up. If you intend to walk up our steep woodland track to the camping fields, the most convenient route will be through Lion Gate (yes, a gate with stone lions). Take care – there will be vehicles on this route too. (Please note – there may be changes to this information in 2018 as we intend to improve pedestrian access…)
Cars will be directed around the roundabout into our Carpark (hardstanding – so no getting stuck on a muddy field!).
Live-in Vehicles and vehicles with Assisted Access passes will be directed via ‘Gold Gate’ to the Campervan fields or to the Assisted Access area.
All Drivers please remember to buy your vehicle pass from Bristol Ticket Shop, to have your details written on the pass, and to have the pass stuck to your windscreen in a very visible position! (Live-in vehicle passes will not be available at the gate; carpark passes will be available on the gate but please buy yours in advance if possible – it’s cheaper and avoids delays.)
Please follow instructions from our Gate and Traffic crew who will facilitate entry and parking, and will direct you to the Box Office to collect your festival wristband.
Drivers looking for passengers and people looking for lifts – SIGN UP to find like-minded people to travel with via our GoCarShare page; please minimise fuel use (and costs) by filling your vehicle with festival folk… and help us keep our Festival Vision 2025 pledge to cut emissions.
Festival Transport & Choosing a Campsite:-
The Green Gathering shuttle bus provides transport from the Box Office in the carpark, along an (uphill) woodland track, to the Welcome Point on the edge of the camping fields. Here you can get directions to Family Camping, General Camping, Quiet Camping etc.
Please be aware that if you bring huge amounts of camping gear it may take a few trips and a few hours to shuttle it all to your camping site! The festival has a very narrow access route which has to be prioritised for shuttle buses, live-in vehicles and assisted access vehicles; you will not be able to drive onto site in your own vehicle to unload your camping gear.
We know that a combination of factors (including lots of weather) meant people experienced delays getting off site in 2017 and we are working on our Traffic Management Plan to try and avoid that happening again. We’ll also be looking at more shuttle bus options, including designated shuttles for people who arrive by public transport.
Please help us to keep the traffic flowing – don’t bring your whole life including the kitchen sink unless you really, really need to!