A walled Welsh border town full of history and charm yet easily accessible, Chepstow has a busy train station and is close to the M4, just 18 miles from Bristol and 125 miles from London.
The festival site is a mile or so from town, on a hill with spectacular views across the Severn estuary and Wye Valley. The neoclassical ruins of Piercefield House provide an atmospheric backdrop (some festivals build ruined buildings as stage sets – we’re lucky enough to have a real one!).
The surrounding countryside – complete with ancient woodland, standing stones, grottoes, look-outs, caves and local legends – is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
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, the day the festival begins. You will need to leave site by noon on Monday once the festival’s over. The box office is otherwise open between 10am and 10pm. Please arrive between these times to access the carpark, campsites and festival.
Public Transport, Walking & Cycling
Green Gathering by Train
We’ll be running a station shuttle bus between the train station and the festival. This will be a ‘magic hat’ (by donation) service – we hope to raise enough to cover the costs of the bus hire while excluding no one. The bus will take you to the box office in the car park, wait while you exchange tickets for wristbands, and then continue to a drop off point near the camping areas.
The shuttle bus runs in a continuous loop, approximately hourly: Thursday and Friday 12 noon-6pm; Sunday: 11am-5pm; Monday: 9am-2pm. If you need to travel outside shuttle bus times, the number 69 public bus runs from the railway station (and from the town centre bus station) to near the festival entrance – if the driver is unsure where the festival is, ask for ‘Chepstow Racecourse’. There’s also a taxi rank outside the railway station.
To walk from the station to the festival, head into town (5 minutes walk) and then out of town towards the racecourse (approx. 20 min).
Green Gathering by Bicycle
We hope to run a fun guided Green Gathering By Bicycle ride from Bristol train station in 2019.
If you’re cycling independently:
Thursday & Friday use Lion Gate entrance – Lion Gate box office – Racecourse route onto site.
Saturday & Sunday use Car Park entrance – Car Park box office – Racecourse route onto site.
There will be a free bicycle lock up facility; please bring your own secure locks.
Green Gathering by Foot
Whichever day you arrive, you’ll be able to jump on our free shuttle bus between the festival carpark and main box office and get dropped off near the camping fields, though there may be a wait for this.
If you choose to walk up our steep woodland track to the camping fields rather than take the shuttle bus, the most convenient route will be through Lion Gate (yes, a gate with stone lions). Be aware that vehicles also use this route. On Thursday and Friday there will be a box office for pedestrians at Lion Gate; if you arrive Saturday or Sunday you’ll need to use the box office in the carpark.
(Don’t try to walk up the woodland track without having first visited the box office to exchange your ticket for a wristband; if you do you’ll be stopped and turned around, and the walk will be much longer!)
About 98% of Green Gathering’s emissions are down to everyone driving to the site – help us escape car culture if you possibly can! 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.
Head for Chepstow Racecourse then follow the festival signs and directions from Traffic crew.
- Cars will be directed into our carpark (hardstanding – so no getting stuck on a muddy field!).
- Live-in Vehicles will be directed to the campervan fields.
- Vehicles with Assisted Access passes will be directed to the Assisted Access area.
All Drivers please remember to buy your vehicle pass in advance to avoid delay!
(Live-in vehicle passes may 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.
Festival Transport & Choosing a Campsite
The Green Gathering shuttle bus provides transport from the box office in the carpark to the edge of the camping fields. Visit the Welcome Point to get directions to Family Camping, General Camping, Quiet Camping etc – and hook up with Trikes With Baggage if you’d like help getting your gear to your camping spot.
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! You will not be able to drive onto site in your own vehicle to unload camping gear.
Please help us to keep the traffic flowing – don’t bring your whole life including the kitchen sink unless you really, really need to!