FAQ’s

FAQs - Access/Parking

Part one of our FAQ section deals with arriving at the festival.

More FAQs will be posted in the coming days, next up a guide to family camping.

1.            When can I arrive?

•             Gates will open at 12 noon on Friday 11th August for all campers and festival goers.

•             Tickets may be available to buy at the gate.

•             Gates will close at 10pm – strictly no re-entry after this point.

•             On Saturday 12thAugust, gates will open 10am.

•             Ticket sales will close at 8pm on Saturday. Last re-entry for all wristband holders on the Saturday will be 9pm.

2.            Where can I park my car if coming for the weekend?

•             Access to the on-site car park is for patrons who have purchased a weekend camping pass only. There will be a small fee for this.

•             No vehicles other than those staying the weekend will be allowed access to the site car park.

DROP-OFF: those who are getting dropped off for the weekend must be dropped off at the drop-off point just beside the main entrance on the Ballyavelin Road to make your way on site on foot or you will be charged the weekend rate.

***PLEASE NOTE that queues are likely on Friday afternoon/evening***

3.            Can I park right next to my tent/campervan?

No vehicles can access the campsites. General Camping is approximately 200M from the main entrance however, Family Camping is a shorter walk from the car park for any little legs in your party.

4.            Where can I park my car if coming for a day?

Day ticket holders can avail of parking just off site for a small fee and will access the main site by foot. It is approximately a 400M walk.

5.            Are there spaces for Blue Badge holders?

We have a small area suitable for Blue Badge holders right next to our main entrance; to guarantee a space you must contact melanie@stendhalfestival.com before midnight on Wednesday 9th August.

6.            What if I don’t drive?

A SHUTTLE BUS SERVICE is available – FROM LIMAVADY BUS DEPOT to the drop off point on the Ballyavelin Rd.

 It is a free service that operates on a donation only basis, please be nice.

It will transport festival goers to the festival site on Friday and Saturday.

It will only transport festival goers back into Limavady after the gates close on the Friday and Saturday.

Times for the Friday shuttle bus are as follows

From Limavady bus depot to festival site Fri 2pm – 8pm

From the festival site back to the Limavady bus depot 10pm – 2am

Times for the Saturday shuttle bus are as follows

From Limavady bus depot to festival site 10am – 5pm

From the festival site back to the Limavady bus depot 10pm – 2am

7.            Can I bring my campervan?

Our campervan site is fully booked so only those campervans with a valid campervan ticket will be granted entry to the festival arena or its weekend car parking field. If you have not got one of these passes – please do not bring your van.

8.            Can I bring a trailer tent?

Trailer tents are not allowed in our campervan area or car parking fields – please do not arrive in one.

FAQ’s- Family Camping

****Firstly, there are two major points to be aware of****

1. Do not plan to arrive without your kids if you have a family ticket – you cannot.

• It is our Child Protection Policy to forbid any adults from receiving their wristbands (and so enter the campsite) without their kids being present.

• Please arrive as a full party.

• Once you have been given your wristbands you are free to come and go as you need to.

• Similarly, grandparents hoping to join their family should arrive at the same time as the wider family (and so with children).

2. If you have older children/teenagers, do not allow them to arrive at the festival without you in the hopes that they can receive their wristband.

• This is strictly not allowed – all U18s must be under the supervision of a parent/guardian over 25 at all times and so will be refused entry if unaccompanied.

3. Do I have the correct type of ticket?

• A family weekend ticket covers two adults and up to four children aged 17 and under

• A single parent ticket covers one adult and two children aged 17 and under

• Larger families have the option of paying an additional £10 per child, but only on arrival at the festival site

• To get the best value for your money – aim to purchase before the 1st August as tickets will increase in price.

• It is also advisable to have your ticket purchased before arrival on site as we do not have any ATMs on site, nor can we accept card payment for tickets.

4. What is the campsite like?

• The family campsite is 7.5 acres of beautiful green farmland surrounded by stunning views of the Binevenagh and Keady Mountains. It is in the heartland of the stunning Roe Valley.

• We encourage parents to select the area in which they chose to camp carefully. There are three areas within family camping (these areas will be signposted and we appreciate that families come in all ages so these are really just a guide and the age guides will not be enforced).

Impressionists – 0-6 years

Surrealists – 7 – 11 years

Futurists – 12 -17 years

• These are optional and obviously, you may have a dependent in each category but you should consider where you’d like to set up camp.

• If there is anyone in your party who is a particularly light sleeper – avoid pitching next to a generator or a light tower base. Interfering with this equipment will result in eviction and possible prosecution.

• The campsite will include bins and toilets

• There will also be a water supply

• Unfortunately, no showers (yet)

• No electrical charging points are available so keep your phone on power-saving mode between Snapchats and Instagram posts.

• Campers at Stendhal will have protection with a full quota of security staff – you can have some reassurance that young children leaving the campsite unattended will be questioned where their parents/guardians are.

5. Can I park my car by my tent?

• No vehicles can access the campsites. Family Camping is a shorter walk from the top of the car park for any little legs in your party – approximately 100M.

6. What type of tent can I bring?

• We do not have any restriction on the size of tent that you bring, however we would respectfully request that you limit your party to one tent as Family Camping is busy.

• Awnings and gazebos are acceptable to bring but it we’d prefer if you didn’t – simply a space issue.

7. Can I bring my own food?

• Absolutely – you are welcome to pack any picnic foods for you and your family.

• However, you should be mindful that any bottles of water/juice should be sealed on arrival and will be inspected by security.

• Glass objects including food jars are prohibited.

• Furthermore, blades are not allowed for safety reasons so plastic crockery/cutlery is what you need.

• This also applies to campervan users.

• There are plenty of food vendors at the festival from coffee to pizza, baguettes to noodles, crepes to Hog Roasts.

8. Can I bring alcohol into family camping?

• Yes.

• 12 cans plus 2 litre (plastic) bottle of spirit OR

• 12 cans plus a box of wine…

• HOWEVER, family tickets should note …. this allowance is per ticket, not per adult

9. Can I BBQ?

• Families are welcome to bring disposable BBQs only and should be used in the designated area away from tents.

• Gas powered equipment is strictly forbidden for health and safety reasons.

• This also applies to campervan users.

10. What should I pack?

• All families are different. But our advice is simple – you won’t need the kitchen sink!

• Wellies are most advisable, as is drinking water, warm layers and waterproofs. Torches, wipes and of course your tickets are essential.

• If you forget some cosmetics/toiletries fear not – our First Aid Staff Coastal Core run a General Store selling items such as toilet rolls, sanitary towels, sun cream, condoms, bottled water, pain relief tablets and so on.

11. Could I bring my child’s pushchair/buggie?

We have stone paths around the festival arena so a pushchair is an option. Many parents’ personal preference is a sling for infants but our paths are wider and sturdier than previous years for your convenience.

12. Is it suitable for very young tots?

• The youngest Stendhal punter has been three weeks old – and she, along with her parents had a ball.

• There are baby changing facilities on site and a dedicated breastfeeding area where new/expectant mothers can have some peace and privacy with a qualified and experienced Breastfeeding Counsellor and doula who can advise on postpartum support, baby massage and toddler yoga.

• The Dry Arch Children’s Centre manage wonderful sensory tents and activities to stimulate aged 4 and under.

• Something which parents may want to be mindful of is the noise levels from stages. Our music ranges from gentle acoustic sets to full brass bands and dance music so many parents have found ear defenders to be excellent for peace of mind and protection.

• Strobe lighting effects will also be in operation.

• You may hear occasional swearing at the comedy shows or from any of the acts, we have asked them to be mindful that there are children present but we cannot guarantee what is said on a live mic.

13. What can I expect from the family entertainment?

• Our philosophy in kids’ entertainment is simple – feed their imagination and get them creative.

• Our kids’ activities embrace the beautiful natural surroundings of Ballymully Cottage Farm; we want to encourage all sorts of crafts, music making, creativity and storytelling, in an environmentally responsible manner.

• These activities are included in your family ticket so you shouldn’t have to reach into your pocket anymore to keep the kids happy.

• See our Family blog for further details on the wealth of kids’ activities.

• The family programme begins at 3pm – 9pm on Friday 11th

• It will run from 11am – 7pm on Saturday 12th

FAQs – General Campers

1.      What do I need to bring?

·         Tickets – print these off from the login tab on our website if you haven’t already.

·         Paypal receipts are not tickets.

·         Cash for your purchases – unfortunately we don’t have any ATMs on site.

·         Your I.D. – you may be challenged; no I.D. no entry. (No U18s can be granted access unless they are under supervision of a parent/guardian over 25)

·         Extra layers and your wellies

·         Waterproofs/torch/sleeping bag/loo roll/tent pegs etc… etc…

·         You should not bring … Glass objects including food jars and perfume bottles, blades/scissors, razors, drones, BBQs, any animals, fireworks, flares … see our Terms & Conditions for a full list.

2.      Do I have the correct type of ticket?

·         If you wish to camp at Stendhal you need a General Weekend Camping ticket, unless you are with your family – then a Family Weekend Ticket would be necessary to camp.

·         Fri Only and Sat Only ticket holders cannot gain access to the campsites.

·         There is no ticket option which covers camping for one night only.

 

3.      What is the general campsite like?

·         It is an area for over 18s only – this will be strictly enforced

·         It is beautiful farmland with views of the Binevenagh and Keady Mountains

·         Within general camping you will have toilets, bins for waste management and a very short walk to the festival arena

·         There are no showers or electrical charging points (yet) so bring your baby wipes and keep your phone on battery saving mode between Snapchats and Instagram posts

·         Security will be on site as well as our First Aid and Emergency response team Coastal Core, who are available 24 hours.

4.      Can I bring alcohol?

·         Yes, but there is a limit …

o   12 cans plus 2 litre (plastic) bottle of spirit OR

o   12 cans plus a box of wine…

·         Please ensure you have no glass bottles

·         You will have one opportunity only to bring in alcohol; your wristband will be amended as such once you have brought alcohol in so make sure you bring it all at the one time.

·         This alcohol can only be consumed in the campsite

·         Our bars are not owned/sponsored by any large brewery so our prices are very reasonable J

·         In addition to our Main Bars, we have a cocktail bar, a prosecco bar and a Craft Beer bar in the festival arena

5.      Can I park by my tent?

·         No vehicles can access the campsites. You’ll have approximately a 400M walk from the top of the car park/Ticket Office

6.      Can I bring food?

·         Absolutely – you are welcome to pack any picnic foods

·         However, you should be mindful that any bottles of water/juice should be sealed on arrival and will be inspected by security.

·         Glass objects including food jars will not be allowed.

·         Furthermore, blades are not allowed for safety reasons so plastic crockery/cutlery is what you need.

·         If you carry plastic bottles of juice/water with you from the campsite, security will ask you to remove the lid for security reasons.

·         This also applies to campervan users.

·         There are plenty of food vendors at the festival from coffee to pizza, baguettes to noodles, crepes to Hog Roasts. Vegetarian/vegan/gluten free foods should be available.

 

7.      Can I BBQ?

·         Due to health and safety concerns, BBQs (even disposable ones) and gas powered stoves/trangias will not be permitted in the General Campsite.

 

8.      Can I leave the festival and come back?

·         Once you have been issued your wristband, you can come and go as you need to.

·         Please ensure that your wristband remains fixed to you and remains undamaged or it will not be valid on your return.

·         See our FAQs part 1 for our shuttle bus info

9.      What type of tent can I bring?

·         We do not have any restriction on the size of tent that you bring.

·         Awnings and gazebos are acceptable to bring but it we’d prefer if you didn’t – simply a space issue.

·         Please be careful of where you pitch your tent; leave the fire lanes clear and avoid camping near light towers bases if you’re a light sleeper.

·         Interference with any site equipment, including its signage will result in eviction and possible persecution.

 

 

10.  What is eco camping?

a.      Is for likeminded people who wish to live in a cleaner/nicer camping area.
-Has designated recycling bins.
-Is the closest campsite to the festival site.
-Has a small communal tent area.
-Is not for families.

b.      You must be over 18 to enter this campsite.

c.       Eco-camping is a £10 bolt-on top of your normal camping ticket price.

d.     The same alcohol/health and safety rules will apply for this area, as the general campsite.

11.  Is there a shop at Stendhal?

·         Our First Aid team, Coastal Core run a general store for anything you may have forgotten

·         They will sell bottled water, pain relief, condoms, sanitary towels, toilet rolls, sun cream, plasters and much more..

 

Happy Camping & Stay Safe

 

#lovestendhal

FAQs - Day Ticket Holders

When can I arrive?

·         Gates will open at 12 noon on Friday 11th August for all festival goers

·         Tickets may be available to buy at the gate, but this is not guaranteed

·         Gates will close at 10pm – strictly no re-entry after this point.

·         On Saturday 12thAugust, gates will open 10am.

·         Ticket sales will close at 8pm on Saturday.

·         Last re-entry for all wristband holders on the Saturday will be 9pm.

 

2.      Where can I park my car if coming for the day?

·         Access to the on-site car park is for patrons who have purchased a weekend camping pass only. There will be a small fee for this.

·         No vehicles other than those staying the weekend will be allowed access to the site car park.

·         Day ticket holders may park their cars on a site just a few minutes walk from the festival site. This will be signposted and will incur a small fee.

DROP-OFF: those who are getting dropped off for the weekend must be dropped off at the drop-off point just beside the main entrance on the Ballyavelin Road to make your way on site on foot or you will be charged the weekend rate.

***PLEASE NOTE that queues are highly likely on Friday afternoon/evening***

3.      Are there spaces for Blue Badge holders?

We have a small area suitable for Blue Badge holders right next to our main entrance; to guarantee a space you must contact melanie@stendhalfestival.com before midnight on Wednesday 9th August.

 

4.      What if I don’t drive?

A SHUTTLE BUS SERVICE is available – FROM LIMAVADY BUS DEPOT to the drop off point on the Ballyavelin Rd.

ü  It will be donation only

ü  It will transport festival goers to the festival site on Friday and Saturday

ü  It will only transport festival goers back into Limavady only after the gates close on the Friday and Saturday

ü  Times for the Friday shuttle bus are as follows

o   From Limavady bus depot to festival site Fri 2pm – 8pm

o   From the festival site back to the Limavady bus depot 10pm – 2am

·         Times for the Saturday shuttle bus are as follows

o   From Limavady bus depot to festival site 10am – 5pm

o   From the festival site back to the Limavady bus depot 10pm – 2am

 

5.      What do I need to bring?

·         Tickets – print these off from the login tab on our website if you haven’t already.

·         Paypal receipts are not considered tickets.

·         Cash for your purchases – unfortunately we don’t have any ATMs on site.

·         Your I.D. – you may be challenged; no I.D. no entry. (No U18s can be granted access unless they are under supervision of a parent/guardian over 25)

·         Extra layers, your wellies and sun cream!

·         You should not bring … Alcohol, glass objects including food jars and perfume bottles, blades/scissors, razors, any animals, drones, BBQs, fireworks, flares … see our Terms & Conditions for a full list.

6.      Can I access the campsites?

·         Day ticket holders will not have any access to any of the campsites including glamping or eco-camping.

 

7.      Can I bring alcohol?

·         No – the right to bring alcohol is for weekend tickets holders only and they can only consume these within the campsites.

·         In addition to our Main Bars, we have a cocktail bar, a prosecco bar and a Craft Beer bar in the festival arena

·         Our bar is not sponsored by anyone nor owned/controlled by any brewery so our prices are very reasonable J

8.      Can I bring food in?

·         Absolutely – you are welcome to bring picnic foods

·         However, you should be mindful that any bottles of water/juice should be sealed on arrival and will be inspected by security.

·         Glass objects including food jars will not be allowed.

·         Furthermore, blades are not allowed for safety reasons so plastic crockery/cutlery is what you need.

·         There are plenty of food vendors at the festival from coffee to pizza, baguettes to noodles, crepes to Hog Roasts. Vegetarian/vegan/gluten free foods should be available.

9.      Can I BBQ?

·         Due to health and safety concerns, disposable BBQs are not permitted in the festival arena nor are and gas powered stoves/trangias.

10.  Can I bring my dog?

·         We love our four-legged friends, but unfortunately, we cannot allow any onsite. Even Tess the farm dog, gets a weekend away! The only exception will be Guide Dogs.

 

11.  Can I leave the festival and come back?

·         Once you have been issued your wristband, you can come and go as you need to.

·         Please ensure that your wristband remains fixed to you and remains undamaged or it will not be valid on your return.

12.  Is there a shop at Stendhal?

·         Our First Aid team, Coastal Core run a general store for anything you may have forgotten

·         They will sell bottled water, pain relief, sanitary towels, toilet rolls, sun cream, plasters and much much more..

#lovestendhal