Essential 2021 Festival Information

Whoa… we we are nearly there, within touching distance of the festival. For those who have not seen the programme yet, please click here to take a gander.

Below you will find some essential arrival information. Please take a look to ensure there are no little hiccups. You can also refer to our FAQs page which may have answers to any additional question that might pop up when reading this. We have created a video for you to watch that may be easier to digest. Please watch and read in conjunction with the below information.

We have also created a handy checklist for you to refer to as you begin packing for a starry weekend full of music, great food and lots of fun. Click here to see it.

When you are ready to launch with our festival in your sat nav, please can we ask that you do some last minute checks. Please make sure you have your ticket confirmation with you, either digitally or printed out. You will have received it by email when you placed your order. If you can’t find it in your emails, check your junk mail or do a search for email an from: info@underneaththestarsfest.co.uk

If you still can’t find your confirmation do not panic! Contact us on info@underneaththestarsfest.co.uk.


BEFORE YOU TRAVEL:
We encourage all stargazers to do a lateral flow test 24 hrs before arriving; please do not attend the festival if your test is positive, if you have Covid symptoms or if you have been contacted by Test & Trace and told to isolate. Please complete our advance contact details form or you will be able to scan a QR code as you arrive at the Box Office.

Key things to remember include essential medication, your masks and personal sanitiser.


OPENING TIMES:

Festival campsite:
For Thursday ticket holders, the campsite after at 5pm.
Only stargazers that have purchased Thursday night tickets will be able to gain entry.

Opens – 9am Friday
Closes – 12noon Monday
Please do not turn up too early. We will be managing traffic, but Andy, the campsite captain’s happy face does not arrive until 9am.

Box Office:
Opens – 9am Friday, 8am Sat & Sun
Closes – 10pm Friday, 9.30pm Sat, 8pm Sun

Festival Arena:
Opens  – 10.30am Friday, 8.30am Sat & Sun
Closes  – 1am each evening

Festival Bar:
Opens – 12noon
Closes – 00.30am on Fri & Sat, midnight Sun

Music Programme:
Starts – 1.40pm Friday, 11am Sat & Sun
Finishes – 11.30pm Friday & Sat, 11pm Sun.

Workshops & other activities:
Starts – 11am Friday, 9am Sat & Sun

 

PLAN YOUR ROUTE:

Please follow the instructions below:

– Use Junction 38 from the M1.
– From ALL directions you must approach the festival site from Kexborough and follow the signs as you approach the festival.

Please do NOT drive through the small roads of Cawthorne village and please do not rely on a satnav or postcode for the last 10 miles of your journey as you will encounter diversions and road closures!

See the FAQs on the website for more travel information and a map.

On arrival, there is a one-way traffic system in place onsite and there is a strict speed limit of ‘walking pace’. There are different stations where you will be asked if you are camping, glamping or are there for the day, therefore needing the car park.

Please have your paperwork ready and let the traffic stewards know; you’ll be issued with the appropriate vehicle pass.


ARENA & CAMPSITE:

We have planned for a more spacious festival this year with a reduced capacity. This means there will be plenty of areas to spread out and lots of outdoor space for you all to feel comfortable in. Instead of 2 indoor stages that we would usually have in big tops, we now have one outdoor stage with 2 big screens. So we ask that you please take advantage of this ‘outer space’, not only in the audience area in front of the stage, but we would ask that you give your fellow stargazers space around the site. Be patient whilst waiting in queues and keep a generous distance from others.

Sanitiser stations will be scattered all over our festival site for you to use and we ask that you please sanitise regularly throughout the day and before and after using the loos. If you find that any of the stations have run out of sanitiser, please help us by speaking to the closest steward or UTSf team member who will swiftly fill it back up.

You will see signs around the festival site that will let you know when you are in an area where we would kindly ask you to wear your mask. This isn’t to say that you can ONLY don your favourite mask in JUST these areas. You are most welcome to wear your mask at any point during the festival. If you were to ever find yourself in a position where there are a few more people in a closer proximity and you think it would make sense to pop on your mask, we truly encourage you to do so. It is what we will be doing here at UTSf HQ.

We have a brand new stage this year called our Galaxy Stage! This is our only stage which will have 2 big screens where you will be able to see the action live. The audience area will be separated into zones which we will mark out, rather than rows, with walkways in between. Please keep the walkways clear. You can choose any zone you want. There’s enough space for everyone to keep apart. If a zone looks too busy for your comfort levels, then choose another. Zones for those wanting more space or ‘Deeper Space Zones’ which will be clearly identified to the back. A zone for accessible viewing will also be available. Star helpers will be available to assist you finding your zones and keeping the walkways clear. Please adhere to the layout, it is there to keep us safe and comfortable.

The festival will not be providing seating this year, so please bring either seating or a picnic rug.

When walking around the site, you may see some one-way systems in place for you to follow. Please do follow any directional signage for specific entry and exit points. We will also be making announcements on stage and on the big screens about staggered exits after performances or adjusted routes that need to be followed. 

Facilities such as showers and toilets will remain the same as per previous years, with enhanced cleaning. Please sanitize your hands before and after.

The ONLY activities you will need to book for will be in the Emma’s Crafty Kids tent on Saturday and Sunday. You will need to sign up for any morning sessions by bobbing over between 8:30-9:00am. For afternoon sessions, sign up between 1:00-1:30pm. You will not be required to sign up to sessions on Friday. There are no other activities that you will need to book for. If you feel that things are getting a bit crowded for you, we have also got some stellar craft bags that anyone can pick up from the kids Sun Tent and take away with them to do in their own space and time. There will be instructions inside.

Good news, you can park by your tent or caravan! However, if you remove your car, you will have to go to the car park. Due to our site layout and one-way system, vehicles are restricted from LEAVING before 12 noon Friday or ENTERING the campsite after 9pm Sunday.

Owners of oversized motorhomes should talk with campsite staff about their departure and, unless leaving after 9pm Sunday, agree a departure time so we can hold traffic for you.

Once you are pitched, collect your wristbands from the Box Office. Camping spaces are allocated on a first come first served basis.

If you’ve booked camping with our glamping partners Vintents, you will be in a separate camping area, but will use the same festival entrance.


ACCOMMODATION AND PARKING:

If you’re not camping with us at UTSf, our friends at Visit Penistone have compiled an informative website which is a great resource for visitors. Their accommodation page has listings for a variety of Hotels, B&Bs and self catering businesses near to the festival site.

Please make sure you have booked car parking if you are driving from local accommodation to the festival. It’s £15 for the whole weekend if you book in advance and £6 per day.

If you are camping, one vehicle parking space is allocated as part of the pitch fee.

If you have still yet to purchase your parking space, please click here.

We also have our Cinderhill Flyer bus service for the first time, which will be operating on Friday 8.30pm – 1 am, Saturday 8.30pm – 1 am, and Sunday 8pm – 00:30 for anyone needing to get back to the village of Cawthorne in the evening.


BE PREPARED:

Important: We have a reduced amount of shelter this year, so please ensure you bring sunscreen, a hat, thin layers to protect yourself from the sun or a hand held umbrella/sunbrella. Please do not bring garden parasols or gazeebos into the arena.

Don’t forget to bring a refillable water bottle, we are providing drinking water taps around site and it’s everyone’s responsibility to reduce single use plastic where possible.

You are welcome to bring your own food to cook and consume on the campsite. Please use camping gaz cooking equipment responsibly and raise it off the ground where possible. Please do not light any open fires or BBQs.

NO GLASS is allowed onsite, it’s very dangerous for delicate farm hooves.

You cannot bring alcohol into the main arena, but you do not need to worry, our UTSf bar is stocked with wine, spirits and fabulous local beers.

Unfortunately, the stellar post office which offers cash back is shut over the weekend, so there will be no cashback opportunities there. Many stalls, caterers and definitely the bar and merchandise tent do offer card facilities, but you may want to bring some additional pennies for those that don’t. The Kexborough Spar and Silkstone Garage have the closest cash machines.


PERSONAL SAFETY:

We have our STAR helpers that look after us for the whole weekend. They might be giving out instructions or advice that we have asked them to deliver for safety reasons. We all have a part to play to keep everyone safe. Please be kind, respect your fellow stargazers, we are all here to protect and care for each other. 

We are lucky to have an incredible audience, an amazing team of volunteers and productions staff at our festival. But unfortunately, there are opportunists out there who will try to take advantage when we are all having fun and our guard is slightly lowered. Please be safe and vigilant, look after yourself and fellow stargazers.

Please look after your valuables at all times, never leave them lying around, particularly on the campsite.

For the safety and reassurance of all our festival goers, we reserve the right to conduct security searches from time to time and to refuse admission to anyone who refuses to comply with these searches.

Please don’t drop fag butts! They are a huge fire risk in dry weather. They are also very toxic to farm animals & wildlife… and they are really gross – please bring a portable pocket ashtray and dispose of your butts responsibly.

We won’t go on and on. If you have read this and have some questions, pop over to our FAQs page to see if you can get your answer there. Alternatively, please contact info@underthestarsfest.co.uk with any other queries.

 

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