Essential 2022 Festival Information

Whoa… 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 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 set off, please do some last minute checks. 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:

Whilst things are looking more normal, Covid is still with us. Please do not come to the festival if you have Covid Symptoms. If you are in doubt, consider taking a test, if one is available to you.

BE PREPARED:

Important: Please be prepared for all weathers. Ensure you bring sunscreen, a hat, thin layers to protect yourself from the sun or a hand held umbrella/sunbrella. Along with waterproofs and warm clothes. Please do not bring garden parasols or gazebos into the Arena.

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

In addition we would encourage you bring a re-usable hot drinks cup. Our hot drinks vendors are offering a 25p discount if you bring your own hot drinks cup.

Bars cups – We have adopted a re-usable cup system for our Arena bars. We are keeping it simple

Option 1: Bring your own cup if you prefer

Option 2: You will be charged a non-refundable £2 to use one of our cups for the weekend

  • Hold onto your cup for the weekend, use it every time you buy a drink. You will be charged again if you need a new cup.
  • Keep your cup and take it home or return your cup at any of the bars or drop into a cup bin before you leave.

The campsite bar will be using compostable cups but will happily fill your festival cup for you if you take one along.

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. We do not allow solid or liquid fuels, BBQs, open fires or personal generators.

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.

Most 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. Cawthorne Post Office is open this year and Kexborough Spar and Silkstone Garage have the closest cash machines. Please check the programme for details.

OPENING TIMES:

Festival campsite:

For Thursday Camping ticket holders only, the campsite opens at 5pm on Thursday.

Only stargazers who have purchased Thursday night camping tickets will be able to gain entry.

Opens – 9am Friday

Closes – 12noon Monday

Please do not turn up early. We can’t admit any before 9am.

Box Office:

Opens – 5pm Thursday,  9am Friday, 9am Sat & Sun

Closes – 9pm Thursday, 9pm Friday, 9pm Sat, 6pm Sun

PLAN YOUR ROUTE:

Please follow the instructions below and not your satnav. 

– Use Junction 38 from the M1 and then follow the Yellow UTS traffic management signs. 

– 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 use your 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.

Please print out your Campsite Pass or Parking Pass and have it displayed on your dash as you arrive. These were emailed from info@underthestarsfest.co.uk; don’t panic though as we do have spares on site. Have your paperwork ready, to be checked as you enter the Car park or the Campsite. There is a one-way traffic system on site and there is a strict speed limit of ‘walking pace’. 

Campervans – please have a sign saying ‘CAMPERVAN’. Motorhomes – please have a sign saying ‘MOTORHOME’. Caravans – all fine, the campsite team will recognise you more easily 🙂

SAFETY ON THE CAMPSITE: 

You will be able to park close to your tent but not directly next to it. Please park as indicated by the volunteer stewards. However, if you remove your car through the weekend, you will have to go to the car park when you return to site. Due to our campsite 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.

Camping spaces are allocated on a first come first served basis. We are expecting the campsite to be fairly full this year so please be considerate of space when you are pitching tents.

If you’ve booked camping with our glamping partners Vintents or Fred’s Yurts, you will be in a separate camping area, but will use the same festival entrance. Please proceed to the General car park where there is an area for glamping customers adjacent to the Glamping Field.

Once you are pitched, collect your wristbands from the Box Office. 

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 running again; it 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 villages of Cawthorne & Kexborough in the evening.

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 production 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.

Many recent festivals have had tent thefts. Please look after your valuables at all times, never leave them lying around, particularly on the campsite. Lock in your car or stash them secretly overnight when sleeping in tents.

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.

ARENA 

We are back to Big Tops this year and can’t wait to see them going up. 

We are providing seating in the main Planets Stage. Little Lights is a standing venue with the exception of people who have arranged seats for mobility reasons. Please do not bring camping chairs into Little Lights. You are welcome to bring camping chairs and picnic blankets into the Arena, just not into any of the venues.

Festival Arena:

Opens  – 10.30am Friday, 8.30am Sat & Sun

Closes  – 1am each evening

Arena  Bars:

Opens – 12noon Friday, Saturday & Sunday

Closes – 00.30am on Fri & Sat, 23:30 Sun

Campsite  Bar:

Opens – 5pm Thursday, 1pm Friday, Saturday & Sunday

Closes – Midnight on Thursday Fri & Sat, 11pm  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

We can’t wait to see you all. If you have read this and still 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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