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On this page you'll find useful information about coming to Chippenham Folk Festival

On Arrival 

If camping,  please show your camping ticket at the campsites to access. 


Please note that the location of the box office has changed and can now be found in the Yelde Hall, The Shambles, Chippenham, SN15 3HL. Please come here when you arrive to receive your festival wristband in exchange for your ticket. 

Box Office opening hours are Friday – 09:00 – 21:00, Saturday and Sunday– 09:00 – 19:00.

 


Travelling to Site

Public Transport

Wherever possible, we encourage people to make use of public transport to get the festival. Chippenham is serviced by the Great Western Railway with trains at least twice hourly from London and Bristol. Chippenham station is very close to the festival and town centre. We are also a National Express stop with coaches coming from various locations, as well as having a fairly extensive local bus service.

By Road 

Approaching by car Chippenham can be found at Junction 17 of the M4.  Following signs for the town centre will bring you into the centre where you will pick up festival signage for the campsites. 
Entrance to Westmead Camp is via west mead Lane - SN15 3HZ. 

Entrance to Monkton Park is via Saddlers Meads - SN15 3PE

Parking

As a festival based within a town, we do not have specific day visitor parking but there are various public car parks you can make use of. A list provided by Wiltshire Council can be found here . Parking is plentiful around Chippenham Train Station. For those camping, there are designated parking areas at each campsite. For safety reasons however, we do ask that your vehicle is not moved over the weekend.

Camping 

  1. Our two Campsites open at midday Friday 27th and close at midday Monday 30th. 
  2. Please do not arrive earlier as access will not be available. 

  3.  Monkton Park camp site is predominantly for caravans and campervans.  Toilet and shower facilities are available at the Olympiad Sports Centre adjacent to the park. Entrance to Monkton Park is via Saddlers Meads - SN15 3PE. 

  4. Westmead Playing Fields is primarily for campers bringing tents. Toilets and showers are available. Entrance to Westmead Camp is via west mead Lane - SN15 3HZ. 

  5. With the opening of the Arc Climbing centre in Westmead Playing Fields and the introduction of the ‘Tiny Forest’ in Monkton Park, available camping space has been reduced in both sites this year. Our stewards have been working hard to redesign the campsite layouts to best accommodate everyone. Please follow their instructions on arrival and bear in mind that you may not be able to camp in your usual spot or take up as much space as you may have done before.

  6. This year, Westmead campsite benefits from the newly opened Climbing Academy 'The Arc'. Alongside bouldering, indoor and outdoor climbing, the centre has a café which festival goers can make use of. Show your ticket for a breakfast meal deal. 

Facilities

Box Office

The box office can be found in the Yelde Hall.  This can be found towards the Market place and St Andrews Church opposite Iceland and the old post office.  It is a distinctive listed building white with wooden beams.   Please come here when you arrive on site to receive your festival wristband in exchange for your ticket. The box office is available for ticket purchase too.

Info Hub

An information and security hub is located at the entrance to Island Park with a team available to answer any questions and queries.

Campsites and alternative places to stay 

We have two camp sites available, both within just a couple of minutes’ walk to town so close to the action. When you book your camping ticket, we will ask you which camp site you prefer to stay in. Monkton Park camp site is predominantly for caravans and campervans,  Westmead Playing Fields is primarily for campers bringing tents. 

The Festival Campsites are for ticket holders only.  Local public campsites are available near by.    Many visitors opt to stay in local hotels and Bed and Breakfasts nearby. These are often booked well in advance so book early 

Toilets

Toilets are available in Monkton Park and Westmead camp sites and at Island Park. You are encouraged to use the Emery Gate toilets during the day. Toilets are also available within our venues including the Neeld/Town Hall and Constitutional Club.


There are five public toilets in town. Free toilets can be found in John Coles Park and London Road Cemetery. Timber Street, Bath Road and Monkton Park require a 20p coin to gain access.

Showers

Showers are provided at our two camp sites. At Monkton Park these are located within the Olympiad Sports Centre, for Westmead Playing Fields, these are located by the entrance to the camp site.

Drinking Water

Drinking water is provided at the bars and both camp sites and from the refill station on Island park. Licenced venues also provide water free of charge. Please remember to bring your own refillable water bottle or buy one from our merchandise stall to reduce waste.

Food and Drink

The festival has a great selection of food and drink traders which can be found in Island Park. Delicious breakfasts, lunches and snacks are available throughout the day along with great coffee and sweet treats. Chippenham Town also has lots to offer in terms of pubs, restaurants, cafes and takeaways. 

Bars

This year we are delighted to introduce you to the ChippArms, our festival bar located in Island Park. We also have the bar in the Olympiad serving the activities there. Expect real ales, lager, cider and wines alongside a good selection of soft drinks. We operate a strict Challenge 25 policy so please bring ID if you are lucky enough to look under this age. Card payments are accepted at both bars.

Medical Tent

First Aid cover is provided throughout the programmed hours of the festival with a tent in Island Park where treatment can be sought for minor issues. If you need any assistance or spot someone else who may need help, make contact at the information point or with any of the festival team.

Lost Children

Should you become separated from your child during the festival, please contact a member of the festival team as soon as possible.  We encourage you to collect a free paper wrist band from the Family and Community events Gazebo to write your emergency contact detail on the reverse and secure it to your child.  This will help us reach you if you do become separated. 

Cash Points

There are a number of cash machines located on the High Street.

Lost and Found

If you lose anything over the weekend, head to the Info Point where we will do our best to reunite with your belongings.

Programme  

Over the festival weekend there will be a myriad of events across 14 venues in and around Chippenham. Festivities begin from 6pm on Friday and due to the Bank Holiday moving this year,  End on Sunday Evening.   

Programme Access 

To be more eco-friendly, a souvenir programme is no longer available. Instead, full programme information will be available online and you’ll be able to pick up a daily programme printout from the Information Point and the Box Office.

Family and Community Public events 

The festival has a lively Family and Community programme with public venues across Island park encouraging all the family to get involved in creative, traditional arts during the festival. No Ticket is needed for our Island park venues.  Please consider putting in a pound with any of or collectors. 

Island Park and Olympiad Stages  

With a programme of festival dance display sides and festival artists performing throughout the weekend.  We have two stages; Island park stage can be found near the Craft Marquee and the Olympiad Stage can be found over the footbridge towards Olympiads lower entrance. Don't miss the busking found across the town. 

Traders and Craft Tent 

With food, craft , artizan goods, clothing  and instrument stalls there is a treasure trove to browse both in the Craft tent found on Island park and in stalls around the park and over the foot bridge towards Olympiad. 

The Magic Lantern 

Our regular storytellers, Gary and Ian are joined by  Jo and her spectacular Magic Lantern. This is a beautiful trailer housing a shadow puppet theatre.  Come hear and see a shadow puppet play, create your own puppets and perform your own shadow puppet play.  Don't forget to come back at sundown for a special shadow puppet performance at Dusk

The Community Stage 

A Stage performing to an open picnic-style space, Bring your picnic blanket and enjoy a programme ranging from puppet and magic shows, uke, dance workshops, storytellers and community choirs bands and dance displays

The Castle Marquee 

A family Marquee , home to craft workshops in the mornings and Circus skills in the afternoons with smaller sessions like songs for pre school children also using the space. 

Non Ticketed, Community and Fringe Events

We have worked with lots of community venues around Chippenham to provide a range of free workshops and performances as part of the festival. These are hosted by; The Angel, Café Grounded, Chippenham Town Museum, The Library, The Old Road Tavern, The Three Crowns, Check out the full programme at www.Chippfolk.co.uk for events listed as (Collection) You can also collect a printed copy at the Information Point on Island Park using the space.

A number of pubs and venues in the town have been working with and supporting the festival and welcome musicians and dancers for impromptu sessions or are offering deals for ticket holders. These include The Old Road Tavern, The Flying Monk, The Rose and Crown, The Three Crowns and The Black Horse as well as Café Grounded, and the Arc..

As well as their welcome to festival goers and events arranged as part of our community programme, many of these venues and others are also offering events of their own for your enjoyment. Events and offers for venues that have been in communication with the festival are listed as Supporters Events. Please be aware that any “Unofficial Fringe” events you may see that do not appear in our programme are NOT part of our festival. 

Our sincere thanks to the venues above who have worked with us to support the festival . These include; 

Grounded   - A Restaurant / Bar on the town bridge.  Hosting a wide range of our festival acts.  With both indoor and riverside seating,  pop in to listen to some music while enjoying your lunch or afternoon treat. 

The Old Road Tavern  - At the back of the train station , look out for the gate leading to the bear garden off New Road. A local pub with a vibrant folk scene all year around.  As well as regular Irish and French sessions and being the spiritual home to Chippenham Town Morris,  the pub hosts music and spoken word events across all genres.  They have kindly given us use of their barn for a range of workshops, concerts and sessions.  These can all be found within the main programme and are non ticketed events.  As well as hosting our festival events , The old Road also offers a range of Fringe events from the popular Irish Session led by Steve Morris filling the bar throughout the weekend, the infamous Stick and Bucket dance and a range of gigs and other events.  These can be found within the main programme.   

The Black Horse  - Towards the railway bridge,  The black horse has stepped in last minute to save the day!  Hosting our relocated Dance stage (Programmed as the Olympiad Stage) The Black Horse welcomes dancers and festival goers to the pub, The dance stage can be found in their carpark accessible through the pub. 

The Angel  - A Hotel in the centre of town,  not only a weekend home to festival goers not wanting to brave canvas, the Angel kindly allow the festival use of their function rooms for many of our concerts and workshops.

The Rose and Crown - Opposite St Andrews. Hosts one of our regular busking spots throughout the day. They also have an extended licence for late night drinks and welcome any impromptu sessions. Pop in for a beer while you watch the Display sides or call in for some tunes.

The Flying Monk  -   Close to the busking display spot by the Buttercross,  The Flying Monk has a Cider Festival running alongside the festival.  Pop in for 20+ Ciders and Perries.  They also welcome rapper sides to dance inside the pub.

The Three Crowns - A real Ale Pub beyond the Cause  hosting a number of intimate gigs found in the programme.  

St Andrew’s The King Alfred Hall - Have hosted various events in previous year’s, and this year they are hosting an All Day Cafe Saturday 9:30 to 17:00 at the  The King Alfred Hall: serving coffee, cake and lunches, this has proven really popular with guests in previous years so arrive early to avoid missing out.

The Library   -  Hosting story telling events within the town library. 

The Chippenham Museum   -  Hosting a workshop in the traditional craft of Corn dollies 

The Arc climbing centre - A new Climbing centre beside the Westmeads campsite. They have a cafe that is open to the public with a huge (dog-friendly/smoke-free) decking. They are keen to welcome festival attendees into The Arc.  They are going to have a festival breakfast offer from Fri 27th-Mon 30th May.  A breakfast bap and a tea or coffee for £4.50 for people attending the festival (show a valid ticket when ordering)

Accessibility

Chippenham Folk Festival is open to all and we wish to make the event as welcoming and enjoyable for everyone. Set in the heart of Chippenham town with a mix of built and tented venues, we have accessibility support available to make sure everything can be accessed by all.


If you have any ongoing medical conditions or disabilities for which you would like support, please contact info@chippfolk.co.uk and we will work with you to address your needs.


  1. If you need extra support during the festival, you can apply for a free Personal Assistant (PA) ticket for your carer. We will ask to see documentation to confirm your eligibility. We accept copies of one of the following documents:
  • Front page of entitlement letter for standard or enhanced rate PIP
  • Front page of DLA letter (no specific rate required)
  • Front page of Attendance Allowance letter (no specific rate required)
  • Evidence that registered severely sight impaired (blind)
  • Recognised Assistance Dog ID card CredAbility Access Card (with +1)
  • War Disablement Pension letter

      All our tickets are available on our ticketing page. Add a free ‘Personal Assistant – Application Only’ ticket to your basket and follow the instructions from there. One of our team members will then be in contact regarding your documentation.

      Covid-19

      Covid-19 remains uncertain and ever-changing for us all. Chippenham Folk Festival continues to respond to national strategy and will ensure that any Covid mitigation measures required at the time of the festival will implemented across the site, at both our indoor and outdoor venues.


      Further information will be provided closer to the event but if you have any questions in the meantime, please email info@chippfolk.co.uk

      Frequently Asked Questions

      If Chippenham Folk Festival 2022 is postponed, will my ticket still be valid?

      Yes, if you have a ticket it will be valid for the next physical event, whenever that may be.

      If Chippenham Folk Festival 2022 is cancelled due to Covid, will I be able to get a refund?

      In the event of the festival being cancelled, you will be eligible for a refund.

      Can I get ticket insurance?

      When you purchase your ticket, you will be offered the opportunity to take out ticket insurance with Booking Protect.


      The insurance allows you to cancel your ticket, for any reason, and get a refund on the ticket price. Please note that you can only buy this at the point of ticket purchase. Please refer to Booking Protect for full T&Cs.