Frequently Asked Questions

Here are answers to many of the questions we are regularly asked.

Q: What is the address for the Eastbourne Vintage Festival?

A: The Festival takes place at Gildredge Park Eastbourne BN21 1HF

Q: What are the festival times?

Friday 27 August 2021 – 11:00am to 22:30pm

Saturday 28 August 2021 – 11:00am to 22:30pm

Sunday 29 August 2021 – 11:00am to 22:30pm

Monday 30August 2021 – 11:00am to 19:00pm

Q: Do I have to wear a face covering?

A: It is not law, but if you feel you wish to wear one of them you are free to do so. All traders well have hand sanitizers at their stands for your use too.

Q: Is the Festival a FREE entry one?

A: Indeed, it is.

Q: Can booked tickets be collected on the day?

A: No, they can’t but as you will have received a booking confirmation which can be printed or be located on in your email folder. As this is a free entry event you can also gain entrance at the festival gateway each day.

Q: Where do I get my wristband?

A: All festival attendees will receive their Wristband on the entry gate to the festival. Just bring your ticket on paper or phone. You simply show one of the festival team your ticket and will then give you a wristband.

Q: Can we park our car at the Eastbourne Vintage Festival site?

A: There is no designated car parking at Gildredge Park Eastbourne where the festival takes place.  There is little or no on-street parking in surrounding areas, however we urge everyone to use local transport.

Q: Are there good public transport services available to get to the Eastbourne Vintage Festival?

A:  Yes indeed, Eastbourne Train is but a few minutes away and there are several buses that stop outside Gildredge Park on the road called the Goffs. 

Q: Is there taxi company that can drop me off to the site? Or pick me up to return home?

A: There are several local taxi companies available. The festival designated taxi company is 720 Taxis, and their telephone number is: 01323 720720, the drop off and pick up location will be Ditton’s Road, located at crossroad of Saffrons Road.

Q: Are there security staff on site?

A: Yes, they are. If you experience any difficulties or have any problems at all while that you are at the festival, please report it to any of the festival’s SIA security stewards on site straight away. We also have events team marshals too who will be ready to always help you.

They are all experienced in dealing with any difficulties.

Q: What can’t I bring?

A: No FOOD or DRINKS can be brought into the festival arena. All Bags, holdalls and large items will be searched upon entry as part of our security screening. No Drugs, Alcohol (Due to licensing laws, it will be taken from you, or you will be asked to leave the site. We have bars and catering throughout the festival site) or fireworks or any other explosives, weapons are not permitted. Random searches take place upon entry to Playground Festival and if you are in possession of any illegal substances, you will be refused entry and may be arrested.

Q: Will I be able to buy food and what type of food?

A: A variety of delicious foods will be available at the festival to include vegetarian and vegan foods, Fish, Chicken, Thai, German Sausage, Jerk Chicken, Churros, Cakes and much more and all will be available at reasonable prices, from a huge range of festival FOOD VENDORS. Gluten free options will also be available.

Q: Will there be any bars?

A: Yes, all offering Soft Drinks, Beer, Spirits, Craft Beers, Wines and the Festival organisers large Gin and Rum Marquee will all be ready to serve you.

Q: Where can I buy Water or Soda at the Festival?

A: Most food vendors will sell water and soda.

Q: Do I need an ID?

Yes! We operate a Challenge 25 policy. Please have your ID ready for inspection when you wish to buy an alcoholic drink at any of the bars. Our bar staff are required to conduct random ID checks when serving, please don’t be offended if you are asked for ID again. All bars reserve the right to refuse service if you cannot provide a valid ID – please note it is an offence to purchase alcohol for anyone under the age of 18 years and will result in ejection from the festival.

  • Acceptable forms of ID include a government issued Passport or Drivers Licence, or an ID card which bears the PASS hologram. Photos or photocopies are NOT accepted.

Q: Is there an information and lost property point?

A: The event’s organiser will have information HQ Marquee located at the entrance of the festival which you can use as a meeting point. You can also leave messages there for other festivalgoers. It will also be the location point for lost property or lost children.

Q: Can I leave and re-enter the festival site?

Once you leave the festival you will need to undergo the same ticket inspection check, if you do not have your issued wrist band on. Management retains the right to refuse re-entry and no entry will be permitted after 20:45pm.

Q: Will there be seating?

A: The festival is all standing, and it is not possible to book seats, or to bring any kind of bulky furniture into the arena. However, you may bring a rug or small camping style folding seats or shooting sticks for your use. There will be some seating available at the Gin & Rum Marquee and some of the food vendors will have some seating too. Various bars and catering areas will have some seating available.

Please note: Anything that is deemed too ‘bulky’ will not be allowed into the arena so please consider this before packing.

Q: Open air Cinema, what do I need to know?

The three open-air cinema presentations will start approx. at 8.30pm on Friday 27, Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 August and you will require tickets to have been booked in advance to be able to see each one of them. There will be no entry on the day without a ticket.

Q: Are there any power points available?

A: No sadly

Q: If I have a disability, is this event suitable for me?

A: Absolutely, we are committed to doing everything we can to make the festival accessible to everyone

Q: Will there be ATMs at the festival?

A: Sadly no, but all traders can take contactless payments and we suggest that your use this form of payment.

Q: Are there toilets and disabled facilities?

A: Yes, of course there are both.

Q: Where can I find artist & performer set-times?

A: Check out the Schedule and Venue page on the events website -

Q: Can I bring my pet?

A: Only guide dogs and assistance dogs are permitted. Or very small dogs which must be always kept on the leash. And you must take them out of the main area to their little jobbies.

Q: How can I be prepared to do to deal with adverse weather conditions?

A: The great British weather is part of the fun of attending festivals in the UK! We will do our utmost to provide you with a great experience, so you enjoy yourself and stay safe. Check the weather forecast before leaving home, so you’re dressed for the temperature and conditions as there will be limited shade and shelter onsite. Should conditions prove extremely dangerous on any of the four days which may need us to cancel the festival for that day, we will ensure that we make a public announcement at our earliest convenience.

Q: If it rains, does that mean the event will be cancelled?

A: No. The event is open rain or shine. Only if the rain is extremely heavy or there if there is lightning detected in the area then the stage will be shut down. And will get up and running once lightning strikes are undetected for 20 minutes.

Q: What is the Event Photography/Videography Policy?

A: By entering and by your presence here, you consent to be photographed, filmed and/or otherwise recorded. Your entry constitutes your consent to such photography, filming and/or recording and to any use, in all media throughout the universe in perpetuity, of your appearance, voice and name for any purpose whatsoever in connection with the production presently entitled: Keystone Neighbourhood Company.

You understand that all photography, filming and/or recording will be done in reliance on this consent given by you by entering this area. If you do not agree to the foregoing, please do not enter this area.

Q: How can I contact the festival organisers if I have any queries?

A: drop us an email at:



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