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Chester Folk Festival
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Venues & Directions:

The village of Kelsall is about 8 miles from Chester on the A54 between Chester & Northwich. The festival is based around Kelsall Green – a large field behind the Morris Dancer pub, Chester Road, Kelsall , CW6 0RS. The main concert marquee, craft fair, children's entertainment and some camping is on this field, and the site office, first aid and car parking are located in the pub grounds. Our main campsite is at Green Lane Farm about half a mile away. Other venues used are Kelsall Community Centre, Kelsall Social Club, and Kelsall Methodist Church. There will be a free shuttle bus connecting the venues and campsites.

Public Transport Information:

 The nearest mainline railway stations are Hartford (for those coming from Crewe or Liverpool) or                              Chester (for those coming from Manchester or North Wales).

 Bus service no. 82 connects Kelsall with Chester (Foregate Street) and Hartford Station, but there are no buses on Sundays or Bank Holidays. There is also a small train station at Mouldsworth (on the Chester  - Northwich line) but this is about 3 miles from the festival site and there is no regular bus service.     

For more information and up to date times contact Traveline on 08712 002233 or http://www.traveline.info/

 

Food & Drink:

Meals & drinks will be available from The Morris Dancer pub and the beer tent in the pub grounds. There will also be food vendors on the festival site. The Community Centre and Social Club have their own licensed bars serving Weetwood Ales. Light refreshments will also be available from Kelsall Methodist Church during the afternoon & early evening on Saturday & Sunday, and from the café at the back of St Philips Church on Saturday between 10 am and 4 pm. Breakfasts will be served on Saturday & Sunday mornings at Green Lane Farm.

Craft Fair:

The stalls at the Craft Fair will include:

Hempcat – hemp clothing

Byzantine Bazaar - Jewellery, hats, bags, clothing, accessories

Glitterbugz – glittery tattoos

Ross Violins – violins & accessories

Squeeze Box Market Place – squeezeboxes & accessories

PJ Music – CDs, books, instruments & accessories

Accessibility:

All venues are wheelchair accessible. There is a disabled toilet near the campsite entrance, and we have a limited number of hard standing caravan spaces for those with limited mobility - these must be booked in advance. If you have any specific or access requirements please contact us and we will do our best to assist you.

Covid Safety: 

We want your experience to be safe and stress free in the present circumstances, so request that you adopt the following measures:

If you have tested positive for Covid, or have any Covid like symptoms, please do not attend – let us know and you will have a full refund.

Please use the hand sanitizers provided at the entrance to all venues.

Face coverings are not required but please feel free to wear one if you wish.

Camping:

There are 2 festival campsites: Green Lane Farm & Kelsall Green (see map below).

Both campsites are restricted to weekend ticket holders only. You may go straight to the campsite on arrival and show your electronic ticket to the gate staff.

Campsites will be open from midday on Thursday 26th May.

 

Green Lane Farm Campsite (CW6 0QA)

This is our preferred campsite for caravans and motorhomes, since it is a large flat field with easy access. Tents are also welcome on this campsite, and it is possible to camp in a group of mixed units of tents and vans.

It is approximately a 10 minute walk from the festival marquee via a tarmacced public footpath and well-lit road.

A shuttle bus service will be running to and from all venues throughout the weekend.

 

Kelsall Green Campsite (CW6 0RS)

This is our preferred campsite for tents and for anybody with limited mobility.

It is situated around the main festival marquee on the field behind The Morris Dancer pub

There is some limited space for caravans and motorhomes but it is not a flat field and, by necessity caravans & motorhomes are separated from tents.

 

There are toilets, washing facilities and Elsan disposal points on each site - unfortunately we do not have the necessary space, electrical power or water pressure to provide showers.

 

Apart from our festival campsites. camping is also available 1km away from the main site at Northwood Hall Caravan Park.  Facilities include hot showers and electric hook ups.  Rates per night are very reasonable and early booking is advised. For more information, phone, 01829 752569 phone or email enquiries@northwood-hall.co.uk.

The campsite rules detailed below need to be followed if we are to be permitted to have future festivals in this village. We apologise for any inconvenience - your co-operation is appreciated.

Green Lane Farm Campsite

  • Tents and caravans must be at least 3 metres (approx. 10 feet) apart.

  • You may park your car next to your tent or caravan.

  • Vehicles may only be driven on the sites by holders of full driving licences and the 5 mph

          speed limit must be strictly observed.

  • To minimise risk of fire, please take great care when cooking. Stoves and barbecues

          must never be left unattended when lit and a container of water should be placed

          nearby while barbecues are in use. Open fires are not permitted anywhere on the site.

  • Please help to keep the campsite tidy by placing all rubbish in the bags provided and

and putting these in the skip after use. This is agricultural land, so please be very careful

 to leave no broken glass.

  • Dogs are allowed on the campsite but please keep them on a lead at all times and clear up

any mess that may occur. Dogs must not be allowed to enter the farm yard.

  • Please keep noise to a minimum so as not to disturb local residents – in particular no drums

or amplification and no noise at all after 2 am.

Kelsall Green Campsite

This site is divided into separate areas for caravans and tents.

1.  Caravan Area

  • Only caravans, campervans, motorhomes and cars are allowed in this area.

  • All vans must be at least 3 metres (approx. 10 feet) apart, although cars

          may be parked in the spaces between vans.

  • Tents are not allowed in the caravan area.

  • Due to lack of space, awnings are only permitted in exceptional circumstances by prior arrangement

 

2.  Tent Area

  • Tents and trailer tents are allowed in this area, and must be at least 3 metres (approx. 10

          feet) apart.

  • Cars are not permitted in this area, but you may drive your car on to unload and then

remove it afterwards to one of the car parking areas, which we have tried to locate as                           conveniently as possible.

 

General Notes for Kelsall Green Campsite

  • To minimise risk of fire, please take great care when cooking. Stoves and barbecues must never be left unattended when lit and a container of water should be placed nearby while barbecues are in use. Open fires are not permitted anywhere on the site.

  • Vehicles may only be driven on the site by holders of full driving licences and the 5 mph

          speed limit must be strictly observed.

  • Please keep all the roadways marked on the map clear of tents, caravans or vehicles.

  • Please help to keep the campsite tidy by placing all rubbish in the bags provided and

          putting these in the skips after use.

  • Dogs are allowed on the campsite but please keep them on a lead at all times and clear up

     any mess that may occur.

  • Please keep campsite noise to a minimum - in particular: no drums or amplification and no

          noise at all after 2 am.          

 
 
 
 
 
 
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