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What date is the festival?

The Dixie Fields Festival takes place on Saturday 13th July, with camping available from 4pm July 12th to 12noon Sunday July 14th.

Where is Dixie Fields?

Dixie Fields is located just next door to Hylands Park in Writtle, near Chelmsford in Essex. It can be accessed from the A414 and the Margaretting Road. Postcode CM1 3HJ.

Is anything happening on Friday night?

Yes, the party starts on Friday night. Open air cinema, BBQ, Stevie O'Connor, Country Karaoke, Hannah Paris. Have a look at our Timings page and also at The Low Down page.

I have a camping ticket – what do I get for this?

Camping tickets allow 2 nights camping (small surcharge if bringing an RV or motor home) and admission to the festival on Saturday. These tickets also include the entertainment on Friday evening, an American pancake brunch on both Saturday and Sunday mornings. Camping tickets also give access to the Songwriters' Workshop with Katy Hurt, Jackson Michelson and Nick Cantwell on Saturday morning. Essex singer Lucy Blu will be there to entertain you on Sunday. Check the timings page.

What happens if I have bought a ticket but now can't attend?

All tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Is there parking onsite?

Yes. There is plenty of parking but you will need a car pass for each vehicle. This can be purchased on the ticketing pages. Please be aware that car access is via the Margaretting Road NOT via Hylands Park.

Can I walk to the venue?

Yes. There is a designated pedestrian route to the site (fom Paradise Road Writtle) which will be published nearer the time.

What is the nearest train station?

The nearest station is Chelmsford which is approximatelyt five miles away. Trains run regularly into Chelmsford from Norwich, Ipswich, Braintree, Clacton, Shenfield (the Southend line) and London Liverpool Street. Please check in advance in case of weekend working.

Is there a shuttle bus from the station?

There is no shuttle bus arranged at this point. First bus company operate an hourly service from Chelmsford bus station (please check in advance) and there are also taxis (probable cost about £12)

Is there a taxi point?

The taxi/drop off point is located in the main festival car park off Margaretting Road. This is NOT a taxi rank and all taxis must be pre-booked privately.

Can I get a free Personal Assistant ticket?

Yes. For those guests who are registered disabled, there will be complimentary Personal Assistant tickets available on the gate. These will be limited to one PA per disabled guest except by prior arrangement with the management. Any guest wishing to make use of a PA ticket must provide photographic ID and proof of their eligibility to receive disability allowance – a Blue Badge is not sufficient.

Is there accessible parking?

Yes, there will be forward parking for those guests with a Blue Badge and these will not require a car pass.

Is the site accessible?

Whilst the management will make every effort to ensure the site is as accessible as possible, it is an entirely outdoor event which is held on grassland which may be uneven in places. There will be accessible toilets and onsite.

Can I bring my dog?

No. We are so sorry (as we love our dogs too) but we are unable to accommodate dogs at Dixie Fields. The only exception to this rule is assistance dogs.

What security will be onsite?

We will have fully registered SIA security staff taking care of the site as well as Dixie Fields stewards. That said, please bear in mind that this will be a busy area and act accordingly. Anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated and any customer who is behaving in an inappropriate manner which may affect the enjoyment or safety of other guests will be asked to leave the site with no refund offered. There will be specialist trained detection dogs onsite.

What if I become unwell at the festival?

Dixie Fields will have a great team of medics and first aiders looking after the guests and designated welfare points will be clearly signed.

Will there be showers in the campsites?

Yes! There will be showers available in the campsites and full WC facilities.

Can I bring my own alcohol?

No alcohol may be brought into the main festival arena under any circumstances. Guests with camping passes may bring a maximum of 2 litres of wine and 12 cans beer/lager into the campsite on their first entry only and this must not be taken into the main festival arena. Any alcohol in glass containers must be decanted into plastic prior to arrival at the venue. No spirits can be bought into the site at all.

Can I bring my own food?

No food may be brought into the main festival arena. A pancake breakfast is included in the price of a camping ticket and there will be plenty of food concessions on site. A small quantity of food for personal consumption only is permitted to be taken into the campsite, again on first entry only.

Can you cater for dietary requirements?

Our catering concessions will endeavour to cater for your dietary requirements. Gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian and vegan food will be available onsite. If you have an additional requirement, please get in touch and we will help as best we can!

What happens if it rains?

We like to think the sun always shines in Essex, but on the off chance that it does rain, our best advice will be to wear a coat and some wellies :). We will provide as much shelter as we can, but it is an outdoor event and we encourage guests to dress accordingly. (Cowboys still ride in the rain!)

Can I apply to play at Dixie Fields?

Although the 2019 acts are now booked, we'd like to draw your attention to the informal opportunities to take part – eg via the Country Karaoke on the Big Top Stage on Friday night and the pop-up recording studio from 11.30 am on Saturday. We plan to invite the best unsigned singer-songwriter recorded on that day to perform at the 2020 festival.

Can I bring my guitar or instrument?

Yes. We can't wait to hear our guests get involved, especially those who are camping. However this will only be appropriate in the main arena around the campfires on Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday mornings. Please be advised that if your playing is interfering with any acts who are performing (eg at the Songwriters workshop) or the enjoyment of other guests, you may be requested to postpone your playing or move elsewhere. Please be respectful of any stewards or security who may require you to do so.

Can I join in the songwriter's workshop?

Applications to perform closed on June 9th and those successful have been notified. Everyone with a camping ticket is welcome to be part of the audience at this event. Katy Hurt has taken the place of Megan O'Neill (thank you Katy) and will be joined by Jackson Michelson and Nick Cantwell (from Belles and Gals).

Who is running the mobile recording studio?

This exciting facility is being organized by the Manley Hall Music Group. Click here for the arrangements and booking form. Starts at 11.30 Saturday. Cost £5. First come, first served.

I thought Megan McKenna was playing?

nfortunately Megan had to withdraw due to a clash of commitments. We're as disappointed as you are.

What can you tell me about Dixie Fields 2020?

Not a lot as yet but don't worry, there will be information available at the 2019 festival – and also on this website.

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