Is there a 2020 Festival?
What date is the festival?
The Dixie Fields Festival takes place on Saturday 11th July, with camping available from 4pm July 10th to 12noon Sunday July 12th.
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. Further details will be released for the 2020 event when they are available.
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, along with entertainment during this time (details tbc).
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 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 1 litres of wine and 6 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?
Applications can be made from Friday 13th September until Friday 11th October only, using the following application form – https://dixiefieldsfest.wufoo.com/forms/mx25v9q1eq3je3/. Successful applicants will be informed by March 2020 at the latest.
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 will be open in due course (Spring 2020) and those successful will be notified. Everyone with a camping ticket is welcome to be part of the audience at this event.