JULY 2024 MINIFEST FAQs

(regular updates are ongoing)

 

Here is the list of everything you might need to know. If you have any other questions email minifestmail@gmail.com or find one of the Minifest team in the registration area when you arrive.

Alcohol

You can bring your own, plus, we will be running a bar with simple cocktails, Prosecco, beer, and cider. Remember our free Cocktail Hour* and Midnight Shots. If the weather is hot, don’t forget to stay hydrated, all the water on the Minifest site is drinkable. If anyone needs help, we have a qualified nurse on hand so seek her assistance.

Arrivals

You can arrive from 3pm on Friday 21st July. Parking is in a field nearby (see Parking below). For safety reasons there will be NO driving onto the camping field at all and campervans must wait to be ‘guided on’ the site by an organiser.

Once you are settled, come and register to get your wristbands and full programme for the weekend.

Arts and Crafts

The children arts and crafts tent is open from 12-4pm on Saturday afternoon. After 6pm, it becomes a cinema / chill out zone until midnight.

Bring (what to)

Booze, Cash, Camping equipment, Hat (see Cocktail Hour), Earplugs, Eye masks, Food, Picnic chairs, Plates and Mugs (see Rubbish Disposal below), Rugs, Torches, Warm clothes, Yoga mats.

Camping

Minifest camping is in a lovely, quite field, separate from the stage and food areas, and away from cars and other vehicles. Bell tents – we have a limited number of bell tents which can be hired for the weekend. These are extremely popular so we do have a waiting list. If you are interested in a bell tent, contact us on minifestmail@gmail.com 

When you arrive, find a space, it’s ok to camp next to someone you don’t know yet… we are all friends at the Minifest! See also Parking below for further information.

Cash Machines

We do not have a cash machine on site. Please bring cash for buying food and drinks if you fancy.

Charity

Every year we give the surplus profit from Minifest to charity. We haven’t chosen one for this year yet. Check out our Info page for further details.

Children

As always, there are lots of children attending Minifest. We strive to make the Minifest safer every year so cars are not allowed on the campsite and will be parked in the neighbouring field.

Children’s activities are numerous and for all ages these include team games, graffiti and cake workshops.

Please note that your children are your responsibility at all times.

Lost Children information will be available at Registration, in the First Aid tent and on the information boards.

Please think of the safety of kids when storing any unsafe substances (e.g. lighter fuel, alcohol, medicine etc.) and if you have a fire pit or BBQ in the camping area

Cocktail Hour

As always, free cocktails will be served early on Saturday evening to everyone wearing a silly hat. So don’t forget your hats for a free glass of Martinican Rhum punch or some of our famous flavoured spirits. Our theme this year is Tropical Island! Remember that there is the annual competition for the best hat…

Covid

In order to help us to reduce the spread of COVID 19, we ask that you do not attend the Festival if you are considered at risk (testing positive, displaying symptoms or requiring to self-isolate). Please take an LFT before attending the Festival.

Fields

Minifest hires out 3 fields and the woods for the event. Please note that we are guests on a working farm and that people should NOT venture into the fields adjoining the Minifest camping. We must respect the farm’s environment. Let’s take collective responsibility. So please pass on this message to your children and anyone you see who is going into the fields.

Drugs

Minifest is a family friendly festival. We are keen to make sure we have a clean and safe environment for all. Please have a responsible attitude and remember that there are a lot of kids around. We have a qualified nurse on site so if anyone needs assistance, help is on hand.

Fire Safety

The health and safety of everyone at Minifest is extremely important to us.

Please make sure everyone in your party is made aware of the following points:

  • Please respect the no smoking signs that are up in certain parts of the site e.g. near the straw bales
  • Fireworks, flares, flaming torches and candles are NOT allowed anywhere on the Minifest site
  • BBQs and camping gas stoves are allowed in the camping field but please make sure that they are supervised at all times by a responsible adult
  • Firepits/firebowls are only permitted if they are a safe height from the ground (recommended 70cm) and that you have a working fire extinguisher nearby
  • Please make sure that you do not burn the grass in the field or leave piles of burnt or unused wood when you leave. This is a working farm and animals including horses will be the next occupants of the camping field!
  • There will be fire extinguishers available across the whole site including the camping field. A map showing all the locations will be on the notice boards in the Barn and Dairy so please make yourselves familiar with this important information. 

First Aid

We have some qualified first aiders on site throughout Minifest so if you need help , make your way to the First Aid tent.

Food

Watch out as we announce our new Brighton-based vendors. Some vendors only accept cash so come prepared. They will be serving food from Friday night onwards.

Loos

There will be lots of portaloos scattered around the field. Please take care when the portaloos are being cleaned.

Music

Music starts on Friday with DJs on our main stage.

Saturday brings the open mic, kids disco, some live bands and many DJs, until late.

Come and check out the full programme of exciting music on the information boards.

Noise

As you might imagine, the Minifest can be noisy: from football cheers on Saturday morning to late night music on Friday and Saturday nights! Camping is in a separate field and, the further away you from the stage, the quieter it will be. We will be turning the sound down to a sensible level after a certain time on both nights.

It’s best to come prepared if you struggle to sleep. Invest in some good earplugs – wax ones are best as they mould and fit snugly in your ears (if you are really sensitive, you may want to invest in some proper ear silencers!).

Open Mic

Open Mic will be on Saturday afternoon and you can sign up in advance at Registration. Make sure you bring a backing track, ideally on a CD.

Parking

Parking will be in a (very) nearby field. Cars will NOT be allowed in the camping area. This is primarily for safety. Did you know that half of our Minifesters are under 17? Over 100 are in the 7-11 age group and we like them to be as free and safe as possible!

There will be no driving onto the camping field and campervans must wait to be ‘guided on’ the site by an organiser.

Luckily, we have a fantastic venue and the walk from car boot to tent pitch can be as little as 50 yards.

There will be lots more space for camping too.

Please note vehicles and contents are left at owners risk.

Pets

We are sorry but pets including dogs are not welcome at Minifest.

Rubbish disposal

We are trying to be green(er) at Minifest, so this year we have invested in new recycling facilities. We will have large recycling bins for general recycling, glass and pizza boxes located between the barn and the food hub and there will be separate bins for general waste around the Minifest site.

Please remember that everything you put into the skip will be landfilled.

Do think about how you dispose of your rubbish especially plastics and consider the following:

Recycle:

Glass – do not bring glass bottles to the festival site

Plastics, paper, magazines, cans & cardboard – can now be recycled in the general recycling bins if it is CLEAN

Pizza boxes & dirty cardboard – can be recycled separately

Broken tents, chairs, gazebos etc – please take these home to your local tip (or why not try and fix them!)

Reuse:

Water bottles – all the water on the site is safe to drink so why not ‘abandon’ bottled water and just bring reusable bottles which you can refill

Cups – we will be selling Minifest Cups which can be reused year after year and avoids wasting lots of disposable plastic cups and glasses

Reduce:

Landfill – hopefully, we can significantly reduce the amount of rubbish that is sent to landfill after Minifest

Pizza boxes – if you are buying pizza why not take your own plate and avoid using a pizza box all together?

Showers

There will be showers in the small grass area near the camping field. Please bring your own towels and shower products.

Theme

Our theme this year is Tropical Island! No explanation needed… let’s party like it’s the Caribbean. Make yourself a silly themed hat for our Cocktail Hour.

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