FAQs … Your Guide to Going Offline

Who is the festival for? 

Offline Festival has been designed to bring value to community businesses, social enterprises, community projects, socially responsible corporate partners, people considering starting a community business or project, people passionate about community, sustainable issues and friends and family. Our arms are wide open to welcome anyone interested in building community!

Most of our suppliers on-site are fantastic community businesses themselves; we have linked you to their websites in the questions below … please check them out!

Where is it?

Offline Festival is held in the beautiful Buckinghamshire countryside – specifically on:

Hounslow Hall Estate, Newton Longville, Milton Keynes, MK17 0BU.

Getting to Offline Festival

There are different ways you can choose to come to the Offline Festival field and they all have their own benefits. We’re trying to reduce our environmental impact, so we’d love to encourage you to use public transport and hop on to the free shuttle bus that will drop you right at the gate.

Can I get there by public transport?    

Yes and we encourage it! The closest train station is Bletchley, just a ten minute taxi ride away from the festival. We will also be running a free shuttle bus service at key times.

What times is the shuttle bus running?

The shuttle bus will be leaving the station every 30 minutes during the following hours: Friday 4pm – 9pm, Saturday 8.30am – 10.30am, Sunday 4pm – 7pm. The shuttle bus is free. If you are arriving at other times to this, a taxi should cost between £5-£8 (and you may find people at the station willing to share!).

Car share – Can I offer or share a lift? 

Yes! Join our Facebook group or the Project Dirt Cluster to meet other people wishing to car share.

Staying at Offline

I want to camp! What facilities will there be?

We’re looking to make your stay as comfortable and camp friendly as possible. That’s why we’ve kitted out the site with hot showers, compact toilets, a disabled toilet, washing up sinks and drinking water, and a cosy, roaring campfire to keep warm.

Can I bring a camper van?

Yes. You can purchase your camper van pass on the eventbrite page. There are a limited number of spaces so be quick!

I don’t like camping. Do I have to camp?

There are BnB’s in the local town of Newton Longville.

What happens when I get there?

The festival is on a country estate and so you will enter by a long drive way, follow the road that leads you through the ‘Experience The Country’ buildings and follow the signs to the right through the buildings and to arrive at the Offline Festival gate.

What are the opening/closing hours?

Friday 15th September: Gates open at 4pm. Gates close at 9pm.

Saturday 16th September: Gates open at 8am. We encourage you to arrive by 10am.

Sunday 17th September: Workshops close at 4.30pm and the site closes at 6pm.

The country estate gates are locked after hours. Please do aim to arrive before the gates close as the estate tries to reduce traffic in antisocial hours. If you are unable to, there will be a number to call on arrival to assist you. We will send this to you closer to the day so be sure to sign up to the Offline Festival newsletter.

Will I miss out if I arrive on Saturday morning instead of Friday night?

Yes, we think so! Everything will kick off on Friday night and we highly recommend everyone being part of it. We will be hosting Welcome Drinks at 6.30pm, toasting a pint to our new community – on us!

Adam Woodhall will run a fantastic workshop (‘Committing to Freedom’), perfect to get you in the mindset for the weekend. The Conversation Collective will host their fun networking session (‘Philosophical Speed Dating – Meet Your Community’): a great way to connect with new faces as the weekend starts!

Bands, sing-a-longs, camp fires and a sense of community will keep the party going on our first evening together – not to be missed!

Are kids welcome too?

Most certainly! There will be workshops that children can get stuck into, and a Wild Woods area which runs children’s activities such as wood whittling and archery. There will also be lawn games and plenty of space to play. Do bring games and activities too!

Can I bring my dog?

Due to the site’s restrictions, Offline Festival is not open to animals, unfortunately. If you need a guide dog, do please get in touch ahead of the event.

Will there be a cash machine on site?

We’re a small site so we are keeping it cash only, so please think ahead and arrive prepared. The nearest town of Newton Longville is just a few miles away.

Tickets

How do I get a ticket and will there be tickets on the gate?

  • You can purchase your tickets here. If you would like to talk to someone within our team first, you can call 020 3937 6880
  • Yes, there will be tickets available to buy on the gate (cash only!). As we are a small festival there are a limited number of tickets so it’s best to buy in advance.

Is there any support available for those not able to buy tickets?

We aim to make Offline Festival as accessible as possible. Please call our community champ Nadine on 02039 376880 if you would like to talk about options.

Getting Involved

Can I volunteer? 

Join our amazing team! Volunteers will be assigned a 6 hour shift each day, with the rest of the day/evening yours to enjoy the festival. Any creatives are also invited to arrive early on Thursday and be a part of the Décor team. Fill in our Volunteer form here and we hope to see you there!

Can I perform or run a workshop? 

Most of our workshops are full for 2017. We welcome you to get in touch via our contact form just in case opportunities open up.

Will there be somewhere to charge my phone?

There won’t be electrical points accessible to the public. Try going Offline for a few hours over the weekend … or bring a battery pack 😉

What to bring?

The Must Haves!

  • Tent and sleeping bag
  • Sun cream, hat & sunnies, wellies & waterproofs [check the weather forecast!]
  • Torch – there will lighting in the main site but useful in the campsite
  • Towel, wet wipes, tissues
  • Cash for food, drinks, ukulele hire, archery, art workshops, Offline cups, Offline camping stools
  • Warm clothes – even on sunny days, the evenings will be cold
  • Your own plate, cup and cutlery: this will help us reduce as much waste as possible. Anyone who does will enter a prize draw! We are a small group of people and so we can make a real difference.

The Extras!

  • Musical instruments – for the camp fires and open mic sessions.
  • Dancing shoes
  • Yoga mat
  • Frisbee / football / Hula hoop / village green games
  • Fancy dress, Eco Glitter, Sparkle
  • Pen & paper
  • Networking leaflets &/or business cards

What not to bring!

  • Camp fires and BBQs. The site we are staying on asks that we don’t have individual fires in the campsite. There will be a great campfire in the main field to hang out by! There is great food and drink on site too
  • No glass
  • No pets

What if I forget something?

We’ve got you covered!

  • Outdoor People will be renting out tents, camping kit and other necessities on site. You can also rent out tents before the festival (contact here for more information).
  • Library of Things will be renting out kites, ukeleles and all the fun stuff!

Food and Drink

As part of our sustainability aims, our festival will offer vegetarian food. OAT Kitchen will be waking us up to porridge, smoothies and waffles. Red Moon Roots will be cooking up vegan stews and soups and Tom will be working the wood fire pizza oven. We will have Change Please making the coffee and Hackney Herbal offering tea. The Orchard Project will be bringing their cider to the field, along with Toast Ale. The Lewes Bonfire Society will be stocked up with Pimms, Prosecco, Gin and soft drinks.