- Will I need ID?
Yes! Please be aware that the festival site is within a working military camp and, as such, is subject to much tighter security restrictions than an ordinary festival.
If you are booked onto camp as part of the Families Day (open day for family members on camp) use the main car park on camp. Your military relative will escort you, gaining access with their army ID (MoD90), however you will still need your own ID for the festival.
EVERYONE will need ID (passport, driving licence with photo, MoD90 ID card, other photo ID) for the Festival will be required! This is to prove that
- a) you are who you say you are and you and your party match the name(s) on the ticket
- b) to prove your age so, if you’re over 18, you can have an over-18 wristband enabling you to buy alcohol from our vendors on site.
No ID no entry!
- Where do I park my car?
If part of the Families Day (open day for family members on camp) you should aim to arrive at 0830hrs and park on the main drill square on the main site (unless camping – see Q3). Your army relative will meet you and escort you.
If not part of the Families Day (military or civilian) use the MAIN CAR PARK (C-Site) which opens at 0800hrs. For your own safety and security during the Festival this is a separate site approximately 1km away from the main entrance to MoD Lyneham.
- I booked camping, what should I do?
You will need to park your car before pitching your tent – this will ensure you have passed a point where you have presented your ticket and been issued your wristbands including one for the campsite. The campsite is 150m from the main car park (C-Site) and on the way to the Pedestrian Entrance for the Festival.
Festival goers who are not part of the Families Day are encouraged to arrive from around 1100hrs onward. On producing your ticket you will be given the necessary Festival, Parking and Camping wristbands. Then park up, leave the main car park (C-site), pitch your tent at the campsite and then make your way into the Festival via the main pedestrian gate. The main car park gate will close to entries at 1700hrs on 21st July and close to exits at 0100hrs on 22nd July. It will re-open at 1000hrs Sunday 22nd July for collection of cars.
Families Day attendees who are attending the Festival and also camping are urged to use the main car park (C-Site) as it is a long walk from the designated Families Day car park to the campsite and back, especially when carrying a tent. Please bring your proof of invitation to the Families Day AND your festival ticket to the main car park (C-site) gate, collect your wristbands, park up securely, leave the main car park (C-site), go the much shorter distance to the campsite, pitch your tent, then go to the main entrance to be met by your son or daughter for the Families Day.
The campsite will be divided into ‘lanes’ as it is a very long narrow field. Make a note of your ‘lane’ it’ll make finding your tent much easier in the dark. Each pitch is 5x5metres. No larger tents are allowed unless you have paid for two pitches. We’d also advise bringing a small headtorch with you. Don’t worry it will make it through security and into the festival.
Although the campsite is permanently manned, CIVPOP2018 and all connected with it take no responsibility for your belongings – they are left entirely at the owners risk. No Glass bottles, No campfires. No vehicles will be admitted to the campsite except for farm access. Toilets and water provided. This campsite is regularly grazed by sheep, please consider their welfare when tidying up as you leave.
- Will I be searched?
All Festival attendees will be searched. There are two entry points to the Festival – one on camp for the Families Day attendees who are staying for the Festival and one at the main pedestrian entrance. Both will have personnel (metal detector) and bag search areas set-up and fully manned with both male and female searchers.
If you do not consent to a search you will not be permitted to enter the Festival.
- What can’t I bring?
Glass drinks bottles. Any offensive weapons, pyrotechnics or airhorns.
This list is by no means exhaustive – we reserve the right to expand upon it to include anything that’s just plain stupid or dangerous that has no place amongst large crowds of people. Items we deem unsuitable for the event will be held in safekeeping for your collection afterwards unless they’re illegal, in which case we’ll be giving them to the police.
- What can/should I bring?
As many of your friends as possible, your loudest signing voice, fancy dress, a small pop-up tent, dancing shoes or other similarly comfortable footwear, sunscreen, sunshade, sunglasses, sunhat (You have to love the confidence!!), cool box, pop-up chairs, cash.
You can bring your own food and drink, but NO glass bottles.
- Can I leave the site and come back?
Yes, if you have your wristband(s) and ID on you, you can exit and re-enter the festival site on foot. The main car park will not be open to exit until 5pm.
- What entertainment is on?
Apart from the musical acts, that will play between 2pm and 11pm, there will be a fun fair and we will also lay on some activities for the smaller guests like face painting, tractor rides, bouncy castle, etc. (all to be confirmed soon).
Please note the activities will be open until 6pm!
- Alternatives to camping/Accommodation
If you don’t fancy camping, please check out site like Airbnb or hotel booking sites. There is a variety of accommodation within a short driving distance.
- What if it rains?
CivPop will still go ahead – even if it rains! However, we might have to cancel if the weather turns really bad to ensure your safety.
Find regular updated on our website or Facebook. Make sure you bring appropriate clothing – sun or rain!
- Is CivPop suitable for small children?
Yes! We offer a range of activities to keep little ones happy and the wide range of food should offer something for every taste. There are changing facilities in the REME Museum close by and the area is mostly suitable for prams (bear in mind different terrains! (road, grass, …)
If you are concerned with the volume of the music, please make sure you bring ear defenders or other suitable devises for your children.
Book your tickets, car parking and camping here. Once booked you will receive a confirmation email with the tickets attached. Please print the attachment(s) and bring them to the event.
We refund tickets up to 30 days before the event. After that all tickets are non-refundable!
The area is mostly accessible for prams and wheelchairs. Please bear in mind this is a festival with different types of grounds, like road, grass, cobbled and other terrain.
Our staff on-site will be happy to guide anyone to a safe route where needed.
Disabled porta loos will be available at the site.
- Can I bring my dog/s?
Sorry, no dogs allowed at CivPop. It would be too loud, hot and crowded for them anyway.