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Date

Friday 7th – Sunday 9th July 2017

 

Location

Spectacular sea views from Exmoor National Park, follow signs to Porlock or use the post code TA24 8JJ

 

Opening hours

9am Friday to 6pm Sunday

General camping is included in every ticket. Our campsite looks straight out to sea, a welcome view when you wake up in the morning. For information about the do’s and dont’s at Samphire please read the FAQs.

Porlock and the surrounding area offer some fantastic choices for anyone wishing to swap canvas for a cosy bed and shower!

  • Sea Point – 01643 862 289
  • Whortleberry Tea Room – 01643-862891
  • Glen Lodge – 01643 863371
  • Wellcombe – 01643 862966
  • Millers at the Anchor Hotel – 01643 862753
  • Lorna Doone – 01643 862404
  • The Ship Inn – 01643 862507
  • The Cafe Porlock Weir – 01643 863300
  • The Culborne Inn – 01643 862259
  • The Castle – 01643 862504
  • The Bottom Ship – 01643 863288
  • Sparkhayes Campsite – 01643 862470
  • Porlock Caravan Park – 01643 862269

Forget the faff of setting up camp or taxiing too and fro site. If you like your creature comforts there is on-site luxury accommodation available with a killer view.    You can go all out with a fully furnished weekend palace or keep it nice and simple with the unfurnished options. Head to the Boutique Camping (insert link) page for more details.

All the taxis below have been contacted by Samphire Festival and are very much aware of the event. They would prefer to be pre booked so if you require a taxi from Taunton station to the festival site or want a taxi up the hill from Porlock please do book as much in advance as possible.

From Taunton train station to festival site (approx 45 mins):

  • Leo’s Taxis – 01823 924400 £50 per 4 person vehicle (up to 10pm) £60 per 4 person vehicle (evenings and w/e) £70 per 7 person vehicle £80 per 7 person vehicle  (evenings and w/e)
  • AAA Taxis – 01823 257999 £60 per 4 person vehicle (up to 10pm) £75/80 per vehicle (evening and w/e)
  • A1 Ace Taxis – 01823 332211 £60 per 4 person vehicle (up to 10pm)
  • Lightning taxis – 07989 398433 £65/70 per 4 person vehicle  (some six seater vehicle’s available).
  • Ali cabs – 01823 241122 £60 per 4 person vehicle (up to 10pm) £80 per 4 person vehicle Evening and w/e.

In and around Porlock:

  • 1st Call Exmoor Taxis – 07826 212511
  • Bossington Taxis – 07971 044871
  • Chris’s Taxis – 01643 706656
  • Tony’s Taxis – 01643 702424
  • Minehead Taxis – 01643 702222
  • Ava – 01643 703333
  • Anchor Taxis – 01643 704240
  • Alcombe Taxis – 01643 702269
  • Coastline Taxis Lynton – 01598 753442

The nearest mainline station is Taunton, 1 hour 40 minutes from London Paddington. The trains leave London Paddington every 30 minutes. Advance prices from £47.50 return. Click here to book your tickets with Great Western Railway. The station is a good 45 minutes drive to the festival site so we have been arranging flat rate deals with local taxi companies (see below) to get you to the site.

National Express runs daily from London to Minehead (16 minutes from Porlock).  Return trips to Minehead cost approximately £50. Book here.  From Minehead take the number 10 bus to Porlock. You can look at the bus timings here.  In Porlock pick up one of the festival shuttle busses (on the hour) from Doveryhay Car Park or the Village Hall Car Park to get up to the festival site. 

The address of the site is Porlock Hill, Porlock, Somerset, TA24 8JJ.
There will be lots of signs for festival traffic so you won’t get lost!
Please purchase your car park ticket before you set off or make sure you have £10 cash to hand on the gate.

We are 1 hour 40 minutes away from Bristol. Drive straight down the M5 to J23, follow signs along the A39 through Porlock and then up the hill.

From London the drive is 3 hours and 15 minutes once you’re on the M4.
From there, head to the M5 and following directions above.

From Taunton take the A358 out towards Minehead and on to Porlock along the A39.

Alternatively, for those with a little time to spare there is a scenic route across Exmoor which is only half an hour longer.
Come off the M4 at J25 Taunton, follow the A358 towards Minehead and take the left under the railway bridge towards Raleigh’s Cross and Exford.
From Exford take Mill Lane towards Culbone and Porlock.

Please be aware that the A39 up Porlock Hill to the festival site is the steepest section of A road in the country!
It is no problems for any old car but if you’re in an ancient bus or on a horse and cart then you might want to take the scenic route.

As our numbers are limited at Samphire Festival this year we won’t be running a coach service. Please help us be eco- friendly and share lifts if you are planning to drive.

Please do not walk up the A39.  Pedestrian access to the site will be via the private Toll Road only, a safer and more attractive walk to our site. Please do be aware that festival traffic will be going up this road so take care when walking up the hill.  There is a shuttle bus (see above) going from Porlock to the festival site if you would rather save your legs for all the dancing and not walk!

We’re not sure yet! We are working hard to try and get some showers on site this year. It’s an interesting task when there is no running but we’ll keep you posted.

Yes Samphire is a family friendly festival and there will be a small kids play area. Being such a small festival there are not activities in the kids area 24/7 so do be aware of this if you’re bringing little children. If the weather is gorgeous (which it will be!) there’ll be plenty of scope for outdoor play. There will also be baby changing facilities and lots of hay bales to change nappies on.

Age Specific Restrictions
Samphire welcomes festival goers of all ages and is a family-friendly environment.
All children and young persons 17 years old and under must be accompanied by an adult over the age of 25.
1 adult can accompany up to 4 children or young persons (or any group formed wholly or partly of one or other of these two groups).

Child Wristbands
All parents/guardians purchasing tickets for children (12 or under) will be issued with a wristband for their child and asked to write their mobile number on it before attaching it to the child’s wrist. For safety and security reasons we request that the child’s name is not written on the wristband.
If a child wristband gets lost or damaged, parents can pick up replacements at the public entrance.

Children’s Area’s
Samphire as a whole is family friendly.
All of the daytime programming lends itself to kids and adults alike. However we do have a specific area dedicated specially to those younger ones.
The kid’s area of the festival has a small programme of activities to keep your little ones entertained; workshops, games, circus skills and more.
Anyone on site who is in a position to work with or keep a child safe for any length of time will be DBS-checked and present credentials and references.

*Lost Children*
Big crowds can be daunting for children. To avoid separating from them give your children the same advice you would if you were anywhere else; don’t go off with strangers or anyone without telling you first. If they get lost have them ask for help from a member of security or a steward. Any found children will be cared for in the Welfare Area and this would be the first place to head if you have been separated. Something that really helps us is making sure that your phone number is written clearly on a child’s wristband.

For safety reasons no barbecues or open fires are permitted in any circumstances. This requirement is taken very seriously given the campsites proximity to the woods. Small camping stoves with butane/propane canisters less than 250g are allowed, cooking in and around tents is dangerous, if you use a stove please be very careful and make sure you do it outside.

As a condition of us gaining our licence no private sound-systems or generators will be allowed onto the festival site. We’ll be providing plenty of top notch music for you to listen too instead.

No. Unfortunately there will be no cash machine available on site. Please bring with you enough cash for the weekend. The nearest cash point is in Porlock on your way through to the festival site.

We want to encourage people to have a weekend away from their phone but there will be some facilities to charge your phones at one of the bars. You can of course can bring your own personal charger too!

There will be a variety of food traders selling scrumptious fairly priced food. For those seeking gluten free, vegetarian and vegan options, rest assured your needs will be catered for.

A limited amount is allowed. However our food on site will be some of the tastiest you’ve ever had at a festival so you shouldn’t need to bring too much.

Please email info@samphirefestival.com

Yes, there are a limited number of Campervan passes available from our ticket shop.

We care deeply for your welfare at Samphire. Please read this page carefully and ensure that you fully understand the infrastructure in place to ensure the safe enjoyment of the festival. If you have any questions do not hesitate to ask any members of staff.

PERSONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY

Personal Health
Make sure you look after yourself, Samphire takes place over 3 days so pace yourself so you can keep going till the end!
Drink lots of water, safe drinking water is available in all campsites and in the arena.
Remember to wash your hands regularly, infection’s can spread quicker on a festival site.
Remember sun cream and always protect your skin from the sun.
Wellies and strong comfortable walking shoes are a must.
Protect your ears! Wear ear protection if you are planning on getting up close and personal with the speakers.

Personal Safety
The phone signal on the festival site can sometimes be disrupted. Decide a meeting point with your friends at the beginning of the festival so you can find each other with ease and carry on having a good time.
Festivals are all about meeting new people, but if you meet someone new it’s best to invite them to join your friends first, rather seeing them alone.
At night, stick to the well lit areas of the festival. Always keep a torch on you.
If you are feeling pressured, upset, emotional or just want a friendly face to talk to, head to the Medical and Welfare tent where the staff will be more than happy to help.

THE MEDICAL AND WELFARE TENT
The arena has a medical and welfare center located near production gate, which operates 24hrs per day. If you are feeling unwell visit this area as soon as you can.
The medical tent is on-site and available for anyone who requires medical assistance during the festival. The medics at Samphire are experienced, qualified and fully equipped to deal with situations.
Please familiarise yourself with the location in the festival shortly after you arrive on-site.
Look out for your fellow festival goers and inform a steward or a member of security if you notice that someone is unwell.
The welfare tent provides festival goers with a hub of caring, experienced individuals to help you with even the smallest of issues.
If you are feeling pressured, upset, emotional or just want a friendly face to talk to, head to the Welfare tent where the staff will be more than happy to help.

INFO AND LOST PROPERTY
Staff can provide you with up-to-date information about various activities taking place, guide you towards any facilities you may require, as well as relay important information or feedback in order to improve your experience.

Lost Property
All lost and found is dealt with through the production office so this should be your first port of call. The team will go through all lost property after the festival and try and re-home as many items as possible.
Mark any items you would wish to be returned with your address, postcode or telephone number.

PREVENTING AND REPORTING CRIME
Preventing Crime – although crime is low it is always better to protect your valuables and make sure you are being as careful as possible
Don’t bring anything valuable
valuables
Clearly mark your property with your address, postcode or contact number. Permanent markings will deter thieves as well as help any lost good get returned to their owners
Sleep with valuables in your sleeping bag or close to your head rather than by the door of your tent
Cash
Don’t carry big amounts of cash on you
Don’t carry all your cash and valuables in the same bag/pocket
Only take the items in your wallet that you really need. Leave any unnecessary cards/keys at home.
Camping
There is safety in numbers; set up camp with your friends and create a community with your new neighbours
Be untidy in your tent! Don’t leave everything in one bag that can be grabbed quickly.
Do not challenge anyone you find looking through your tent. Take a mental image of what they look like and report them to festival staff or the police. Any offenders will be expelled from the site
Cars
Don’t leave any valuables in your car
Empty all belongings from your glove compartment and leave it open
Rub off any marks left by sat nav’s on your windscreen

REPORTING CRIME
Reporting a crime on-site
If witness a crime or are unfortunate enough to become a victim of crime it is important that you report it immediately so we can act upon it as soon as possible.
As soon as you realise that any of your property is missing, inform both the police (dialling non-emergency number 101) and the on-site security team. Do not wait until you get home. If it is your phone that has gone missing immediately contact your network provider to ask for the SIM card and handset to be blocked. Telephone numbers can be found on  http://www.nmpcu.police.uk/netwrok/numbers.php
It’s much easier for us if we have as much information as possible. If you can remember appearance, clothing etc. of the person and the details of where you are at the time the likelihood of us finding them is far greater
Security staff will be patrolling both the arena and campsites. It is their job to help you stay safe and keep their eyes out for anything suspicious.
Reporting a missing/found item
All lost and found is dealt with through the info tent so this should be your first port of call. If Info tent team will go through all lost property after the festival and try and re-home as many items as possible.
Mark any items you would wish to be returned with your address, postcode or telephone number.
Reporting a member of security or staff
If a member of the stewarding or security team have bothered you in anyway then you can let us know directly on-site at the production office or after the festival through contacting info@samphirefestival.com.
It is important that you get their name/Id number otherwise it becomes quite tricky to pin down exactly who it was. We take staff misconduct very seriously so please let us know.

No there is no lower age limit to attending the Samphire. However anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian over 25. There is a maximum of four Youth/Child tickets per adult over 25. Please bring ID with you. The following ID can be used as proof of age for entering the site: For full terms and conditions see here.

  • Current UK Driver’s License or Provisional License
  • Current Passport

   

If you are disabled or care for someone who is, please drop us an email – info@samphirefestival.uk and we will be very happy to assist you in every way that we can.

Searching is a condition of entry to Samphire Festival. The Event Organisers reserve the right to conduct security searches and confiscate any item which in the opinion of the Event Organisers may cause danger or disruption, be a health and safety risk, not be suitable to be taken into the event or is one of the items not permitted in the venue as detailed in these Terms and Conditions.

Anyone found carrying illicit or illegal items will have them confiscated and may be removed from the festival and passed over to the Police as a result.   Illicit and illegal items include: ○ Fireworks, flares or chinese lanterns ○ High power torches, laser pens or personal sound systems ○ Alcohol (over and above your personal allowance of 8 cans of beer or one bottle of wine) ○ Illicit drugs, legal highs or nitrous oxide ○ Animals (except guide dogs) ○ Anything which could be considered an offensive weapon ○ Glass, BBQ’s or any cooking equipment. Small gas camping stoves with butane/propane canisters under 250g are permitted.  

Persons may be liable for eviction under the following circumstances;

Entering the land on which the event, or land that is owned by Porlock Manor Estate, without a valid ticket, wristband, pass, or sufficient accreditation, with the intention of gaining illegal entry to the licensed premises.

We are an independent festival run on love. We rely on bar sales to survive so we need to limit the amount of alcohol you can bring. We wouldn’t want anyone going thirsty though, so we’re allowing… Either: 8 x 300ml cans of beer / lager / cider per person OR : 4 x 300ml cans of beer / lager / cider per person and 75cl of wine (in a plastic bottle) per person. These may only be brought into the venue on first entry. GLASS BOTTLES AND SPIRITS ARE STRICTLY NOT ALLOWED There will be a number of well priced stalls and bars selling fabulous food and local drinks for your pleasure.

The dealing in or use of illegal drugs at Samphire Festival will not be tolerated. Drug enforcement laws are applicable on this site and will be enforced by our security personnel. If you deal or use drugs, you may be liable to arrest and prosecution in accordance with National Law and will be passed to the Avon and Somerset Constabulary. Neither anti-social or illegal behaviour shall be tolerated and attendees shall leave themselves liable to eviction from the event.

 

Experimenting with drugs can lead to an adverse reaction. If you do take drugs and do become ill, depressed or frightened, please inform a member of staff who will direct you to our on site medical team who will be able to help and support you.

Tickets are allocated via email. If you purchased them on Crowdfunder they will be dispatched via email 1 month prior to the event. If you purchased them on Event Cube they were dispatched at the time of purchase.  Please check your spam/junk folder if you can’t find them. Refunds are offered only if the event is cancelled. In this case the booking fee will be retained along with any other charges we cannot recover. This is outlined in our terms and conditions and is an industry standard practice. Re-sale of tickets is not advised as e-tickets can be easily duplicated. However we will be able to change the name on a ticket and reissue it as appropriate. Matching ticket and ID are required on entry to the festival.

Trader applications are still open for 2017. Our line up is full but if you have a walkabout or non stage based act there’s still some spots available. If you think you have something special to offer, please fill out these forms

Artist Applications & Trader Applications