50th Stainsby Festival - July 20-22 2018
=== What sort of festival is Stainsby? Stainsby is a live music festival featuring mainly folk and world music. There is no recorded music. The festival is held under canvas in a series of large marquees on a rural greenfield site with views out to the National Trust's Hardwick Hall. The festival tries to be green and sustainable and the site returns to pasture after the festival. Oh... and we try and have fun. === Who runs it and why? Many festivals are run by large corporate companies to make themselves a fat profit. We aren't! The red //Guaranteed Volunteer Run 100% not-for-profit // stamp on the left is a bit of a clue. Started in the 1960s, the festival is run entirely by unpaid volunteers. It's a registered charity and a not for profit organisation. All proceeds go back into the music. Why? I guess we must like it that way! (We're just ageing Hippies at heart, poor dears!) === Where's the camping? Camping is on site and available for weekend ticket holders **only** on Friday and Saturday nights. There are toilets and a fresh water supply to all parts of the site. Cars are not allowed onto the camping area owing to limited space but we **try** to run a land rover service for those wanting assistance to and from the car park. === Fancy a Wheelborrow? There are also plenty of wheelbarrows for you to borrow to hump stuff up and down the site. Please bring our wheelborrows back afterwards. === How much does it cost? Camping is free for weekend ticket holders on Friday and Saturday nights. Although you can stay over on Sunday night after the festival closes, we'd rather you didn't, pretty please. It makes our take down easier and faster if you don't and we need to get our volunteers back to the day job as soon as we can. If you do stay, facilities will be extremely limited (because we'll be dismantling them!) and you MUST be off site by 10am on Monday Morning. === What about Camp Fires and BBQs? Camp fires are not allowed (they ruin the pasture). Small BBQs are fine provided they're up off the ground and you have water handy === Can I bring my Caravan to the Festival? See our [[http://www.stainsbyfestival.org.uk/accommodation.shtml|accommodation page]] for a superb caravan site next to Silverhill Country Park and only 3 miles from the fun, as well as some small intimate sites that are even closer. Unfortunately our own site is very small and crowded and we don't have room for caravans. Sorry! === What about Campervans? Because we can't take caravans we've been asked a lot about campervans and motorhomes. When it's someone's main means of transport, it gets a bit tricky and we obviously don't want anyone to miss out on the festival, so we don't //encourage// people to use them but we do allow them in the car park. If you do bring one remember that there aren't any facilities in the car park and you **MUSN'T** put tents up next to them or you could get us closed down by Environmental Health (Tents + moving cars + cow shit = extremely naughty + no licence). So if you absolutely have to bring your motorhome - in the car park please - but remember tents there are a no-no. === Is there anywhere else to stay? There are local hotels, B&Bs and self catering within easy reach. The choice is yours! See our links on the [[http://www.stainsbyfestival.org.uk/accommodation.shtml|accommodation page]]. === Are there any shops and things in Stainsby? There are no facilities in Stainsby village apart from a rather attractive Victorian post-box emptied every weekday at 4 o'clock by a nice man from Royal Mail. This means the nearest shops are two miles away. Newspapers are on sale each day at the Information Office along with fresh milk and...err...that's it. So bring your own supplies or visit our various catering establishments. See "Is there anywhere to eat?" below. === Is there anywhere to park? There is a large car park next to the site. There's a three pound carbon tax charge for using it - but you can come and go as often as you like during the weekend if you display your ticket. The car park charge contributes towards both the cost of setting it up (that roadway doesn't come cheap) and running the free festival bus service (See [[http://www.stainsbyfestival.org.uk/travel.shtml|Travel]] for details). So even if you come in your car you're helping others go green! How's that for small scale offsetting? Hang on to your car park ticket though for a prize draw. First prize two weekend tickets for the following year. Winning ticket numbers on the news page after each festival. === Is there a bar? Too right there is! The Hat Block is a real ale bar, featuring a special Stainsby Festival brew as well as a dozen other craft beers, all sourced locally! - thanks to sponsorship by the Leadmill Brewery, a leading Derbyshire microbrewery. There'll also be the usual lagers, wines, spirits and soft drinks for those who can't stand the stuff. And for those *special* tastes, we have a range of craft ciders and perrys. The Hat Block is open throughout the festival until midnight Friday and Saturday and until 10pm on Sunday. === Is there anywhere to eat? There are several catering concessions serving a variety of hot food throughout the day and evening. In the past this has featured everything from burgers to empanadas and jacket potatoes to wood fired pizzas including vegetarian options - and for the caffeine addicts a mobile espresso bar! === What about Children? There are lots of events for children throughout the weekend. === How much will the kids cost me? Apart from the obvious answer - which is 20 years of your life - Children under 12 are free at our discretion but only accompanied by a responsible adult. Children 12 to 17 are at a special reduced youth ticket price both for sessions and for the full weekend. 16 and 17 year olds will be pleased that they don't have to pay the full rate (although the downside of course is that they won't get served in the bar). We're planning to cater more for this age group now and in the future. After all they are the next generation of musicians! === Can I bring my dog? Unlike many festivals, dogs are welcome at Stainsby but you've got to follow three simple rules: #They must be on a lead at all times #They are not allowed in the main concert venues #You have to scoop the poop === Are there Session Tickets? Sure are. If you can't make the whole weekend or want to see a particular act then there are separate sessions on Friday Evening, Saturday Afternoon, Saturday Evening and All Day Sunday. Saturday afternoon session is from 10am to 6pm and the evening one from 6pm to midnight. Funnily enough they match the times of the Stainsby Flyer to and from Chesterfield. Strange old world, eh? === How do I buy tickets? Tickets for this year are on sale now. Buy your EarlyBirds before May 1st and you'll save yourself a tenner as well. You can buy directly online 24/7: use your credit or debit card to buy tickets straight from this site via PayPal's secure payment system. Just click on [[http://www.stainsbyfestival.org.uk/booking.shtml|booking]] and bingo you've got your own personal shopping cart. Simples! ====== Note: There is a booking fee for this service to cover the charges we have to pay to our provider. There's no fee if you buy by post and pay by cheque. ===== === How do I pay by cheque? Easy peasy! - just download the form on the booking page and send us a cheque in the post with a stamped addressed envelope. (If you've hit a problem like the printer's gone on strike or the dog's eaten it along with your eldest's homework, then in an emergency you can just write in with an SAE to 69 Strettea Lane Alfreton DE55 6EJ and tell us what you want!). Alternatively, you can pay cash on the gate (assuming we've not sold out already!). ====== Note: We can't accept cheques on the gate because the cheque guarantee card scheme was abolished in 2011. Of course you can always pay by more traditional methods, like cash, (and avoid the booking fee) though we should make it clear that if you intend to barter, we don't accept goats and the chicken/pound exchange rate is very poor at the moment. Gold bars on the other hand will get you a good deal. ====== //Note on Note: We do now have a card payment system on the gate at this year's festival (but how well this will work in a field is anybody's guess!)//= === Now - How do I get there? Full details on the [[http://www.stainsbyfestival.org.uk/travel.shtml|Travel]] page, including full details of The Stainsby Flyer, the FREE festival bus service from Chesterfield railway station. === Facebook More chat and discussion on our Facebook page - Check in and check it out [[http://www.facebook.com/board.php?uid=5110505390&status=512#%21/home.php?sk=group_5110505390|here]] === A Heartfelt Plea About Gazebos Camping space is very limited at Stainsby and everyone has to be very nice to each other, since you can't turn round without sticking your bum through someone else's guy ropes. So please - NO GAZEBOS - there's shed loads of space to stretch out in the festival arena. Leave the camping area free for tents, 'cos we need all the space we can get. And we're not in the business of being the Gazebo Police, we want to enjoy ourselves too. So just don't bring 'em, eh? Thanks. ** Performers looking for Gigs**\\ Because we're entirely volunteer run, we've all got day jobs to keep body and soul together, not to mention feeding the kids (Doh! - we've mentioned it!), so the volume of emails asking for gigs is far too large for us to deal with. If you have sent one, don't expect a response. It's nothing personal - there just aren't enough hours in the day. We'll only be in touch if there's the chance of a gig.