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Welcome to the Workhouse Festival Info page where we aim to answer as many FAQs as possible.

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We have a no glass policy on site this year and from now on …

Too many bottles end up in shattered circumstances, no good for bare feet, no good for sheep to eat and no good for US to pick up after you, so please do not bring glass bottles. Glass bottles will be confiscated on your arrival, so please decant into plastic bottles (they’re still recyclable) before you come to get festivalised. You can then dispose of your bottles in a bottle bank or your doorstep collection (where available), so that professionals can deal with your waste.


No mincing of words here, it’s up to us all to take the initiative. Recycling points will be set up throughout the site – please use them and please be conscious of your waste and surplus-to-requirements material. Please take the time to take the plastic wrapping from cardboard and put cigarette butts in ashtrays, after all, they are toxic to livestock.  


Q. How much are tickets?

A. £40 for adult weekend, £15 for 13-17 year olds, and 12 and unders are free but must be accompanied with a paying adult.  Tickets include camping, but not parking. All 14 and unders can only attend with an adult.  We will not be held responsible for any unaccompanied under 18 year olds. We have special concessions for registered carers, please contact us for more details. Two weeks before the event, the price will increase to £50 adult and £20 youth, if we have any tickets left.


Q. Can I buy day tickets?

A. It's our policy to sell tickets to people who want the whole festival experience, rather than encouraging visitors just to come and see a couple of big name acts, and not stay for the duration. We want to give you the opportunity to see many of the new, up-and-coming acts as well as the unusual and bizarre that we showcase every year. We believe that visitors coming to the whole event create an amazing festival vibe and generate a real community atmosphere during the weekend.


Q. When will tickets be on sale?

A. Tickets will be for sale at from 1st March 2007.


Q. Can I bring my dog?

A. No, please leave all your pets at home.  This is a farming area and the festival site is surrounded by sheep.


Q. Where can I find out when people are playing?

A. We don't publish the timing of the acts before the event to encourage everyone to stay for the whole weekend. On arrival you will be able to obtain a programme to work out what you want to see. The festivities begin at midday on Friday.


Q. What day can I arrive?

A. You can arrive on Thursday for camping, but be warned that early arrivals may get roped in to help out!


Q. How do I buy tickets off line?

A. You can send a cheque made payable to “Workhouse Festival”, the address is: Workhouse Festival, PO Box 183, OSWESTRY SY10 1AB.  Please add a £2 administration charge for each application.  You can only buy tickets by mail up until Friday 9th June 2006.  We will have to wait for your cheque to clear before we can mail out your ticket details. Please don't send postal applications after this date. Postal tickets will only be issued if there are tickets remaining for sale through our online facility with


Q. Can I bring my instrument to play anywhere?

A. Yes! There are opportunities in various venues for people to jam.


Q. Can I bring my djembe or other drum?

A. Yes, but we request that all drum playing in the campsite ends at midnight for the courtesy of other campers trying to sleep.  After this time drumming will be deemed anti-social.


Q. Can I bring my dog?

A. Still no, sorry.


Q. Can I bring my own drinks?

A. There will be at least one licenced bar on site, but you are welcome to bring your own. Please note, though, that we have a policy of not allowing glass onto the festival site.


Q. I heard a rumour that you had a "fancy dress" day on Saturday.

A. Yes. Saturday is the day to be flamboyant, drag out your funkiest clothes and your finest attire and amaze us! We'll be announcing the theme closer to the date.


Q. Will there be a family camping area?

A. Yes, you will be directed to the quiet camping area on request when you arrive. We'll be working hard by re-arranging the camp site and parking to help this to happen.


Q. What happens to lost kids?

A. They will be directed by a steward to the site office.  Please do not leave young children unattended in the kid’s area, it is not a crèche.  Please make sure your older children know where to find you.


Q. Will there be a vegetarian caterer on site?

A. Yes, and organic and vegan food will be available too. There is also a bar and a meat caterer. We're working hard to improve the selection of food available on site.


Q. How ’green’ is this event?

A. Each year we are striving further towards total independence from the electricity grid.  This year 50% of our venues are powered by the wind and sun.


Q. I need a lift to the festival, what can I do?

A. Click on the link to the Freewheelers website on our home page and register yourself. If you have any spare spaces in your car then again visit the Freewheelers website and offer up your services. Lift sharing aims to help the planet by reducing the amount of cars on our roads. Makes sense to us!


Q. Where do we dispose of rubbish on site?

A. Due to our environmental policy there will be plenty of recycling points around the festival.  Please make good use of these and anything that cannot be recycled please dispose of carefully in the litter bins or take home with you.  The festival is held on a farmer’s field and sheep will be grazing here after you have left, so please leave nothing behind.  Sheep do not eat cigarette butts!


Q. Can we have fires and barbecues in the camping fields?

A. No. This is for the safety of other festival goers.


Q. Do we have to pay to park?

A. Yes, it is £5 for any size vehicle, payable on arrival.  This is because we have to rent another field for this facility, and to encourage lift-sharing.


Q. Are there any local facilities?

A. In Llanfyllin, which is within walking distance (1/4 mile), there are the usual small town services including a HSBC cash machine, Spar (off licence), pubs, bakery, phone box, chemist and newsagent.  Please note that there is not a petrol station; the nearest are in Llansantffraid ym Mechain or Llanrhaeadr ym Mochnant, both of which are about 6 miles away.


Q. Can I bring my dog?

A. No, please leave all your pets at home.  This is a farming area and the festival site is surrounded by sheep.


Q. Do mobile phones work on the festival site?

A. Only Orange network and this does depend on the direction you are standing in!


Q. Where does all the money go?

A. Workhouse Festival is a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee.  Any residual money goes towards improving future festivals and events.


Q. Can I park my car by my tent?

A. For health and safety reasons, you will not be able to park with your tent, so you may have a very short walk to make with your kit. When we say short, we mean it. Parking isn't 3 miles away like some festivals; this is a compact site and the furthest possible camping spot will be no more than about 100 yards. We've made this rule to help prevent accidents and for the comfort and security of our campers and local residents.


Q. Can I get onto the festival site for free?

A. You have two choices - you can either pay for a ticket or you can volunteer as a steward (we have a number of vacancies available). If you try and blag your way on for free please remember that EVERYONE who has organised this festival has given up many, many hours of their own time for nothing, and are not getting paid whatsoever. We keep the price of the ticket as low as possible this way. Please respect those who have worked hard to make this festival possible.


If you have any further questions not answered here, please email by clicking .


By purchasing a ticket for the Workhouse Festival, you are agreeing to abide by the following contitions:


1. Exchange your WeGotTickets reference number for a wristband at the Ticket Office on the festival site.

2. No animals (except guide dogs) allowed on the festival site or campsite.

3. No glass bottles will be permitted within the festival site or campsite.

4. No open fires on campsite or on festival site.

5. The Festival reserves the right to add, withdraw or substitute artists, and to vary the advertised programme and timings without being liable to pay any compensation whatsoever.

6. Photographic, video or audio reproduction of artists is prohibited.

7. Ticket holders consent to inclusion in official photographic, visual and audio promotion of the Festival.

8. The Festival reserves the right to refuse admission or to eject a ticket holder for behaviour likely to cause damage, injury, nuisance or annoyance or for failure to comply with the reasonable requests of the Festival.

9. Youth tickets are for 13-17 year olds. Please bring proof of age when you exchange your ticket for a wrist band on site.
10. 12's and under admission is free, these tickets must be booked with an adult ticket. Unaccompanied children will not be admitted.

11. 14's and under must be accompanied by an adult. We accept no responsibility for under 18's unaccompanied by an adult.

12. Tickets do not include parking. There is a £5 parking charge per vehicle at the festival site, this is based on any size of vehicle.

13. Vehicles parked at owner's risk.

14. Persons purchasing tickets and attending the festival agree to abide by the rules published on this website.



·        Please help make our festival a happy experience for everyone by treating the event, the site and people around you with respect.

·      Please remember that the stewards and other participants are volunteers doing their best to help everyone have a safe time.  The rules and regulations are designed to ensure everyone’s health and safety, however irritating they may seem to you. 

·         Please respect our site and leave it as clean as you found it.

·        Please respect other people by not playing live or recorded music in the campsite after midnight.

·         The festival is subject to licensing laws.

·        Please respect our neighbours and other locals.  Their support is essential for the event to continue in future years


We hope you enjoy the festival and come back year after year……




The management reserve the right to change the advertised performances
in the event of illness or any cause beyond the control of the
management.  Please check with the venue to avoid disappointment.

Or Phone
.07890 458561.

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Workhouse Festival, PO Box 183, OSWESTRY SY10 1AB

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