We’ve had lots of questions from people as they’ve been registering. We’ll get to them all – ready for if and when we go on sale. But for now, here are just a few of the main threads addressed in some preliminary, pre-sale FAQs. We hope they’re helpful.
Will there be mobility scooter hire onsite?
No. But there will be charging facilities for anyone attending with their own mobility scooter, powered wheelchair or other access device.
Will there be a disabled shower and disabled toilet/s?
Will there be a dedicated part of the campsite identified for disabled camping, close to the campsite hub and communal gathering spaces?
Can I stay off-site and still be part of the Prospect Farm gatherings?
Yes, but you will still need to pay for a full Prospect Farm camping ticket (£65 for an adult, £15 for under-18s). And you must be aware that you won’t be coming in each day to a fully-fledged festival and programme. Prospect Farm is a gathered, camping community with a few add-ons. You’ll mainly be coming to be with your tribe in the great outdoors.
Will there be glamping?
No, not glamping. But we will be working with our usual festival contractor Camplight who will be providing pre-erected tents (of different sizes) and equipment for you to book should you want to.
Food & Drink
Will there be food and drink to buy onsite?
Yes. there will be a range of hot food – cafe-style and take-away – available to buy (but think three or so options rather than thirty!). We will also have the Tiny Tea Tent and Jesus Arms.
Campsite, experience and facilities
Will there be things to do?
There will be some organised things to do. But it will be spacious and relatively low-key and a mixture of things that we plan, combined with what you offer and bring. Yes, there will be some live music, activities and workshops for kids, space for intentional and impromptu conversations, and so on. But you won’t need a Guide and Daily Diary or App. Just keep your eyes on the chalkboards and chill. But rest assured, we’re sure all this sort of stuff will be part of the Farm fabric – campfires, star-gazing, nature walks, communal fun and games, DJ sets, reflection, crafting, open mic, communal singing. But there’s no schedule or shape to that yet. And there won’t be a published programme as such.
Can tents and live-in vehicles pitch together?
No. As with our usual set-up in the Grade II-listed parkland at Boughton House, we need to keep the campervans and caravans over the hedge from the camping field. But, because these gatherings will be more intimate, we’ll be able to be as close as we can be together – while still having all the room in the world to spread out in the camping field, if you want and need to. In fact, what we’re imagining, is that groups wanting to spend time together in the field will make their communal base area in the camping field with their tented friends where there will be more space. And then it’s just a short hop from those late night camp-chair conversations around your camping tables back to the caravan field (for your friends with their live-in vehicles).
Will there be toilets and showers?
Yes, there will be plenty of toilets. Some or all of them might even be compost toilets this year. And yes, there will be some showers – and they will be free to access. But there won’t be row upon row of them. Dealing with waste water is one of the most expensive and time-consuming things we do in producing what we do in the fields at Boughton. So, if we’re going to keep your ticket price affordable and keep the showers free to access, we’ll only be able to put a few in. (But remember: you will only be with us for three nights! And we’re sure your friends and your Greenbelt family will understand if you whiff a bit. There are worse things.)
Will there be any WiFi available?
No. Not that we’ll be providing.
Box Office and ticketing
Can I transfer my ticket from the festival to the gathering?
Prospect Farm is a completely separate event to the full-blown Greenbelt Festival and so you’ll need to buy tickets for it, even if you had bought a ticket for the festival earlier. We can’t transfer bookings from the festival to the gathering.
As in 2020, all festival tickets you have bought are rolled over automatically to 2022. Alternatively, you can choose to be refunded or donate all or part of your ticket by filling in this form.
Can I bring my dog?
Although a few people did bring their dogs to that first ever Greenbelt back in 1974, that’s not a part of the original vibe that we can facilitate in 2021. Simply put: you can’t bring your pets*.
*You are able to bring registered support dogs for assistance with your access requirements.
Will there be any ticket concessions?
We’ll have ‘Open Festival’ (free tickets for those for whom price is a barrier to attending) and free carer tickets available on application. Links for both these will be live if and when we go on sale.
Will there be a shuttle-bus service?
The smaller numbers that we’re looking at this summer for each gathering mean that we cannot get the local bus company to run a shuttle-bus for us from the train station in Kettering out to the Boughton House site. Sorry. However, there is a taxi rank at the train station.
What about COVID?
The gatherings will be run in accordance with all COVID guidelines and legislation in place at the time, and these will be communicated to all ticket-buyers ahead of their arrival. Should COVID restrictions and circumstances change radically enough for us to have to cancel Prospect Farm (which we think is highly unlikely) then we will refund all tickets, minus the non-refundable £20 deposit that we will be charging on adult tickets and the small booking fee that we will need to charge on all bookings for these gatherings.
Can I volunteer?
We will need some volunteers. But not loads. So what we’ll do is we’ll be in touch with volunteers in the relevant teams and areas if and when we go on sale about the roles we need doing this year. Because Prospect Farm is a very different thing, we won’t need to openly recruit for volunteers on our website like we usually do for the full-blown festival.