Winter Social information
Please ready the below information carefully, this will answer all questions and give you the best information for tomorrow.
The Kent Event Centre at the Kent Showground is ideally suited for arrival by car. It is located on the A249, which is a busy dual carriageway.
From the M20 Motorway, exit the motorway at junction 7 and follow signs to Sittingbourne and Sheerness A249. The Kent Showground is clearly marked and is approximately 2 miles from the junction.
From the M2 Motorway, exit the motorway at junction 5, signposted Maidstone A249. The Kent Showground is approximately 5 miles from the junction.
The postcode is ME14 3JF. Please note that it is best to follow the signs as you near the Showground rather than a sat nav.
Travel packages are available via Big Green Coach by visiting www.thesocialfestival.com/location
The nearest train stations are Maidstone East, Maidstone Barracks and Maidstone West.
On Saturday 11h March, the last train that leaves Maidstone is the 23:03 service to London Victoria from Maidstone East.
Please leave the event in plenty of time if you are intending on getting either of these services back to London. There will be shuttle buses running to and from Maidstone town centre. You can purchase tickets for the bus by visiting www.thesocialfestival.com
Shuttle Bus (SATURDAY ONLY) (£5 back to Maidstone)
Shuttle buses will only be running in the evening from The Kent County Showground (where the event is hosted) to Maidstone football ground. The cost of this will be £5 PP.
Getting a lift?
There will be a pick up and drop off point at The Kent County Showground.
Parking is free at The Kent County Showground, car’s can not be left over night unless its needed, if so please pick your car up Sunday.
The car park will be open from 10:00.
The Social Festival 2016 is an 18+ event and we will be operating a ‘Challenge 25’ policy, so if you’re lucky enough to look under the age of 25, we will be asking for your ID. Valid Passports, Provisional/Drivers Licenses and Citizen Cards are the only forms of identification that will be accepted. If you do not have valid ID, you will not be allowed entry into the event.
Download our exclusive Social Festival app, which includes set times, artist bios, organizer posts, tickets and all other relevant event information.
All persons entering the festival site may be searched as a condition of entry. Strictly NO illegal substances or psychoactive substances will be permitted into the site. Possession of either may lead to your ejection from the festival or arrest.
If you have a disability and you require a carer’s pass. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with a copy of your DLA letter and also ticket purchase confirmation and we will send you a free carer pass.
If you have any questions about the access and facilities at the festival, please email our dedicated team at email@example.com
Exiting by Car
Please be patient when exiting, stewards will assist you. Please look after yourself and others and ensure you are fit to drive before you leave the festival.
Food and Drink
There is a large selection of food stalls offering a variety of dishes from all over the world. There are bars serving alcohol during licensed hours to over 18’s only. We operate a challenge 25 policy so please don’t be offended if you are asked for ID.
There are toilets located throughout the festival site. We don’t want you to queue jump but don’t be afraid to ask people to check the toilet doors. Please keep the toilets clean, they are cleaned and emptied throughout the weekend but we need your help too.
BE DRINK AWARE
Drink water in between alcohol and stay hydrated, we want you to remember your Social Festival. Drinking alcohol on hot days will make you more dehydrated, so this is essential when the suns out.
The law has changed, there is no such thing as a ‘legal high’, this includes Nitrous Oxide. NO illegal/ unidentifiable/ psychoactive substances or nitrous oxide is permitted into the site. Possession of any may lead to your ejection from the festival and arrest.
Want to know more? Talktofrank.com or call 0300 123 6600. substances like illegal drugs are banned from the festival so please don’t bring them.
You may be searched by security or the Police as a condition of entry to the festival site. Please use common sense when deciding what to bring. Anything illegal, prohibited from the festival or considered offensive will be confiscated and you may be asked to leave the festival site.
If you refuse a random search you will be required to undergo a private search.
Look after yourself and those around you. If you feel unwell you can visit one of the first aid points which are signposted in the arena and the campsites.
There are areas inside the festival site which are designated no smoking areas, the indoor arenas being key amongst these. Please adhere to the signage in these areas or you may risk a fine from the local authority.
KEEP IT SAFE
Full emergency services are present at the festival. Please make a note of the displayed on-site emergency telephone numbers and use them in the event of an emergency.
If you know or suspect somebody of coming to The Social Festival to commit a crime you can contact the Police or Crime Stoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. If you see anybody acting suspiciously, please alert a member of staff or the Police.
THINGS TO REMEMBER
• If you don’t need it don’t bring it
• Leave valuables at home
• Lock your vehicles and don’t leave anything of value visible
• Pickpockets may operate in densely crowded areas, be vigilant and look after your wallet and mobile phone
• Get to know your neighbours in the campsites, create a community spirit
• Mark property with a postcode (but not your house keys)
• Keep cash and possessions on you but not all in one place
• If you are the designated driver, ensure you are safe to drive before you do so
• Share your photo’s with us #SocialFestival2016
Doors open at midday
Ticket holders, please queue in either the standard or VIP queue, depending on your tickets. THIS INCLUDES ALL COMPETITION WINNERS AND DISCOUNT TICKET HOLDERS.
last entry time on the SATURDAY IS 20:00
Below is a checklist of items that are strictly not allowed in the festival or on site, several of the items if caught on you will be handed and dealt with the Police.
Air horns or megaphones
Gas canisters of any size (including nitrous oxide)
Goods for unauthorised trading
Alcohol for personal consumption
Any items which may be considered as a weapon
Fireworks or flares
Portable laser equipment/pens
Professional recording equipment
Excessive amounts of food, cigarettes and alcohol