Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some common questions you might need the answers to. If you have a question that isn't answered here, please ask us on Twitter, Facebook or via our contact form.

When is the festival open?

Our opening times are listed on the website homepage.

Do I need to buy a ticket in advance?

You can pay on the door for all our sessions. We tend to get quite a queue forming for the evenings though, so it's advisable to book a reduced price advance ticket to both save money and beat the queues. You can book using the form on the Tickets page

How do I pay at the festival?

We use a token based system on all our bars. You can buy tokens at various points in the festival, using cash or contactless.

Is there an accessible entrance?

The Guildhall, Stockport is fully Equality Act compliant and accessible to all guests. Facilities include ramped access from the exterior into the venue, internal ramps, an elevator and wide doorways. An accessible toilet is situated on the ground floor.

Please note, for those guests who require wheelchair access, the point of access into the venue is the rear door off the car park, accessible from Brentnall Street, that will be attended by a member of Guildhall Staff.

The nearest southbound bus stop is on Wellington Road South directly outside the front of the Guildhall and is served by buses 192, 199, 358, 378, 379 & 383. The nearest northbound bus stop is outside Stockport College and Wellington Road South can be crossed at a pedestrian crossing at the front of the Guildhall. Services same as southbound except 384 instead of 383.

Stockport train station (main exit) is a half a mile (745metres) away via Railway Road & Wellington Road South.

Are dogs allowed?

We can't allow dogs inside the venue, but they're welcome to keep you company in our outside space.

Are children allowed?

The atmosphere at the festival is always friendly and children are welcome until 9.30pm. We would ask though that you keep children out of the bar areas as much as possible for their safety, as they can get very crowded at times.

Should I bring my own glass?

There's no need. We have some rather excellent glasses available for a small deposit - or you can take it home as a souvenir if you prefer.

How can I get there?

There are excellent transport links to the festival. For more details, check out our Find Us page.

Are your drinks ok for people with allergies or intolerances?

We have a wide range of real ales, ciders and perries. As a natural product they're made with a range of ingredients. While many will contain allergens, it's likely you'll still find something you're able to drink safely. If you have an allergy or intolerance, please ask before you buy and our bar staff can make sure you choose a drink that's suitable for you.