Whatstandwell Festival

Whatstandwell Festival 2018 – Report

The Social Club were delighted to hear from many Festival goers who thought that this year’s event was the best yet. It was again held over two days, from the afternoon of Friday 23rd through until late on the Saturday. Activities this year include circus workshops, yoga with Kerry, another excellent chainsaw sculpture from Frosty (auctioned for charity) and a pottery workshop.

The main entertainment area included our two new spacious marquees with a large informal seating area (straw bales). Refreshments included a Prosecco bar, pizza van and hot sandwich stall as well as the ever popular Family Tree barbecue. Inside the barn, the bar this year was rigged up like a mini beer festival with a wide range of local ales, lager and cider, with of course wines, and soft drinks if preferred. The weather was glorious once again and in the evening lights gave a nice atmosphere to the outdoor area.

Music wise, there were great acoustic sets on the Saturday from Ollie Oldroyd and Declan Kitts who even managed to adlib his way through a power failure. In the Barn the live bands, including No Danger, the Natterjacks and Facsimile all turned in great performances and had most folk up and dancing. Once the bands had finished the disco took the show through to an end.

The pre-event ticket sales seemed to work well and will be available in the same way next year.

Finally thanks as ever to all who helped in putting the show on. Special thanks to the Dancing Duck brewery who set up the beer racking and chilling system – nice! To the Cliff Inn for their help and support and to Sam at Hankin Farm for hosting the Festival and organising the Hay Bales. Hopefully see you all next year – and if you enjoyed it, tell your friends. We look forward to seeing you and to another friendly fun packed family Festival.

Whatstandwell Festival Terms & Conditions

  • Admission
    The right of admission is reserved
  • Cars and Parking
    All vehicles must be parked in designated areas as directed by traffic marshals
    There are no vehicle movements allowed after midnight until 08:00 am on the campsite
  • Dogs
    Well behaved dogs are allowed at the festival provided they are friendly, are on a lead and their owners clean up after them, but bear in mind it is a farm too and we don’t want any biting!
  • Noise
    No unauthorised sound systems are allowed on site
    The whole camp site is designated a quiet area for families to camp
    In the event of unacceptable levels of noise after midnight and before 08:00 am ring the camp site owner (Sam) on 07890 419530
  • Alcohol
    The festival will operate a challenge 25 system to prevent underage drinking
    No alcohol is allowed to be brought into the barn other than that bought at the bar
  • Fires and Fireworks
    Strictly no fireworks, or fires on site
    Chinese lanterns are not allowed and will be confiscated
  • Children and Young Adults
    All children must be accompanied by a paying parent or guardian
    All young adults (aged 11 to 17) must camp in the same area as their families with a maximum of 4 teens per adult (over the age of 25)
  • Controlled Substances
    Anyone caught with a controlled substance will be reported to the police immediately
  • The Event
    Management reserve the right to alter, or in the event of adverse weather conditions, to curtail or cancel the performance
    Management reserve the right to add, withdraw or substitute artists and to vary the programme if necessary
  • Loss or Damage
    Whatstandwell Festival will not be responsible for any loss or damage to personal item.

How to get to Whatstandwell Festival

  • Whatstandwell is just off the A6 between Matlock and Belper where the road crosses the River Derwent. There is a regular bus and train service to Whatstandwell between Matlock and Derby.
  • Whatstandwell is just off the A6 between Matlock and Belper where the road crosses the River Derwent. There is a regular bus and train service to Whatstandwell between Matlock and Derby.
  • Whatsandwell Festival is held at Hankin Farm, New Road, which is the road to Alderwasley from Whatstandwell. Its a short walk from either the train station or bus stop or there is parking on site in the field.