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TRAVEL

Travelling to the Festival 

New Alresford is in Hampshire on the A31 about halfway between Winchester and Alton

Directions for Cars, Motorbikes & Cycles

 

The festival operates a number of car parks including a Park & Ride. We suggest the following alternatives:

 

For those approaching from the east (from Guildford, Alton, etc)

 

  • Festival Park & Ride (at Ropley)

  • East Street Car Park (200 metres from festival site)

 

For those approaching from the west (from M3, Winchester, etc.)

 

  • Festival Park & Ride (at Ropley)

  • East Street Car Park (200 metres from festival site)

  • Stratton Bates Car Park (10 min walk to town)

 

For those approaching from the south (from A272, Petersfield, etc.)

 

  • Festival Park & Ride (at Ropley)

  • East Street Car Park (200 metres from festival site)

  • Stratton Bates Car Park (10 min walk to town)

 

For those approaching from the north (from Basingstoke, etc.)

 

  • Hollingbery Field (10 min walk or shuttle to town)

 

Festival Park & Ride from Ropley to New Alresford

 (by rail or luxury coach from Ropley to New Alresford) 

 

Parking charge of £8 per car (includes free travel on the rail or coach link).

 

Either take a ride on the Mid Hants Railway ‘Watercress Line’ or, during peak times, a luxury coach into New Alresford. The railway will operate steam and diesel trains.

 

This is the current train timetable for Sunday 19th May – this may change and we suggest you check the Mid Hants Railway website for any updates.

 

There will be a shuttle bus from Ropley starting at 0930hrs with the last return from Alresford at 1630hrs.

Free Festival Travel tickets will be issued by our marshals at Ropley and will be required for travel to/from the festival on both the trains and coaches. If you wish to travel the rest of the ‘Watercress Line’, Mid Hants Railway fares apply.

 

NB - this car park is unsuitable for disabled festival goers.

 

Suggested Car Parks

 

STRATTON BATES CAR PARK (for those entering New Alresford from the west)

Parking charge of £5 per car. This car park is to the west of the town centre and is best approached from the west or south. The festival is a 10 minute walk into town. This car park is unsuitable for disabled festival goers. No shuttle bus service.

 

HOLLINGBERY FIELD CAR PARK (for those approaching from the north)

Parking charge of £5 per car. This car park is to the north of the town centre and is best approached along the B3046 through Old Alresford. The festival site is a 10 minute walk or a FREE shuttle bus ride into town. This car park is unsuitable for disabled festival goers.

 

EAST STREET CAR PARK (to be approached from the east via Bishop’s Sutton)

Parking charge of £10 per car. This car park is to the east of the town centre opposite Long Barn and should be approached along the B3047 via Bishop’s Sutton. The car park is 200 metres walk from the festival site (East Street). This car park is unsuitable for disabled festival goers. No shuttle bus service.

 

PARKING FOR BLUE BADGE HOLDERS (to be approached from the south)

Parking for vehicles displaying a Blue Badge is in the Lower Car Park at Perins School. It is to be approached from the south along Jacklyns Lane. Parking elsewhere at the festival may be unsuitable as the car parks are in fields. No shuttle bus service.

 

PARKING FOR MOTORCYCLISTS & CYCLISTS (to be approached from the east through Bishop’s Sutton)

In the interests of public safety, motorcycles and ridden cycles will NOT be allowed access to the festival site. Parking for motorcycles (£2 per m/bike) and bicycles (FOC) is offered at the East Street Car Park (opposite Long Barn). No shuttle bus service.


Arriving By Train

 

Trains operate from London to both Winchester and Alton. Bus connections are possible from both to Alresford. Due to works there is no connection at Alton to MHR “The Watercress Line” to Alresford. MHR will operate from Medsted and Ropley to Alresford only.

Arriving By Bus (Stagecoach Service 64)


On Sunday 19th May, the route of Stagecoach buses entering/leaving New Alresford will be altered due to the road closures in the town centre. Service 64 from Winchester to Alton will travel anti-clockwise (New Farm Road, Spring Gardens, Jacklyns Lane and Pound Hill) and from Alton to Winchester will travel clockwise (Pound Hill, Jacklyns Lane, Spring Gardens and New Farm Road).

Arriving By Coach

(ONLY by prior arrangements with festival organisers)


There is limited on-road parking for coaches in the centre of town (at a charge of £25 per coach).

 

NO coaches will be allowed to enter any festival car park.

 

Any coach operator wishing to attend should contact the festival via the contacts page of the AWF website.

 

Residents Access

 

As in recent years, we shall put in place arrangements that enable residents of properties directly affected by the road closures to drive their vehicles away from/back to their properties during the period the roads are closed (06:00 – 18:00). 

 

Residents affected are those in:

 

  • Arlebury Park (House/Mews/Barns)

  • The Avenue

  • Pound Hill

  • The Dean (and all roads leading off The Dean) Drove Lane

 

Road Closures & No Entry Orders

 

To ensure the safety of visitors and assist us to manage traffic at the festival, WCC have issued the following orders from 06:00 to 18:00 on Sunday 19th May 2018. 

 

Road Closures in Alresford

 

  • Bridge Road (between its junctions with The Avenue and De Lucy Avenue)

  • Broad Street (for its entire length)

  • East Street (between its junctions with Broad Street and Sun Lane)

  • Great Weir (for its entire length)

  • Jacklyns Lane (between its junctions with West Street and Grange Road)

  • Pound Hill (for its entire length)

  • Station Approach (for its entire length)

  • Station Road (for its entire length)

  • The Avenue (between its junctions with New Farm Road and Pound Hill)

  • The Dean (for its entire length)

  • The Soke (for its entire length)

  • West Street (between its junctions with Broad Street and Jacklyns Lane)

 

No Entry Orders in Alresford

 

  • De Lucy Avenue (no entry from New Farm Road)

  • Drove Lane (no entry from B3047 Winchester Road)

  • Jesty Road (no entry from New Farm Road)

  • Salisbury Road (no entry from Jacklyns Lane)

  • South Road (no entry from New Farm Road)

  • The Avenue (no entry eastbound from Bridge Road)

 

 

Making a weekend of it.......


Accommodation

 

Alresford and the surrounding area offer a wide range of great places to stay - hotels, inns, B&B’s, cottages and campsites. Comprehensive visitor and  information can be found on the Alresford Town web site www.alresford.org or you can book a selection of hotels through cheaphotels.co.uk
 

 

(Please note the Festival is unable to advise or help you book accommodation.)