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V Festival Information - Hylands Park

15 August 2005

Coming up to it's 10th year, V Festival is one of the biggest festivals in the country with two separate sites and space for up to 60,000 festival fanatics, the event appeals to the masses with it predominantly chart based line up!

The Basics:

Type - Open-air

How many stages? - 4 and 2 smaller venues with DJs

Music Direction – Mainly rock, pop and some dance acts

Attendance per day – 60,000

Year Established – 1996

The Location/ Venue: Hylands Park

Maximum capacity: 60,000

Address: Hylands Park, London Road, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 8WQ

Description: Heritage parkland containing ancient woodland, ponds, and a serpentine lake, which is part of Grade 2* listed building Hylands House.

Nearest Rail Station: Chelmsford Station

Nearest Airport: Gatwick Airport


Hylands Park Tourist Info. Centre: +44 (0)1245 283400 or +44 (0)1245 263859

National Rail Enquiries - 08457484950
National Express - 08705 808 080

General Information:

Opening and Closing times: Campsites will open at 10am on Friday 19th August and close on Monday 22nd August at noon.

First Act on: 12.00am
Last Act off: Approx 11.00pm

Age Restrictions – It is recommend persons aged 14 and under are accompanied by an adult and children under 5 go free.

Pass Outs – Day ticket holders are not entitled to a wrist band, meaning that once entering the arena, are not able to leave and re-enter. Weekend ticket holders will receive a wrist band, which enables them to leave the arena and festival site.

Food & Drink - Numerous amounts of food and drink stalls on site at varied prices and you can bring your own food and drink into the campsite but not the arena. Water and soft drinks in plastic containers no larger than 1 litre can be taken into the arena.
Alcohol: Bar tokens are the only way to purchase alcohol on site and must be purchased beforehand.

The Big No No’s: No Pets, gazeboes, candles, campfires, air horns, fireworks and glass.


Lost & Found: The Welfare Tent is on hand for this purpose.

Cash Points: ATM machines are in the arena but expect queues.

Phone charging points: There will be a phone charging tent on site catering for
all major phone brands.

Kids Area: There is no designated children’s area.

Pharmacy: There is a 24-hour medical centre along with Welfare and Samaritans tents and a full chemist on site although no prescription drugs are available.
Toilets: Portaloos are in and around the campsite as well as the arena.

Getting There:

Directions by car:

Hylands Park is in the parish of Writtle approximately 2 miles outside of Chelmsford on the A414.

Car Park:

Car parking pass costing £5 in advance and £10 on the day. Sleeping in vehicles in the car parks is not permitted.

Shuttle Bus:

There is a free return bus service operating from Viaduct Road opposite Chelmsford rail station on Friday. On Saturday and Sunday the buses will operate from Fairfield Road car park, which can be accessed from Viaduct Road.
The bus times are as follows:

From Chelmsford Bus Station to Hylands Park
Friday 19th August: 12 noon until 11pm
Saturday 20th August: 9.30am until 7pm
Sunday 21st August: 9.30am until 7pm
From Hylands Park to Chelmsford Bus Station
Saturday 20th August: 7pm until 2am Sunday 21st August: 7pm until 2am Monday 22nd August: 6am until 12 noon
Buses will run continuously throughout these times.
Camping: Yes
Separate ticket required for camping? Yes
Campsite open times: 10am on Friday 19th August Monday
Campsite closed times: 22nd August at 12pm
Glass bottles allowed? No
Camp fires allowed? No
Camper Vans info: There is a separate field on site for campervans with toilets, showers and water points but please note there are no electricity points. Only 4 people per vehicle are permitted to stay in this site and passes cost £35 with limited availability.

Special Needs Info:

Disabled access to the event: An information pack comes with purchased tickets detailing facilities available on site. You are permitted to bring 1 assistor to V but speak with the ticket agents for further information.

Viewing platforms: There are viewing platforms for the V Stage, 2nd Stage, JJB/Puma and Stage 4. These will have set capacities and you should be aware that admittance is not guaranteed.

Parking: There is a separate camping field and car park for disabled customers however you are welcome to use the general car parks and campsites if you wish. Car parking is £5 per vehicle in advance or £10 payable on arrival unless you are a blue badge holder.

Toilets & Showers: There are toilet and shower facilities on the campsite and toilets in the main arena, some are located next to the disabled viewing platforms at the main stage and the 2nd stage.

Wheelchair Charging points: There are 2 electronic wheelchair charging points: one in the Welfare Tent and the other on the V Stage viewing platform. Please note that the chargers we have are suitable for 90% of electronic wheelchairs currently available. It is not guaranteed they will charge all wheelchairs.

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Article by: Amrit Ranautta

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