The Big Shakeout Festival FAQs

This page contains detailed information about this years festival. If your question is not answered please contact us.

Dogs and pets (other than certified guide dogs) are not permitted on-site.

Camping Facilities

Camping at Thornbridge Outdoors is included in your weekend ticket. It is conveniently close to the main event arena, and we’ll pop some portaloos in places that are a little further away in case you need to go in the night. If you fancy camping in style, Teepees are also available to book.

You’ll find the following amenities on-site:

  • Hot showers
  • Toilets
  • Washing up area
  • Water points

Remember: the closer you camp to the main stage, the louder it will be!

Parking

If you are arriving by car you will need a car park pass. Parking is provided on the Thornbridge Outdoors grounds in designated areas. In wet weather you may be required to park on the road as the ground can become unsuitable for vehicles.

Parking is not possible beside your pitch, teepee or Lodge Accommodation - please be prepared to carry your kit from your car. At most this will be a 400 m walk.

Always be considerate of others when parking.

Camper vans and live-in vehicles

If your tent has an engine and 4 wheels, you’ll need to get yourself a camper van ticket for the Big Shakeout Festival!

Due to fire regulations, you’ll be parked up in a field designated for vehicles.

Please note: there are no electric/waste/water hook ups available – you’ll need to be completely self-sufficient.

In bad weather, the beautiful, grassy ground Thornbridge Outdoor can become unsuitable for vehicles. Thornbridge Outdoors reserve the right to prohibit vehicles on-site in such circumstances.

Where is this festival of yours?

The Big Shakeout takes place at Thornbridge Outdoors near Great Longstone in the Peak District.

It can be tricky to find, so if it’s your first time here we recommend downloading our  Arriving At The Big Shakeout PDF.

Thornbridge Outdoors

Thornbridge Outdoors
Great Longstone
Bakewell
Derbyshire
DE45 1NY

Satnav users take note: this postcode will get you close but may not deliver you precisely at the gate.

GRID REF SK 196710

Getting here

Public Transport

Bus:

Buses are available from Sheffield to Bakewell (5 miles from Thornbridge) or to Ashford-in-the-Water (1 mile from Thornbridge).

The 173 from Castleton – Bakewell stops at Great Longstone. Visit DerbysBus.info for the latest timetable.

Train:

The nearest train station is Grindleford (approx 7 miles away), on the Sheffield to Manchester line.

Local taxis:

Longstone Taxis (max. 8 passengers) 07818 432345

Neil’s Taxis, Longstone (max. 6 passengers) 07816 201746

Driving

Please make every effort to carshare where possible – it’s good fun and better for the environment so everyone’s a winner!

From Sheffield
  • Take the A625 out of Sheffield to Calver.
  • Continue straight on at the traffic lights in Calver, taking the B6001 towards Bakewell.
  • After 3 miles, you’ll come to a roundabout, turn right (3rd exit - not including the bookshop entrance) onto the A6020 towards Ashford in the Water.
  • After about ¾ mile take the right turn towards Great Longstone.
  • After another ¾ mile turn left at the memorial on the small village green, on to Station Road (just after the White Lion pub and before The Crispin pub).
  • Follow this road for ½ mile, going over a hump-backed bridge, the entrance to the Big Shakeout is 200 metres after the bridge.
  • Pass the gated entrance on the right, the way in is signposted through the trees.
From Matlock
  • From Matlock, approach Bakewell on the A6.
  • Take the A6 out of Bakewell towards Buxton.
  • About 1 mile out of Bakewell, take a right turn onto the A6020 signposted Ashford in the Water * (travelling by coach or caravan? See below from here).
  • Turn immediately left into Ashford village, take the 2nd right (at the corner shop) signposted Monsal Head on the B6465.
  • After about a ½ mile turn right on to Longstone Lane. Thornbridge Outdoors is ½ mile on the left.

FOR COACHES AND CARAVANS

  • After taking the A6020, take the second left signposted Great Longstone.
  • After another ¾ mile turn left at the memorial on the small village green, on to Station Road (just after the White Lion pub and before The Crispin pub).
  • Follow this road for ½ mile, going over a hump-backed bridge, the entrance to the Big Shakeout is 200 metres after the bridge.
  • Pass the gated entrance on the right, the way in is signposted through the trees.
From Chesterfield
  • Take the A619 to Baslow.
  • At Baslow, turn left at the roundabout (1st exit)
  • Continue along this road for ¼ mile then take a right turn to stay on the A619.
  • After about 2 miles, take a right turn onto the A6020 signposted Ashford in the Water.
  • Go straight on at the roundabout, 2nd exit (not including the bookshop entrance) to stay on the A6020 towards Ashford in the Water.
  • After about ¾ mile take the right turn towards Great Longstone.
  • After another ¾ mile turn left at the memorial on the small village green, on to Station Road (just after the White Lion pub and before The Crispin pub).
  • Follow this road for ½ mile, going over a hump-backed bridge, the entrance to the Big Shakeout is 200 metres after the bridge.
  • Pass the gated entrance on the right, the way in is signposted through the trees.
From Manchester
  • The A6 will bring you towards Chapel-en-le-Frith and then out towards Dove Holes.
  • At the roundabout just before Dove Holes, turn left (1st exit) on to the A623.
  • Continue on through Peak Forest until you reach Wardlow Mires (about 8.5 miles).
  • Turn on to the B6465 signposted Monsal Head and Ashford in the Water.
  • Go up through Wardlow until you reach the Monsal Head pub. Turn left towards Great Longstone.
  • At Great Longstone, turn right just after The Crispin Pub on to Station Road.
  • Follow this road for ½ mile, going over a hump-backed bridge, the entrance to the Big Shakeout is 200 metres after the bridge.
  • Pass the gated entrance on the right, the way in is signposted through the trees.

Site Rules

  • No animals on-site except for registered guide dogs.
  • No fires, including Chinese lanterns, flying lanterns, flares, and fireworks.
  • BBQs must be raised from the ground and used outside your tent.
  • Noise must be kept to a minimum after 10pm in family and quiet areas.
  • Use toilets and urinals provided, do not pollute the streams, ponds, and hedges.
  • All litter must be put in litter and recycling points provided.
  • Do not bring prohibited items onto the site.
  • To protect your own safety and that of other guests, please act responsibly at all times.
  • As of 2007, smoking is not permitted in enclosed public spaces or buildings. Alpkit will provide a designated smoking area at the event.

Prohibited items include, but are not restricted to: Glass bottles, naked flames, drugs/illegal substances, guns, crossbows, generators, fireworks, chinese/flying lanterns, flares

Terms and Conditions

  • The artist and performer line-up and all billed attractions are subject to change at any time without notice.
  • Alpkit and Thornbridge Outdoors reserve the right to refuse admission in any circumstances to ensure the security, safety and comfort of all guests.
  • Alpkit and Thornbridge Outdoors may refuse entry to ticket holders who attempt to enter the site with prohibited items.
  • Activities at the Big Shakeout may be photographed and/or filmed over the course of the weekend to be used for marketing by Alpkit and Thornbridge Outdoors. By participating, you consent to the publication of this material with no compensation for such use.
  • Admission is at the ticket holder’s own risk. Alpkit and Thornbridge Outdoors will not be held liable for any loss, injuries or damages sustained at the event, including damage, theft or losses to property and motor vehicles, if the cause is due to the negligence of the Ticket Holder or the actions of other patrons or third parties.
  • Any items which the organisers consider may be used in an illegal or offensive manner shall be confiscated. Persons suspected of carrying out illegal and/or offensive activities on site may face eviction from the site.
  • Alpkit Ltd does not offer refunds in the event of lost or stolen tickets.

WARNING: EXCESSIVE EXPOSURE TO LOUD MUSIC MAY CAUSE DAMAGE TO YOUR HEARING, EXCESSIVE EXPOSURE TO FUN ACTIVITIES MAY BE GOOD FOR YOU.

FAQs

If mysteries have been left unsolved, maybe you will find the answers here? If not, contact us

Can I bring my pet?

No, pets are not allowed on site.

Can I book on an AKF School of Adventure activity without a weekend pass?

No. You must have a valid Big Shakeout weekend ticket to participate in any School of Adventure Activities. Any orders for activities without a Big Shakeout weekend ticket will be cancelled and refunded. 

Will School of Adventure activities still go on if the weather is bad? 

We will do everything we can to make sure your chosen activity goes ahead, however in some circumstances a course may have to be cancelled due to weather or lack of numbers. We will try to give you as much notice as possible.

If your course is cancelled you will be offered a refund or the option to choose an alternative.

When will I receive my tickets? 

You will receive an email confirmation with an order reference number upon completing your order. Your order number is your unique reference number, bring it along with you and present it at registration. You will need your order reference number to register on arrival.

What disabled facilities are there?

There are no dedicated disabled weekend activity tickets, however some activities may be suitable with additional instruction.

Please contact us with your requirements to see how we can tailor the experiences accordingly.

Is there any parking, and what if I am in a camper?

On-site parking is free but dependent on the weather being dry. If the ground is unsuitable due to conditions, parking will be along the public road.

If you are in a campervan, please buy a campervan ticket for the Big Shakeout festival, there will be a designated campervan space available for you.

Can I make a group booking? 

We do not reserve tickets for group bookings. Everyone in your group needs to register and purchase tickets in the same way as anybody else buying tickets.

What about under 18s?

Under 18 year olds must be accompanied by a ticket-holding adult. Proof of age / photo ID may be required for entry. 

What about refunds/cancellations/exchanges? 

We cannot give refunds unless the event is cancelled or substantially altered. Tickets cannot be transferred to another name. 

Can I get a day ticket, or purchase a ticket just for one of the activities?

This is a weekend event; no day or evening tickets are available for purchase.

AND FINALLY...

Thornbridge Outdoors - our extra special festival partner

Back when we were new to the ‘let’s-do-our-own-festival’ scene, Thornbridge Outdoors were not only keen to share their beautiful grounds with us, but to share the expertise of their staff too!

The Thornbridge Outdoors site is perfect for a Big Shakeout: big enough to welcome loads of adventurers; atmospheric and secluded enough make us feel like we’ve got our own slice of the Peak District; and close enough to all manner of adventure destinations that we’re never stuck for an activity to do!

As well as a high ropes course, pump track, mini-cave system, lecture rooms, yurt, and story tree! You’ll be spoilt for choice!

In brief, we are very grateful to have the Thornbridge Outdoors as a partner!