Location & Date
Harbour Head, Porthleven,
Friday 17th – Sunday 19th April 2020
Do I need a ticket?
Entry to the main event is free and no ticket is required, but you will need a ticket for our Shipyard Sessions on Friday, Saturday and Sunday night. Or choose our Weekend Gourmet ticket for full weekend access, including priority access to the Chef’s Theatre.
You can exchange your ticket for a wristband when you arrive either at our Info Stand on the Harbour Head during the day or at the Shipyard Stage Box Office in the evenings. See our map for locations.
We have a camping field where you’ll need to purchase a ticket to gain entry to pitch up your own tent, park your campervan, motorhome or Winnebago. We also offer glamping in Bell Tent and Shire Huts.
Festival Trading hours
10am – 7pm – Friday 17th April 2019
10am – 7pm – Saturday 18th April 2019
10am – 7pm – Sunday 19th April 2019
Certain areas of the festival will be operating later than others. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further details on trading and hours.
The Festival campsite is open from Friday until Monday and all tickets are for weekend camping only. Dogs are not allowed.
Address: Festival Campsite, Methleigh Bottoms/ Mill Lane Porthleven, Helston TR13 9LQ (please note that some campervans will be on a separate site – please follow signs or ask if you are unsure).
You’ll need to purchase a ticket to gain entry to pitch up or park. In theory you can pay on the door but only if there’s space left so we would recommend pre-booking, especially for vehicles.
We also offer glamping in Bell Tent and Shire Huts which are charged separately. See our Accommodation page for more info.
Travel & Parking
The main car park on Friday will be at Porthleven Football Club TR13 9LQ and roads are open as usual.
The main car park on Saturday will be the Methleigh Farm Park & Ride, TR13 9LB.
Please follow signs to reach the Festival car park. Road closures will be in place and Porthleven will be closed to non-residents from 7am to 7pm on Saturday and Sunday.
The cost is £5 per car and includes unlimited use of the shuttle bus in to the festival. The shuttle buses will run on a continuous loop from 7am – 7pm and then every half hour from 7pm to 11pm. They’ll drop you off at the entrance to the Moors Field, or it’s about a 10-minute downhill walk.
The Festival organisers and the police request that you do not park on the roads leading into Porthleven as this causes major traffic problems. Parking restrictions and enforcement will be in operation over the Festival weekend.
There are a limited number of disabled spaces at the heart of the site– please ask a steward if you need to use these.
Could you consider liftsharing? We’ve teamed up with The Pasty Connection to offer an easy way to offer or grab a lift.
If you can leave the car at home for Food Festival it’s a good idea. Why not consider one of these alternative ways to reach us:
Catch the Bus
To find out details of the standard U4 service serving Porthleven, please visit the First Buses website at: https://www.firstgroup.com/cornwall/news-and-service-updates/planned-changes/porthleven-festival-days-shuttle
First buses will also run a shuttle bus from the car park opposite Coronation Boating Lake in Helston down to Porthleven Post Office. You’ll find the timetable at: https://www.firstgroup.com/uploads/update-attach/Porthleven Festival 2019.pdf This shuttle bus will have fares of £2 single for adults and £1 for children and will run on a loop from 10am until 6.10pm.
For the first time this year we’ll have a dedicated cycle park in the centre of our festival site. You’ll find it on the Football Ground close to the entry to our Moors Field. Post code: TR13 9LQ.
Make a day of it and start with a relaxing and beautiful 40-minute stroll through the Penrose Estate from the FREE Helston Car Park, opposite Coronation boating lake.
Of course, if you’re staying on our Festival campsite you’ll be just minutes walk from the action every day.
The festival operates Methleigh Farm Car Park with a shuttle bus that will drop you by the entrance to the Moors Field (or it’s a ten minute downhill walk). Parking is £5 per car.
Using our car parks is essential. Festival Organisers and the Police request that you park in the designated car parks. Please don’t leave your car sprawled on the main roads – last year it meant the buses couldn’t get through and it’s no fun for anyone.
Helston Park & Ride
A shuttle bus service operates on all three days from Helston. You can leave your car for free in the car park opposite Coronation Boating Lake in Helston and hop in the shuttle bus service. Buy your ticket when you board (£2 single, £1 for children). You’ll be dropped by The Post Office in Porthleven, just a two-minute walk from all the action around the harbour. Timetable and more info at: https://www.firstgroup.com/…/porthleven-festival-days-shutt…
To minimise parking and access issues for local residents, the Festival has been liaising with Porthleven Town Council and our traffic management company JPS. Porthleven will once again be closed to Festival traffic and to those without a genuine reason for access on Saturday and Sunday from 7am – 7pm.
Information about access restrictions and road closures will be distributed to properties and businesses across Porthleven before the event takes place. If you have any queries please message us via our Facebook page.
PARKING FOR DISABLED BADGE HOLDERS
Limited spaces at the heart of the Festival. Ask a steward in a yellow jacket if you need to use these spaces.
There is a £1 charge to cross the bridge over the Harbour. You’ll get a stamp for the weekend. The bridge makes it easier to get around but it costs a lot of money to put in and the charge helps us to pay for it.
FESTIVAL INFO & LOST PROPERTY
Here you can ask questions and find lost property. You’ll find the Info stall close to the Harbour Head.
An ambulance with a team of trained paramedics will be located in the Shipyard. Ask a steward for directions.
Dogs are welcome at the festival, however bear in mind that it does get very busy so they need to be ok with crowds. The Fireworks will be at 9pm on Saturday night. Dogs are not permitted on the festival campsite.