After it became clear the National trust no longer wanted to house the chilli fest event we set out to find a new home.
As local residents we where committed to keeping the event local
We had been using the field on Seaton sluice for parking and this became the nearest most obvious choice
Two days before the event we had really bad rain, and the Thursday morning before the event we looked like we might have to cancel due to flooding.
Its important to know that we had many offers to move the event to other areas which would have been less financially risky and difficult, however as local residents we wanted to keep the event in the area meaning that the decision to host the event at that location was made
With The hard work of our staff, the farmers at Thompson farm and our sponsor lintz hall farm we managed to get the event on and all in all thought despite the weather it was a big success
Because of the weather many things at the event where not as they where planed, The lay out was altered as we had to tractor stalls and exhibitors onsite meaning the lay out was a little bit too spaced out
Many other little things where affected too, too many to mention but as one example I’ll tell you the bar set up
After previous events we had always struggled to keep queues down and had previous criticism for waiting times
At the 2017 event we struck a deal with Heineken UK to provide multi dispense units and bar equipment
This worked amazingly well and we where delighted with this aspect, We had also arranged a separate bar with Cameron’s to provide some more alternative real ales, this unit was delivered faulty but due to the time delays on set up we didn’t get round to this until Saturday morning meaning we didn’t have the time to get it up and running hence lots of real ales and porters sat not being able to be sold
This is not meant as an excuse just an example of what happened on the weekend of the event
After talking to Northumberland Council who are as keen to keep the event in the area as we are we realised that the answer was right under our nose
Meggies Burn is a few hundred yards away and split into 3 areas all solid grass with good access
The 1st area will be used for parking, 2nd for the event and 3rd for camping
We are excited to be able to keep the event in the area from which it has been supported and look forward to 2018
Bag searches are there for security measures to ensure crowd safety ,
We also need to ensure that no alcohol is brought on site
Whilst we allow picnics we ask that you continue your support for the event by eating and drinking at the event from our vendors ,
The ticket price does not cover the event costs so bars and exhibitor incomes are essential to the events future
Chairs are allowed but no other structure like gazebos are allowed
The disabled parking is onsite next to the main entrance , the site is flat without steps so access should be good however remember it is a field and can be uneven in places
Tickets are available on the day but we would highly suggest pre buying as it makes entrance easier and is cheaper
Camping registration open from 2 Event opens 5pm-11pm
Arriva busses 308 / x7 drop outside the event and run frequently
check with arriva online for actual times and prices
While we love chilli and there will always be a strong element of chilli at the event inc The infamous Rob Dumbrells chilli eating comp we realised when we left the hall and with peoples expectations changing that we wanted to make the event more than just a food festival *
Now rebranded Festival by the Sea we are bringing a true festival feel for a fraction of a normal festival cost
With a fantastic main stage line up plus many other attractions we hope that after last years success we will go on to many years of great events at this site
*Note we run the successful Proper food and drink festivals which are free entry so anyone just wishing to shop and chill for free can happily attend these
All parking is now onsite and is free of charge
- No alcohol is allowed to be brought onsite within the event area due to licensing restrictions.
- However we have numerous bars within the site selling a wide array of drinks.
- Children under 5 are free
- Tickets for 5-15 year olds are 3.00 GBP per day (available online but not in the outlets)
- Kids tickets will be available on the days priced at 3.50 GBP
- Kids camping tickets (5-15 year olds) are priced at 15 GBP (tickets for camping only available online) under 5’s are free
- All children must be accompanied by an adult
- Well behaved dogs are allowed on a lead at all times.
- Any fouling must be picked up by the owner.
- It’s important to remember that the event is very busy and noisy, so dogs must be comfortable in this environment.
- Camping is wild camping with toilets, lighting and security.
- Camping can only be purchased for the full 3 days.