SVF NORTH EVENT INFO

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All You Need to Know

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Where's SVF NORTH LOCATED?

SVF North's picturesque, and easy to find home, is at:

USHAW HISTORIC HOUSE, CHAPELS & GARDENS,

WOODLAND ROAD, DURHAM,

DH7 7DW

(WHAT 3 WORDS FOR LOCATION: earplugs:ideal:episodes)

SVF North's music has a huge open-air stage, with great views of the stage and large video screens, from all over the arena and a big indoor second stage in a large marquee - so you've got a huge choice of great music. Folding chairs, picnic blankets, etc, are fine to bring, but we would politely ask that they're located further back, for safety reasons, as nearer to the front of the stage is where people stand closer together. 

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SVF NORTH IX IS BACK ON 5TH TO 7TH AUGUST 2022

SVF NORTH'S BEAUTIFUL LOCATION

SVF North's location at the picturesque Ushaw Historic House, Chapels and Gardens is both rural and within easy access of nearby Durham City Centre and main road links. For 2022 we have:
  • TWO stages of music, with a big outdoor main stage, with a big production and large video screens and a big marquee second stage, giving lots more bands the chance to play Stone Valley.
  • Shuttle buses from all main surrounding towns and cities (see details further down this page).
  • Easy access by road, close to Durham City and main road links to the A1.
  • Quicker, easier access into the camp site, when you arrive
  • Much better and closer disabled camping access and day car parking.
  • Thursday night camping available from this year - arrive Thursday evening and get settled in early with no rushing over on Friday morning.
  • Much easier access with public transport links for non-campers and taxi drop off/pick up.
  • Double the number of bars to save queueing and lots more tables and chairs and seating room outside.
  • Dedicated bars for 2022 including real ales and premium options.
  • Room for more caterers and lots more variety in 2022 including more street food and vegetarian and vegan options.
  • Large trader and activities show area - lots more to do and see, in addition to the music
  • A picturesque and much more secure, enclosed site, in a stunning location

Food & Drink

Our beautiful new site has huge food and drink improvements. We're further expanding our range of food traders and can guarantee that a new, larger range of all kinds of food (including vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options) will be available right through the festival in our new Food Court area, at competitive prices. We're using festival bar specialists to run multiple bars at the site, including a new, bigger, real ale bar, with more choice, premium bar with specialist options, and can bar, all with the same competitive drink prices and more bar staff to make sure you’re not queuing. We want you to have a great time without making a hole in your wallet!

Are dogs allowed?

Dogs are welcome in the music arena and, if you are camping, in the camp sites, but must be kept on a lead at all times, with any fouling picked up and disposed of in the appropriate disposal points provided. If your dog shows any signs of distress when near the music area, please remove them for their welfare.

What can you bring into the music arena?

Campers can bring personal food and drink onto the site for consumption by campers, in the camp site only.

You may bring limited food and soft drink into the music entertainment area, when you arrive, for personal consumption only. A small food picnic in a small bag or rucksack is allowed, (no large bags, holdalls or cool boxes), plus one 500ml plastic, sealed and previously unopened bottle of soft drink or water per person, is permitted. However, your own alcohol may not be consumed in the designated entertainment area due to licensing restrictions.

Free drinking water will be provided so you can bring in an empty reusable plastic or aluminium bottle for refills.

NO GLASS or metal utensils are allowed anywhere on site due to Health & Safety restrictions.

Parking & Free Weardale Shuttle Bus

There is free vehicle parking for non-campers, in the main site, next to the campsite, which will be clearly signposted on the weekend.

ALL BUS TICKET OPTIONS, ARE ON SALE ON OUR TICKETS PAGE, AND EACH TICKET RESERVES A SEAT FOR RETURN BUS TRAVEL, TO AND FROM THE FESTIVAL. BUSES WILL DEPART AT THE SET PICK UP TIMES SHOWN BELOW AND THEN RETURN BACK FROM THE FESTIVAL AT 11PM, AFTER ALL MUSIC HAS FINISHED. BUSES WILL RETURN TO THE SAME PICK UP/DROP OFF POINT. EXACT DETAILS AND DEPARTURE TIMES TO THE FESTIVAL AND THE PICK UP/DROP OFF ADDRESSES ARE BELOW: 

Friday 5th August 2022

  • Hartlepool, 13.15, The National Museum Royal Navy Hartlepool, Jackson Dock, Maritime Avenue, Hartlepool, TS24 0XZ - Coach Park & Middlesbrough, 13.50, Bus Stop outside Domino's Pizza, Linthorpe Road, TS1 3RB
  • Newcastle, 14.10, Bewick Street, Gateshead, 14.30, Bus Stop at bottom of Jackson Street (High Street end) outside The Metropole and Chester le Street, 15.00, at The Market Place, Stand M
  • Sunderland, 14.35, Cowan Terrace (adjacent to Park Lane Interchange) & Durham, 15.15, Sutton Street bus stop opposite Domino’s
  • Darlington, 14.20, Outside Dolphin Centre & Bishop Auckland, 15.00 Bus Station, Stand A

Saturday 6th August 2022

  • Hartlepool, 09.15, The National Museum Royal Navy Hartlepool, Jackson Dock, Maritime Avenue, Hartlepool, TS24 0XZ - Coach Park & Middlesbrough, 09.50, Bus Stop outside Domino's Pizza, Linthorpe Road, TS1 3RB
  • Newcastle, 10.10, Bewick Street, Gateshead, 10.30, Bus Stop at bottom of Jackson Street (High Street end) outside The Metropole and Chester le Street, 11.00, at The Market Place, Stand M
  • Sunderland, 10.35, Cowan Terrace (adjacent to Park Lane Interchange) & Durham, 11.15, Sutton Street bus stop opposite Domino’s
  • Darlington, 10.20, Outside Dolphin Centre & Bishop Auckland, 11.00, Bus Station, Stand A

Sunday 7th August 2022

  • Hartlepool, 09.15, The National Museum Royal Navy Hartlepool, Jackson Dock, Maritime Avenue, Hartlepool, TS24 0XZ - Coach Park & Middlesbrough, 09.50, Bus Stop outside Domino's Pizza, Linthorpe Road, TS1 3RB
  • Newcastle, 10.10, Bewick Street, Gateshead, 10.30, Bus Stop at bottom of Jackson Street (High Street end) outside The Metropole and Chester le Street, 11.00, at The Market Place, Stand M
  • Sunderland, 10.35, Cowan Terrace (adjacent to Park Lane Interchange) & Durham, 11.15, Sutton Street bus stop opposite Domino’s
  • Darlington, 10.20, Outside Dolphin Centre & Bishop Auckland, 11.00, Bus Station, Stand A

 

BUS FROM STANHOPE, FROSTERLEY & WOLSINGHAM

A free return shuttle bus service will be available to take Weardale residents to and from the music arena for those people coming from Stanhope, Frosterley and Wolsingham. The bus will run at a set time, in the afternoon on the Friday, and morning on the Saturday and Sunday, as detailed below, to arrive at the festival before the music starts, and in the evening will leave the festival just after 23.00, after all the music has finished, when all ticket-holders are back on the bus. You must have festival bus tickets to use this bus service and you can reserve your shuttle bus tickets, by simply emailing us via our Contact Page. and confirming your festival tickets order reference number:

Friday 5th August 2022

  • Stanhope Market Place, 14.30 
  • Frosterley Bus Stop on A689 at Westfield (just after 30mph sign), 14.40 
  • Wolsingham Market Place, A689 opposite Black Bull Pub,14.50

Saturday 6th August 2022

  • Stanhope Market Place, 11.30 
  • Frosterley Bus Stop on A689 at Westfield (just after 30mph sign), 11.40 
  • Wolsingham Market Place, A689 opposite Black Bull Pub, 11.50

Sunday 7th August 2022

  • Stanhope Market Place, 11.30 
  • Frosterley Bus Stop on A689 at Westfield (just after 30mph sign), 11.40 
  • Wolsingham Market Place, A689 opposite Black Bull Pub, 11.50

Information for our Disabled Guests

  • If ordering camping tickets, if you are a Blue Badge Holder you can also order a free Disabled Camping Area Permit (in addition to your camping tickets) which permits you to camp in the Disabled Camping Area, located closest to the music entertainment area.
  • If you need accompanying by a carer, a free carers ticket is available. Please email us via our Contact Page to confirm your details and ticket(s) order number and we will email you back a link to download one free carers ticket.
  • Disabled toilet facilities are available throughout the festival site.

ITEMS PROHIBITED FROM THE EVENT

Items Prohibited from all Areas of the Event:
Aerosols over 500ml, Air horns, Fireworks, Flares, Glass of any sort, Illegal Substances, Drugs, "Legal Highs" (as covered by PS16 Legislation or as otherwise determined by Security, including, for clarification, Nitrous Oxide), Unidentified Substances, Any Other Illegal Item, Laser Equipment, Laser Pens, Megaphones or any other item designed specifically to amplify sound, Chinese Lanterns or similar items, Petrol Burners, Sound Systems or Other Speakers, Tabards or other items of high visibility.
 
Items Prohibited from the Arena but Permitted within the Campsite:
Bags larger than an A4 size, Bags or other Carriage Items which cannot be fully searched or split to allow searching, Alcohol of any kind, Camping Equipment including any type of cooking equipment, Any drink in a container capable of holding more than 500ml or any drink where the seal applied by the manufacturer has been broken.
 
Right to Refuse Possession:
The organisers of Stone Valley Festival, in line with their belief that safety of the overall event and it's attendees should be prioritised above the convenience or wishes of any one person, reserve the right for any representative, including but not limited to any authorised security personnel, to refuse permission to any person access to the event or any area within that event while in possession of any item which they or their representative deem to be unsafe, undesirable or unwelcome in any way.  The decision of Management in this respect is final and there is no recourse, other than the consumers' statutory rights, which are respected throughout.

Security & Medical

There will be full 24 hour security and medic services on site throughout the weekend.

Camp Site & Day Visitor Access Times

Day Visitors
Friday Access: 3pm – 11pm
Saturday and Sunday Access: 10.30am – 11pm

 

Campers*
Early Thursday Arrival Access: 5pm -11pm
Friday Access: 12noon - 8pm
Saturday Access: 8am - 5pm
Sunday Access: 8am - 5pm

 

* The above times are for vehicle access in order to enter the site and set up your camping pitch. If you cannot access camping between these times just email us and we will make special arrangements for you to come in at a time convenient to you.

DIRECTIONS TO MAIN FESTIVAL SITE, CAMP SITES & DAY PARKING

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Directions from the North

From the North A1(M):
Exit the A1(M) at junction 53. At the roundabout take the 3rd exit "A167" through Chester-le-Street. Continue on A167 south for 8.4 miles, past the roundabout for the park and ride, and past the roundabout which crosses the A691.

Continue southwards on A167 past Durham Johnston school on the left, prepare to turn right at the next set of traffic lights. 

After turning right at the traffic lights, continue for 2.6 miles through and past Bearpark. The festival site is on your right.

Directions from the South

From the South A1(M):
Exit the A1(M) at junction 60. At the roundabout, take the first exit onto A689. In 2.5 miles at the roundabout take the 4th exit onto A167 north. Continue on A167 north for 8.7 miles to Neville's Cross traffic lights, past Chilton, Ferryhill, Thinford and Croxdale.

At Neville's Cross traffic lights continue northwards on A167, under a footbridge, and passing a veterinary practice on the left. When you see a small Sainsbury's store on the left, indicate to turn left at the next traffic lights.

After turning left at the traffic lights, continue for 2.6 miles through and past Bearpark. The festival site is on your right.

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