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Frequently Asked Questions 

Everything you need to know about our Harrogate Festival...

Where are we?

The Stray in Harrogate has hosted some huge events, but nothing as big as Love to be... Festival!

The international House brand takes over with a full festival production - expect House music, dancers, stilt walkers, fire breathers... Harrogate won't know what's hit it. 

Parking

There are lots of places to park in Harrogate centre, however we would discourage driving near to the entrance/exit of the festival due to the volume of people and cars on the road.

There is no park & ride service for Harrogate town centre.

There are many multi-storey car parks near The Stray, and there are also on-street parking locations with free parking and disc parking dependent upon length of stay. The North Yorkshire Council website has a useful car park locator tool here: https://www.northyorks.gov.uk/roads-parking-and-travel/car-park-directory

EV parking

Please visit this website to view electric vehicle charging points across Harrogate: https://visitharrogate.co.uk/business-directory/category/electric-vehicle-charging

Directions:

Harrogate is easily accessible from all parts of the country by road, rail or air. Harrogate has a central train station.

If driving, please follow the signed routes to Harrogate Town Centre on your approach to Harrogate and do not rely on satellite navigation systems as these may direct you onto a route with limited access or temporary restrictions.

Driving directions to The Stray, Harrogate:

  1. Via the M1 / A1. Turn off at wetherby and take wetherby road to Harrogate (a661) . At the roundabout, take the junction of a661 and at the a658 go straight on . Travelling past Sainsbury’s on the left and straight through next traffic lights . At the next main roundabout turn left to Harrogate town . A little along the road The event will be on the stray on the left hand side.

  2. ⁠From Leeds - travel in Leeds Harrogate Road A61 - go all the way into Harrogate to prince of wales roundabout ( left to Otley / right to knaresborough) turn right , through the first set of traffic lights and the event will be on the right hand side on the stray.

  3. ⁠From Bradford travel out through Yeadon on the A658, past yeadon , and straight on , through Pool in wharfedale , keep straight on all the way to round about at junction with the a61 . Turn left and follow the directions above .

Public transport

We encourage the use of public transport to the festival - The Stray in Harrogate is easily reachable by train, bus and coach! You can also sign up to the Harrogate car share scheme to see what local lifts are available - https://www.northyorks.gov.uk/roads-parking-and-travel/harrogate-car-share . Always remember to be vigilant, and ensure somebody knows where you are going and what time you’re expected to arrive.

Hotels

Harrogate boasts a variety of hotels to accommodate every budget, ranging from the 5-star Rudding Park to cycle-friendly camping sites.

Here are a few hotel locations within walking distance of The stray, Harrogate:

Cedar Court Hotel (opposite the Festival!) https://www.cedarcourthotels.co.uk/hotels/harrogate/

Travelodge Harrogate https://www.travelodge.co.uk/hotels/595/Harrogate-West-Park-hotel

Hotel Du Vin Harrogate -https://www.hotelduvin.com/locations/harrogate/

The West Park Hotel

http://www.thewestparkhotel.com/

The Studley Hotel

http://www.studleyhotel.co.uk/

The Crown Hotel

http://www.crownhotelharrogate.com/

 

The Visit Harrogate website has an enhanced list of accommodation options, view them here: https://visitharrogate.co.uk/business-directory/category/stay

Access information

Love to be... Festival is an open green field event site, if you require any accessible assistance, please email bliss@lovetobeevents.co.uk to discuss your requirements. 

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Dogs

Only assistance dogs will be allowed entry into the festival site.

Drug policy

There is a zero tolerance policy at the Love to be… Festival - security staff will be conducting entry checks to ensure the safety of all festival go-ers, along with random site checks.

Alcohol

You are prohibited from bringing in your own alcohol onto the festival site, bag checks will be conducted on entry into the festival and random spot checks will take place throughout the festival. If you are found to bring your own alcohol onto the premises you will be asked to leave the site. Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks will be available to buy on the festival site. This festival is an over 18 only festival - please ensure that you have photographic ID for any random age checks by festival security staff.

Age

Love to be… Festival is a strictly 18+ event, you will be expected to have photographic identification on your person at all times.

Charging electronic devices

Please ensure that your electrical devices are fully charged for use on the day. There are no charging points for devices on the festival site.

You are able to bring in a power bank for your electronic devices.

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Medical attention

There is a full CQC medical team on site should there be any accidents or emergencies, please familiarise yourself with their location upon arrival. 

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Flags and banners

Love to be… is a friendly vibe… No political/religious or race related slogans.

Food traders/retail

There will be a number of food traders on the site of the festival, including vegetarian and vegan food options.

Sustainability / Charity 

The Love to Be… Festival is committed to the local community, house music fans, and the planet. We strive to minimize our environmental impact and ensure the wellbeing of our attendees. We strongly recommend using public transport or carpooling to get to the festival. Our food vendors and retailers are encouraged to use recycled and biodegradable packaging. A large-scale cleanup will occur after the event, with all waste recycled. Recycling points will be available throughout the festival site for attendees.

We are supporting The Ostrich charity this year, a local charity that aims to prevent teenage suicide through advice and support services. All proceeds from our charity guest list will go straight to this worthy cause. There will also be representatives of the charity on the day talking to people about the charities work - you will be able to donate, so dig deep and have a chat with them. View their website here: http://www.ostrichfoundation.co.uk

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