FAQ’s

Below is some useful information to help our visitors prepare for their visit to the event:

Event Programme

The full event programme (with full timetables and lists of speakers, comedians, musicians, stallholders and caterers) will be released in March 2019 on this page here.

Tickets

Advance tickets will be available to buy from January 2019 onwards on the page here.

See below for answers to frequently asked questions regarding ticketing:

What does an entry ticket include?

Each entry ticket (advance / on the gate) includes access to ALL talks, cookery demos, music, workshops, kids activities, art exhibition, panels, comedy sessions and other entertainment at the show.

Please note however that food and shopping are chargeable at the event.

Weekend Tickets - how many tickets will I actually receive?

Each customer who buys a weekend ticket will receive one ticket which can be scanned on both Saturday and Sunday.

BOGOF ticket - how many actual tickets will I receive?

Each customer who buys a BUY ONE GET ONE FREE ticket will receive 2 tickets in total.

Will there be tickets available on the gate?

The amount of tickets available on the gate are subject to advance ticket sales and venue capacity - once the venue's capacity is reached, a 1-in-1-out policy will be implemented, at which stage you will have to wait for a while before being allowed into the venue (or not at all).

To guarantee your place at the event and avoid disappointment, therefore, we recommend buying tickets in advance, especially for visitors who are planning to travel from outside Brighton for specific stallholders / guests.

Exact change (for ticket purchases on the gate)

Should you plan to buy tickets on the gate, please bring exact change to help speed up the processing of ticket purchases made on the gate, thanks.

NB: Tickets on the gate are limited and might run out on the day subject to advance ticket sales and visitor numbers on the live show days.

Do kids need to buy tickets to enter?

Kids under 16 do not have to purchase tickets - they can enter the event for free as long as they are accompanied by adults. Please, however, bring your ID's for verification on the gate. Also children must be supervised by a parent / guardian at all times.

 

Entry, Re-Entry and Exit

Entry Point and Exit

The public entrance is on King's Road (by the seaside) - postcode BN1 2GR - with exit along the same road.

If I need to leave the venue temporarily, can I re-enter at a later time during opening hours?

Yes you can - make sure to get yourself a readmittance stamp on exit.

Bag searches

Visitors to the event are liable to bag searches on entry.

 

Travelling to the venue

Directions to the venue

The event is located at the Brighton Centre.

Address: Brighton Centre, King’s Road, Brighton BN1 2GR

Getting to Brighton from all over the world could not be easier! The Brighton Centre is located on the south coast of England, only 53 miles (85 kilometres) from London and sit in the heart of the city. View the venue on google maps!

From outside Brighton

Air

London Gatwick Airport has scheduled routes to over 170 cities worldwide. It is located approximately 28 miles (45 kilometres) from Brighton and can be reached in half an hour by either road or rail (a railway station is located inside the airport terminal).

London Heathrow Airport has more international connections than any other airport in the world. It is 90 minutes drive from Brighton using the motorway, or just under two hours using underground train to London Victoria railway station, and then fast express train service to Brighton. Fast coach services also run from both airports to Brighton coach station; 5 minutes walk from the Brighton Centre.

Rail

Brighton is connected to all areas of Britain via the Inter-City rail network, and is only 52 minutes direct from London Victoria.

The Gatwick Express departs London Victoria to Gatwick every 15 minutes and the fastest connection onto Brighton takes just 28 minutes.

There are frequent rail services into Brighton. Click on the link here for times and availability of trains between Brighton and London Victoria.

Brighton's railway station is centrally located; 10 minutes walk from the Brighton Centre - see Google map here for exact location.

Coach

You can travel to Brighton from all over the UK via coaches - see for instance the websites of Megabus and National Express for schedules and coaches available.

Brighton coach station is located within walking distance of the venue - see Google map here for exact location.

Sea

European delegates wishing to bring their cars can use one of the many car ferries to Britain. Brighton is Britain’s closest conference venue to the Continent, being approximately 2 hours driving time from the ferry ports of Dover and Folkestone, and only 30 minutes from Newhaven.

Tunnel

European delegates now have the option of travelling on the Eurostar service to St Pancras International where there is a direct train service to Brighton. Cars can be brought over by using the Eurotunnel from Calais to Folkestone (channel crossing time only 35 minutes).

Road

Major improvements to the M23/M25 link means that dual carriageways run continuously from the M25 London orbital motorway to within two miles of the heart of Brighton

Within Brighton

Foot

There is no need for costly and complicated shuttle bus operations in Brighton due to the ‘walkability’ of the compact city.

Public Transport

Buses and taxis are plentiful throughout the city, 24 hrs a day. Buses run from all over the city and neighbouring towns regularly to the city centre where the Brighton Centre is located.

 

 

Parking - via other sources

For small vehicles, there is an NCP Car Park right by the loading bay on Russell Road. For prices, see www.ncp.co.uk

For large vehicles, there are 3 Council run Pay & Display Car Parks around Brighton & Hove allowing you to park for an unlimited period:

  1. To the eastern end of Madeira Drive, Brighton (between Brighton Pier and the Marina)
  2. Kingsway, Hove (between the Peace Statue and Fourth Ave)
  3. King Alfred Leisure Centre, Kings Esplanade, Hove (entrance to the right of Texaco Petrol Station off Kingsway, Hove)

Charges are between 9am - 6pm every day including Sundays and Bank Holidays. Tickets issued after 6pm start from 9am the following morning.

For other parking options in Brighton see links here:

Please note: Parking is NOT subsidised by the organisers.

 

Facilities at the venue

Baby Changing Facilities

Baby change is available in one of the female toilets in the Main Foyer on G/F - see floor plan for exact location.

Cash Points

There are 2 cash points at the venue, one on the G/F and another on the 1/F, both in the East Wing - see floor plan here for exact locations.

There are also other cash points near the venue - see map here.

Cloakroom

There is a cloakroom located on the G/F, along the corridor to the North East corner of the venue (i.e. the Syndicate Wing). See floor plan for exact location.

Drinking Water

Free drinking water is available from the water fountains located in the toilets in the West and East Bars on 1/F. See floor plan for locations.

To help us reduce the use of non-recyclable containers, all staff, visitors and volunteers at the event are advised to bring their own water containers for filling up and refilling with water at the event.

First Aid

First Aid can be arranged via contact with the Information Desk on the G/F.

The venue's Medical Centre is located in the West Bar on 1/F.

First Aid cover will be available during setup, opening hours and breakdown.

See floor plan for exact locations.

Public Information Desk

The public Information Desk is located on the G/F, just next to the public entrance. The Volunteers Desk is located right next to the Information Desk.

Seating Areas

Seating is available in the East and West Bars on 1/F of the venue - see floor plan for exact locations.

Ample seating is also available in each Talks room and the Cookery Demos area.

Toilets

Toilets are readily available in all parts of the venue.

Gender neutral toilets are located in the East and West Bars on the 1/F of the venue.

See our floor plan for exact locations.

Waste Disposal

There are a number of bins for both recyclable and non-recyclable waste provided by the venue for disposal of solid waste., and also a skip at the back entrance. Please do not leave rubbish at the venue at the end of the show - your assistance in removing rubbish is appreciated.

There is a skip in the Loading Bay for food waste disposal on site.

There are NO facilities for cooking oil disposal on site, so please make sure to take away any leftover cooking oils from the venue after the event.

No food waste or cooking oils should be poured into the sinks in the kitchen on 3/F.

 

Vegan Policy

Everyone is welcome to attend VegfestUK events as a visitor, regardless of their current dietary, lifestyle, political of philosophical status. VegfestUK events welcome people who are vegan, transitioning, curious or completely new to the whole concept. People who currently choose to use animal products will be very welcome to attend and will be pleasantly surprised by the array of vegan options available. Many people go vegan after visiting our events, which is awesome. We do ask that visitors to VegfestUK events do not wear or use or consume any animal products when visiting the show.

Other Policies

Alcohol Policy

Excessive alcohol consumption will not be tolerated by the organisers and the following points show the initial policy that will be used by the organisers with regards to the sale and consumption of alcohol at the event:

  • Any persons posing as a potential threat or otherwise to members of the public, staff, exhibitors etc will be removed from the event site by qualified security personnel.
  • Security will be briefed to monitor crowd behaviour and identify any persons who appear to be intoxicated and whose behaviour may cause offence or harm to other patrons.
Bad Language & Aggressive Behaviour
  • VegfestUK is a friendly event, and we do not tolerate bad language or aggressive behaviour from anyone.
  • If you encounter anyone displaying unruly/abusive behaviour, please ask a member of the event organising team (security, stewards), and we will assist if required.
  • There will be CCTV on site to monitor everyone’s behaviour, and those displaying aggressive behaviour will be swiftly expelled from the venue, and readmittance may be refused.
Children

Children under the age of 16 are welcome at the event during opening times, but please note that they will not be allowed access to the venue during setup or breakdown. This is a Health & Safety requirement of the venue and is NOT negotiable. The issue is covered by law under section 4 of the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974.

The Kids Area, with a series of cookery classes for kids, is located in the West Bar on the 1/F of the venue. Please note the Kids Area is not a creche - an adult must remain with a child under 16 at all times including in the Kids Area.

Flyering at the venue

Unless agreed in advance with the organisers, flyering to visitors at the event is forbidden.

Pets

Assistance dogs are permitted access to the show. No other pets will be permitted access to the venue during the open period.

Photography / Filming

For everyone at the show

Please note that exhibitors, speakers, performers and visitors at VegfestUK events may appear in photos or films produced from the event without prior consultation.

For those who would like to film at the event

Please note that only hand-held, battery-powered equipment can be used in the hall.

Gangways must be clear of dollies, tripods, cables and any other accessories.

Smoking

Smoking / vaping is not permitted by law anywhere within the venue.