FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions
Where is the nearest supermarket, petrol station and cash point from the site?
The nearest town for cashpoints, supplies and fuel is Winslow - approx 4 miles from the site.
Can I dress in "civillian-style clothing" like blue jeans etc?
This festival is designed to be fully immersive for all attendees. We ask that everyone purchasing a ticket dress according to the theme, even if it's simply army-military-style gear. You'll feel like the odd one out at this event if you turn up wearing blue jeans!
Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?
Bring the Purchasers I.D. with your e-ticket or print-out. Severed hands will not be admissible. Minors (under 13) are required to be escorted by an adult at all times. There will be adult-themed entertainment throughout the event. Parental guidance is advised.
Can I bring my kids?
Yes! Under 16s go free!
What times are the gates open?
Thursday - gates open at 12pm for early access. You can purchase an early access ticket for £20 cash on Eventbrite.
Friday - gates open at 9am
Saturday - gates open at 9am
Sunday - gates open at 9am and will remain open for exiting the site
All vehicles can be re-admitted to the festival as long as your wristband is shown.
What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?
Full free on-site parking for all vehicles - please note: Rat/Survival and suitable show vehicles will be directed to the "Desolation Alley" vehicle show once the drivers and passengers have parked if your ticket is valid. All others will be directed to an adjacent on-site car park near the campsite. There is a shuttle bus that will run to and from the nearest train station, so please keep an eye on Facebook FAQ group for more information.
What can I bring into the event?
You may bring replica/non-harmful weaponry onto the site - all items will be subject to a safety check. No blades will be allowed. All airsoft guns will need to be emptied of ammunition before being allowed on site, including magazines and no cap guns allowed. If deemed a safety hazard weapons will be secured in a locker and returned at the end of the event. Temporary allowances may be made for photoshoots during the Saturday Desolation Alley Vehicle Show. All items to be returned to the locker before evening entertainment begins. The organisers decision is final. NO GLASS ON SITE and please leave your drugs at home!
How about booze?
We have an on-site bar in the main arena where the majority of the activities will be happening. We ask all attendees to kindly respect the bar staff and the hard work they have put in to attending to your drinking needs by not bringing alcohol into the main arena. Please keep it in the campsite or in the Vault. There will be staff at the entrance to the main arena who will be providing visual checks. Absolutely NO glass on site! We will ask you to take any glass back to your tent and decant liquids into plastic bottles. Please respect our environment and consider the safety of other festival-goers including kids and dogs.
I heard there are going to be activities on site!
You heard correct! There will be a "Battle Arena" with a Jugger league, thunderdome fights with LARP-safe weaponry, whip-cracking, sword fighting and axe-throwing. By purchasing a ticket you automatically agree to our terms and conditions/activity waiver so you may participate in these events at any time. There are first aid and paramedics on site and the organisers are not responsible for any damage caused to yourself or your personal property.
How can I contact the organiser with any questions?
By Email - or via the FaceBook page:
Is there camping on-site?
There is camping on-site which is included in your ticket price, cold water and toilets, tents, vans, campervans, caravans, trucks, teepees, bivouacs - all welcome. There are no electrical hook-ups available. Fires and BBQs are welcome as long as they are raised off the grass and kept a minimum distance away from other tents. Tent camping will be seperated from live-in vehicle camping (which will be on the hard-standing area). There will be marshalls and security on site and they will patrol the campsite in intervals to ensure that all rules are adhered-to.
What about drugs?
Our policy on drugs is based on three core messages:
Drug dealers and abusers
Welfare and treatment
As organisers of the Road to Ruin we do not condone the dealing in or use of illegal drugs on site. Drug enforcement laws are as applicable on site as any where else in the country. We operate a zero-tolerence policy to drugs on site.
All those attending the site will be asked to submit to a search and if found in possession will be refused entry. An amnesty bin will be available at the entrance.
Those found in possession on site will have their drugs confiscated by Security and ejected from the site, if found to have large amounts they will be detained and reported to the police. Experimenting with drugs can lead to adverse reactions. The crowds at a festival can become very frightening and disorientating. If you do take drugs and you become ill, depressed or frightened please ask a steward to direct you to one of the first aid posts or a security guard on site where you can receive help.
• Drug Dealers and Abusers
Road to Ruin security and stewards will take an active role monitoring for drug dealing and will work in full co-operation with the Constabulary. When there is a strong suspicion of drug dealing, security will inform and assist the constabulary in every way possible. Security will evict and hold these persons strongly suspected of drug dealing and channel these evictions via the police for searching prior to eviction.
Those people too inebriated will be refused more alcohol.
Those causing trouble because of drunkenness will be ejected.
Those arriving too drunk will be refused entry.
An over 18 ID policy will be implemented. Only photo ID will be accepted : Passport, Photo driving licence. No ID No sale!
We have a fully stocked bar on site and alcohol will be allowed in the campsite. Please don't bring alcohol into the main arena, please respect our traders and please do not bring glass on site.
• Welfare and First Aid
Festival security are trained in emergency first aid and are fully informed about the welfare facilities on site.
If you suspect any bad behaviour occuring on site, wether this be missuse of weapons, drug dealing, abusive or inappropriate/drunken behaviour, and sexual harassement, please report immediately to a member of crew. We have a fully dedicated security team on site and bad behaviour will NOT be tolerated. We will endeavour to keep to a "three strike" rule, however if your behaviour is a risk to anyone on site, you will be evicted from site at the event manager's discretion.
Can I bring my dog?
Dogs are permitted but must be kept on a lead at all time, no exceptions. This is to ensure everyone else's safety, protect people/other dogs/children and also keep the area clean. If you do not clear up after your dog, you will be evicted from the site.