Local Community

Local Community

Boomtown granted permission to open a day earlier
- Wednesday tickets now on sale!

Boomtown​ has been granted permission to open its doors a day earlier​ for a limited number of attendees. The South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA) have given the festival the go ahead on their plans to help reduce the volume of traffic arriving to the event on the Thursday, by allowing a limited number of attendees access to the festival site a day earlier, from Wednesday 8th August.

The festival is offering the limited Wednesday access to those who are choosing to
arrive to the festival via sustainable transport​ methods such as: National Express coach, private hire coach, shuttle bus from train station or those with a minimum of three people travelling per car, as a way to encourage using public transport and minimise the number of cars on the road, as well as further promote the festival’s commitment to reduce its environmental impact.

After six months of working hard on all possible outcomes of the licensing and planning results this is absolutely amazing news! Being granted permission means that we can now implement measures to help spread arrivals out over two days and continue our work to reduce the disruption caused to the local community and make entry to the festival easier for everyone.” Boomtown Organisers

The option to add the Wednesday ticket is only available for existing ticket holders​,
however, although standard festival tickets to Boomtown sold out in February, there is still the opportunity for those who want to be a part of the 10th Chapter celebrations via Boomtown’s very own version of a VIP / Hospitality package​ the ‘theatrical camping experience’ of Boomtown Springs! The new interactive area is curated by award winning collective, Bearded Kitten​ and offers the chance for people enter into a whole new realm of summer soirees, mansion and pool parties, fine food,​ access secret bars​ across the city and posh showering facilities as well as little perks including phone charging and a dedicated entrance lane. As well as Wednesday
arrival being included in the ticket price. 

Boomtown’s tenth chapter is shaping up to be an almighty celebration of the festival’s journey over the past decade from where it’s been to how it’s evolved into the internationally renowned festival it is today; including 2018 UK festival exclusive with the super stars Gorillaz​, american punk rap Limp Bizkit​ and the welcome return reggae legend Jimmy Cliff​, plus 500 more artists from all across the globe.

On top of the impressive line up, the commitment to reduce traffic and improve the queuing experience for those in attendance, Boomtown have also implemented a series of additional changes internally for this seminal year; including the introduction of four new immersive districts spanning the industrial age, to the 1980s and onwards with a glimpse into Boomtown’s post apocalyptic future! There have been huge upgrades to the existing intricate set designs, throughout the existing districts as well as the much anticipated unveiling of a new Lion’s Den stage.


Sunday Local Resident Ticket Application Deadline Friday 25th May

For those waiting to hear back from us regarding your application for local resident tickets, please do accept our thanks for your patience.  Good news on the planning permission has now been confirmed so we will be processing applications as soon as the deadline of Friday 25th May has passed. 

Apply now for Sunday 12th August 2018 local resident tickets

New for Boomtown 2018, and our response to public consultations and feedback, will be a number of complimentary day tickets available for those living locally that wish to visit the festival.  The catchment area for those eligible to apply for these tickets is SO21, SO22, SO23 and SO24.  Those not successful in securing a ticket from the complimentary allocation may be offered the opportunity to purchase a £40 day ticket, as has been offered in previous years, subject to availability​.

The order of priority given to applications will be:

  • How close you live to the festival site.
  • Date you submitted your application.

If you have already applied, there is no need to apply again, but for those wishing to apply for the first time, please see details below:

  • Fill in the online application form.  You can APPLY HERE.  
  • Please note you will be asked to upload some recent ID to prove the place of residence for all adult tickets being applied for.
  • There is a limit of 4 adult/teen tickets per household (tickets for 0-12 year olds are available free of charge in addition to these, however, they do need to be included in your application).
  • You will need to upload prrof of residency for each adult ticket application.
  • We will contact successful applicants in May 2018 with a unique link that enables residents to complete the process by registering their tickets online.
  • Please note that local tickets are not transferable and can only be used by people living at the address specified (tickets cannot be bought on behalf of friends or family who do not live locally).
  • Tickets are not for resale and you may be asked to provide proof of address when presenting your tickets on arrival.


Community Support Fund round-up

Several parishes are still deciding how best to allocate Community Support Fund grants from 2017 but we are pleased to be able to share with you the breadth of good causes that were supported by the fund in its initial year:

  • £2000: play equipment for Cheriton recreation area serving a number of neighbouring villages as well as Cheriton, including Tichborne, Kilmeston, Beauworth and Hinton Ampner, Cheriton Parish Council
  • £2000: electrical rewiring at St. Andrews Church, Chilcomb, Chilcomb Parish Council
  • £750: play equipment for Easton School Field, Itchen Valley Parish Council
  • £500: a new Watercress Way footpath scheme, Itchen Valley Parish Council
  • £300: Easton and Martyr Worthy Cricket Club, Itchen Valley Parish Council
  • £250: Wild Itchen Valley Verges, replanting wild plants along main road throughout the parish, Itchen Valley Parish Council
  • £200: Friends of Itchen Valley School, Itchen Valley Parish Council
  • £2000: improving broadband for Itchen Stoke and Ovington through Gigabeam service, Itchen Stoke and Ovington Parish Council
  • £1000: Community defibrillator in Tichborne village centre, Tichborne Parish Council
  • £1000: Cheriton recreation area project, Tichborne Parish Council

We look forward to updating you on how the Community Support Fund 2017 has been distributed to good causes locally.


Calling all local businesses

We are currently looking at updating and expanding our suppliers database at Boomtown as well as to advertise local accommodation options on our website.

Please do get in touch with details of your local business, big or small, by emailing local_community@boomtownfair.co.uk - there’s a huge array of different industries that are involved in creating an event of this size, so even if you don’t think your business would be the right fit, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me to check, you might just be surprised on the amount of services we require!


Boomtown Carnival Costume, Theatre And Dance and Music workshops return to Winchester

For the fourth year we are bringing back the family Carnival Arts Workshops to the Discovery Centre on Saturday 21st July from 10am to 4pm.  Hosted by our outreach and theatrical teams the workshops provide an opportunity to design and make carnival costumes, learn and create music with musicians performing at the festival as well as an inspiring and exciting day of drama and dance workshops.

We will have two groups 5-11, and 12-18. The workshops will run for the whole day and all attendees will be invited to take part in the carnival parade at the festival Sunday 12th August. Participants in the workshops will be offered a free Sunday ticket to come to the festival with their families. £5 ENTRY. EMAIL outreach@boomtownfair.co.uk for details on how to book your places!



Locals in the surrounding area are updated on locally relevant Boomtown Fair news through regular newsletters circulated in Spring, Summer and Autumn. The Boomtown Spring Newsletter 2018 can be found via this LINK.


Community Liaison Officer

We have a dedicated member of the team based in Winchester who focuses on collaboration and communication with the local community. You can contact the Community Liaison Officer throughout the year via email at the following address: local_community@boomtownfair.co.uk.  Please let us know if you would like to be added to our local community mailing list to be the first to hear about local ticket offers, our local newsletters etc.


Local Community Consultations

These events provide an opportunity for residents to meet the team behind the festival, ask questions, provide feedback and raise any issues they may have directly to Boomtown Fair representatives. We offer a warm welcome for anyone wishing to come along!  Our next community feedback consultation will be held on Monday 10th September. Venue details will be confirmed very soon. We look forward to seeing you there!