Local Community

Local Community

We would like to take this opportunity to say a MASSIVE thank you to everyone who was part of the festival in 2017, where we had attendees, musicians and artists coming to the Matterley Estate from all over the world.  We’d like to thank the thousands of you living locally who attended, the many local charities and businesses engaging with the festival and the local residents who took the time to offer their feedback regarding the positive and negative impact of the festival on the local community.

Boomtown Fair is one of the UK’s most inspiring festivals, and the sense of unity, humanity and understanding between all people that transpires from the event is at the heart of our approach to best serve the needs of the local community who welcome us back each year.

A Fantastic Contribution to the Local Community

Boomtown Fair raised £32,000 for charities and projects in the local area this year!

Boomtown Fair has raised a record breaking £116,303 for charity with a staggering £32,000.72 going directly to charities and projects in the local area.  

The festival’s main charity partner for 2017 was Winchester based youth outreach organisation, Street Reach. Working directly with vulnerable and disadvantaged youth in Winchester, Street Reach has received £8,702 directly from the optional £2 donation customers can make when they purchase their tickets.  This will help fund the weekly outreach sessions, youth club nights, drop-in projects and trips that are offered to young people in deprived Winchester communities.


We are absolutely thrilled by the amount that was raised by Boomtown and we would like to thank everyone that made a donation to Street Reach.  Through our partnership with Boomtown we involved young people working with us in their drop in arts workshops and we were able to take a group of young people on a unique and inspiring back stage tour of the festival.  The donation will enable us to continue supporting young people in need and those experiencing disadvantage through our outreach work across Winchester.” 

Ben Martin, Project Manager at Street Reach


Over the years Boomtown has worked with and donated to numerous local and national charities and 2017 saw the event expand its charity networks even further. In addition to Street Reach, Boomtown supported and collaborated with a record breaking number of charities including the following local organisations:

  • Through the long-standing stewarding partnership, Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance will receive a donation of £8,148 to support their vital services in the area.  
  • The Rose Road Association, based in Southampton, were also in attendance at the festival, raising vital awareness on the work they do to ensure disability is not a barrier, they collected a total of £1,020.72.
  • Another close to home collaboration for this year saw the South Downs National Park Trust running one of the forest school sessions in the Kidztown area, teaching those in attendance about the local wildlife that can be found within the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty that is the SDNP.
  • Boomtown provided family tickets to the following groups for their fundraising activities: Kingsworth Primary School PTFA, Winnall Rock Summer Raffle,  Twyford St Mary's CE Primary School Summer Fair, Sun Hill Junior School Auction, Cheriton Primary School Raffle.
  • Based in Southampton, The Purple Community Fund  ran an on site stall in Whistlers Green raising £866 to help the Philippines break the cycle of poverty through education, welfare and livelihood programs.
  • Catch-22 Hampshire 24/7 Service received a donation of £130 as a result of a salvage operation partnership between ‘Catering & Leisure Supplies’ in Southampton and Boomtown.


Outreach projects engage the local community

In the lead up to the event the festival worked on a number of outreach projects in the Winchester area including; Naomi’s House, Trinity Winchester, Cheriton Primary School and Winchester Discovery Centre by hosting interactive carnival music, theatre and costume making workshops to be a part of the vibrant Kidztown Carnival at the festival.  Participants and their families were provided with complimentary tickets to join in with the Sunday carnival celebrations and it was wonderful to see so many local families enjoying the fun and vibrancy the festival has to offer. 

“The wonderful team from Kidztown, Boomtown Fair brought Keshav from Jus Now to the hospices for a super cool music session which has been mixed down into this track! Watch the video to see us making it! We LOVE it! :D Thank you Boomtown Fair”.

Naomi House


Community Support Fund

Once again, the guestlist donations collected at the entrance gates have been boosted by Boomtown to raise a solid £10,000 for the five parishes that border the festival site. The parish councils are required to invite their parishioners to suggest what they think the money would be best spent on to benefit the wider community.

The 2016 Community Support Fund donations were spent on a variety of local causes including vital restoration projects, contribution to broadband technology, footpath and wild plant replanting schemes and equipment for school and community play areas and to also benefit local sporting organisations.

"This funding has been gratefully received by all and if there was further extra funding to be had we would be very happy as we were over-subscribed this year for the funding we had.” 

Paul Moffatt - Itchen Valley Parish Council

In response to feedback received from local parishioners regarding the Community Support Fund, the £10,000 raised from Boomtown Fair 2017 will once again be awarded to Chilcomb, Cheriton, Itchen Valley, Itchen Stoke and Ovington or Tichborne Parishes but distributed this year to reflect the parish populations.  We encourage those living in these parishes, to contact your local parish councils directly with your ideas for how these local funds will be spent.


The local economic impact of Boomtown promoted by the Cabinet Office!

Supporting the local community in a variety of ways is a huge part of Boomtown’s ethos and each year we work at encouraging local businesses to engage with the festival.  The 60,000 capacity event that attracts attendees, musicians and artists from all over the world was also hailed a success by the Cabinet Office for its positive contribution to the region’s wider local economy who took to  Twitter to show their support.  The continued and growing popularity of the festival drives many people to the area and has positioned Boomtown as a perfect stage from which the local area can expose its areas of natural beauty, cultural and visitor attractions to thousands of additional tourists.


Hampshire Farmers' Market at Boomtown

One of our  locally focused initiatives this year, and a huge success, was the introduction of the first ever Hampshire Farmers’ Market at the festival, putting local food traders into the spotlight, giving them a chance to showcase a range of local produce and artisan goods to the 60,000 visitors. These included food traders from Mrs B’s Bees, Broughton Water Buffalo, Cupcakes mmm Cookies, Baker Boys, Turner & Hardy Co, to Hampshire Pantry.


A family friendly festival

The pre-event Kidztown family carnival workshops were more popular than ever before with lots of families taking part at the Discovery Centre and our additional outreach workshops with Naomi’s House, Trinity Winchester and Cheriton Primary School attracting more local families to the festival than ever before. This enthusiasm for all of the offerings of Kidztown and Whistler’s Green area continued at the festival with the area filled with families all weekend partaking in the workshops, forest schools, circus skills, interactive street sets and family friendly musical acts.


Looking ahead to Boomtown Fair 2018

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.

Useful information

  • Fill in the online application form.  You can APPLY HERE.  Please note you will be asked to upload some recent ID to prove your place of residence.
  • We will contact successful applicants in January 2018 with a unique link that enables residents to complete the process by registering their tickets online.
  • 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).
  • Please note that local tickets are not transferrable 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).
  • Applications deadline is Friday 26th January 2018.

*Please note that these tickets are limited so apply early to avoid disappointment.  Tickets are not for resale and you will be asked to provide proof of address when presenting your tickets on arrival.


Locals in the surrounding area are updated on locally relevant Boomtown Fair news through regular newsletters circulated in Spring, Summer and Autumn. The Boomtown Autumn Newsletter 2017 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 consultation will be held on Monday 22nd January from 6pm to 7.30pm at Cheriton Village Hall. We look ofrward to seeing you there!