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VIP Early Entry: 15.00 on Thursday 15th July
General Entry: 09.30 on Friday 16th July
Directions & Transport
Address: Upcote Farm, Withington, Cheltenham, Glos, GL54 4BL
Map: Click here.
Big Green Shuttle Bus:
This will run from Cheltenham Spa train station to the Festival site at the following times:
- Thursday 15th July: 4pm, 6pm and 8pm
- Friday 16th July: hourly service - First departure: 10am Last departure: 7pm
- Saturday 17th July: 10am, midday, 2pm and 4pm
Service will run from the Festival site back to the train station at the following times:
- Saturday 17th July: 11am, 1pm, 3pm, 5pm
- Sunday 18th July: half hourly service between 7am and midday
The cost is £6 single or £10 return (cheaper than a taxi!) and can be booked online here. You will be able to buy a ticket on the day, but obviously priority will be given to anyone who purchased in advance.
Festival Coaches (London): For £40 you can get a return journey from London Waterloo. Book your tickets here.
By Road: Access to the festival site must be via the A436 (all other access routes will be closed).
- From M4 Junction 15 (approx 40mins). Take the A419 North. At Cirencester take the A417 towards Cheltenham. After approximately 8 miles turn right onto the A436.
- From M5 Junction 11A (approx 15mins). Take the A417 East for approximately 4 miles. At the roundabout join the A436.
- From the A436. 400 metres East of Foxcote, leave the A436 and follow the signs towards 2000trees!
By Rail: Trains to Cheltenham:
- from Bristol Temple Meads - 40 mins
- from Birmingham New Street - 40 mins
- from London Paddington - 2 hrs
Glass: - No glass bottles / containers.
Dogs: - No dogs (except registered guide dogs).
Campfires: - No campfires are allowed. There will be a number of communal campfires.
Under 18's: - Failure to produce a passport, driver's licence or proof of age scheme card will result in the attendee being refused alcohol at the bar.
Under 16's: - Attendees under the age of 16 will not be admitted onto the event site without an accompanying adult. A family camping area will be available.
Caravans: - Towed caravans will not be allowed on site. Campervans will only be allowed on site with a valid campervan ticket.
Bins: - Upcote Farm has been designated an Environmentally Sensitive Area. Please put all litter in the bins provided and respect the local environment. Recycling facilities will be available so please use them.
In The Beginning: - 2000trees started as a reaction to the mainstream music festivals and their ever spiralling ticket prices, poor facilities and pursuit of profit at all costs.
Most Importantly: - 2000trees is about music. New music. Exciting music. Your faith in British music shall be restored! There are no genre distinctions (although most of the bands do tend to hold guitars), just great great music.
Almost as important: - In no particular order, a friendly and intimate atmosphere, high quality (but reasonably priced) food and drink, cheap ticket prices and keeping things as green as possible.
Random 2000trees Facts:
- No. of organisers: Six
- No. of stages: Three
- No. of bands & DJ's: Sixty
- No. of attendees: Two Thousand Five Hundred
- No. of nights camping: Two
In 2008 2000trees joined the likes of Glastonbury and Latitude Festivals in winning the "A Greener Festival" award. According to AGreenerFestival.com, "all the award winners have demonstrated the ability to promote environmental efficiency and sustainability and that they have coherent green policies covering greenhouse gas emissions, traffic and transport, waste management, recycling, protecting the environment and water management."
The following green policies / actions are in place for 2009 & 2010:
Recycling: - With the continued help of The Maker Green Team 2000trees has a comprehensive on-site recycling and composting scheme. This achieved a staggering 90% recycling rate in 2008 (up from 78% in 08 and 66% in 07), which is thought to be the highest ever at a UK Festival!
Food & drink: - The majority of the food and drink at 2000trees is locally produced and served in either reusable or biodegradable (corn starch) containers.
Power & Lighting: - This is produced using locally-sourced chip-fat biodiesel, which is significantly better than any petro-chemical alternative; and in 2009 ensured that 2000trees saved over 2 tonnes of carbon.
Artists: - 2000trees policy is that all acts are UK-based, resulting in fewer miles travelled to reach the festival and zero use of air transport.
Travel: - There is a coach service to and from London and also a shuttle service between 2000trees and Cheltenham train station.
Check out the wonderful Y-Not Festival. If you like what you see then you can a buy a joint ticket giving you money saving entry to both festivals.
Car Parking Charge
There is no escaping the fact that the single biggest source of carbon emissions for any festival comes from car travel. Thus after much thought, we have come to the difficult decision to impose a £5 car parking charge at 2000trees (payable on arrival at the site). Of course we are keen to acknowledge the effort that some of you make to share lifts, and we have therefore decided that cars with four or more guests will be exempt from the charge.
Fear not, this is not some cynical money making scheme on our part, the majority of the proceeds are being used to subsidise an improved shuttle bus service from Cheltenham train station (which will dovetail with national rail connections and also operate at a frequency and price which will make the service a preferable alternative to using local taxis). The remainder of the revenue will then be used to improve the site infrastructure to allow for a broader national coach service.