About the Event
From Kingston, Jamaica to Kensington Meadows, this is Bath’s very first annual reggae festival. Under one umbrella, people of all ages are welcomed for a taste of Caribbean culture, soundtracked by the music of island life. Expect reggae, lovers rocks, R&B and more, celebrating sounds both old and new with performances by seasoned legends and up-and-coming talent. Plus, there’s plenty of culinary delights to try, from rum and cocktail bars to jerk chicken vans. Be there and be a part of something new.
About the Venue
A large riverside green space located 1.5km north-east of Bath city centre in the Walcot area of Bath. Kensington Meadows sits alongside the River Avon, featuring a large flat grassed area and woodland. Over the last few decades the space has played home to a number of popular events for the local area. Walcot Nation Day festival, an open air party with revellers enjoying food, loud music plus plenty of drinks, moved from its original home of Walcot Street to Kensington Meadows in 2006. The space has also been used recently by the Luna Kids Cinema & gets regular sports usage.
There will be special access for festival-goers with disabilities and service dogs will be permitted.
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Bath Reggae Festival is a family-friendly event that is open to all. Therefore, we maintain a strict entrance policy to ensure all festival-goers have an enjoyable and safe experience. Please be aware, extra bag and body searches will be in operation, therefore do expect some queueing. With this in mind, please be aware that restrictions are in place, and that it is at the discretion of the security staff to carry out bag and body searches where it is felt appropriate or necessary in order to enforce our policy.
Dogs and pets policy
: No dogs or pets will be allowed in the Festival, excluding service dogs
Items prohibited in the festival area include (but are not limited to*):
• Glass bottles and containers
• Illegal substances, including the formerly ‘legal highs’
• Ball games
• No umbrellas with a pointed tip
• Fireworks, flares and smoke canisters
• Laser pointers or projectors
• Any item that could be used as a weapon
• Naked flames and candles
• Large gazebos and structures
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Bath Reggae Festival will take place on 21st August 2021. The site will be open from 11am. Please note that last entry to the event is at 8.00pm. Event finishes at 9.30pm.
Kensington Meadows, Ringswell Gardens, Bath, BA1 6BP.
Code of Conduct
Bath Reggae Festival is an inclusive, family-friendly event that welcomes all with a shared love of reggae music, Jamaican culture and dancing. We are a community and we welcome everyone, never judging on the basis of race, religion, country of origin, ability, ethnicity, gender, age or sexual orientation. At Bath Reggae Festival, there is a zero tolerance policy for all discrimination and harassment. Guests, crew and performers have the freedom to have fun and express themselves without fear of judgement, intimidation, harassment, violence, abuse or anti-social behaviour. If there is any occurrence of this behaviour, we reserve the right to respond in any manner we deem appropriate, including eviction from the festival or reporting the incident to relevant local authorities. Please inform a member of staff or security immediately if you happen to witness or are subject to any behaviour that makes you feel uncomfortable or unsafe. We pledge to take all complaints seriously, to address them promptly and deal with them with sensitivity. Harassment of any kind will not be tolerated. We encourage all involved with our festival to treat each other with dignity and respect.
No food or drink is to be brought into the festival (including sealed bottles of water). There will be a fantastic selection of food stalls and bars to take advantage of. Alcohol will be confiscated and disposed of at the festival entrance. Festival-goers should purchase all beverages from the festival bars. Festival bars reserve the right to refuse entry to any intoxicated persons. ‘Challenge 25’ will be in operation, so please bring along your ID. Please bring an empty reusable bottle with you to refill.
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Bus: 272, 3B, 620, D1X, X31
Visit the First Bus website to plan your journey and for ticket prices. The closest train station to the site is Bath Spa Station. This is an approximate 34 minute walk from the site. Please see www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times.
Bath Reggae Festival encourages attendees to walk, cycle or travel by public transport wherever possible.
Directions to Kensington Meadows (Bath And North East Somerset) with public transport
The following transport lines have routes that pass near Kensington Meadows
Great Western Railway (GWR) run high-speed intercity and local train services from London, South Wales and the South West into Bath Spa. Book GWR trains to Bath in advance and save over 50%.
Bristol to Bath: 12 mins
London to Bath: 1hr 20 mins
Cardiff to Bath: 1hr 4 mins
Southampton to Bath: 1hr 24 mins
Exeter to Bath: 1hr 35 mins
Oxford to Bath: 1hr 14 mins
Gloucester to Bath: 1hr 20 mins
Pick Up / Drop Offs & Taxis – The Pick Up / Drop Off point is Kensington Place, Meadows Lane. If you are getting dropped off, please make sure that you follow signs and use the designated area. Please be aware that at the end of the festival there will be thousands of people leaving the site at the same time. If you are pre-arranging a collection, then consider making your pick-up point at an easily recognisable landmark a short distance away as roads directly around the site will be closed.
Via North – Meadow Lane, East – Ringswell Gardens or West Morrisons
The Meadows are suitable for wheelchair access in fair weather conditions
Where possible we encourage visitors to use sustainable transport and avoid driving to Kensington Meadows. If driving, the closest public car parks are located at Avon Street and Charlotte Street. There is some on-street parking on the roads surrounding the park. Please park considerately and observe any local parking restrictions.
Parking rules: attending the festival
Kensington Meadows can be access for people who are attending bath reggae festival off London Road and Grosvenor Bridge Road, where these roads lead onto inner roads is for resident parking only:
main access attending the festival via: Ringswell Gardens only
No onsite parking
Cycling or walking is recommended
Good public transport links from Bath Bus Station to London Road (1 min walk from site)