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What are the festival's opening hours?

​The festival arena opens at 5pm on Thursday 31st August 2023 and ends at 11pm on Sunday 3rd August 2023.  Our two Extravaganzas (Rock & Prog) run from 5.30pm until 11pm on Thursday, and we operate from 11am to 11pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  Stage times will be made available nearer the start of the festival.  Our 'MusicArena' within Horse Meadow, and our bar open about half an hour before the acts start.  The Campsite and parking areas open from 11am on Thursday and close at 10am on Monday.


NVRF will be dog-friendly and all dogs must be on a lead and under control and well behaved at all times. They will only be allowed inside the marquees that house our stages if they are kept at least 10m from the speaker stacks. You must clean up after them. Any instructions from our stewards regarding dogs should be followed without argument in the first instance. If you disagree then please do as they say first and then ask them to refer it to our managers.

Our policy on cameras

​You may use cameras within the general arena as long as this is without any detriment to those who are there to enjoy the event - this includes the use of mobile phones and tablets. We reserve the right to ask people to desist if their use is unreasonable and consistently blocking the view of other people. Basically - if you're sensible then all will be fine! We do have official photographers who can supply magazines, websites etc in relation to reviews of the event so contact us if you need those. We will heavily restrict photo passes and only offer them to those who are helping with our festival. Use of video cameras will only be possible with advance approval from us.

Will I have to choose between bands?

Unlike many other festivals, we have taken active steps to minimise clashes by providing two alternating stages (Swan and Heron) within one large marquee, where most of the better known bands will play, so you will not have to choose between them. This means each of these band will have at least one hour to play, with just ten minutes between sets, so we can give you as much music as possible. However, our smaller marquee will offer a contrasting musical style (genre) so there will always be a choice on our third stage (Kingfisher)! But smaller doesn't mean less - it will still have a broadly similar PA and lighting system, but there will be longer gaps between steps.

What will our bar offer?

The bar will be run by us and offer a good range of real-ale, but also lager, cider, wine and some spirits. The intention is to operate using a 'token' system - you will buy a number of our unique tokens from our outlets at the festival and exchange them for your drinks. This will reduce queue times at the bar handling either cash or card payments.

Will NVRF be cashless?

It is our intention to operate our bar and other outlets on a cashless basis as far as we can. You will be able to buy our tokens at a few locations on site. However, food and other traders will use cash or card payments.

Where can we stay?

We have our own dedicated camp site at Nene Park, but the Park also has some bell tents for hire and there is a Caravan Club operated site also within the park that you can book direct with them. There are also a number of hotels and motels very close to Nene Park (one right on the boundary) and Peterborough city centre is only a few miles away, and is served by local buses.

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