OnBlackheath Essential Festival Guide
How to get there
You can get to us by train, bus, overground, tube and even by boat! Take a look at our travel information here for the closest stations to the site - it’s just a short 10 minute from Blackheath station, or an 8 minute walk from Lewisham. Plan your travel ahead of the weekend and arrive early to make the most of the festival.
How to get around the festival
Take a look at our site map for where to find all the music, food, demonstrations and toilets you can need! The site opens at 12noon on Saturday and Sunday, closing at 10.30pm on Saturday and 10pm Sunday.
We have three music stages packed full of acts as well as our family playground and John Lewis Food Village - here’s what to expect in each area:
- Main Stage - for the big acts and headliner sets head over to the Main stage. Don’t miss our epic headliner sets from Travis on Saturday and The Libertines on Sunday.
- Stage 2 - bringing the party into the Stage 2 tent will be the Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club, The Cuban Brothers, The Mariachis and local favourites The Chris Holland All Stars.
- Stage 3 - discover new music and emerging artists on Stage 3 with Dan Caplen, Ardyn, Stevie Parker and the Koates on our smaller and more intimate music platform.
- Chefs’ Demo Stage - curated by Masterchef finalist Tony Rodd, the Chefs’ Stage has a top line up showing you how to cook like a pro throughout the weekend.
- Storytelling & Performance Stage - the family playground will be filled with games, a picnic area and lots of family friendly entertainments and activities. Catch live readings from children’s favourite Michael Rosen and Julian Clary, and even the famous funny fox Basil Brush.
Our set times are now live! Take a look here for the times of your favourite bands and plan your weekend so you don’t miss a single slot.
All our bars on site accept contactless payment and we also have cashpoints on site - we say cheers to that!
What to bring
This is England so don’t forget to be prepared and pack your suncream as well as your raincoat.
There are some items that you can’t bring on site including glass, cans, alcohol, food and drink*, sound systems, illegal substances, portable laser equipment or pens, unauthorised professional film or video equipment, audio recorders, barbecues, camping stoves, folding chairs, umbrellas, hampers, cool bags, metal cutlery, fireworks, flares, Chinese lanterns and any item that might be used as a weapon. Unfortunately we can’t allow pets, except registered guide dogs, onto the site.
*except maximum 500ml sealed bottled water per person, baby food, and food as required for medical reasons.
Parent Pass out
Need to take your kids home but want to come back for a boogie? Parents can leave anytime up until 7pm to take their children home, they just need to collect a pass out wristband when they leave and must present their ticket and pass out wristband to regain entry.
Parking is available off Hare & Billet Road opposite the festival site for customers bearing accessibility tickets. Accessibility ticket holders will be met by our site staff inside the main entrance who will direct customers to the accessibility viewing platform and facilities.
Local residents should be aware that a section of the Hare & Billet road will be closed between Wat Tyler and Mounts Pond road between Thursday 7th and Monday 11th September inclusive.
Blackheath is a lovely green part of the city and we’d like to keep it that way! Please respect the environment by using the many recycling points and bins provided to keep the site and surrounding area clean.
Stay in touch
Keep up to date with all the travel and fun on our social channels If you would like to keep up with the latest information on the festival, follow @OnBlackheath on Twitter and @OnBlackheathFestival on Facebook and Instagram.