Planning to come to Clarence 2012? Here’s some handy hints:
First act is at midday prompt each day! You’re strongly recommended to show up by then and make sure you’ve got your spot on the hill. On sunny days the hill fills up very quickly and you’ll need to be early if you want a big area.
Buses pass the festival site regularly – the 128, 436, 443, 444 and 446 pass the festival site on Denby Dale Road (get off near the Queens Arms pub) or get off on Horbury Road using the 119, 126 or 127 and walk through Thornes Park.
Parking is available in Lawefield Lane (on the park arena grass). It’s free, just turn up Lawefield Lane and there’s a gate on your left, it’s very close to the festival site, it’s free and you won’t find parking any nearer. Street parking is restricted to permit holders, and if you leave your car in the Holmfield Arms carpark you will end up with a ticket or worse. Once you’ve arrived come over the hill and find us – just follow the sounds!
Litterbins are dotted around on-site so please chuck your rubbish in them and not at the acts or other visitors If you’re filling your own binbags give us a yell and we’ll show you where the big skip is.
Food – if you need to eat there’s a load of food concessions on-site including burgers, hot dogs, barbeque, Thai and Jamaican food, sweet stalls and more. They’re all pretty reasonably priced and you can fill your kids with sugar.
Bring-Your-Own-Grub – you’re perfectly welcome to bring a picnic and some tinnies instead, the day’s definitely suited to it. There’s a strict no-barbeques and no-open-flames rule, we’ll only have to send a steward over with a fire extinguisher to put it out.
Beer Tent – there’s no restrictions on age in the beer tent, which is also home to The Hop Stage. Try the Clarence-21 anniversary ale which Ossett Brewery have brewed specially for the occasion.
Big Chairs – if you bring large chairs, please try and use the tarmac near the bandstand instead – for a start you won’t fall down the hill if you tip over, it’s less busy than the hill, and you won’t block other visitors’ views!
Festival T-shirts and programmes are on-sale – pick ‘em up from a passing bucket-shaking steward or come down to the information tent. Full-colour programmes contain information about all the acts as well as other Wakefield music info, and are really very reasonably priced at £2 apiece.
Band Merchandise may be available! There’s a table purely for band vendors down near the information tent – come have a look and support the performers.
Stopping overnight is a cinch – there’s a Premier Inn a couple of hundred yards away at Holmefield House, the Campanile is a bit further down Denby Dale Road (15 mins walking distance) and if you need to camp then please use Nostell Priory campsite. There’s no camping on-site.
So, hope to see you Saturday – come down, have a laugh, listen to some ace music and let’s get it on! Clarence 21‘s coming!