Welcome to the West Yorkshire Police page for the Leeds Festival.
The dates for the festival this year are: Friday 26th August 2016 – Sunday 28th August 2016 at Bramham Park.
In the time leading up to the start of this year's event we will keep you updated with news about the policing operation as well as providing you with loads of hints and tips to ensure you have a safe and good time.
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The Arena will be open on Thursday, 25th August from 6:00pm to 3:00am, and on Friday, 26th August through Sunday, 28th August from 10:00am to 3:00am.
Download the Road Map for getting to the Festival Venue (PDF 630kb) or click on the image to the right to enlarge a jpeg version.
General advice on how you can get to the festival can be found on the Leeds Festival website
Further advice on travel can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/leeds-festival-advice-for-drivers
If you are travelling by car please drive carefully as the routes around the festival site will be busy.
All directions to the festival site will be signposted whichever direction you're coming from. A traffic management plan will be in place so please don't use your sat nav but follow the signs and you should find the site easily and hopefully quickly.
The Peak time for arrivals on the site is 8am to 2pm on the Thursday. The site is open to general weekend tickets from 3am on Thursday morning so try to avoid the busy arrival period if you can.
Directions to the festival site will be well signposted whichever direction you're coming from:
- From the A1 coming from the south
The festival will be signposted from junction 35 northbound
- From the M1 coming from the south
The festival will be signposted from junction 32 northbound
- From the M62 coming from the east
The festival will be signposted from junction 33 westbound
- From the M62 coming from the west
The festival will be signposted from junction 29 eastbound
- From the A1/A1(M) coming from the north
The festival will be signposted from junction 36 southbound
Real-time updates and the latest travel information, can be found at Leeds Travel Info. (opens new browser window)
You are likely to get a lot less sleep on site than you would at home and so please ensure you have a good exit strategy with a sober and well rested driver by the time you come to leave the car parks. Do not let anyone drive that shouldn’t be as they are too tired, not yet sober etc. It is too risky. Coffee alone won’t do it. Please plan ahead and get home safely.
Link to google map of Bramham Park - the venue for Leeds Festival
Highways Agency Live Traffic Feed
5 Day Weather Forecast
While the vast majority of the people at the festival are there to have a good time, listen to great music, and build up a considerable amount of washing, there are some less than desirable characters who look to prey on festival-goers.
We’ll be at the festival targeting these people and ensuring you get the most from your time there.
Please take a look at the tips below which can help protect you and your property and reduce the risk of becoming a victim of crime
- While walking around the festival try to stay with friends, particularly at night
- Always take a torch with you. Chances are you won’t be back to your tent ‘till after dark
- Be aware of what’s around you and try not to walk around with headphones in
- Try to keep your valuables hidden- don’t flash them around. If you are going to take an iPod consider using an old pair of headphones
- Try to avoid carrying anything in your back pockets– the event is busier than Oxford Street, and pick-pockets love it. Pockets with zips are the safest way to go
- Arrange an easy meeting point with your friends in case you case get split up and don’t have a mobile. Choose three times during the day where you can meet e.g. 2pm, 6pm and 1am
- Please be mindful about how much you drink. Excessive alcohol hampers your judgement and makes you a target for crimes like assault and robbery. These offences are fortunately rare but try to stay with friends and don’t put yourself in a vulnerable position
Keeping Your Property Safe
- Try to keep any valuables you bring to a bare minimum- consider bringing an old mobile and a digital camera rather than the latest models
- Keep car keys, cash, credit cards and mobile phones with you at all times or in one of the free security lock-ups
- Split your cash and cards into two hoards so that if one goes you have back-up
- Mark your property with your name and postcode. This makes it easier for us to reunite any lost or stolen items. Campsite Assistance Teams (CATs) have UV pens and they are also available at the security lock-ups
- Consider registering your property at immobilise database. This is a free service and we check all recovered property with this database
- Leave a record of any credit card you take, including the account number and the cancellation phone number, at home. If the worse happens you can report it stolen quickly
- Don’t leave anything valuable in your car and leave the glove box open and empty. It’s also a good idea to check on your vehicle during the duration of the festival so there are no nasty surprises when you come to leave
Keeping Your Vehicle Safe
- For information on crime prevention techniques on how to keep your vehicle and belongings safe whilst at the festival, please visit our vehicle crime prevention page.
- If you have any concerns about camping at the festival try to site your tent near to the fire tower or by your Zone Manager’s caravan
- Introduce yourself to those around you so they now your face and your tent. Let each other know when you’re not going to be around and keep an eye on each others stuff
- Report anything or anyone suspicious to campsite staff – that’s what they’re there for
- Don’t put a padlock on your tent- this will only invite thieves
- Don’t bury your valuables by your tent. Someone is bound to be watching
- When you’re sleeping place any valuable items at the bottom of your sleeping bag
- Keep to main routes on the site when dark and try to travel around in groups
- Attach a distinctive flag on a pole by your tent. It will help you identify it if you get a bit lost
- Ensure that you leave any BBQ away from your tent to avoid any potentially harmful fumes while you sleep.
Forget what you may have heard about festivals being a place for peace, love and drug taking.
While there may be a fair bit of the first two things drug taking of any kind will not be tolerated at the festival.
Security checks on your way into the site will be stringent and staff are adept at finding drug stashes.
The law at Leeds Festival has to be enforced, just as it would be any other part of the country.
Anyone found with a suspicious substance will be arrested and taken from the site while tests are undertaken to ascertain the exact nature of a powder or tablet.
Please also be aware of so-called ‘legal highs’. Despite the name this is no guarantee that it’s safe to take or is in fact a legal substance.
Whether it’s claimed to be a legal high or a banned substance, people supplying drugs are more often than not unscrupulous individuals who don’t care about you.
Aside from the potential effect that anything you take may have on your health and wellbeing, drugs can also have a significant effect on your life and future.
A conviction for taking or supplying controlled drugs to your friends will impact on your life. This can include travel plans, employment prospects as well as your general reputation.
Come to the festival and enjoy it but don’t let one bad decision ruin the weekend and jeopardise your future.
- If you do become a victim of crime do not resist and give them what they want. Help us to set the record straight by making sure you get a good look at them and their clothes and noting down the area it took place (look out for fire towers, loos, distinctive tents).
- If you have an incident with a security guard, steward or any other member of festival staff that you want us to look into please make a note of their tabard number and the name on their pass.
- Please don’t be alarmed by our advice. Crime at festivals is relatively low we just don’t want anything to happen to you.
- Official Leeds Festival Website
- Leeds Festival on Twitter @OfficialRandL
- Leeds Festival on Facebook
- Fesitval Republic Website
- Leeds City Council Website