2019 Festival Information

Getting Here

Candleston Castle Campsite
Merthyr Mawr Road
Merthyr Mawr
Nr Bridgend
South Wales
CF32 0LS

If you use the postcode in your Sat Nav, it will only get you to the last house on the left, of Merthyr Mawr Village, this is next to the General Car Park. To get to the Forest and Family Camping car parks continue past the house until you get to the “metal 5 bar gate” and you will be greeted by a member of the BTT crew. Please show your car par permit if you have one.

Transport to Between The Trees

There are regular buses and trains to Bridgend from there you would need a taxi to Merthyr Mawr Candleston castle site where BTT is situated.

Taxi: There is a cab office within 100 metres of Bridgend station. Alternatively, try: Allwhite Taxis: 01656 660155 Cresta Cabs: 01656 767571 Radio Cars: 01656 655766 K Cabs: 01656 655233

Please note, due to the lack of mobile phone reception and a lack of payphone on site please remember to pre-book your taxi for your return journey to Bridgend when BTT is over.

Tickets and Box Office

We use an e-ticket policy, you will have received a confirmation email when you initially purchased your tickets, please print this out and bring with you.

All tickets are only sold in advance on our website. Full ticket info can be found on our festival tickets page.

The Box Office is situation at the Central Forest Barn Here you can pick up your wrist bands, buy a cup and T-shirt and pick up your festival programme and map.

Car Parking

This is a small woodland site so space for parking is limited. If you are camping and staying for the weekend make sure that you buy either a forest or a general car parking ticket for the whole weekend.

If you are buying a full weekend ticket and are NOT intending to camp or a day ticket then you are required to park in the public car park which is very close to the festival site. The cost of this is £5 for all day (expires at 23.59pm).

The General car park is a pleasant 0.6km walk along a forest path to the central festival area and box office.

Campervans and Live-in vehicle pass

Campervans are in the campervan field and there is a very pleasant 0.6km walk to the festival site trough the woods. There is no power hook-up or toilet waste disposal but there is running water and 2 x porta-loos. The main toilet block is at the main festival site.

Please try to arrive earlier on the Friday, preferably around 12 noon.

As this is a woodland site there will only be limited spaces available.


Friday Festival opens to public 1pm (Campervans can arrive from 12pm but car will not be allowed entry until 1pm).

Friday curfew 12 midnight

Saturday 10am to 12 midnight

Sunday 10am to 8pm (there is no overnight camping on the Sunday).

We have a “QUIET AT NIGHT” policy i.e. no amplified music or excessive noise after 12 midnight. This allows the festival goers and the forest time to relax and restore.


Camping is not in allocated pitches so if you wish to camp with friends we suggest you arrive early and choose a spot away from the car park where there will be space to save room for friends and family arriving later.

The camping is a short walk from the car park and from the main festival site. If you are parked in the General Car Park there is a 0.6Km walk so you may wish to bring a festival trolley.

There will be a camping area reserved for families with young children.

Cooking & Fires

In case of fire: Fire bell will sound & stewards will direct you to the nearest fire assembly point, please refer to the fire safety policy on the forest barn notice board for more information

We absolutely love campfires, however, we need to restrict them to the main campfire circle.

There are NO fires or BBQs or fire bowls allowed anywhere else on the site this rule applies especially to the camping areas. Gas cooking equipment is permitted but must be raised off the floor by at least 15cm (6inch) to prevent fires and damage to the grass. If you are changing gas canisters for your cooker, please do so outside and some distance away from the tents.

Under no circumstances use gas cookers inside your tents or in enclosed spaces.

Also, and for safety reasons, please don’t use candles or lanterns containing candles in the camping areas rather please use solar-powered lights.

Chinese lanterns are also banned. Please be sensible and help us to keep the festival and surrounding countryside safe.

Please make a note of your nearest fire safety point and water standpipe.

Toilets & Showers

There are toilets and washrooms situated in main barn structure.

There are also free showers with hot water in the same building.

There is a sink area for pot washing near the showers as well as sinks for teeth brushing and washing.

Please bring your own toilet paper supply.

Food & Drink

You are very welcome to bring your own food and drink into the campsite. Do not, however, bring any glass with you. Leave all glass at home, decant it into plastic bottles or pots.

You can bring your own alcohol to consume in the camping areas but it is prohibited to bring alcohol into the main festival area or other festival structures e.g film barn, stockade, pirate ship & mead hall. There is a licensed bar on-site serving a variety of real ales, ciders and wines. Coffee and tea is available all day

There are several local food providers serving a variety of vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options.

Welfare & First Aid

We have first aid provision on site day and night. If you require first aid, please make your way to the first aid point at the main barn. In an emergency, please alert one of the festival stewards who will radio for a first aider to attend.

Water is available from standpipes around the site – this is drinking water but please don’t drink directly from the taps, please bring a water bottle with you.

Families & children

A family camping area is provided

This is a large wooded area and parents, or a responsible adult should supervise children at all times.

Warn your children not to pick any wildflowers, touch any mushrooms or harm any wildlife.

First aid and lost child facilities are available close to the main barn.

Cash, ATMs and mobile phones

We have no ATMs on site so PLEASE BRING plenty of CASH.

The mobile phone signal is poor to non-existent, which is part and parcel of your Between The Trees experience. You may be able to get a mobile phone signal if you walk back up the road away from the campsite towards the village.

Rubbish, recycling policy and sustainability.

This is a beautiful natural woodland next to a designated SSSI, therefore, clearing up after yourselves is a must. We have  “LEAVE NO TRACE” & “RESPECT” all wildlife policies and we are affiliated to Power Thinking a Think-Tank organisation for greener festivals.

Keep the site clean by picking up any litter that you make or see.

We have a 3 bin system for general, recyclables and food waste. The recyclables will be sorted off site by KEIR waste management Ltd.

Please bring your own cups, plates and cutlery if you can. There are 2 sinks for washing up. Its not the end of the world if you don’t as all our caterers will be supplying fully recyclable plates etc. There will also be multi-use plastic cups for you to purchase.

We also encourage people to dispose of their own waste items by taking it home and recycling it appropriately. We do not want people to leave any camping items etc on the site after the event and encourage you to repair, reuse or recycle.

Items not to bring with you

  • Animals including dogs
  • Glass
  • Fireworks
  • Sound systems
  • BBQs and fire bowls


The safety of our festival goers is always our top priority. We are working together with our security company and the authorities to put in place all necessary measures. Please don’t leave valuables in your tent.


Please respect the other festival-goers to make our festival a safe and enjoyable one for everyone.

If you require further info please email: andrew@betweenthetrees.co.uk or dawn@betweenthetrees.co.uk