Smoke and Fire Festival FAQs

Take a scroll to find some of the frequently asked questions by our visitors. If there is something you’re still unsure on, please feel free to email us at .

Age limit’s

Smoke and fire festival is a family friendly festival, however all persons under 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult, aged 21 or over at all times.

There is a limit of 3 under 18’s tickets that can be purchased with 1 adult ticket.

If you wish to purchase more than 3 under 18’s tickets then an additional adult will be required to attend the festival as part of your group.

All under 18’s tickets must be bought in the same transaction as the accompanying adult.

Please note on entry all under 18s need to arrive at the gate with their parent or guardian over the age of 21.

Do I need ID?

Yes. Each named ticket holder will need to show id if asked by security at the gate. If you cannot produce ID you may be refused entry to the festival.

Acceptable forms of ID are as follows:

  • valid passport
  • valid drivers licence
  • valid pass card

All bars will operate a challenge 25 policy.

You may be asked to provide ID at the bars.

The bars reserve the right to refuse sale of alcohol to anyone unable to show valid photo ID.

Is the festival child friendly?


Do children need tickets?

Yes, every person attending smoke and fire festival must have a ticket.

Click here for all ticket types and further info.

Can I turn up and buy my ticket on the door?

We recommend you buy in advance not only to secure the best price and availability but also to reduce entrance crowds wishing to purchase tickets.

But a percentage of tickets will be available to purchase on the day. Please note that if any tickets remain, they may be subject to a higher on-the-door price tier.

Are tickets refundable?

Tickets are non-refundable once purchased unless event is cancelled.

Can I upgrade my ticket once purchased?

If you wish to add extras such as Wildfire VIP Lounge and pop-up restaurant reservations, please click here.

Where do I park?

Castle Park

  • Accessibility

    • Blue badge and disabled car parking is available in the High Street and Castle Street. Most areas of the Park are fully accessible on tarmac paths. However, as a historic landscape, some areas are only accessible by steps – these are the fishpond area and bandstand podium.
  • Public Transport

    • By train: Colchester Castle Park is a 10-minute walk from Colchester (Town) Station along Queens Street – head for the castle, the park is located just behind. Alternatively, we are a 20-minute walk from the main Colchester (North) Station.
    • By bus: Colchester Bus Station is located on Osborne Street in the Town Centre and runs regular services locally and regionally.
    • We are also operating a PARK & RIDE  which can be board from the A12 at junction 28.
  • Parking

Do I need to bring cash for those extra purchases?

The festival site does not have any ATM’s on the site, but most traders have card machines for those extra purchases.

Do you have disabled toilets?

Yes of course. All smoke and fire festival sites are very accessible.

Can I drive into the campsite?

Camping is only allowed on two Smoke and Fire Festival sites in 2021 – Essex (East) and Southport (North).

Where possible you will be allowed to park next to your pitch however were parking is separate but they will extremely close to each other. Between 100 and 200 metres dependent on where you park.

Please note: that there are NO electrical hook ups available.

Camping facilities

Please note this is  not regular campsite and has been set up specifically for the event to enable visitor to enjoy a whole weekend of festival

Toilets and Water are available in the camping area and the Cricket club next the camping has kindly allowed us to make use of their showers throughout the weekend  (a donation to the club of £1 per shower) ,

Please note: that there are NO electrical hook ups available and 24hr security will be in force throughout the festival

What happens if it rains the day of the festival?

The event has plenty of covering and shelters should the weather be a little inclement, so we’ll be celebrating rain or shine!


Dogs are allowed on site with a special dog ticket which can be purchased from here.

Dogs must be kept on a lead at all times.

Please be aware that only those with a dog pass may bring their dog.
This is to limit the total number of dogs on site.

Can I bring my own food and/or drink?

No food or alcoholic drinks are permitted to be brought into the site premises.

Bottled water is allowed.

Bag searches will be in operation at the entrance to the event and any food or alcoholic drinks will be retained.

What seating will be available?

There will be seating around the venue including lounge spaces and dining areas. If you fancy something a little more stylish, why not purchase a ticket to our Wild Fire Lounge area.

Can I smoke at the festival?

Yes, visitors are allowed to smoke unless inside a tent/covered space.

What is Smoke and Fire Festivals drug policy?

Smoke and Fire has a strict policy that does not tolerate drug use.

Anyone caught with illegal substances will be handed to the police.

Please note that all new psychoactive substances including nitrous oxide are also prohibited.

Is there a lost and found at Smoke and Fire Festival?

Can I volunteer at the festival in exchange for a ticket?

How can I apply for press/media passes?

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