Grow Festival FAQ
Here’s the answers to some of our Frequently Asked Questions to help you plan and enjoy your weekend at Grow Festival!
Grow Festival is an outdoor arts festival that is free to enter and suitable for all ages. However, throughout the weekend, and afterwards online, there will be opportunities to give a donation to help keep the festival free for everyone. Please give whatever you are able to.
We anticipate that the festival will be busy, so if you really want to see a performance, arrive at the performance area early to ensure a space. Please feel free to bring a folding chair if you prefer a seat, or bring a picnic blanket for the grassy areas.
On Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd the Grow Festival programme will available from the festival Information Points. Before the festival programmes can be picked up from The Core at Corby Cube and Corby Boating Lake cafe, or find out what’s on in advance online HERE.
There will be two Information Points manned by Grow Festival staff who can give you all the information you need on venues and acts during the weekend. The Information Points are marked on the map in the Grow Festival programme (page 11) at James Ashworth VC Square and Corby Boating Lake.
Accessible toilets are marked on the map in the Grow Festival programme (page 11) at Corby Boating Lake Cafe and at Willow Place above Dorothy Perkins (which cost 20p). Additional toilets will be available at Corby Boating Lake on Saturday only.
There is a First Aid presence on site during the weekend. If you feel unwell and require medical attention please go to an Information Point or ask someone in a Grow Festival t-shirt to contact our First Aid Team for you.
Lost persons and property
Grow Festival has a designated lost persons team who will look after any children or vulnerable adults who have become separated from their guardians. If you lose a child or vulnerable person please contact someone in a Grow Festival t-shirt or our security personnel immediately or go to one of the Grow Festival Information Points for help.
Lost property that has been handed in can be collected from an Information Point.
Grow Festival will take place come rain or shine, but in the case of heavy rain the programme might change slightly. Look out for Wet Weather Alerts and programme changes on our website and on Twitter @GrowCorby.
Audience Guides & Access
Look out for someone in a yellow Grow Festival t-shirt if you need help with accessing some of the activities on offer – they will be able to guide you.
There will be additional disabled parking spaces at the Boating Lake car park, however, be aware that there is an upwards slope from the Boating Lake car park to the site of The Whale, Colourscape and Music of The Spheres. An alternate route along a flat surface is from the Parkland Gateway Car park along Westcott Way to the Boating Lake site.
Food and Drink
There are food outlets and restaurants all around Corby town centre, including our festival bar Olive where you can buy our specially made #GROWjito festival cocktail, from which the profits go to support Grow Festival! There are also food outlets at Corby Boating Lake and you are welcome to use the grassy area around Corby Boating Lake if you wish to bring your own picnic.
We will be taking photographs and/or filming shows and other events throughout the festival to be used for promotional purposes. If you do not wish to be included please let the Grow Festival photographer know or contact us. We will be sharing live during the weekend using the hashtag #GrowCorby.
Travelling to Grow Festival
There are no planned road closures in the town centre during Grow Festival but please be aware that the stretch of George Street between Cardigan Place and Everest Lane is for buses and taxis only on Saturdays from 8am until 6pm unless specific access is required.
The main routes into Corby are the A43 North from Kettering and Northampton, the A6003 from Oakham and Uppingham, the A43 South from Stamford and Oundle and the A427 from Market Harborough.
Buses arrive into Corby town centre at George Street, which is right in the middle of the festival – so as soon as you step off the bus you can get involved right away!
The Traveline website is a very useful tool in helping you plan your bus journey www.traveline.info
Corby railway station has direct links with Kettering, Wellingborough and Bedford, as well as services from Leicester for which you can change at Kettering. Corby railway station is a 20 minute walk from the town centre, however there are nearby bus connections – see the Traveline website to help you choose the best bus connection to co-ordinate with your train times www.traveline.info