Lewes District Council
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Lewes is gearing up for the two-day Gentlemen of the Road Stopover hosted by Mumford & Sons on Friday 19 and Saturday 20 July.
Car parking is available at Malling Field and Spring Barn Farm priced £20 for the weekend. Tickets can be purchased on the gate upon arrival.
Lewes District Council is co-ordinating a host of fringe events supported by Lewes Town Council and sponsors Harveys, Billís, Sussex Sports Cars and Starfish Music. Details are available on the Gentlemen of the Road (GoTR) Lewes Stopover website.
Listings, a handy map, and information about pubs, restaurants and other attractions and activities in the town and around the district will also be published in a free Lewes Stopover Guide, produced jointly by the district council and Viva Lewes magazine. It will be available from Friday 12 July from the Tourist Information Centre, 187 High Street, and usual Viva Lewes outlets. The guide will be handed out to festival goers as they arrive and by volunteer guides around the town over the weekend.
Around 25,000 people are expected to attend the festival, including many local residents.
Cllr James Page, Leader of Lewes District Council, said, ďIím delighted Mumford & Sons have chosen to stopover in Lewes and I hope they and all the visitors they bring will fall for its charms and want to visit again. Thereís a lot for residents to enjoy too, so I hope everybody can get into the spirit of it, and bear with the temporary disruption. Attracting this many new visitors to such a high profile event can only be good for the economy and life of the town.Ē
Visitors will start arriving on the morning of Friday 19 July, to park in the festival car parks at Malling Fields and Spring Barn Farm and set up in campsites at Priory Field or Spring Barn Farm. All campers must book in advance when they buy their tickets, and parking should be booked in advance too. Tickets are on sale on the GoTR website.
The festival takes place on Convent Field, to the south of the town. Lewes Priory ruins will be closed to the public from 12 July and Convent Field and the playing field will be closed to the public from Sunday 14, so the site can be secured and set-up. They will reopen on Wednesday 24 July. Regular users of the parks are advised to use the nearby Stanley Turner sports ground instead.
The festival runs from 5pm to 11pm on Friday 19 July and from 12 noon to midnight on Saturday 20 July. Fringe events kick-off with a five-a-side football tournament, in which Mumford & Sons and other bands will compete, at Lewes FC at noon on Friday 19 July.
The Gentlemen of the Road organisers are encouraging people to come to the festival by public transport where possible to avoid pressure on roads and parking in the town. However, they warn there are no direct trains to London from Lewes after the shows on Friday or Saturday nights, though there are some trains to local destinations including Brighton.
Southern Railways will run a late night bus service to mirror rail routes to Brighton, Eastbourne and Seaford. Buses will run from the close of the event until around 3am on the Friday and Saturday nights.
East Sussex County Council is responsible for highways and on-street parking restrictions. Temporary waiting restrictions will be in place from 7am on 19 July to 7pm on 21 July on many roads in and around the town, to prevent roadside parking, including the A26, A27, side roads and through Kingston. Normal controlled parking zone restrictions and traffic enforcement will also apply.
Roads immediately around the festival site: Mountfield Rd, Ham Lane and Cockshut Road, south of Cluny St, will be closed from 7am on Friday 19 July to noon on Sunday 21 July. Access will be maintained for residents, their visitors and businesses. GoTR will distribute passes to affected residents next week.
Details of parking restrictions and road closures will be available on East Sussex County Councilís website.
The walking route to the site from Malling Fields car park will be via Cliffe High Street, Friars Walk, Lansdown Place and Station Road. This is also the most accessible route to and from the town for people with mobility difficulties. The main festival entrance will be via Cockshut Road to the south. GoTR will have marshals on duty all around and inside the festival.
Published: 06 February 2013