One for all and all for... the good of the planet

This year Sunflowerfest needs your help to make a difference, and we've made a handy, easy-to-use guide for you to download.

You can also help by...

  • By separating and recycling and using the correct bins.
    (Bags will be available at each recycling point, clear bags for recyclable waste and black bags for general waste. We encourage you to please help us to recycle as much as possible)
    By keeping your campsite and the festival site tidy.
  • By bringing reusable bottles/cups for water and coffee/tea.
  • By only bringing what you need and making sure everything you bring is either brought home or recycled.
  • By attending one of the talks on sustainability.


We encourage everyone - festival goers, artists, traders and crew - to bring their own refillable (reusable, non-glass) bottles to utilise the various water points dotted around the site and in the campsites. Some bottled water will be available but we will ensure it is sustainably sourced and bottled in NI.

WaterAid will be providing a water refilling station and distributing a limited number of refillable/reusable bottles


and have a great weekend :)

Where can I drink my own alcohol

Please drink your own alcohol in the campsites.

Where is Sunflowerfest?

Sunflowerfest is in paradise , a wonderful place that exists in reality for one magical weekend a year but carries forward in your mind for your whole life.

If you are looking for paradise on a map then type in

31 Cabra Road Hillsborough BT26 6NB UK

we look forward to sharing an amazing weekend :)

Where can I get tickets?

Tickets are available on our tickets page

You may also be able to buy tickets from the gate Box Office, but expect these to be more expensive

Can I bring my own alcohol?


Only visitors with a weekend camping ticket are permitted to bring a limited personal allocation of their own alcohol into the festival with them.

Visitors with day tickets are not permitted to bring their own alcohol.

Each adult weekend camper may bring with them a maximum limit of

  • 36 cans of beer/cider OR
  • 2 litres of wine OR
  • 1 litre of spirits

Alcohol will only be admitted when you first enter the site. This will be when you show us your ticket and we give you a wristband. Once you have your wristbands you can enter and leave the site transporting your camping equipment, but you will not be allowed to bring alcohol through so it's very important all your alcohol is brought through on your first trip.

Absolutely no glass bottles are allowed anywhere at Sunflowerfest - Decant your alcohol into reusable containers before you arrive!

Security personnel at the entrance gate will be checking that the alcohol limits and glass policy have been adhered to and reserve the right to confiscate either.

Kidszone is always a hit

Kidszone is an area created for doodlers, day dreamers and messers to hang out & have fun while at Sunflowerfest.

KZ is a safe space for small kids and big kids alike. We have a schedule packed with arts, crafts, music, storytelling and so much more, so there's something for everyone!

Kidszone exists because we believe that the festival experience is as important to kids as it is to everyone else and we try to make that experience as exciting, educational and interactive as possible. We want our kids to play, participate, try out something new then come back again to show off how good they are at it! So maybe expect some messy hands but a lot of happy faces.

Past festivals have seen workshops by W5, Armagh Observatory and Little Stitches Sewing. The kids have made some outstanding creations from willow sculptures, dramatic viking ships, even aliens and entire galaxies! - Who knows what they'll produce this year.

No adults unless accompanied by a child! You've been warned now, so it doesn't matter how much fun it looks like they're having in there...!

We really hope you and your little ones enjoy everything that Sunflowerfest has to offer.

remember... Sunflowerfest is good for you !

One Earth

We know everyone will have a different vision for their One Earth - but here's where we are coming from:

We are all here on one earth together, with a shared future, and using the same finite resources.

Let's work to try and improve that future and our environment together. Let's start thinking about new ways to live sustainably and harmoniously on our One Earth.

This year we're feeling extra ambitious! We promise to improve our carbon and waste footprints by reducing, reusing and recycling as much as possible.

We encourage all our visitors, be they guests, traders, volunteers or artists to follow suit and consider their own impact over the weekend (and by extension in everyday life.)

Campervan essential info

What kind of vehicle qualifies for the campervan supplement?

Campervans, motor homes, caravans are all welcome to use our campervan field. Campervan supplements are available on our tickets page and you only need to buy one per vehicle

Commercial vans being used for sleeping in will not be permitted in the campervan area.

Don't buy a campervan ticket if you have anything other than a purpose built or adapted live in vehicle. We define this as having it's own in-built sleeping and kitchen facilities.

Does everybody in my group need to buy a campervan supplement?

Only one campervan supplement is required per vehicle.

Everyone in your group will need their own Weekend Camping Festival tickets though.

How much space will I get?

There'll be 5 metres space around your campervan for fire safety. You can put your awnings and canopies up in this area.

Can I also pitch a tent?

Tents are not permitted anywhere in the campervan area.

Can I park my car in the campervan area?

No. Cars are not permitted into any of the campsites or the campervan areas.

If you are bringing a caravan, your towing vehicle must be able to tow on rough ground and it must be moved to the carpark as soon as your caravan has been sited

Can I bring glass

You are not allowed to bring any glass for any reason. This is particularly important for campervan owners to remember since glass is normally found in your kicthens. Be warned, security will confiscate it on entry.

Is there an electrical hookup?

Not at this time

Can I bring a generator?

No. Generators are prohibited on the festival grounds.

Are there toilets?

Yes. The campervan area has serviced toilets and water

When should I arrive?

Load-in for campervans is from 17:00 and 20:00 on the Thursday evening before the festival.

If you arrive outside these times you will be denied entry with your campervan.

This is due to the road access to that part of the site and we must strictly adhere to these times. But you do get an extra night's camping for free!

How long before I can get the festival started?

Patience grasshopper. Let everybody else get here first! We'll need you to stay in the campervan field on Thursday night.

When the gates open on Friday morning and the first of our General Campers start to arrive you can start to move into other areas of the festival.

When can I leave?

The road access becomes available for camper vans again at 12:00 noon on Monday morning.

Camping Sites

We have 4 camping options at Sunflowerfest

General Camping Areas

Family Camping Areas

Campervan Area

Glamping Area


What is a loyalty ticket?

A loyalty ticket is the cheapest ticket on offer and available by invite only.

To qualify to receive this invite you must have bought tickets for last year's festival online (i.e. not at the gate Box Office) and you must give us your consent to keep you updated.

Just make sure you subscribe using the same email address you used when you bought your tickets.

If it says you're already subscribed, click the link to update your details.

Can I buy tickets at the gate?

Tickets will be available at the gate Box Office – but they will be higher prices than the online prices so it's better to buy your tickets online as soon as you can.

How long can I come for?

We'd love for you to come and spend the whole weekend with us but we know that life sometimes calls the shots, so our tickets page covers a whole range of options

  • All weekend - Arrive on Friday, leave on Monday
  • Saturday & Sunday - Arrive on Saturday, leave on Monday
  • Weekend Non-Camping - Access on Friday, Saturday and Sunday but no overnight stays
  • Friday - Access on Friday only and no overnight stay
  • Saturday - Access on Saturday only and no overnight stay
  • Sunday - Access on Sunday only and no overnight stay
Transaction fee and booking fee

Transaction fee

This fee is charged to cover the banking transaction costs of your purchase.

This fee will be no more than £1.50 and is only charged once per transaction.

We'll include this fee in the summary of your purchases, before you finalise and buy

Booking fee

Everything available on our tickets page are subject to a booking fee, which we pay to our ticketing agents (TheTicketSellers).

For each ticket or product we will always clearly display how much it is, how much the booking fee is, and their combined total price.

Booking fees breakdown

  • Babies, kids and teens festival tickets - £1
  • 16 & 17, Student and 18+ festival tickets - 5% + VAT (Min £1)
  • Vehicles - 5% + VAT (Min £1)
  • Camplight products - 5% + VAT (Min £1)
Onsite facilities

Accessible and regular toilets are available in each campsite and throughout the entire site.

For a small fee, a mobile phone charging station will make sure you can still post the perfect Instagram shot. Please use #SFF20 to trend.

There are dedicated hot shower blocks located in the Family Campsite beside the Sunflower Village and in the Rowdy Campsite.

Fresh water taps are available around the campsites and at various other locations. 

Dedicated barbecue areas in each campsite for anyone catering for themselves. Make sure you only barbecue in these areas and that you use these areas responsibly... the last thing anybody needs is a dirty BBQ area or a fire emergency!

All facilities are clearly signposted and can be found on the site map which will be available online and displayed on site.

Sustainability is at the forefront of our ethos

We have been following sustainable ideals with the festival and on the farm for many years now, as many of our Sunflowerfest friends know! Here's a quick breakdown in case you missed anything:

  • There are showers heated by a compost heap? Yes unbelievable, but entirely true.
  • The Welcome Arch, The Nuthatch, and the Enchanted Glade set features are made from winter prunings.
  • The Pond Stage, Campfire Stage, cocktail bars and baby-changing stations are made from sustainable pine logs from Jonesborough and Castlewellan.
  • The Community Garden is inspired by the ideas of Bill Mollison and Permaculture.

To date, we have planted thousands of trees on the farm. The bird life and wildlife are abundant and varied, and the farm is stunningly beautiful as a result.

We have avoided the use of harmful artificial fertilisers and pesticides.

We maintain our winter margins in our fields and plant native shrubs and flora to enrich the soil and provide much needed food and shelter for our wildlife and some of NI's most endangered species.

Arriving by car

If you are dropping off make sure you unload at the free shuttle bus at Legacurry crossroads.

Tubby's farm is in Hillsborough which is right on the route from Belfast to Dublin. From Belfast it only takes about 30 minutes and if you're coming from Dublin you should give yourself a couple of hours to get there.

Car Park Fee

We would like to discourage you from bringing your vehicle to the festival and to request that you find other, perhaps more sustainable means of arrival. The car park entrance fee is part of our efforts to reduce the number of vehicles coming to the site.

Anybody entering our car park must either pay a cash fee at the car park entrance or be in possession of a pre paid parking ticket for their vehicle (available at a discounted rate compared to the cash fee)

Dropping off friends and family by car


Drop off at free shuttle bus at Legacurry crossroads.

If you're getting a lift to the festival from an awesome friend or family member then you need to use the free shuttlebuss service.

Its cheaper to buy car park ticket online

The car park entrance fee applies even if you are just being dropped off so make the cheaper, quicker, wiser choice and use the shuttlebus.

Car park

For those that still wish to travel by car

If I leave, can I get back in?

Yes. Anybody with a wristband can come and go during festival performance hours but please restrict your car movements because the roads are very narrow and busy.  Movement will be restricted after 1am each night when the festival site is locked down.

Day ticket holders will get a stamp on their hand that identifies the day they can access the festival. They will not be able to return after that day.

Can I buy tickets for just one day?

We sell tickets for individual days only if we have capacity to do so. For this reason, we don't release day tickets until much closer to the event.

Check out our tickets page to see what's currently available

Do I need student ID?

Yes please, always carry your student ID with you- in your travel pouch.

Students are eligible for tickets at a discounted rate, but you gotta show us some valid Student ID before we let you in. Otherwise you'll need to buy an 18+ ticket instead.

When are the gates open?

Bear in mind that we are a live event, so this is one of those things that's subject to change, but we aim for the following important times:

  • Thursday
    • 15.00 - 20.00 Early camper load ( ticket holders only. Supplement £25) TBC
    • 17:00 - 20.00 Campervan load-in
  • Friday
    • 10:00 - Gates open for holders of all-weekend tickets in the family camping areas
    • 11:00 - Gates open for holders of all-weekend tickets in the general camping areas
    • 12:00 - Gates open for Friday day only ticket holders
    • 01:00 - Friday day only ticket holders must vacate
  • Saturday
    • 10:00 - Gates open for holders of Saturday & Sunday tickets in all camping areas
    • 11:00 - Gates open for Saturday day only ticket holders
    • 01:00 - Saturday day only ticket holders must vacate
  • Sunday
    • 11:00 - Gates open for Sunday day only ticket holders
    • 23:30 - Sunday day only ticket holders must vacate
  • Monday
    • 11:00 - All camping ticket holders must vacate
    • 12:00 - Campervan load-out
Kidszone essential info

Opening hours

  • Friday - 11:00 - 19:00
  • Saturday - 10:00 - 19:00
  • Sunday - 10:00 - 19:00

Outside these times, Kidszone will be locked and no entry is permitted

Kids must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times while inside Kidszone. This is for the safety of your child and all children.

Alcohol is not permitted in the Kidszone. It can be left in the KZHQ tent beside the entrance, and picked up again when you leave KZ.

Can I buy alcohol at the festival?

Sure can bud

There are a number of bars dotted around the festival providing reasonably priced beers, wines and cocktails.

Enjoy your alcohol responsible please.

Is there a rowdy campsite?

Yes there is. And to make it nice and easy for you we've called it... Rowdy Camping!

Just buy yourself a General Camping ticket and then follow the signs for Rowdy Camping when you get here.

You'll not be allowed access to the Rowdy camp sites if your ticket is for the Family Camping areas.

Both General and Rowdy camp sites are strictly over 18s only. Nice try kids!

Are there any ATMs?

There are no ATMs on site. However, debit card cashback is available at the bars and any other traders that accept card payments.

What type of ticket do I need for my family?

Everyone in your family needs their own barcoded ticket. There are no specific multiple person tickets for families of 2,3 or 4 etc .

We have tickets available for various age ranges so you just need to buy the tickets appropriate for each member of your family.

Why can't I see any day tickets?

Day tickets will not go on sale until much closer to the event allowing us to properly gauge the number of day tickets that can be made available.

Sunflowerfest Shuttle Bus

All drop offs at Legacurry crossroads please. For our shuttle bus is exactly that, a shuttle. From 11am, every day over the festival weekend our shuttles can transports guests, workers, artists and even the odd harp from the car park at Legacurry Crossroads to the main gates of the festival.

If you're getting the bus from Lisburn or are being dropped off by someone else then this is where you're looking for.

Do not try and walk down Cabra Road. The increased traffic makes it dangerous so its for vehicles only, and besides, there's really no need because WE HAVE A SHUTTLEBUS.

The service is absolutely free to use and is the preferred way to travel to the festival. The car park at Legacurry is a safe space off a main route and from there you're being taken directly to the festival.

When you're finished at the festival, the shuttlebus will take you right back to Legacurry again. Don't forget to make arrangements to be picked up from there.

Can I bring cooking stuff?

yes, but only if you have a weekend camping ticket.If you're camping with us for the weekend then you can make use of the areas in each campsite that have been marked out as safe places where barbecues are to be used.

Things to know

  • Only solid fuel barbecues may be used
  • No open fires allowed anywhere on site
  • No gas canisters allowed anywhere on site


What age groups can I buy tickets for?

Since we are a family first event, Sunflowerfest proudly welcomes people of all ages. You can buy tickets for...

  • Babies - 0 to 2 years - When accompanied by someone 18+
  • Kids - 3 to 12 years - When accompanied by someone 18+
  • Teens - 13 to 15 years - When accompanied by someone 25+
  • 16 & 17 - When accompanied by someone 25+
  • Student - 18+ - With valid student ID
  • 18+

Please note: if you are aged between 13 and 17, you need a parent/guardian who is at least 25 to accompany you 

Do you fancy camping on site?

We want you to have the most amazing Sunflowerfest experience possible so we recommend Camping on site for the full weekend. Whether this is your first camping trip or you are a seasoned camper the festival offers an unforgettable camping experience framed by some of the most beautiful natural surroundings Northern Ireland has to offer. 

Since 2002, we’ve rejuvenated Tubby’s Farm by planting thousands of trees and tending the land. The birdlife and wildlife are now both varied and abundant, and the farm is stunningly beautiful as a result. As a festival, we want nothing more than to share this amazing natural landscape and our love of nature – hoping that in doing so we can help increase appreciation and awareness of the environment and sustainability. 

Weekend camping tickets allow entry to the campsites from Friday 24th July until Monday 27th July 2018 and access to the festival site throughout the weekend. Weekend tickets allow unlimited re-entry to and from the festival site once the ticket is exchanged for a wristband.


**Please note that your BYO alcohol allowance can only be brought in by those with camping tickets (not day visitors) on their initial entry to the site and at no other time.

How many child tickets can I buy?

For the safety of everyone attending, there are a number of rules that must be observed when buying tickets for children. The following applies to our babies, kids, teens and 16/17 tickets.

  • You must be over 18 to buy tickets
  • One adult can accompany no more than two children. This means that you can only buy two child tickets for every one adult ticket you buy.
  • This applies to both camping and day tickets
  • If you are buying camping tickets, they must be for the Family Camping area. You will not be able to buy child tickets if you are only buying General Camping area tickets
Can I bring glass?


Absolutely no glass containers are permitted on site and anyone found with glass by security or staff will have it and its contents confiscated.

Be sensible and decant your alcohol and other liquids into reusable containers before you arrive.

Nasty cuts can be caused by broken glass so please do not bring any glass.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Some simple ways we can all make a difference, even in just one weekend.

We can Reduce our consumption...

  • Buy a decent tent this year and look after it and take it home with you to use next year - and the years that follow!

We can Reuse where we can...

  • Refill your reusable water bottle at the tap. This year NI Water and WaterAid will be giving away free reusable water bottles and providing a refilling station at the fest too. Our motto is REFILL NOT LANDFILL.

We can Recycle what we can't reuse...

  • We have separate bins for cans and plastics and food waste so please help us and the environment at Tubby's Farm by sorting your waste into the appropriate bins.
  • All our food waste will be composted so it can be spread on the land as a fertiliser and soil enricher so please use the correct container when disposing your waste.
What food is available?

Festival dining has came a long way from the days of plain burgers and hotdogs. Festival goers expect to embark on a taste adventure, trying foods from all around the globe.

Since NI Year of Food and Drink in 2016 we have placed more emphasis on the food and drink offering at the Sunflowerfest and now even have live food demos and workshops.

We invite only the best examples of local and international cuisine and our wide variety of food stalls give you choices that that are sure to prove tasty, nutritional and dietarily diverse.

For the duration of the weekend, food stalls will be open from morning till night.

Arriving by bus

Catch the shuttle bus from Legacurry crossroads when you arrive.

The Dromara bus from Lisburn Bus Station will drop you at the Legacurry crossroads which will be well signposted.

From here, you must use the free shuttle bus service which is available for the duration of the festival and runs between Legacurry crossroads and the festival main entrance.

Do not try and walk down Cabra Road. The increased traffic makes it dangerous so its for vehicles only, and besides, there's really no need because WE HAVE A SHUTTLEBUS!

Campsite Opening Times

Campsites are open at the following times...


The Campervan site is open for load-in between 17:00 and 20:00 on the Thursday before the festival

This is the only time that campervans will be permitted entry to the site

Family Camping Areas

11:00 on Friday

Gates will open at this time for Family Camping ticket holders only

General Camping Areas

12:00 midday on Friday.


Additional Information

You are not required to arrive on Friday, you can arrive at any time the gates are open over the weekend

Gates open at 10:00 on Saturday and Sunday for all visitors

Gates are closed to new visitors coming in at 21:00 each day

Day ticket holders are not permitted in the campsites and must vacate the site by 01:00 on Friday & Saturday nights and 23:30 on Sunday night

All campers must vacate the site by 12.00 midday on the Monday after the festival

Campervans and caravans must not attempt to exit the site before 09:00 on the Monday after the festival


Can I charge my phone

Yes. We will have phone charging facilities on site. There may be fees for this service.


What do the different ticket tiers mean?

Our ticket pricing follows a graduated structure which means the earlier you buy your ticket, the cheaper it is! Other than that, there is no difference between the tickets available at each tier

Available tiers in order of cost

  • Loyalty - Invite only
  • Early Bird - Limited availability online
  • Tier 1 - Available online when the first lineup announcement is made
  • Tier 2 - Available online when tier 1 sells out
  • Gate - Available at the gate box office only
Do I need ID?

It's always a good idea to bring ID in case we need to verify your age. Especially if you're a child that looks older than your years or if you're an adult that wants to bring alcohol and you look younger than 25

There are plenty of situations where we will be required to verify the details you give us and so it's a good idea to have appropriate ID with you. For instance

  • If you have an under 18's ticket but look older, you will be required to buy an 18+ ticket if you are not able to prove your age.
  • If you look younger than 25, you will not be permitted entry with alcohol if you are not able to prove your age.
  • If you have a student ticket, you will not be permitted entry without valid student ID.

We recommend you keep all your ID, cash and money cards in a travel style pouch and keep it with you at all times.


If I don’t want to camp, can I still attend the festival?

Yes, of course. We’d love you to join us at the festival and we offer a range of non-camping tickets. Our full list of pricing options are available on our tickets page.

ACCESS Camping

Sunflowerfest is an all-inclusive festival and we encourage anyone with a disability or special needs to contact us ahead of the festival so that we are prepared to welcome you. Should you, a friend or family member wish to visit the festival site before the festival, please contact us to arrange a time.

All enquiries should be emailed to:

Accessible toilets will be present throughout the festival site.

In addition, our dedicated staff will be available, both in the car park and on the festival site to provide you with any assistance you may require.



Should my children be accompanied?

Yes, children should be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times- even in the kids zone.

The festival site is a working farm with all the trips and hazards associated with a farm so please note:-

  • Children aged 0 to 12 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian aged 18+ at all times
  • Children aged 13 to 17 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian aged 25+ at all times
  • One parent/guardian can accompany no more than two children

It'll be a good idea to bring proof of age for any child who looks older than their years. You may be asked to provide this, especially for teenagers. If the person's age cannot be verified then they will be required to buy an 18+ ticket to gain entry.

I have a day ticket, can I bring alcohol?

Sorry but no byo booze is permitted on  aday ticket entry.

If you like to bring your own alcohol then you need a weekend camping ticket.

Hic! :)



Can I get to my car during the festival?

Yes, you are free to access your car, however, access to the car-park will be restricted after 1.00am each night when the festival site is locked down.

How long can I stay?

This depends on which ticket you bought

Camping ticket holders have to leave by 12:00 noon on the Monday after the festival.

Day ticket holders must leave by

  • Friday night - 1am
  • Saturday night - 1am
  • Sunday night - 11.30pm soz but you should have bought camping tickets!
Can I buy non-alcoholic drinks?

Yes, you will be able to purchase hot and cold drinks including a wide range of tea, coffee and juice from most food vendors.

There are also free-to-use water mains points throughout the site.

Can I bring my dog?

We love those wee, furry, four legged critters. We'd love nothing more than to be able to share our weekend with them, but even Lucy and Poppy have been temporarily re-homed, and they live here!

Unfortunately pets aren't allowed anywhere on site, even in the car parks

Guide/hearing dogs are exempt from this. If you require this kind of assistance, please contact us and let us know what we can do to help you.

Which campsites can I go to?

Our camp sites are strictly divided between Family and General Camping areas so please make sure you buy the correct type of camping ticket

  • If you have children in your party, you must buy tickets for the Family Camping areas
  • If you do not have children in your party, you must buy tickets for the General Camping areas
  • You can only access Family campsites if you have a Family Camping wristband
  • You can only access General and Rowdy campsites if you have a General Camping wristband
  • You will not be able to access any campsite if you buy a day ticket

Your cooperation here is very important to us. If you see anything which doesn't look right like non families in the Family Camping area, children in the Rowdy Camping areas please let a security person or volunteer know asap.