IN ADVANCE OF YOUR VISIT TO SMITHFIELD 150:
How can I find out what’s on, when?
Sign up to our mailing list to receive programme announcements and the full schedule via email one week before the event.
Do I need a ticket?
Smithfield 150 is a free event and you don’t need to book in advance. However, capacity is limited so we recommend that you arrive early to avoid disappointment. The festival kicks off at 11am on both Saturday and Sunday and winds down at 8pm on both days.
Is it Free?
Smithfield 150 is free to attend, and there are lots of free activities for all ages once you are on site. There are a limited number of activities which have a small charge, including fairground rides and some workshops. Details of all activities, including any entry/participation costs can be found on the Saturday or Sunday tabs.
We recommend that you walk, cycle or travel by public transport.
We are a 3 – 7 minute walk from three London Underground Stations:
- Barbican (Hammersmith & City Line, Metropolitan Line, Circle Line)
- Farringdon (Hammersmith & City Line, Metropolitan Line, Circle Line & Thameslink National Rail services)
- St Paul’s (Central Line)
The area is well served by buses. Find out the nearest bus stations and routes.
Limited bicycle parking is available on site at Gate 1 (East Poultry Avenue) and Gate 3 (Smithfield Street). We cannot accept liability for loss/damage, so please ensure you secure your bikes correctly. Any bikes left on site after the close of the event each day will be removed. Take a look at Transport for London's Cycle Journey Planner to help plan your route.
There is no public parking on the event site, however the nearest car park is at Barbican Centre.
ENTRANCE TO SMITHFIELD 150:
There are three entrances to the site.
- GATE 1 on Charterhouse Street at East Poultry Avenue
- GATE 2 on Long Lane from Barbican Station
- GATE 3 in Smithfield Street from Snow Hill
Gate 1 is closest to Farringdon Station
(Circle, Hammersmith and City, Metropolitan and Thameslink)
Walking from Farringdon Station (5 mins)
Walk north-east towards Turnmill Street, and then turn right onto Cowcross Street. At the end you’ll see the Smithfield Market buildings in front of you. Turn Right onto St John Street and right again onto Charterhouse Street. Gate 1 is on the other side of the road to your left, in East Poultry Avenue.
Gate 2 is closest to Barbican Station
(Circle, Hammersmith and City and Metropolitan lines)
Walking from Barbican Station (3 mins)
Turn Right out of the station on to Aldersgate Street and turn right again on to Long Lane. Gate 2 will be in front of you.
Gate 3 is closest station to St Paul’s Station
Walking from St Paul’s Station (7 mins)
Walk north-west on Cheapside towards Panyer Alley. Continue on to Newgate Street, then turn right on to Snow Hill, and then right onto Smithfield Street. Gate 3 will be in front of you.
ON ARRIVAL AT SMITHFIELD 150:
What parts of Smithfield Market will the event be held in?
The event incorporates the market avenues, Lindsey Street, Long Lane to the western end of West Smithfield and Smithfield Street, West Smithfield, Rotunda Garden and Cloth Fair.
Please do not come to the event with large bags as there are no cloakroom facilities. Bag checks may be in operation at the gates.
Will the queues be long?
The site has a limited capacity of 10,000. If the festival site is busy you may need to wait for people to leave before you can enter, but we don’t anticipate a long wait. There are lots of things to do once you’re inside the festival. Please note that some activities have a limited capacity and there may be a short wait during busy periods.
What happens if it rains?
We’ll be going ahead come rain or shine, so do check the weather forecast so you can dress appropriately. There are lots of inside spaces, and covered areas to explore, so don’t let the weather put you off!
Local businesses and residents
The festival is in a busy inner-city area. If you are attending a venue, business or residence inside the festival site, please head to one of the gates and our stewards will help you navigate your way through the site.
Road Closures around the area
West Smithfield Rotunda (apart from access to blue badge spaces adjacent to St Bart's hospital) will be closed from midday on Friday 24 August.
Cloth Fair will be closed from 6pm on Friday 24 August, though controlled resident/business access will be facilitated by stewards outwith event operational hours (0900 - 2130 Saturday and Sunday).
Lindsey Street, Long Lane to the western end of West Smithfield and Smithfield Street, West Smithfield, Rotunda Garden and Cloth Fair will be closed from 6am Saturday 25 August until 3pm Monday 27 August. Controlled resident/business access will be facilitated outwith event operational hours (0900 - 2130 Saturday and Sunday).
Parking bays inside the event will be suspended from Friday 24 August until 1500 on Monday 27 August.
The Smithfield Market underground car park will be closed from 1200 on Friday 24 August until 1500 Monday 27 August. Permit holders will receive correspondence from Smithfield Market with details of alternative parking being provided at London Wall.
Where possible, access/egress will be facilitated during overnight hours of 2130 - 0800 each night with the help of our stewards.
If you are a local business or resident and have specific queries or would like further information regarding these arrangements, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
PRACTICAL INFO ONCE YOU'RE HERE:
Families and Young Children
Smithfield 150 is a family-friendly event and we welcome visitors of all ages. There will be a special area for under 5s and their families on both days, and a space to park a limited number of buggies. There will be baby change facilities and accessible toilets on the site.
Care & Safety
Please remember the following tips when bringing children to Smithfield 150:
- No unaccompanied under 14s are allowed onsite – all under 14s must be accompanied by an adult over 18 who must remain on site throughout the event.
- We recommend picking up one of our children’s wristbands which parents can write their mobile phone numbers on – these are available from the entrance gates and from info point.
- Any lost children and people are looked after by the Welfare Team and all relevant agencies are contacted.
- Where age restrictions apply, proof of age/ID may be required.
- Smithfield 150 may include performances that are unsuitable for children. Where this is the case, age restrictions will be advertised in advance and signed at the festival where possible.
By entering the festival site you agree to be filmed and photographed. Images may be used by Culture Mile, and its partners for press, marketing and archive purposes. If you do not want your photo to be taken or for photos of you to be used, please go to the Info Point and we can ensure this is communicated to the relevant parties.
A variety of food and drink will be on sale across the weekend, catering for a range of different dietary requirements, including family friendly food offers.
You’re welcome to bring your own food for personal consumption but we heartily encourage you to sample what’s on offer at the event. Please remember no alcohol, glass or knives will be allowed onto the event, nor any large picnic baskets, coolers or BBQs.
In addition to the festival bars and food stalls, some local pubs, bars, restaurants and cafes will also be open within the site.
There are three festival bars on site: a large main bar, a cocktail and spirits bar, and a craft beer and ale bar. Each bar will be selling drinks from London-based brands.
Any alcohol purchased at the event must be consumed before leaving the site. Challenge 21 will be in operation, so if you're lucky enough to look under 21, please bring ID with you.
Please remember no alcohol can be brought into the site.
There will be a free water point on site so bring a reusable or plastic bottle with you to refill. Please note no glass can be brought onto site.
Some stalls and food traders will be able to accept card payments but the majority won’t, so we recommend you bring enough cash with you to get what you need. There are cash points located outside of the festival site, near each of the three entrances.
Culture Mile free Wifi will be available across the site.
Temporary toilets will be located across the site. Accessible toilets and baby change facilities are available at each of the toilet blocks.
Entry to the event is free and managed on a first-come, first-served basis. The event site has a total capacity of 10,000 people and once the site is full, entry will be one in, one out. Should you need to leave the site, and the site is busy, we cannot guarantee that you will be able to get back in, so come prepared!
To ensure that the event runs smoothly and is as enjoyable as possible for everyone, please be aware of the following terms and conditions of entry:
- Alcohol, controlled drugs or substances suspected to be a controlled drug, including 'legal' highs and nitrous oxide canisters/dispensers, aren't allowed into the event.
- There will be security carrying out body and bag searches at the entrances.
- Bicycles cannot be cycled inside the festival but can be left at the event cycle park at your own risk.
- Strictly no roller skating, scootering, inline skating or skateboarding on the event site, except in designated areas. The event will be very crowded and this is to prevent accidents.
- No unaccompanied under 14s are allowed onsite – all under 14s must be accompanied by an over 18 and this adult must remain on site throughout the event.
- Small and personal provisions of food and soft drinks will be allowed. There will be a wide range of food and drink available to purchase on site.
- No barbeques, unauthorised professional video equipment or gazebos can be brought into the site.
- Dogs can be brought onto the site during the event, but must be kept on a short lead.
- Please remember no alcohol, glass or knives will be allowed onto the event, nor any large picnic baskets, or coolers.
Accessibility around the Festival
The festival takes place in Smithfield Market and on the closed streets surrounding it.
As the site is mainly on the street, most of the site is flat and easily accessible, but there are pavements and general street furniture. The majority of the stages will be designed for standing audiences. Seating will be available around the site. Should you have any specific needs, please go to one of the main Info Points and we’ll do our best to help.
We do not have any wheelchairs or mobility scooters that we can lend out during the weekend.
Blue badge parking is available on streets outside the site.
There will be a viewing area at the front of the Main Stage which will be stewarded during performance times.
Accessible toilets are available at each of the toilet blocks and near the Rotunda Garden.
Sign up for Smithfield 150 updates and to receive a digital version of the Festival Guide and map. There will be printed maps available from the Info Point on the weekend.
BSL and Hearing Loops
We will make every effort to have a hearing loop or BSL interpreter on the main stage. There will be a hearing loop at the information point adjacent to the Rotunda Garden.