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General Information

What is the Summerhill Festival?

The Summerhill Festival of Childhood will be a community and family-friendly event, that will bring together many exciting projects, collaborations, workshops, talks, presentations and performances based on art, music, theatre, dance, craft, educational and child rearing approaches, psychology, sustainability, community and children’s rights for thousands of participants. 

Please check out our website for more details: www.summerhillfestival.com.


When will the festival take place? 

We launched Summerhill School’s official centenary celebrations on 30/1/2021 with the wonderful 100th Birthday Festival Taster Event. 

As was announced at the event: this was the first of many celebratory events which will take place over the coming months. To include a big online event this summer, as well as fun events which Summerhill supporters can host themselves throughout the year, and the festivities will culminate in our historic offline Summerhill Festival of Childhood next summer 2022!

Here are the new official dates for next year’s Summerhill Festival of Childhood: 5-10th August 2022. 

Put it in the diary, and we look forward to lots of hugs with our friends and supporters from all corners of the world at this historic event. 

We’re so excited to extend our celebrations for another year and we invite you to come on this journey with us. Watch this space for more news:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/summerhillfestivalofchildhood

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SHillChildFest

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/summerhillfestival2022/



Is the Festival going to take place on school grounds?

No, the Festival will be located on Peakhill Farm, a few minutes drive away from Summerhill School.


Can I visit Summerhill school? 

Yes, there will be organised tours to visit the school, a lovely 40 minute walk from the festival.


Is it possible to attend for a single day?

Yes, the day tickets are valid until the following morning 10h00.


Will there be interpreters?  

No, unfortunately will not be able to provide this service.  In the past, groups of guests have brought their own interpreters. Please contact us, if you have any questions.


Will events be cancelled if there is bad weather?

The Summerhill festival will be outdoors, the show will go ahead rain or shine.  However, there are plenty of undercover areas to seek refuge. We advise to come prepared for all weather.


Can I donate towards the Festival?

All donations will be gratefully received.  Please visit our website for more information. www.summerhillfestival.com 


How can I help? I would like to volunteer during the festival. 

Thank you for wanting to give your precious time and work with our wonderful team! Please follow this link and let us know what you would like to do.



I have a business.  How can I be part of the festival?

We would love to hear from you. Please visit our website for more information: www.summerhillfestival.com 


Can I bring my dog?

Sorry not pets are allowed at the festival. Guide dogs are the only animals permitted.


Am I allowed to bring my service dog? 

Yes of course, you may bring your approved service dog.


What’s the camera and filming policy?

Please check out our Terms & Conditions as well as the Privacy Policy associated with the festival for more information. www.summerhillfestival.com 


Are bicycles allowed?

Bicycles are permitted on site. Please note that the safe keeping of bicycles is completely at your own risk.


How can I connect with other people who are planning to attend the Festival?

You can connect to other prospective festival goers on the following social media sites.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/summerhillfestivalofchildhood

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SHillChildFest

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/summerhillfestival2022/


When will the tickets be available? 

The Early Bird, full 6 day festival tickets will be available until 31st March 2021. 

Other ticket types will be available from the 1st of April 2021.

Please check out our Ticket Tailor ticketing site:  https://buytickets.at/summerhillfestivalofchildhood


What type of tickets are available and how much do they cost? 

Adult (18 and above)

Early Bird Adult 6 Days Full Ticket – £176

Adult 6 Days Full Ticket – £220


Child (4-17 years)

Early Bird 6 Days Full Ticket – £52

6 Days Full Ticket – £65

Child (0-3years) Free


Day Tickets

Adult Day Ticket – £50

Child Day Ticket – £15


Can I buy tickets on the day?

Yes, but only day tickets will be available to purchase on the day.


I am a student/ex-summerhillian/retired/have a disability etc. Can I have a discount?

Unfortunately, we will be unable to offer any discounts.


What payment options are available?

We currently accept PayPal or card payment through Stripe, on the festival ticketing website.


Will I be able to re-enter the site if I leave during the day?

Once you receive your wristband on arrival, you may come and go from the festival site as you please.  Any wristband which has been removed, damaged, or cut is rendered invalid and re-entry will not be permitted.


I bought a ticket, but have not received a confirmation. 

Ticket Tailor will email you a confirmation and reference for your ticket. Please contact us for any other information or ticket issues: festival@100yearsofsummerhill.co.uk

Please check your spam folder, before contacting us.


Can I resell or give my ticket to a friend if I cannot attend?

Yes you may transfer ownership of your ticket. Please email us the new person’s information for confirmation, so they can receive your wristband at the festival. festival@100yearsofsummerhill.co.uk


When will I receive my tickets? 

As soon as you pay for your tickets on the Ticket Tailor website you will receive an email confirmation and a reference. Please keep these details safe for your entry to the festival.


How must my ticket be presented when I arrive at the festival?

Please present the booking reference on your mobile phone (for eco conscious reasons), a printed version of your ticket will also be accepted if this is your only option.



Where will the festival take place?

As you probably know, Summerhill School is situated in Leiston, Suffolk. It is a small town in the countryside, so it is easier to get there if you have a car.

However, if you prefer using public transportation, the best way to get to Leiston is by train. The nearest train station is in Saxmundham.


Peakhill Farm, Theberton

IP16 4TG


Or please follow this link: https://www.google.com/maps/place/Leiston+IP16+4TG,+Egyesült+Királyság/@52.2320701,1.5264977,15z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x47d989b72a61a155:0x6a1ad1884ddf6077!8m2!3d52.2330541!4d1.5354793


How do you get to the festival? 

By Car:



By Plane:

The closest airport to Leiston is London Stansted Airport but most international flights would probably land at London Heathrow Airport. Please check out the following public transportation options in order to get to and travel around in this part of the country:

Transportation from all London airports:



By Tube: https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/tube/ (Underground services to London Liverpool Street Station (carry on by train from there)


By Train: http://trainline.com/

(From London Stansted Airport / London Liverpool Street Station to Saxmundham)


By Coach: https://www.nationalexpress.com/en (From London Stansted Airport / London Heathrow Airport to Ipswich)


By Bus: https://bustimes.org/localities/leiston (From Ipswich / Saxmundham to Leiston, weekdays only)


Once you arrive in Saxmundham, you would need to book a taxi or catch a bus to Leiston. They are small taxi businesses so their cars have to be booked a few days in advance but they are aware we are having this event so they will get you here, you just might need to wait a bit. It is not enough to call them “on the spot”. So: “No taxi rank at the station, pre-book only.” Also, they could potentially pick you up at the airport as well, just make sure you book them well in advance.

Taxi A2B: +441728633003


Bus times:




If you would like to find other travellers going to the festival and perhaps share your journey, please reach out to any of our social media pages.


Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/summerhillfestivalofchildhood

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SHillChildFest

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/summerhillfestival2022/


Does the venue have a car park?

Yes, car parking is provided for ticket holders.


Is there designated parking for disabled people?

Yes – there will be disabled parking spaces close to the festival entrance for blue badge holders.  Please email us if you need any other provisions for your disability: festival@100yearsofsummerhill.co.uk.


Do I need a car pass? 

Yes, a Car Park Pass will be provided on arrival at the festival for ticket holders.


Do I need a visa to attend? 

If you are not coming from the United Kingdom please check out the UK Government website for all details on Visa: https://www.gov.uk/standard-visitor-visa  


What are the different types of accommodation available? 

  • rent a tent,
  • bring a tent,
  • site for camper vans, 
  • hotel etc in the local area (see below) We suggest this option only if you are travelling by car.


You can book a B&B or hotel in Leiston or the surrounding areas. We recommend checking out Airbnb and Booking.com for accommodation. There are many lovely small towns around the area, although these would require taxis or your own transportation to get to the festival everyday.

Here is a list of surrounding towns; Leiston, Aldringham, Knodishall, Saxmundham, Eastbridge, Theberton, Friston, Benhall Green, Yoxford, Westleton, Middleton, Thorpeness, Aldeburgh and Snape.

https://www.airbnb.co.uk/ and https://www.booking.com/United-Kingdom/Hotels


Will there be showers, electrical points, water points, kitchen facilities at the festival?

Showers: Yes

Electrical Points:Yes

Water Points: Yes

Kitchen facilities: Yes, shared campsite access to kitchens.


Are there any electrical hook-ups on the campsite?

There is no access to campervan or campsite electrical hook-ups.


Are there local shops available within walking distance from the festival?

There are grocery shops about an hour’s walk away, in Leiston. We will have a variety of food and other vendors on site at the festival.


Is accommodation included in the ticket price? 

When you purchase a Full 6 Day Festival Ticket,  please bring your own tent and camping equipment.

If you are unable to bring a tent and still would like to camp in our campsite, add-on camping accommodation options are available.

Day Tickets also allow you to camp for one night, the night proceeding the day of the ticket of purchase. The same camping options as above apply


Are meals included in the ticket price? 

No, food is not included in the ticket price.


Can I buy food at the festival? 

We will have a variety of food and other vendors on site at the festival.


Can I bring my own food, alcohol, bottles and glass to the festival?

Yes, but no glass will be allowed.  You are only allowed to bring alcohol, if you are over 18.


I have a dietary restriction, what should I do?

All dietary restrictions will be your own responsibility, please plan accordingly.


At the Festival


Will there be wheelchair access/disabled facilities?

Wheelchair facilities including toilets and showers will be provided. Please note this is a festival and situated in a field, so rough/bumpy/grassy ground is expected.


What are the payment options at the Festival? 

Most vendors at the festival will accept card payments. You may also request Cash Back from certain vendors on site. 


Will there be an ATM available at the festival? 

No ATMs will be provided. There are ATMs available in the towns of Saxmundham and Leiston.


Will I be able to park my car next to my tent?

Unfortunately not. Health and safety regulations do not allow one to park by the camping area.


Can we camp with all our friends in one place? Is it possible to reserve a space?

No reservations. But we are happy for you to organise your campsite with friends.


Can we camp next to our friends camper van?

Unfortunately not. Health and safety regulations do not allow this.


Can we use a generator in the campsite?

No generators allowed on site. You are welcome to use your campervan/camping battery packs.


Will there be a creche available for my children during the festival? 

Unfortunately there will be no creche or child care facilities provided.


Is there seating, or should I bring my own chairs?

A limited amount of seating is provided in front of the stages and near catering outlets.  It is a good idea to bring your own lightweight chairs or blankets to sit on.


Is there mobile coverage onsite?

There is mobile coverage available in the area, please check with your provider.


Is there somewhere I can charge my mobile?

Yes, mobile phone/tablet/laptop charging areas will be provided.


Will there be medical facilities?

Yes, First Responders and First Aid will be provided.


Are there shops at the festival?

Yes, food vendors and other contributors will be on site.


Will there be a locker?  

No, unfortunately we will be unable to provide lockers at the festival.


WIll there be a lost and found? 

Yes, the Lost and Found will be situated at the main entrance area of the festival.


Can I have a barbeque or fire at the campsite?

No unauthorised fires will be permitted on site. Gas cookers and camping cookers are permitted as per the UK Health and Safety Guidelines.


Can I bring a Gazebo?

No gazebos permitted.


What should campers do with their rubbish? Will there be recycling?

Bins/skips will be provided for general trash at the festival and in the camping and campervan areas.

Recycling bins will also be provided for other recyclable items. We remind and request that the ‘no trace’ mentality is followed, please be as eco conscious as possible at the festival. 


Will there be music? At what time will the music finish at the end of the day?

Some events will have music including live bands, dj’s and other music.

Music and festivities at the festival and in the arena will end at 12 o’clock at night.


Can I buy Summerhill Festival and Summerhill School Merchandise at the festival? 


Cancellation & Refund 



Should the Festival be cancelled due to COVID-19 related restrictions you are entitled to a full refund on your ticket.

You understand that the Summerhill Festival of Childhood shall be presented in accordance with applicable public health conditions as of the date of the event and which may change at any time as determined by applicable government bodies, departments, agencies or instrumentalities, artists or the promoter; such requirements may include, without limitation, changes to capacity, attendance procedures and entry requirements, such as proof of vaccination and/or a negative COVID-19 test, and other protective measures such as requiring attendees to wear face coverings. If any ticket holder does not comply with any laws, mandates, health orders or directives, promoter or venue terms, conditions or rules, then the promoter or venue operator may refuse admission or require any ticket holder to leave the venue and you/ticket holder will not be entitled to a refund.


Full refunds on SFoC tickets are only considered on major cancellation, substantial alteration or by special exception determined by SFoC.

Full refunds of tickets will be considered and/or obtained by contacting us on festival@100yearsofsummerhill.co.uk 

A 10% administration charge will be retained on all refunded tickets.

Tickets are fully refundable up until 5 May 2022, with a 10% administration charge of the ticket order.

Cancellation between 30-90 days before festival start date will result in a 50% cancellation fee.

Tickets are non-refundable after 5 July 2022 at 23:59 (UK Time)



Are there any special COVID-19 regulations?

Please check https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus.



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If you have any further questions please feel free to contact us at festival@100yearsofsummerhill.co.uk 


Early Bird Tickets will be available on 11th of December 2020