Taste of the South will take place on 21 – 22 July 2018 at Chapel Gate, Christchurch BH23 6BS.

Saturday 21st

The doors will open at 10:00 and close at 20:00.

Sunday 22nd

The doors will open at 10:00 and close at 17:00.



Taste of the South is not a camping festival. If you are looking to stay overnight after the festival, please find our recommended hotels and camp sites here.




There are a variety of ways to get to Chapel Gate, Christchurch. Please see our ‘Getting Here’ section.

There is free parking on site with limited spaces. Please car share if you can.




Taste of the South is a family – friendly festival, with a dedicated children’s play area.

Children under 16 years old must be accompanied by a parent or guardian (18 or over) at all times.

If you’re 16 or older you can attend on your own, please bring ID with you.


Adult admission tickets are £4 when bought in advance. Click here to buy your tickets. You will not need to print your ticket – you can present your ticket at the site gates via your phone.

Advance ticket offer ends on July 15th 2018.

Adult admission tickets bought on the door are £7. To avoid queuing and save money, we recommend that you buy your tickets in advance.

Children under 12 can enter the site free of charge permitted they are accompanied by an adult. They will not require a ticket.

Unfortunately, tickets are non – refundable.




If you are over the age of 18 and would like to purchase alcohol, you will need to bring ID as we operate a Challenge 25 policy.

The only identification that we accept is:

  • A Passport (Not a photocopy)

  • Driving Licence

  • A Proof of Age Card bearing a PASS hologram

  • A Ministry of Defence identity card

  • A National identity card issued by an EU member state


Bags will be searched on entry to the event. We appreciate your cooperation and patience when entering the festival. There are no cloakroom or storage facilities.

Bags must not be left at entrances or surrounding areas. Any items left will be removed and disposed of accordingly.

You may also be searched at the entrance to the event which may include a full body pat down and/or use of hand held metal detectors. Any item(s), which may reasonably be considered for use as a weapon, or which may cause danger or disruption to any other persons at the event, will be confiscated.

Please allow plenty of time to get into the event, and for concert entry procedures, ticket checks and searches.

Persons suspected of carrying items that may be used in an offensive or dangerous manner, or carrying out illegal activities within the arena or other parts of the site may be searched.





  • Your ticket

  • Clothes for any weather eventuality – hat, sunglasses, rainwear, warm clothing

  • Bring enough cash – We do not accept card payments on the gate, however, some traders may provide card machines.

  • Bring ID if you look under 16 in order to be admitted to the festival without an accompanying festival. You will also need ID if you want to buy alcohol and look 25 or under.

  • Photographic equipment is permitted provided that it is for personal and non-commercial use only

  • Sporting clothes if you would like to attend the sporting activities

  • If you are taking place in Yoga classes, then a yoga mat is compulsory. The instructor will not be providing them.

  • A blanket if you would like to relax on the grass outside.


  • Alcohol

  • Animals (this includes your dog)

  • BBQs or any cooking apparatus

  • Balloons

  • Bicycles, scooters, roller skates

  • Blow torches

  • Cans

  • Chairs, stools, floor seating, shooting sticks

  • Cigarettes (more than for personal use)

  • Cutlery

  • Fireworks / pyrotechnics

  • Flags with poles

  • Food and soft drinks

  • Gas cylinders/canisters

  • Glass

  • Illegal substances (drugs)

  • Legal highs (includes Nitrus Oxide and associated equipment including balloons)

  • Penknives

  • Smoke bombs / canisters

  • Sound systems (including personal speakers)

  • Spray cans

  • Tables

  • Weapons


No food or drinks will be admitted on site. Empty bottles sized 500ml or less will be permitted for refilling.

Please don’t bring any alcohol or glass containers/bottles.




We welcome wheelchair users / families with prams and we do all we can to ensure comfort and safety for wheelchair/pram users.

We have designated disabled parking as close to the event site as possible, but please note that the events is located on a field, so in bad weather things can get a bit muddy.

We also have disabled toilets on site.




If you would like to trade at Taste of the South, please e-mail with details of what you do and a picture of your stall. Hot food, drinks & bar pitches are usually full very quickly so if we can’t accommodate you we’ll keep you on file for next year.




The safety and security of our visitors, exhibitors and staff is our number one priority. To ensure your protection, we employ the following methods across the site:

  • Random bag & person searches in operation (where possible, please only bring small bags/handbags with you)

  • No alcohol to be brought into/consumed at our events, other than that on sale at the event itself

  • Refusal of entry/ removal from the event, where the event organiser deems it necessary

  • CCTV in operation

  • Security/ trained stewards across our sites

  • Co-ordination with all Emergency Services including counter-terrorism police, and regular police visits at our events.

    Please co-operate with our stewards, they are there to help you. And should you have any concerns about anything at our events, please report it to your nearest available steward who will endeavour to help.




The official Taste of the South app is here! We’ll be updating you all the latest news throughout the weekend, including our site map, prizes, giveaways, and most importantly, our entertainment schedule.

Download now from the Apple App Store or Google Play.

If we haven’t answered your question please contact, or call 01202 896698.