A Day at the Lake will take place on the 30th April, 1st May & 2nd May 2016 from 11am until 9pm. Audiences are advised to purchase tickets in advance online as there may be limited availability on the day. Tickets can only be purchased online here. The audience should be aware that programming may change due to inclement weather conditions.

Click here for details of accessibility at a Day at the Lake.


The event begins at 11am, audiences can arrive anytime from then onwards. Most elements of programming will be repeated during the day. The tightrope walk will take place twice each day, at 2pm and 7pm. The event will close at 9pm.


The event will take place at Rudyard Lake, Nr Leek, Staffordshire, ST13 8PG. Please follow directions and signage to the free event car parks. There will be no access to the event via Lake Road.

Parking & Arrival

There will be free car parking close to the event site (off Rudyard Road the B5331). It is essential that audiences arriving by car use the free car parks provided for them and do not attempt to find alternative road side parking.  The car park will open from 10.30am each day. On arrival our stewards will direct you to a parking spot. Your ticket entitles you to free parking for the duration of the event. Vehicles are left at your own risk. If you require a disabled parking spot please let us know in advance.

Stewards will be on hand to show you where to go when you have parked.  There is a short  (approx 10 minute) walk to the event site or you can use the steam railway to arrive at Rudyard Lake. Please be aware that tickets for the steam railway can be purchased separately on the day from the station, there will be trains providing a shuttle service to and from the Lake throughout the day.

Please visit the wristband exchange at the event entrance before trying to enter the site. Wristband exchange will open at 10.30am each day.

What to wear and bring

Please dress for the weather and wear sensible shoes.

What not to bring

Any animals,  glass, bikes, fireworks, anything illegal.


Toilets will be available at the entrance and within the event.


All children will be given a wristband on entry to the festival, with a space for a parent’s mobile telephone number. Please keep your phone with you.

We suggest that families with older children make clear plans as a family when they arrive at the event, with an agreed meeting place if you lose each other.

Lost children will be cared for by the registered child carers and can play and have fun while they wait for you at the lost child point.

We have  first aid provision on site. If you require first aid, please alert one of our stewards.

You can find our lovely nappy-changing tent with mats, nappies and wipes inside the event.



There will be no ATMs on site, but there will be lots of gorgeous food and drink and curious things to buy, so do bring cash with you.


Please respect the other audience members to make the event a safe and enjoyable place for everyone.

Everyone is going to get along famously, but we reserve the right to eject anyone from the events if we deem your behaviour to be antisocial or inappropriate in any way.

Children are the responsibility of their parent/guardian at ALL times.