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The Upton Cheyney Chilli Festival is ‘moving on up’ as we take our well-loved event just a couple of miles up the hill from the chilli farm to Bath Race Course for its 9th year of family friendly chilli themed shenanigans!

With an exceptional line up of live music, comedy, low and slow smoky BBQ demos, eating competitions, UK Chilli Cook-Off grand final, Curry Wars, chilli themed talks and growing tips, quality stalls, VW show and shine, arena acts, guitar workshop, kids entertainment, fun fair, pony rides, camping, glamping and much much more, this years Chilli Festival is set to be a cracker.

Music and spice and all things nice!

Q. What are the opening times:

A. Our ‘Weekenders’ are welcome to arrive from midday onwards - Friday 8th September - to pitch their tents, soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the far reaching views. The bar and food stalls will open at 5pm on that afternoon for all thirsty campers. The Friday night launch party gets into full swing with live music in the party tent starting at 7pm and finishing at midnight.

The daytime events start at 10.30am on both the Saturday and Sunday with stalls and entertainment closing at 5pm. The bar and food stalls will remain open on Saturday with those holding Saturday evening tickets being invited into the party tent from 7pm onwards.

There will be an acoustic set around the campfire in the camping area for those looking for a more sedentary end to their day on the Saturday evening.

Q. Is the event suitable for children?

A. Absolutely. The chilli festival welcomes little ones with so much for them to enjoy other than the chillies! Attractions include a fun fair, pony rides, face painting, lemon/doughnut/cracker eating competitions, awesome acts in the arena of heat, plus drumming school for those who like to make a noise!

Q. Our family detest chillies and spice. Is this festival suitable for us?

A. You don’t have to be a Chilli Head to enjoy our festival. A sense of humour is helpful and an added splash of devilment doesn’t go a miss but if you enjoy amazing live music, fine dining and food/drink in general, laughing till you want to cry, and chilling out in a safe, friendly environment the festy is defo for you.

Q. We see that the festival is no longer on the farm. Are we still able to visit the Chilli Farm and walk around the tunnels in Upton Cheyney?

A. Yes. The Chilli Farm is open and will be beginning to look its best in early September. Manor Farm shop will be open as normal and visitors are very welcome. For those with energy to burn, the race course is about a 45 minute walk up a steep hill from the chilli farm. For everyone else, it’s just a 5 minute drive away!

Q. Are all food tastes and dietary requirements catered for?

A. Yes. Although the festival has a strong leaning towards chilli and BBQ not everything is meat or spice based! We have a dedicated vegetarian/vegan caterer with many of the other caterers providing options for those with other dietary requirements.

Q. Is there disabled access?

A. Yes. The race course is totally flat with hard standing in many areas. There are also disabled toilets on site.

Q. Are dogs allowed?

A. Oh yes! As farmers we love our dogs and as such every dog dressed to impress will receive a chilli themed spot price! Yes – dogs in fancy dress are very welcome – albeit on a lead and well behaved.

Q. Is there parking?

A. Yes. Free of charge parking is only a minute or two walk away from the event and is on level ground.

Q. Is there overnight security?

A. Yes. We have 24 hours security across the festival site ensuring everyone has both a safe and enjoyable festival.

Q. Are caravans allowed on the campsite?

A. Yes. Caravans, camper vans, massive tents, bell tents, wigwams, anything. Space is almost limitless on the race course and we welcome all portable overnight bolt-holes.

Q. Can we park our cars next to our tents?

A. Yes – We do however request that loud music from stereos is avoided. Security will attend if anti-social behaviour is reported.

Q. Can we reserve camping spaces for our friends who may be arriving later?

A. Yes. The race course and campsite is massive with plenty of space for everyone. If you want to reserve space if arriving earlier than your friends please feel free to put out anything that makes it obvious to your neighbours that you require a bit more room for late arrivals..

Q. Are BBQ’s allowed on the campsite?

A. Yes – but there is a strict policy that the grass MUST NOT be damaged. Anyone caught damaging the grass will be forced to eat the worlds hottest chilli! Please be responsible with BBQ’s. Anyone found disregarding safety will be asked to leave.

Q. Are there facilities on the campsite?

A. There are both hard standing toilets and portable toilets with running water. There are no showers. Wet wipes are recommended for our ‘weekenders’!

Q. How do I go about booking a glamping experience?

A. The bell tents come in a range of finishes from tent only to fully-furnished with chandeliers, beds and bedding. With so many different options its best to call us direct on 07766 378459 or email pepperbellsglamping@gmail.com. For more info on glamping take a look at www.pepperbells.co.uk

Q. Are there many places to stay nearby besides camping?

A. Bath Race Course is a 10 minute drive from the centre of Bath so naturally there are limitless hotels and B+Bs serving the area. Taxis are very easy to catch although we would recommend booking to avoid issues.

Q. Are we allowed to bring our own food and drink?

A. For those of you camping please do feel free to bring your own food and drink. Bringing your own alcohol into the festival perimeter however is strictly forbidden and anyone found with contraband alcohol will be asked to leave it in a safe store till later.

Q. How do I enter the various eating competitions?

A. All eating competitions (which include lemon, doughnut and crackers comps for kids and adults plus the chilli eating comp for adults only are entry on the day. First come first served. All competitions are free to enter. Chilli eating comp requires the signing of a waiver of risk)

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