Chesil Rocks has been an annual music and arts festival since 2012, with all proceeds going to Samaritans of Dorset. Since the first Chesil Rocks, we have raised around £68,000 for the charity, equating to around 25% of their annual budget in each year. With no government funding, our Samaritans (who are all volunteers), need to spend much of their time on fundraising activites and our contribution allows them to focus more on what they do best.

Chesil Rocks will be on three days in 2020 - starting on the evening of Thursday 18th June with a Comedy Night, then on Friday 19th June our Prelude event with an evening of classical music, and then with our main event 12pm until around midnight on Saturday 20th June. Those wishing to attend should be aware that each event will be subject to individual ticketing. In other words, the ticket to one event will not entitle you to attend the other! You will need to purchase a ticket to each event.

Ticket holders to the Chesil Rocks Prelude will be entitled to a glass of Prosecco, or a soft drink on arrival and in the interval a light supper courtesy of Wagamama. Details on how to purchase tickets may be found on our TICKETS page once live. We are asking those attending our Prelude event to dress for the occasion - in black tie or smartly!

Suicide remains the leading cause of death in men under the age of 50, and 3/4 of those who take their own lives are men. It also disproportionately affects certain groups, for example those affected by Aspergers, construction workers, farmers, doctors/dentists, musicians, young people and post-natal women. In 2018, there was a signicant rise in recored suicides in the UK and this coincided with the highest number of suicides ever recorded in Dorset. These are the reasons we started and then decided to continue supporting Samaritans.

There will be a large free car park available as in previous years, but it will be for day use only. Please do NOT leave your car in the car park overnight. We are hoping to have parking available alsewhere in the village for those wishing to leave their car overnight - at a reasonable cost. If you intend to leave your car elsewhere overnight, please park sensibly on the outskirts of the village. There are three camp sites within a 30 minute walk of short taxi distance - see our ACCOMMODATION page for details.

We will try really hard to reduce our carbon footprint in 2020, and are taking the following steps in order to achieve his:
- Making sure our bars only use paper/cardboard straws and serve drinks in our reusable Chesil Rocks plastic glasses, which people can use throughout the day, take home as a memento and then bring back next year!
- Only selling Eco for Life bottled water - their bottles are made of 100% corn starch and are completely compostable.
- Making sure our food outlets serve their products in compostable food containers and with bamboo/wooden cutlery.
- Asking all our food outlets to ensure at least one item on their menu, in addition to their standard menu options, is plant based.
- At the end of the event, all our waste will be sorted through and as much of it as possible will be composted or recycled.
- We use hundreds of cable ties each year. Nearly all of the ones we now use are reusable.

We are very grateful once again to Atlantic Audio for providing the sound to our two stages and also to John Lewis, who once again has been a massive help in setting our event up.

Guide dogs only please!

It is incumbant upon us to ensure that alcohol consumption is legally and safely managed and to achieve that we need to manage the sale and distribution of all alcohol on site. Prices will be reasonable and generally less than is normal in a pub. Please do not try and bring any alcohol to the event and it will be a condition of entry that those attending are prepared to be subject to search. Those who appear under the age of 25 may be challenged to prove their age.

We take security and safety very seriously and will have an effective system in place to ensure people coming to Chesil Rocks are safe. Please show respect to those who are performing this role.

September 2019

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