Ramblin Man Fair 2018
dates: 30th June & 1st July
Ramblin’ Man Fair 2017
full address: Mote Park, Mote Avenue,
Midday to 11pm on Saturday 30th June and Midday to 10.30pm on Sunday 1st July
On June 30th & 1st July 2018, there is only one place to be. Ramblin’ Man Fair is an annual music festival celebrating classic and contemporary rock, progressive rock, blues and country.
Ramblin’ Man Fair – brought to you by Spirit Of Rock – has a unique philosophy. It is a rock festival designed for rock fans by rock fans. Our aim is to create the ultimate festival experience.
Ramblin’ Man Fair has the perfect location in Mote Park in Maidstone, Kent – close to London and easily accessible from continental Europe, and surrounded by beautiful English countryside. In addition, we offer the very best in food and drink, including our own beer festival. Our accommodation includes Glamping at the Ranch in Mote Park and Camping at The Mote. And our VIP facilities include a special bar with viewing platform.
No wonder that Ramblin’ Man Fair is described by Classic Rock magazine as “the best new festival in Britain”.
The first three years of Ramblin’ Man Fair, have provided so many great memories. The Scorpions celebrating their 50th anniversary with their first UK show in more than a decade. Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductee Gregg Allman performing on a British stage for the final time in our first year. Classic rock legends Whitesnake and the first ever UK headline festival show for southern rock princes Black Stone Cherry on the main stage in 2016. The Prog Stage has lit up by the likes of Hawkwind, Family, The Zombies, Marillion, Camel, Anathema, Jethro Tull legend Ian Anderson and Procol Harum. The Blues Stage has been graced by Bernie Marsden and Joanne Shaw Taylor, Warren Haynes and Walter Trout. The Outlaw Country Stage has been rocked by Jason & The Scorchers, The White Buffalo, Hayseed Dixie and Shooter Jennings. Over two years we have had so many other great performances from such diverse acts as Rival Sons, Dream Theater, Saxon, Blue Oyster Cult, Thin Lizzy, Thunder, Airborne, Europe, Terrorvision, and The Temperance Movement.
But that has just been the beginning! For 2018, Ramblin’ Man Fair has an outstanding line-up of great acts from across the world, details below…
In the words of Led Zeppelin, we ramble on…
Ramblin Man Fair will take place on June 30th & 1st July 2018 at Mote Park, Mote Avenue, Maidstone, Kent, ME15 7SU. The opening times are Saturday 30th June 12pm to 11pm and Sunday 1st July midday to 10.30pm. Glamping at the Ranch accommodation at Mote Park and Camping at The Mote will both open at midday on Friday 29 June and close at midday on Monday 2 July. Ramblin’ Man Fair is not a camping festival and tickets provide access to the Fair only. Our Accommodation options including Glamping and Camping at The Mote are available from our Accommodation page.
There is no age restriction at Ramblin’ Man Fair. Tickets are free to children under the age of 12 years. All attendees under 16 years of age must be accompanied by a parent/guardian (person over 18 years of age). Parents/guardians should purchase their own tickets through the normal channel and bring under 12’s to the entrance on arrival at the Fair to be provided with complimentary access (wristband if required).
Please note proof of age may be requested which should be a passport or birth certificate. All children 12 years of age and older will require a full price ticket for the Fair. Children do not require a ticket to access Glamping at the Ranch provided they are accompanied by a parent/guardian that has purchased the accommodation and has a weekend ticket. Children staying on the Camping at The Mote will need to purchase a Childrens Camping Pass.
Please note that parents or guardians are responsible for their child’s safety and welfare at all times. Please take into account that there may be elements of the festival that are not suitable for young children. Ear defenders are strongly recommended for all children as loud music can damage hearing.
VIP benefits include.
• Early entry to the festival through the VIP access lanes.
• Access to the exclusive VIP area with luxury toilets, bar/food offerings, and chill out area.
• Ramblin’ Man Fair Festival Pack for Weekend VIP ticket holders
• Discounts on Merchandise
Please see our VIP page for more information.
Ramblin’ Man Fair is held at the stunning Mote Park in the heart of Maidstone and does not include general camping. However we are delighted to provide our revamped Glamping at the Ranch accommodation packages situated in the beautiful Long Valley, an area of Mote Park that is mere minutes away from the entertainment arena. Literally a 2 minute ramble from the site, we are also offering our newly renewed Camping at The Mote providing a more traditional festival camping experience. Details of both can be found on our Accommodation page.
Ramblin’ Man Fair is committed to ensuring that everyone has the chance to fully enjoy the Fair, whatever their ability and so have fully reviewed our accessibility for 2018. Each person with a disability who buys a ticket may apply for a free ticket to bring a Companion/PA if you are unable to attend the festival without the aid of assistance. Please be aware that upon application you will be asked questions with regards to the disability and may be required to supply documents or letters to support you application.
Stewarded viewing platforms (unsheltered) will be provided at all stages as near as is practical and safe. A Viewing Platform Wristband will be required for access to these (which will be collected as you enter the Fair) and access will be on a first come first served basis. Disabled toilets will be provided at the viewing platforms and at most toilet areas at the Fair.
Parking will be available at Mote Park for blue badge holders only. If you have previously attended Ramblin’ Man Fair you will not have to resubmit your documents but please contact Ramblin’ Man HQ as you will still need to submit a form for 2018.
In summary if your application is successful and you have purchased a ticket you will receive:
- A free like for like ticket for a Companion/PA if you are unable to attend the festival without the aid of assistance;
- Viewing Platform Wristband for you and your Companion/PA granting first come first served access to the viewing platforms;
- An accessible parking space (for blue-badge holders only). To apply please email firstname.lastname@example.org and you will be sent an application form. Disabled customers wishing to camp should also contact email@example.com
Ramblin’ Man Fair is a metropolitan town centre based festival situated in the heart of Maidstone in Mote Park.
The full address is Mote Park, Mote Avenue, Maidstone, Kent, ME15 7SU.
The opening times are midday to 11pm on Saturday 30th June and midday to 10.30pm on Sunday 1st July.
Please read the below information on how to travel by coach, car, train and by foot.
General Park and Walk parking for cars, bikes and minibus have now been released. These can be booked for either day parking or the duration of the weekend here. Once booked further information will be sent out to you with your tickets.
Train Stations & Southeastern Trains
There are three train stations near to Mote Park that are all within a short walking distance:
Maidstone East (20 minute walk)
Maidstone West (23 minute walk)
Maidstone Barracks (23 minute walk)
Train services are provided by Southeastern Trains and late train timetable to London will be announced shortly. Trains running to Ashford International run until 1.30am on Saturday and 1am on the Sunday and can be booked now.
International Travel and Go-Euro
For those of you travelling to Ramblin’ Man Fair from across the UK and Europe, you can find the cheapest and best routes to Maidstone using Go Euro.
Please click here for more information on Go Euro.
If you are traveling to Maidstone from UK Airports or Eurostar please see the below information:
From Gatwick Airport:
Take the National Rail Gatwick Express train from Gatwick Airport Station to Victoria Station (30 minutes journey with trains running every 10 minutes) At Victoria Station take the National Rail Southeastern train to Maidstone East (55 minutes journey with trains running every 30 minutes) Total journey time approx. 1 hour 30 minutes
From Heathrow Airport:
Using the London Underground take the Piccadilly Line (eastbound) from Heathrow Station to Gloucester Park Station (36 minutes journey with trains running every 10 minutes) Change at Gloucester Park Station for the Circle or District Line (eastbound) to Victoria Station (5 minutes journey with trains running every 5 minutes) At Victoria Station take the National Rail Southeastern train to Maidstone East (55 minutes journey with trains running every 30 minutes) Total journey time approx. 1 hour 40 minutes
From Ashford International Station:
Take the National Rail train from Ashford Station to Maidstone East Station (28 minutes journey with trains running every 20 minutes)
From London St Pancras International:
Using the London Underground from Kings Cross St Pancras Station take the Victoria Line (southbound) to Victoria Station (7 minutes journey with trains running every 5 minutes). At Victoria Station take the National Rail Southeastern train to Maidstone East (55 minutes journey with trains running every 30 minutes) Total journey time approx. 1 hour 5 minutes
When car sharing, make sure you know the identity of the person or persons you are sharing with. Take a note of their home telephone number and leave details of the lift-share, the driver and passenger’s number(s) and home address if possible with friends and/or family. Take your mobile phone with you. If you are at all uncomfortable with any arrangements, or the condition of the vehicle being used, then make other plans. All arrangements which you make are private arrangements between you and other sharers. The Fair does not arrange lift-sharing or have any liability to or for lift sharers.
When using taxis, please ensure that you have prebooked the service and use a licensed minicab company. We also have a taxi rank based from the Leisure Centre Car Park when leaving the festival.
Local cab company numbers:
Express: 01622 690000
Sapphire: 01622 663000
Streamline: 01622 75000
Local Residents Scheme
We are proud to announce that will be again offering a reduced rate ticket to our local residents for 2018
If you are a resident of the following roads, please contact Ramblin’ HQ at firstname.lastname@example.org with a proof of address:
Birch Tree Way; Ashford Road; Barton Road; Basing Close; Blythe Road; Claygate; Cranborne Avenue; Devon Road; Elm Grove; Greenside; Hastings Road; Hastings Road; Heather Drive; Holtye Crescent; Kent Avenue; Kingsley Road; Lower Road; Meadow Walk; Mote Avenue; Mote Road; Park Way; S Park Road; School Lane; Square Hill Road; St Philip’s Avenue; Sussex Road; Upper Road; W Park Road; Waterloo Street; Willington Street; Willow Way; York Road.
Tickets will be available to purchase in advance through Eventbrite once Ramblin’ HQ have been contacted.
Police & Armed Forces Scheme
As with previous instalments of the Fair – we are proud to offer reduced rate tickets to members of the Armed Forces & Police.
Please contact Ramblin’ HQ at email@example.com for more information.