Quick Facts

Ramblin Man Fair 2017
dates: 29th–30th July

Ramblin’ Man Fair 2017
full address: Mote Park, Mote Avenue,
Maidstone, Kent,
ME15 7RN

Opening times:
Midday to 11pm on Saturday 29th July and Midday to 10.30pm on Sunday 30th July

Information

About Us

On July 28th, 29th & 30th 2017, 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 two 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 2017, 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…

Basic Information

Ramblin Man Fair will take place on 28, 29 & 30 July 2017 at Mote Park, Mote Avenue, Maidstone, Kent, ME15 7SU. The opening times are Friday 28th July 4pm to 10pm,  Saturday 29th July midday to 11pm and Sunday 30th 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 28 July and close at midday on Monday 31 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.

Age

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

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.

Admission Tickets

Our official ticketing partners for Ramblin’ Man Fair 2017 are Eventbrite. Our official ticketing link is here. Tickets can also be purchased through See Tickets, Ticketmaster, Big Green Coach and Stargreen. If you are in London and wish to purchase tickets in person, this can be done through the Stargreen Box Office.

Accommodation

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.

Accessibility

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 2017. 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 and will be located as near to the Main Stage and the Prog in the Park Stage 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.
In summary if your application is successful and you have purchased a ticket you will receive:

  1.  A free like for like ticket for a Companion/PA if you are unable to attend the festival without the aid of assistance;
  2. Viewing Platform Wristband for you and your Companion/PA granting first come first served access to the viewing platforms;
  3. An accessible parking space (for blue-badge holders only). To apply please email info@ramblinmanfair.com and you will be sent an application form. Disabled customers wishing to camp should also contact info@ramblinmanfair.com

Travel

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 29th July and midday to 10.30pm on Sunday 30th July.

Please read the below information on how to travel by coach, car, train and by foot.

Parking

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.
Big Green Coach

Big Green Coach are operating day return coach services on both Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th July from London Waterloo Station direct to Ramblin’ Man Fair. All coaches drop off and pick up directly outside the main gates and are scheduled to arrive in time for the first acts on stage and depart only after all the music has finished.

Save money and the environment, whilst not having to worry about parking or finding a designated driver by travelling with Big Green Coach. A return coach fare is only £29 and you can choose to buy travel only or travel together with your day entry ticket (standard or VIP). To view all service information and to guarantee your seat please click here.

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

Car Share

There are many online ways to organise car shares to the Fair, including GoCarShare, BlaBlaCar and Liftshare.
These help you to get in touch with others who can offer a lift or need one.

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.

Taxi Companies

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 offering a reduced rate ticket to our local residents on an expanded basis for 2017.

If you are a resident of the following roads, please contact Ramblin’ HQ at info@ramblinmanfair.com 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.