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Shindig’s statement about Pontins

Equality is a core value at Shindig.  We believe that businesses can be powerful platforms for social change and using our own platform to raise a banner for equality is hugely important to us. Creating a culture of equality isn’t just the right thing to do, it’s also the smart thing to do – we are all better people for listening, experiencing and embracing diversity and difference. This is important to us as the Directors of Shindig and as human beings – the world does not need more division, hate or fear right now.

We are aware of the recent media reports surrounding Pontins and their policies regarding the traveller community. Shindig Productions Ltd does not share these outdated and offensive views in any way. Our events are open to everyone and will always remain 100% inclusive. We have debated this internally over the last few weeks and for us, Brean Sands is just the venue but Shindig is the event. We have always worked to create events that reflect the communities around us, which includes people of the Traveller and Romany communities, and want everyone feel safe and welcomed at our events. There is more work to be done in the world to ensure that everyone is treated equally with respect and these discussions go a long way to making the world a better place for everyone. By working with brands like Pontins we hope we can share the core Shindig values to educate and go some way to help address some of the mistakes that have been made in the past. To be engaged, you must feel included and valued. We strive to build and nurture a culture where inclusiveness and equality is a reflex, not an initiative.

When will happen if there’s another lockdown or Covid-related shutdown etc…? 

The event will only run without social distancing. Due to it taking place at Pontins, it isn’t classed as a mass gathering. So we are confident the event will be able to go ahead in October. But we know after the last few years things can change quickly… If for any reason the event can’t go ahead due to Covid related issues, you will get a full refund on the ticket or the option to transfer your ticket to an equivalent event in the future (but not the main festival).

Is there a fancy dress theme?

Tutti Frutti Weekender has a tropical theme all weekend, feel free to dress up whenever you want the more flamboyant the better!

When will the gate open & close?

The gates will open at midday on Friday 15th October and close at 10pm that night, no entry after that time until Saturday morning at 10am. 

What time will the entertainment start and finish?

Entertainment starts on Friday from 4pm and runs through till 4am. It then starts again on the Saturday at Midday and runs through till 4am again. 

What’s the deal with the chalet accommodation? 

All the chalets include a kitchen, private bathroom and lounge with TV. With either 1, 2 or 3 bedrooms, so they can sleep up to 4, 6 or 8 people. The 2 Berth Chalets just have 1 double bed in them. Rooms will be allocated randomly and for the bigger rooms will be a mixture of Doubles, Singles, Bunks & Sofa Beds. You will need to bring your own bed linen (duvets & pillows are supplied) plus your own towels for the bathroom and pool on site. (Don’t worry if you forget linen Pontin’s hire it per night at a reasonable rate)

What happens if i damage my room?

You will be responsible for your room at the event. Should any damage be incurred during your stay you will be charged by us (who will be charged by Pontins) for those costs to fix anything that is broken or any major cleans up needed. Respect the venue, respect each other and treat the site like you would at the Festival.

What’s the deal with the Pool Parties? 

The pool parties will take place on Saturday only and they will last for 2 hours and there will be 3 sessions during the day. They will be hosted by The Tropical Tea Party and each session with have a different guest performer. There will be a nominal charge of £5 for tickets as it’s limited capacity. 

Can I bring my Live In Vehicle / Caravan / Campervan?

No live in vehicles on site. All tickets include 2 nights chalet accommodation with them. 

Can I bring my dog?

Due to the event being in a holiday park we can not have any pets at the event. Sorry. 

What about parking?

Parking is included in your ticket price, we advise people to share lifts and think about the environment when planning travel to the event.

What happens if i damage my room?

You must use your accommodation and other facilities with care and on departure, leave it in a clean and tidy condition. We reserve the right to invoice you for any charges incurred by us, should you not comply with this requirement. Rooms will be inspected.