Overview

All our events in 2018 will be held on the land next to Dadford Road Campsite. We will update the website with additional information on public transport soon.

Now that we have had time to address the access issues on the site, the restrictions which were in place at Easter have been significantly relaxed. Please read the information below carefully.

Queries

For all site related queries about Profound Decisions events at Dadford Road Campsite, please contact Profound Decisions, please do not attempt to contact the site.

Additional Fire Regulations

  • Three months of hot dry weather has dried the grass in the main fields
  • As a result there additional rules are in place for all fires at this event
  • Your fire must be at least 18" off the ground
  • Keep at least one bucket of water next to the fire
  • Do not leave the fire unattended at any time
  • No fire poi/fire demonstrations at this event
  • No fires in the OOC camping areas

Due to the exceptionally hot dry summer that we have been having, the grass in the main camping fields has become very dry. That means there is an increased fire risk at the event, so we are putting in place additional fire controls to manage this risk.

No ground fires are permitted at Empire events, but we do allow players to use fire bowls, portable BBQs and similar. However at this event you must make sure that the bottom of your fire pit or similar is at least 18" off the ground. If you are building a fire in a fire bowl then make sure that you do not overfill the bowl, use less wood than usual to ensure that embers do not fall over the sides of the bowl. Be aware that the fire bowls that Profound Decisions have provided at previous events will not be available at this event - they will all be in use to allow players to dispose of waste ashes.

You must keep at least one bucket of water next to the fire at all times. If you are intending to have a fire at the event at any point, please make sure that you bring a bucket with you - they can be purchased cheaply from Amazon or other online retailers or picked up from a hardware store for a few pounds. Any bucket is acceptable, it is fine to use plastic buckets anywhere on site for the purpose of these rules. We are going to station large cubes of water around the site - please use these to fill your buckets rather than the standpipes if possible.

The bucket is for pouring water on any spark that flies out of the fire and lands on the ground. It is to enable you to dampen any sparks before it catches light. If a fire does get established, do not attempt to fight the fire under any circumstances. Evacuate everyone from the area, contract Profound Decisions and allow us to take appropriate steps to deal with the matter.

Do not leave a fire unattended at any time; ensure that there is at least one sober adult next to any fire at all times. We will have additional crew acting as marshals during the event who will be patrolling the field. If they find any unattended fires, they will extinguish the fire, and you will not be permitted to relight the fire for the duration of the event.

When a fire is extinguished, do not dump the ashes on the ground, no matter how cold they seem. The metal fire bowls that are normally available for players to use for fires will be distributed around the edge of the camping area. Dispose of your ashes in this fire bowl - and we will empty them from there when it becomes full.

All cigarette butts must be placed into fire proof containers. These can then be emptied into the ash disposal points.

No fire poi or fire demonstrations of any kind will be allowed at the event. We apologise to anyone who had made arrangements, but the ground conditions simply do not allow for it to be carried out safely. Likewise no open fires or will be allowed in the OOC camping areas. Participants may use camping gas cooking equipment, provided that they are careful, and keep a bucket of water on hand ready to douse any sparks before they can catch fire.

We appreciate that these rules are draconian and intrusive - but they have to be to ensure that we minimise the risks of a fire on site. The grass is incredibly dry, it may rain a little at the event, but the grass will become flammable again as soon as it dries. We trust that all our players will be responsible - and will engage with these rule so that we can all enjoy the event safely. But if you do see an unattended fire at the event or anyone not following the rules, please let us know immediately.

Arrival

  • The entrance to the site is marked Dadford Road campsite
  • Continue on the farm track, past the buildings, until you get to the woods that is part of the event site
  • There will be a temporary road for vehicles made from wood chip running through the event site

Our gate team will be on hand to meet you by the side of the track at the boundary of the event site. They will be able to answer any questions you have on the day and give you additional direction.

There is a temporary road made of wood chip that goes through the out-of-character camp, through Anvil and back round to the farm track. Vehicles will be allowed to leave the road provided the conditions are acceptable, please check with a member of crew for further details when you are on site.

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OOC Camping Fields

  • Pitch and park available
  • A separate extra parking is available for those who want to come and go during the event
  • PD's temporary hygiene facilities will be in place

The OOC camping fields are adjacent to the Anvil field. We will deploy our existing mobile toilet facilities here; these are recirculating toilets with a standpipe nearby for washing hands. This camp is ideal for anyone who wants easy access to their OOC camp throughout the weekend.

Quiet Camping Field

  • Quiet camping is located in the field in front of the farm buildings just before the Anvil area

Due to circumstances beyond our control we are not able to use the camping field near the entrance this year as it is in reserved for other events. However we have a new quiet camp which is much closer to the game area. It is marked on the map, it is the field on the right hand side just before the main game area. There are additional toilets provided by the site for this field.

Please do not camp in any of the first four fields near the site entrance - please drive down the farm path to the event location and speak to the gate crew for further directions.

Tent Only Camping

  • No vehicles of any kind in this field

The field behind the woods is set aside for player camping. Some players may find it convenient to use this field if it is close to their in-character camp. Due to the nature of the ground here, it is not possible to take vehicles of any kind into this field - including our 4x4s. We have extended the wood-chip road so that it goes to the edge of the field. Players wishing to camp here are allowed to drive their vehicle down to the gate before and after the event to load and unload from there.

You may park your car in the quiet camp or in the extra parking area.

IC Camping Fields

  • No vehicles are allowed on this field - other than on the wood-chip road
  • PD's temporary hygiene facilities will be in place

We have purchased two brand new mobile toilet blocks which will be deployed in the Anvil field. These are recirculating toilets with cold water in the wash basins for washing.

There will be a temporary wood-chip road in place running through the IC field. You may drive your vehicle anti-clockwise only around this road - you may not drive off the road. You may pull up on the left hand side to unload your vehicle.

Crew Camping Fields

  • Camping for crew only

The crew camping field is for crew only. It lies beyond the out-of-character camping field. Crew may choose to camp here or in any of the player camping areas. GOD, and monster will all operate from this area.

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Mobility Needs

There will be special dispensation for players with significant mobility needs. Please check with the gate staff on arrival - email us at matt@profounddecisions.co.uk to discuss what arrangements will suit you best.

We aim to make our events accessible to all and will do everything possible to help you enjoy the event.

Assistance

  • We will have two 4x4s with large trailers to help move equipment
  • We can tow trailers on and off the Anvil field

Members of our site team will be on hand with a pair of 4x4s with trailers to help players move IC equipment to areas of the IC field that are not already close to the temporary road.

Site regulations

Ground Fires

Fires must not be set on the ground, they must only be lit on the oil drums provided or an equivalent that keeps the fire off the ground. Existing fires should be completely extinguished each night. We are arranging firewood for the site. The site includes land that is actively farmed - so please do not throw rubbish that does not burn into campfires - particularly tins, bottles and bottle tops.

Rubbish

Please make sure that all your rubbish is suitably bagged and disposed of in the skip before you leave site. Do not overfill your rubbish bags - more bags are available on request from GOD at any time. The skip is located in the main OOC field. Please ask for directions if you cannot find it.

Site Address

Dadford Road Campsite, Dadford Road, Stowe, Silverstone, Buckinghamshire, MK18 5LH.

Directions

The event site is easy to get to with main roads nearby - players should find that their satnav has no problem directing them by the most sensible route. If you are having problems follow brown heritage road signs for Silverstone race track.

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From M40 North

  • Leave the motorway at J11
  • Take the second exit at the roundabout marked Brackley A422
  • Stay on the A422 until it meets the A43 as it goes round Brackley
  • Stay on the A43 until you see the exit signed for Stowe, Dadford, Aberthorpe, and Silverstone
  • Come off the A43 but continue straight on for 500m until you see a sharp right turned signed for Silverstone race track
  • Continue over the A43 and straight on at the roundabout on the Dadford Road
  • Stay on Dadford Road, straight over two roundabouts, past Silverstone race track
  • The campsite is the third entrance on the right - it has blue signs indicating the entrance

From M40 South

  • Leave the motorway at J10 and take the third exit the A43 signed for M1 and Northampton
  • Continue on the A43 round Brackley towards Silverstone race track
  • Stay on the A43 until you see the exit signed for Stowe, Dadford, Aberthorpe, and Silverstone
  • Come off the A43 but continue straight on for 500m until you see a sharp right turned signed for Silverstone race track
  • Continue over the A43 and straight on at the roundabout on the Dadford Road
  • Stay on Dadford Road, straight over two roundabouts, past Silverstone race track
  • The campsite is the third entrance on the right - it has blue signs indicating the entrance

From M1

  • Leave the motorway at J15A and take the A43 towards Oxford & Banbury
  • Stay on the A43 past Towcester
  • Come off the A43 at the junction signed for Stowe, Dadford, Aberthorpe, Silverstone.
  • Left at the roundabout onto Dadford Road
  • Stay on Dadford Road, straight over two roundabouts, past Silverstone race track
  • The campsite is the third entrance on the right - it has blue signs indicating the entrance

By Train

The most convenient train station is Banbury (which has good links to London Marylebone and Birmingham).

Minibus from Banbury

  • There is a free minibus service between Banbury and the site

We will operate a minibus service collecting players from Banbury train station and bringing them to site. This minibus will leave Banbury at 15.45 and 19.15 on Thursday and then at 12:00, 13:30 and 15:00, and 16:30 on Friday. Return trips on the last day start from 16:00 until everyone is ferried.

By Bus or Taxi

From Banbury you may also take the Stagecoach 500 bus to Brackley which is 5 miles from the site and then use a local taxi. Taxis include Braxi Taxis (01280 700 600) and Direct Taxi Services (07512 929 297).

Amenities

Brackley has a large Tesco store on the southern edge of the town and a Waitrose more centrally. There are various other shops and takeaways in the centre.