The event of the summer is taking place right here on our doorstep – BBC
Radio 1’s Big Weekend will be held at the Faenol Estate on the outskirts of
Bangor on Saturday and Sunday, 22-23 May.
Gwynedd Council Leader Councillor Dyfed Edwards said:
“With the announcement that the event was visiting Gwynedd only being
made three months ago, it really has been a huge effort with everyone involved
putting in a lot of hard work and dedication to get everything in place in
“Gwynedd Council staff have been working with Radio 1 to ensure that
this years Big Weekend is the best ever.
“Our work includes providing accommodation and activities information to
the thousands who will be visiting Gwynedd; organising opportunities for
Gwynedd’s young people to get involved; organising shuttle buses; car parks and
traffic plans - a small army of Council officers have pulled out all the
“To make sure that everything goes smoothly over the two days, we would
urge everyone who has been lucky enough to bag a pair of tickets to read our
essential guide to some of the practical arrangements for the weekend.”
Gwynedd Council staff are workingwith BBC Radio 1, North
Wales Police, Arriva Trains Wales, Arriva Buses Wales and Silver Star Holidays
and local taxi companiesto ensurethat festival-goers can get to and from the Big
Weekend as quickly and easily as possible and to minimises disruption to local
residents and businesses.
Gwynedd Council is urging people to make use of public transport to get
to and from the event.
Gwynedd Council in partnership with Silver Star Holidays and Arriva
Busses Wales has organised a dedicated shuttle bus service linking the festival
site with Caernarfon and Bangor. Shuttle Buses will run between 10am and 12pm
(midnight), with a reduced service between 2pm and 8pm, on both days and will
cost Ł5 for a return ticket. Tickets are available beforehand from Arriva
(Bangor Bus Station, tel 01248 362289) or Silver Star Holidays (Maes,
Caernarfon tel01286 672333)
Stewards will be on duty throughout the day to help people at the main
bus pick-up and drop-off points, and to guide people who are walking from the
usual public transport stations to the shuttle bus stops.
Caernarfon– the shuttle bus service
will run from the car park near Doc Fictoria, behind the Morrisons supermarket.
Bangor- the shuttle bus service will run from Farrar Road.
transport – bus and train
If you are travelling to the Big Weekend from any part of north Wales,
rememberyou can usethe regular bus services to Caernarfon and Bangor and use the shuttle
bus service or regular bus service to get to the festival site.
There are also regular trains along the north Wales coast and from
Anglesey to Bangor. An extra train will run along the North Wales coast at
11pm. This service also links up with the Big Weekend shuttle bus service.
Check out the local public transport timetables at:
If you are travelling by public transport make sure
you know what time the last bus or train is leaving and allow plenty of time to
get there. Remember that there is a short walk from the festival site to the
main road, and allow time to catch the shuttle bus.
Drop off/ General drop off
The only drop-off point for this event is located at Cast Technium on
the Parc Menai business park. Only the official shuttle buses will be permitted
to drop off those attending the event on the Felinheli road at the bottom of
the Faenol Estate’s main entrance. (this is different to other events held at
the Faenol Estate). Pedestrians are strongly advised not to walk to the event
along the road network.
Gwynedd Council is urging everyone who is travelling to the Big Weekend
by car to try to share lifts with friends if at all possible. Or why not
register at the north Wales car-share website and find a lift with someone else
who lives near you who is also going to the festival?
If you are driving from north-east Wales or Cheshire, use the A55 and
exit at Junction 9 for Bangor and follow the yellow event signs.
If you are driving from Anglesey follow the A55 over the Britannia
Bridge and follow the yellow event signs.
If you are driving from the south east direction, use the A5 for Bangor
and follow the yellow event signs.
If you are driving from the rest of Wales use either the A499 or the
A487 for Caernarfon, then take the A487 for Bangor and follow the yellow event
If you are being dropped off and picked up by a taxi, or by a friend or
relative, you will be directed to the Cast building at Parc Menai.
There will be more than 4,000 car parking spaces at the estate.
There is a car parking fee – REMEMBER – it will be cheaper to buy your
parking ticket in advance (Ł7.50 in advance compared to Ł10 on the day). By
booking car parking in advance, Gwynedd Council staff will have a much better
idea of how many cars will need parking spaces and this will help the Council
to manage traffic better and make the Big Weekend an even better experience.
Parking tickets are available from Arriva (Bangor Bus Station, tel 01248
362289) or Silver Star Holidays (Maes, Caernarfon tel01286 672333 /
21 King Street, Wrexham tel 01978 898450).
The Radio 1 Big Weekend festival site will open at around 12 noon on
both days. The event will finish at 10pm on both nights.
Food and drink will be sold on the site. REMEMBER - you cannot bring
your own food and drink to the festival except for a personal water supply in a
plastic bottle with an unbroken seal (up to 500ml per person).
The two main stages will have a viewing platform for disabled people
with accessible toilet facilities, but please note this is a green field site
without pathways in places. Disabled parking is available for those with a blue
badge on a first come, first served basis.Charging can be made
available at the information tent.
Other useful information
is no camping at Radio 1’s Big Weekend
is no age limit for those attending the Big Weekend, but those under-16 must be
accompanied by a responsible person who is 18 or older.
under two years old do not need a ticket. If you are bringing children to the
festival, please bear in mind that this is a live music event with large crowds
and alcohol will be on sale on site. If you look under 21 you will be asked for
proof of age when buying alcohol. A passport or photo driving licence are the
only acceptable forms of ID.
are travelling by public transport make sure you know what time the last bus or
train is leaving and allow plenty of time to get there.
are going home by taxi or being picked up by friends or family make sure you
have an agreed pick-up point and time.