The Nighthawks Weekender is an outdoor festival over three days on the Blackpit Farm, Bucks.

Fri 17th Sept (4pm) – Sun 19th Sept (midnight)

Live swing, jazz and blues on two stages with dancefloors, one outdoor (covered) and one indoor.
Plus DJs spinning vintage shellac, and a bunch of other attractions!

NATTY CONGEROO & THE FLAMES OF RHYTHM / THE SHIRT TAIL STOMPERS / THE COSIMO MATASSA PROJECT / PALACE AVENUE SWING / THE DIME NOTES / CORINA KWAMI & THE SWING SELECTION / DAVID BROAD / THE DJANGO RAGS / NICK COLLIS TRIO + more TBC

DJs: THE VIPER / ROHAN THE MAN / RONNIE SLIDE / DON PUCCI / SAM APTELIS + more TBC

PLUS! Rock n’ Roller Disco / “Dayhawks” Falconry Shows / Jazz Dance Classes / Talks / “Swing Club” Crazy Golf & Croquet / Silent Disco / Vintage Photography / Yoga / Food & Drink including a Fire Pit Meat Roast + more TBC

Camping with indoor shower facilities / many hotels nearby

Weekend Tickets – £125
Day Tickets – Saturday: £65 / Sunday: £45

 

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More information is below. Any questions, visit our FAQs page – if you can’t find what you need, do not hesitate to email us.

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GETTING THERE

The event is at Blackpit Estate, Dadford Road, Buckingham, MK185LJ

BY ROAD: Navigation to MK18 5LJ will bring you to the front gate of the estate grounds. Enter and follow the road round to the right until you see an entrance sign to the festival on the left. Turn in here and you will meet our friendly security team, who will check your tickets and direct you towards the site car park. Follow the arrows to the car park. Once you’ve parked, head to our box office where you will be given a wristband and admitted into the festival site.
>> Click here for a map

BY TRAIN: The nearest stations are Milton Keynes Central, Bicester, Northampton, Banbury. A taxi from each of these is approximately 25 mins. There is a taxi drop-off area before the entrance to the festival, and from here you will need to walk approximately 800m.

ACCOMMODATION

Camping is included in your ticket, just bring your own tent. You can also book a space for a campervan or similar, just select the relevant option when buying tickets (no charge will be added, but it helps us to plan site allocations). PLEASE BE AWARE THERE IS NO UTILITY HOOK-UP FOR CAMPING VEHICLES.

Camping includes indoor wash facilities, including private hot showers, basins, toilets and changing. The blocks are actual brick buildings, and are gendered (male/female) and include disabled facilities.

If you do not wish to camp, there are many hotels nearby, including Premier Inn Brackley Hatch (4mi), Travelodge Towcester (6mi), Silverstone Golf Club (1.5mi) and many more. You will need to arrange transport to and from offsite accommodation, and adhere to our re-admission rules (see below).

FOOD

There will be an onsite eatery serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, with meat, vegetarian and vegan options. Our chefs will be cooking up a storm over a big fire pit. There will also be a cafe open all day serving sandwiches, snacks, pastries and cakes. There will also be a pizza oven, a noodle shack, and other food concessions. You are welcome to bring your own food onto the campsite.

ALCOHOL

We hope you will support our event by purchasing alcohol at the bars, but of course we allow alcohol to be brought onto the campsite.

You may not bring alcohol into the event arena: security will be checking bags as you enter. Please note also that NO GLASS is to be brought onto the estate at all – as the land is used for livestock grazing.

PROGRAMME

A detailed schedule is available on the programme page and will be emailed to you for download. You will also be able to pick up a schedule on the day, or check on one of the boards at the event. For a general overview:

FRIDAY – Gates/campsite open at 4pm. Event site opens at 6pm, with food and bars, and DJ entertainment. Live music begins 8pm. Music on the Plaza ends at 2am, and in the Barrel House at 3am.

SATURDAY – Event site opens at 8am. Music on the Plaza ends at 2am, and in the Barrel House at 3am.

SUNDAY – Event site opens at 8am. Live entertainment and outdoor activities end at 6pm. Outdoor food and bars remain open until 9pm, and the Barrel House bar will remain open for a wind-down party on Sunday night. We ask that you vacate the site on Monday morning by 11am.

ENTRY/RE-ENTRY

Your ticket will be exchanged for a wristband on arrival, which will gain you entry to the event arena.

We hope you’ll party with us all day and night, but this isn’t Hotel California – you can of course leave at any time, whether you are staying offsite or just going walkabout. But please note that we are unable to re-admit anyone onsite after 11pm, so if you leave the site at the end of your evening, you will not be able to rejoin the festivities until the following morning (8am).

Day tickets will correspond to coloured wristbands relevant to the day, so if you sleep onsite or pass out in a ditch, you will be refused entry to the event arena the following day, unless you buy a new day ticket.

COVID-19

As we are sure you will understand, we are at the mercy of government regulations regarding Covid-19. These are as yet unclear, but we will be following all protocols prescribed. Please be aware that anything that is required of the customer is unlikely to be our decision. This includes proof of vaccination, negative tests and observation of individual quarantine cases. Rest assured that we will do everything we can to make your experience as safe and enjoyable as possible.

Full refunds will be issued in the case of any cancellation or major changes due to Covid-19 restrictions.

We do not offer refunds for customers who are unable to attend due to their own actions resulting in quarantine or travel restrictions.

OTHER INFORMATION - PLEASE READ

CASH: All bars, food outlets and our box office take card payments. We have no ATMs on site, so plan to bring as much cash as you’ll need for the weekend, or keep it plastic.

CHILDREN: Unfortunately this is an over-18s festival, and we can’t allow children in. Think of it as the perfect excuse to get away!

ANIMALS: For various reasons, including fire safety, the proximity of other livestock, and the presence of birds of prey, we cannot allow anyone to bring animals on site, with the exception of assistance dogs.

PROHIBITED ITEMS: The following items are NOT permitted into the event or the campsite, Any person found with any of these prohibited items may have the item(s) removed by a member of the staff:

Campfires, firewood and fire starters / Chinese lanterns / Fireworks / Gas Cylinders exceeding 15kg / Generators /
Glass (All liquids must be decanted into plastic containers before arrival. All glass bottles will be removed and disposed of by staff on arrival) / Offensive weapons / Paddling pools, hot tubs etc. / Drones / Aircraft / Kites / Restricted and illegal substances / Sound systems capable of creating excessive noise / Any and all items that are deemed dangerous, offensive or unsuitable for the safe environment of the festival and campsite.

RIGHTS RESERVED: Nighthawks Summer Weekender reserves the right to search any/all vehicles and/or persons on arrival. Admission will be refused to anyone carrying prohibited items, regardless of the tickets carried by the persons concerned without refund. The management reserve the right to refuse permission of entry or re-entry to any person(s). No trading/flyering/placing of posters/stickers without prior written consent. The ‘Challenge 25’ policy will be in place across the site and you must be over 18 to enter the site. There is a zero tolerance policy to drugs on site.

CONDUCT: We believe in creating a safe environment for all participants of our events. If anyone is found to be behaving in a way that is threatening to anyone, they will be immediately ejected from the site with no refund, and may be reported. This includes, but is not limited to: lewd or aggressive behaviour, uninvited sexual advances, racism, anti-semitism, ageism or anti-LGBTQ+ behaviour.

We would particularly draw attention to our zero tolerance policy on inappropriate sexual behaviour, and we invite anyone who experiences any undesired behaviour from others to report it immediately to our management, front desk or security team without fear.