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For the Birds: important information

Thank you for booking tickets for Brighton Festival’s woodland installation, For the Birds. In order to make your experience as safe and enjoyable as possible, please read the following information:

Before you leave

  • For the Birds is a self-guided promenade through the woods at night. The site is a beautiful but exposed natural spot in the South Downs National Park. Please dress for the weather. Wear sturdy, flat shoes suitable for a woodland walk, and bring warm clothing and a coat. 
  • The route has been planned to ensure your safety, however there is uneven terrain, slopes and narrow gaps. Please note that it may be muddy and slippery when wet. The route not suitable for buggies and pushchairs. Dogs are not permitted, with the exception of access dogs.
  • If you have any questions about the accessibility of the route, please call 01273 261 541 or email
  • The performance will go ahead in bad weather. In the unlikely event of a cancellation, we will inform ticket holders by email. We will also publish this information on our Twitter feed @brightfest

Getting there

  • Please refer to your ticket and/or booking confirmation email for the departure time of your outbound bus from Old Steine, stop E. Please ensure that you arrive in time to catch your bus.
  • It will take approximately 20 minutes to reach the event location by bus. You will then now have up to 60 minutes to enjoy the installations. Your return bus back to central Brighton will leave at 12.10am (80 minutes after your departure time from Old Steine).

Ticket collections

  • Your ticket will be inspected upon boarding the bus. You will be given a wristband which you must wear to be admitted into the installation.
  • If you are collecting pre-booked tickets, these will be available at Old Steine (stop E) from 15 minutes before your scheduled bus departure time. Please ensure you have your booking confirmation email ready. 
  • Please note that admission to For the Birds is by advance booking only. Tickets will not be available to purchase on the night.

Getting back

  • You will have up to 60 minutes to enjoy the installations. Your scheduled return bus will leave the site at 12.10am, 80 minutes after your outward departure time from Old Steine.  Please ensure that you have returned to the bus by this time. If you are unsure about when your bus is due to leave, please ask one of the stewards.
  • Please note that Brighton Festival does not accept liability for any delays to journeys or costs incurred as a result for any reason.

Once at the event location 

  • Please follow the lit route at all times and do not deviate from the lit path. There will be stewards to guide you along the route and answer any questions you may have. Please do not touch any of the installations or lights, including the route lighting.
  • Some installations may contain flashing lights, strobe and smoke. Your eyes will quickly adjust to the lighting levels, so please try not to use torches. If it is necessary for you to use a torch, please shine it at the ground, and not at the installations or at other visitors.
  • We hope you will respect the shared experience of the event and keep conversations at a low level so as not to disturb others' enjoyment. Please minimise use of mobile phones as they are bright and can be distracting. Photography is permitted, but flashes and tripods are not. 
  • If you are bringing children please be responsible for them and ensure they abide by the safety instructions.
  • There will be portable toilets including accessible toilets at the event site. Munch Mobile will also be on hand with a selection of snacks and hot and cold drinks available to purchase. 
  • For the Birds is a family-friendly installation and Brighton Festival reserves the right of admission. Persons who are inebriated, causing nuisance or unreasonable disturbance may be refused entry or removed from the site.

We hope you enjoy the experience! 

If you enjoyed For the Birds, please do spread the word. However, to help us protect the site, we ask that you keep its location a secret. You can let us know what you thought on FacebookTwitter or Instagram - don't forget to include #brightonfestival

With thanks to The Big Lemon.

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