Your Safety

How we keep you, our artists, our staff and volunteers safe

COVID 19 - Keeping you safe

We are re-opening and looking forward to welcoming you back!

Brighton Festival is following National Guidelines on Covid-19 to ensure that when we are permitted to open again , that we are doing so safely. In over 50 years we've never cancelled our Festival, so cancelling in 2020 was heart-breaking. We are over the moon to be able to hold socially distanced events and we have worked hard to create a safe environment for you, as well as our artists and staff.

Read our COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

To keep you safe while you are at the Festival we have:

  • Limited overall capacity
  • Socially distanced seating layouts and plenty of space at outdoor events
  • Face coverings are compulsory for audience and staff in side venues, at outdoor events face coverings are encouraged
  • Staggered arrival and departure
  • Reduced capacity and adjustments within toilets
  • One-way systems which possible
  • Social distancing markers
  • Signage and staff to remind everyone what is required – Give space, wash your hands and wear your face coverings
  • Enhanced high touch point cleaning
  • Enhanced ventilation
  • Contactless ticketing and payments
  • Hand sanitising stations
  • Track and Trace using the QR code on arrival or by speaking to a member of our team
  • Temperature checking on entry to indoor space for the audience and for our staff and artists

When Not to Visit

Please do not visit us if you or a member of the family have tested positive for Covid-19, have symptoms or have been asked to isolate following a Test and Trace call. 

We are offering refunds or ticket exchange to anyone who reports to us 3 hours prior to the performance that they cannot attend for the reasons given above.

We can’t do this without you, so thank you for trusting us and for joining us in celebrating live arts again.

The Main symptoms of COVID-19 are:

A new continuous cough

A high temperature

A loss of, or change in, your normal sense of smell or taste (anosmia)


Like all public buildings and spaces, Brighton Dome has a number of security measures in place to help minimise the possibility of a terrorist attack in the venues. These measures include procedures should an attack actually happen.

As a matter of course, our visitor services team are in regular contact with counter terrorism Police who provide regular briefings to us and recommendations about how we can enhance our security across our venues. In addition, we work closely with them to ensure that we are fully prepared to deal with any potential incidents on site. To make your visit as safe, secure and enjoyable as possible we carefully assess each event alongside the current security risk set by the government to decide what security measures need to be in place. These additional security measures may include bag checks, limitations on what can be taken into the auditorium and ticket checks on the outer gates of the venue.


Owing to Covid 19 there is no cloakroom operating at events currently and all items must remain with the owner. Please avoid bringing bags to the venue and do not try to bring any larger items with you. Only bags no larger than an A3 piece of paper 35cm x 40cm x 19cm are permitted.

Regular Reviews

We work hard to protect the safety and security of our visitors, performers and staff and where possible to mitigate against the likelihood of an attack. We will be continually reviewing the measures we have in place as appropriate and in line with relevant direction from the security services.

You can play a part in keeping yourselves and the rest of the audience safe by being vigilant to unusual behaviour or items and reporting any concerns you have to our Duty staff.

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Other resources to help plan your visit

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Getting to Brighton

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