Tonbridge Calling is a community based event with the emphasis very much on the collective strength of like minded folk pooling their spare time, energies and talent to create a free festival.
Evolving in June 2016 the idea quickly gathered momentum and attracted support from local organisations and businesses, entertainers, musicians & food vendors. It was so well attended that we were able to make donations to three local charities and in a very modest way make a difference there also.
It’s fair to say that without the Brexit result we wouldn’t have felt moved to action and our little event promoting tolerance, diversity and inclusivity perhaps wouldn’t have been born. However, the whole idea was to take the negativity and turn it in a positive direction and in that everyone excelled.
TONBRIDGE CALLING 2017
A little piece from last year’s festival in the mid August sunshine with the irrepressible Salsadelic deep in the groove
Sponsors & Supporters
As we discovered in 2016, running a festival involves combining lots of different elements which are facilitated by funding in order to ensure a successful event. Without our supporters and sponsors Tonbridge Calling wouldn't be the great day it is. Last year's success set the bar high for the organisers and it was hugely gratifying for us at the end of the day to have such an enormously positive response from so many of those who came along. Our huge thanks are due to the local people and businesses below that have generously contributed by providing funding, resources, or heavily discounted services, both on the day and in the run up to the festival, as well as to our wonderful team of stewards, cake bakers and other volunteers- thank you!
The Tonbridge Calling festival aims to increase diversity and tolerance and bring people within the community together. With this in mind we try to incorporate the needs of everyone attending, from a diverse range of music to food suitable for all diets and tastes. The event itself is set within an open park, with no restrictive boundaries so those that wish to can escape the music for a while or enjoy from a distance with no difficulty.
The event is free and unticketed so there are no long queues to get in to the festival, and people can come and go as they please. We actively encourage people to bring picnic blankets so that there is plenty of space in the audience for easy movement with no crowding, and festivalgoers in wheelchairs can still have a good view of the stage. The atmosphere is relaxed and easy going.
The event itself is set on a large flat area of grass, there is a hard path to the edge of the site directly from nearby car parks and the high street which is about 500 metres away. Our stewards will be more than happy to help with wheelchair access should you need it. The shortest access route across the grass will be by the stage itself, which runs along the path by the river. We are also very happy to assist people with limited vision, and can meet you at the main gate to guide you to the event area.
There are three car parks nearby. The castle car park has five disabled spaces, is roughly 300m away from the site but has a slope with steps so is not suitable for wheelchair users or anyone with severe mobility issues. The swimming pool car park has six disabled spaces. Although the bridge across from the pool to the festival site is currently closed for renovation, it can still be accessed via another bridge adjacent to the rear of the miniature railway track. The main car park has two disabled spaces accessed via the same route as the swimming pool but an extra 50 metres or so. The railway station has street level access from one platform and lifts for the others. The route to the site is along roads with pavements with normal height kerbs and is approximately 650m distant.
Please search for ‘Tonbridge Racecourse Park’ in google maps, the pipper is on the festival site.
There are public toilets on site, with a disabled toilet accessed up a ramp locked by a radar key. All our stewards will be happy to assist you accessing the toilets should you need it, and there will be cleaners in attendance at various times throughout the event. There are further toilets in the swimming pool, the route to these is flat with a slight ramp over the river bridge about 150 metres away.
There will be a clearly identified information tent. Should anyone feel unwell, or need help there will be qualified first aiders on site to take care of you. We also have a designated mobile phone specifically for people to get in touch on the day with queries, help with accessibility or any other issues. The number is 07377 667075.
We aim to be inclusive and like to encourage everyone to enjoy our festival, and actively support people with special needs and disabilities. If you would like help on the day or feel there is something extra that we could do to make the festival more enjoyable for you, please let us know straight away via our web site contact form, by email at email@example.com and we will respond as soon as possible.