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Date & Opening Times

Merthyr Rising Festival takes place on Friday 10th to Sunday 12th June 2022.

What are the festivals opening times?
The campsite will open at 10:00am on Friday 10th June and will close at 11:00am on Monday 13th June 2022. The festival site will be open from 12:00pm until 11:00pm across all three days of the weekend.

Age Restrictions

The campsite will open at 10:00am on Friday 10th June and will close at 11:00am on Monday 13th June 2022. The festival site will be open from 12:00pm until 11:00pm across all three days of the weekend.

Please note: All adults are responsible entirely for the safety and welfare of any accompanying under 18’s in their party.

Tickets

Our primary ticketing partner is Eventbrite and if you have any issues with your tickets, please visit here. Please only purchase from our Official Ticket Partners or through Merthyr Rising Organisers directly. Fraudulent tickets will be cancelled on discovery, and you will not be granted access to the festival.

  • Getting Here

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    Getting to Merthyr Rising Festival

    Merthyr Rising Festival takes place at Penderyn Square, Castle Street, Merthyr Tydfil CF47 8ZA and is easily located by car, train, or coach – Map here.

    Car info

    By Car / Coach

    From Cardiff / M4

    M4, J 32. Follow signs for Merthyr Tydfil (A470) approximately 18 miles north.

    At Merthyr, go straight across the first roundabout (Pentrebach). At the second roundabout Take the third exit, signposted for Town Centre.

    Continue on this road, taking the second exit at the first roundabout, and then taking the first left at the next roundabout. from here follow the road around, until you come to the car park situated outside Merthyr Tydfil College, Here.

    From here, the festival is located a short walk, across from the car park into the town centre.

    From Abergavenny / A465

    Stay on the A465, following signs for Merthyr Tydfil.

    Continue on this road, taking the second exit at the first roundabout, and then taking the first left at the next roundabout. from here follow the road around, until you come to the car park situated outside Merthyr Tydfil College, Here.

    From here, the festival is located a short walk, across from the car park into the town centre.

    For coaches you will need to use a different entrance. Instead of taking the immediate left at the last roundabout, you will need to take the right, follow the perimeter of the park until you reach the bus stop located just outside Cyfarthfa Junior school.

    From Swansea / A465

    Stay on the A465 until you reach Merthyr Tydfil. Leave the roundabout at the third exit onto A470. At the next roundabout take the first exit, signposted for Town Centre.

    Continue on this road, taking the second exit at the first roundabout, and then taking the first left at the next roundabout. from here follow the road around, until you come to the car park situated outside Merthyr Tydfil College, Here.

    From here, the festival is located a short walk, across from the car park into the town centre.

    Bus info

    By Bus

    Festival goers should be mindful of the timing of the event and are advised to check with the operator (First Cymru: 0871 200 2233 or www.firstgroup.com) for details of the timetable.

    Train info

    By Train

    At the roundabout, take a left and go straight over the next roundabout and continue until you come to the traffic lights. At the traffic lights, take a left and follow road to the end until you come to a roundabout from here, take a left and follow the road until you come to a junction, from here following the round up the hill, where you will then be directed towards the festival carpark.

    Festival goers should be mindful of the timing of the event and are advised to check with the operator (Arriva Trains: 08457 484950 www.arrivatrainswales.co.uk) for details of the timetable.

    *ROAD CLOSURES

    Roadworks on the A465, at Baverstock’s and Dowlais, will be in place and may affect journey times of everyone travelling via car, bus, or coach.
    Check out this story for further details: All you need to know about work being undertaken on the A465 between Dowlais and Hirwaun.


    TAXI PICK UP POINT

    A dedicated pick-up point for taxis and minibus will be located outside the perimeter of the festival, on Castle Street and Glebeland Street.

    The festival is scheduled to end at approximately 11:00pm each evening. Please allow plenty of time to walk from the main arena to the main area outside of the event of taxi bookings.

  • Staying Here

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    Parking & Camping


    Parking

    Can I park at Merthyr Rising?
    Although, there is no parking on site at the festival (except accessible parking), we do however offer a park and ride facility, which will be located at the Trago Mills site, Merthyr Tydfil.

    • Castle Street Multi-storey - here.

    • College Car Park - here.

    • Rhydycar Car Park - here.

    Park and RideThere will be a number of Park & Ride spaces available within the Trago Mills Car Park, these spaces will require a parking pass that can be purchased
    Please note: These are available on a first come, first served basis).

    What time does the car park open and close?
    All car parks are open 24hours each day, except for the Multi-storey carpark that shuts at 8pm (please be advised this may change, due to the festival being held within the town centre).
    **Please note, these spaces are on a first come, first served basis.


    Camping

    Can you camp at Merthyr Rising festival?
    Yes, camping is available alongside this year’s Merthyr rising festival. This year our camping ground will be situated within the grounds of Cefn Rugby Club.

    What time does the campsite open and close?
    The campsite opens from 18:00am on Thursday 9th June and will close at 11:00am on Monday 13th June.

    Are there showers in the campsite?
    Yes, there are showers in the campsite available for festival goers to use across the weekend. Please bring your own towel, shampoo, and shower gel.

    Is there a campsite shop?
    Yes, there will be a convenience store and a number of food traders in the campsite for all your camping needs.

    Can I light a campfire or barbecue?
    For safety reasons, Merthyr Rising does not permit campfires or open gas fires in the campsite. Any festival goer found starting a fire will be asked to leave the festival immediately.

    Will there be somewhere to charge my phone?
    Yes. Phone charging stations will be available in the campsite safety tent.

    Can I have an awning with my motorhome?
    No. Awnings are not permitted, due to the limited spaces available.

    What is your litter policy?
    We ask that all festival goers help us minimise waste and participate in our recycling initiatives across the weekend ensuring rubbish is disposed of in the ample bins provided and the land is looked after during your stay.

    Restricted Items
    The following list is prohibited from the Merthyr Rising festival; Glass items, candles, gas canisters, flares, knives, illegal substances, drugs, ‘legal highs’, laser equipment/pens, megaphones, nitrous oxide, animals, fireworks, smoke canisters, poles, banners or flags, drones and any items which in the absolute discretion of the Organisers are considered to be a risk to the safety of the audience and/or affect the enjoyment of the audience and/or the running of the Festival are prohibited. Everyone will be searched on entry and management reserve the right to confiscate prohibited items

  • Visitor Guide

    Visitor guide

    Food & Drink

    What food and drink facilities will be available?
    Merthyr Rising Festival has a wide variety of food and drink facilities available across the festival grounds, with various cuisines on offer. A full list of our food trader vendors will be published on our website soon.

    We have a wide selection of alcoholic drinks available across the main arena for you to enjoy during the weekend. Please see below on what you can and can’t bring and thank you for your understanding.

    PER PERSON, you can bring the following into the campsite:

    • EITHER 8 x cans of beer or lager or cider

    • OR 8 premixed spirit cans (max 250ml)

    • OR 1 bottle of wine decanted into a plastic bottle

    Please note

    • Strictly no spirits or hard liquor are permitted

    • Searches will be undertaken upon entry to ensure this is complied with

    • Any alcohol above this allocation will be confiscated

    • Sealed bottles of water and soft drinks are allowed but will be checked on entry to the site.

    • There will be no limit on soft drinks

    Can I bring my own alcohol and food into the main arena?
    No. You are not allowed to bring your own alcohol or food into the main arena at the festival, this is to only be consumed within the campsite. Bins will be provided at the gates to dispose of any items before entering the main arena.


    Accessibiliy

    Merthyr Rising Festival is held at Penderyn Square, in Merthyr Tydfil Town Centre, and as such is held on hardstanding ground, with a small area of grass, on the square itself. Whilst every precaution is being made, the weather conditions can dramatically affect the ground conditions so wherever possible please try to consider what preparations you may need to make and equipment you may need to bring along.

    Bookable access facilities:
    The following access facilities need to be pre-booked using the Access Requirement form, please email info@merthyrrising.ukto receive this. This form and the required evidence must be sent to us once you have purchased a ticket.

    2 for 1 Tickets for Personal Assistant:
    We provide a 2:1 ticket scheme for individuals who would be unable to attend our events without bringing a personal assistant. Once you have bought a full price ticket, please fill in the access requirement form and provide us with a form of evidence as listed on the form to receive your personal assistant ticket.

    Accessible Toilets
    There will be a number of accessible toilets located on the festival site and within the campsite.

    Accessible Wristband:
    On arrival, there will be an Access Information Point where customers can collect further information on access within the festival site. It is also here that additional pre-agreed wristbands can be collected.


    Families

    Will there be family activities on site?
    Yes, we have teamed up with local providers, and have put together a daily programme of incredible family activities.

    Will there be family camping?
    Yes, we have a designated family area in the campsite.

    What does a Family ticket include?
    A family ticket includes entry for two adults and two children, over the age of 11 years old.


    Get Involved

    How do I apply to be a trader?
    Food and Non-Food Trader applications are now open! Apply here

    Can I volunteer at Merthyr Rising Festival?
    Yes, we are always looking for volunteers for a number of opportunities, Apply here

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