Volunteering has several great advantages. Primarily, it fits into the
whole ethos of a volunteer-run festival. Everyone working to produce
the festival does so on a volunteer basis, and it is what bonds the team
together. You can help by being a steward, a member of the task force
(always welcomed!), Collectors or office and communications staff.
Generally, we only ask just a few hours over the festival. You will
be given a festival pass that allows you access into all events; providing
there is room. Here are some of the things you might get to do in each
of the areas.
- We are not taking any more submissions for the 2013 Festival.
The list will be open again sometime in September. — Thank You.
- This is our largest group of volunteers and is one of the most vital
jobs too. Mainly, it will involve monitoring door entry and assisting
ticket holders to get settled into the venue efficiently. In the event
of emergency, you would play a vital role in clearing the venue safely.
There will be some small amount of paperwork to do at each venue during
the shift. We always try, as much as possible, to put you where you
would like to be and to work with whom you would like. If you would
like to be a steward, please complete a steward
- Task Force
- This is a hard-working team, and the festival would not get built,
maintained and cleared down without them. There is a preference for you
to be relatively fit and able as some of the tasks are quite manual.
However, there are some tasks that don't need muscle but require brains.
This team is a great fun-loving bunch that achieves monumental tasks in
a very short time, and we are so grateful for them. If you would like
to join this team, please complete an application
- The ability for all the staff to communicate whilst not disturbing
our audience is down to good communications. We always are on the
lookout for people with clear diction and an ability to communicate
with our telephone queries on the weekend. They will use FM radio,
mobile phones and internet emails. On a wet day, it's a great place
to work! Email
are interested in this area.
- Office Staff
- Dealing with the public and the ticket buyers means you usually have
to be patient and have a friendly nature. Our Box Office has a brilliant
atmosphere, and you would be dealing with tickets, program sales, general
enquiries and admin work on the weekend. Send an email to
if you wish to be part of this
- There are approximately 15,000 attend the festival over the weekend,
and the majority of those do not buy any tickets at all but still enjoy
all the entertainment we lay on in the town centre and in the park.
Getting just £1 out of half of those people would ease the finances
of the festival greatly. Again, the collectors work in short shifts over
the weekend and particularly during the parades on the Saturday and Monday
early afternoons. There is always an element of competition to see who
can collect more than the Chief Collection manager, Maureen. Come on,
you can do it!
if you can assist us in
In addition to these areas, we are always happy to talk to anyone who
wishes to get even more involved with the festival and maybe take on a
management position or join one of the publicity or artistic teams.
It is a really rewarding experience, and it feels just great to be part
of a huge team of willing friends and colleagues all working towards a