As we get closer to the festival, in true Gateways style we thought we’d share some useful information that we think will make your experience of the event even better. Whether you’re looking to find our gate opening times, how to get to Aireville Park, or you’re just wondering what you can and can’t bring, we’ve answered your questions below.

Gate Opening Times

On Friday 6th August we’ll be opening our gates at 3pm, so you’ll have time to grab a drink and get settled in before we showcase our first film, The Greatest Showman, at 4.30pm.* Gates will close at 10pm. On Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th August, gate opening times will be 11am – 10pm.
*Please note that due to the expectancy of long queues, there may be a slight delay in our film screening times.

Where do I Park my Car?

The whole team behind Gateways Festival are extremely proud to be in partnership with Manorlands Hospice for our launching year and are happy to announce a charity parking scheme. Via the locations listed below, hospice volunteers will be managing the festival car parks and charging as little as £5 per vehicle per day*, with all proceeds going to support the vital work Manorlands carry out for the community.

Payment for parking will be accepted on the day, but in order to make sure you secure a car parking space, advance booking is advised and available here.

*Plus booking fee.

The car parking sites and opening times are as follows:
Skipton Auction Mart
Friday 6th August 2021 – 15:00 – 22:30
Saturday 7th August 2021 – 17:00 – 22.30
Sunday 8th August 2021 – 10:00 – 22.30

Craven College
Friday 6th August 2021 – 15:00 – 22:30
Saturday 7th August 2021 – 10:00 – 22.30
Sunday 8th August 2021 – 10:00 – 22.30

Skipton Academy field (subject to suitable weather conditions)
Friday 6th August 2021 – 15:00 – 22:30
Saturday 7th August 2021 – 10:00 – 22.30
Sunday 8th August 2021 – 10:00 – 22.30

Sandylands field (subject to suitable weather conditions)
Friday 6th August 2021 – 15:00 – 22:30
Saturday 7th August 2021 – 10:00 – 22.30
Sunday 8th August 2021 – 10:00 – 22.30

For Blue Badge visitors, there are parking spaces available at Craven Leisure Centre and Skipton Academy. Parking is pre-bookable at Skipton Academy but not pre-bookable at the Leisure Centre. Please also be aware that the Leisure Centre car park will be open to the public during the event and therefore the parking will be obtainable on a first come/first served basis.
Parking for Blue Badge holders is also available in the town’s municipal car parks.
If however, you’re travelling via public transport, we would advise that you make sure to plan your travel route, book your tickets in advance and check what time the last bus/train service from Skipton will be so you’re well prepared in case you have a few too many. It’s also important to check your journey as close to your travel time as possible, in order to account for any delays and disruptions. For further information, check out our “How to get to Gateways Festival” blog.

Which Entrances can I use?

There are two main entrances to Aireville Park. The first one is ideal for those of you who are travelling by train, as the entrance is directly opposite Skipton Train Station, just across the road and past the canal swing bridge, and you’ll be in Aireville Park.
The second one is convenient for those of you who are travelling by car, as our chosen drop off point is located at Craven Leisure Centre Car Park. For your convenience, this entrance is approximately a 3 minute walk to the festival gates.

What to expect upon Arrival and some Safety Advice
Like all festivals, you should expect queues upon your arrival. This is due to the fact that, for security reasons, ticket holders will be subject to searches. These searches are mandatory and we request that you cooperate with any security requests in order for our team to be as efficient as possible.

To get through this process as quickly as possible we would advise:
Packing light. The less you bring, the quicker you’ll get through the gates.
Familiarise yourself with our opening times. The earlier you arrive, the more likely it is that you won’t be queuing as long.
Check the list of our prohibited items so you’re aware beforehand of what’s not allowed on site.
It’s also worth noting that our gate supervisor will be conducting some soft ticket checks while you’re queuing. This is to ensure that anyone holding a child’s ticket is accompanied by an appropriate adult.


Will there be Food and Drink Available?

You lovely ticket holders will be able to enjoy a wide selection of delicious festival-style street food, including Vegan House Foods, The churros Bar and many more to choose from. Drinks will of course be available too, with bars selling alcoholic and non- alcoholic beverages.
Please be aware that staff members will be applying the Challenge 25 policy, so if you’re lucky enough to look under the age of 25, you’ll be asked for I.D. – so don’t forget to bring it!
Alcohol will be served between the following hours:
Friday 6th August: 15:00 – 21:15
Saturday 7th August: 11:00 – 21:15
Sunday 8th August: 11:00 – 21:15

Fancy some Fancy Dress?

With Yorkshire Day on the Horizon and Skipton being the Gateway to the Dales, we’ve been racking our brains as to how we can celebrate everything that is God’s own country, and what better way to celebrate than a Yorkshire themed fancy dress Sunday?!
Whether you dress up in a flat cap and braces, as a Yorkshire Rose or a giant Yorkshire pudding, we’re extending an invitation to all of you to have some fun and get creative by donning anything “Yorkshire”.
With prizes for the most imaginative, it’s time to get those creative juices flowing. Remember though, “No Ferrets allowed!”

Weather Prep

Good news Gateways Goers! The long range weather forecast is looking great for the weekend of the 6th August 2021! So don’t get caught in the sun without any sun cream, and don’t forget your sunglasses, hats and protective clothing too.
That being said, we all know how unpredictable the British weather can be, so it’s always handy to carry some waterproof jackets or umbrellas just in case the rain does pour.

A Little Afterthought…

The past year has been challenging, to say the least, but our ability to come together as a community, fight back and get our voices heard has been iconic. From the many different social media campaigns to lighting the whole of the UK in red in support of events, we couldn’t be prouder to be part of such an amazing industry.
Here at Gateways Festival we believe that live events will have the power to bring people back together and we’re so excited to be launching our festival in one of the most magnificent settings.
Thank you for your patience, for sticking with us and for giving us your support. We can’t wait to welcome you to Gateways Festival.