Guests Manual

Manual consists of logistical info for speakers and performers - please email for any questions regarding speaking / performing at the event.
Event opening hours

Saturday: 11am - 11pm
Sunday: 11am - 9pm

The following areas will be shut from 6pm on both days:

  • West Concourse
  • South Concourse
  • Dolman Hall
  • Vegan Activists Hub
  • Kids Area

Other areas of the show will remain open until the event shuts.

Getting to the venue

Ashton Gate is ideally located in Bristol less than two miles from the city centre. The venue's full address is:

Ashton Gate Stadium,

A map of the venue is in the Google map below. (public entrance via Wedlock Way - the Ashton Road entrance is for traders and artists only)

Walking To Ashton Gate

The easiest (and cheapest!) way to get to Ashton Gate is on foot. The venue is just a short walk away from central Bristol including (click each for Google walking directions):

Cycling To Ashton Gate

Ashton Gate is easily accessed by bicycle with a number of dedicated cycle paths in Bristol. There are also plenty of bike racks at the stadium (96 in total) as well as a handy bike pump in the Winterstoke Road car park outside of the South Stand.

The venue is a short bike ride from many parts of Bristol including:

Bicycles can now also be picked up roadside and ridden to Ashton Gate thanks to the new YoBike service - click here to find out more and download the app.

Bus Services To Ashton Gate

There are several bus services that stop at Ashton Gate. An outline of these services can be found below.

Service 24
Stops at Ashton Drive (The Robbins PH)
Operates up to every 12 minutes (every 30 minutes during the evening)
Serves Bedminster, City Centre, Old Market, Easton, Eastville, Lockleaze and Southmead Hospital
Adult singles range from £1.70 to £2.70 and return / all day travel is £4

Services X1, X3, X4, X6, X8 and X9
Stops at Blackmoors Lane (Ashton Bridge)
Operates at frequent intervals
Serves Hotwells and City Centre
Adult single is £1.70, £3.40 return and £4 all day travel

Service 71
Stops at Blackmoors Lane (Ashton Bridge)
Operates up to every 15 minutes (every 30 minutes during the evening)
Serves Hotwells, City Centre, Gloucester Road, Filton Avenue and UWE Frenchay
Adult singles range from £1.70 to £2.70 and return / all day travel is £4

Services X1, X3, X4, X6, X8 and X9
Stops at Winterstoke Road (Ashton Bridge)
Operates at various frequencies
Serves various locations, including, Weston-super-Mare, Portishead, Clevedon and Nailsea
Adult singles range from £1.70 to £6 and return / day ticket from £3.40 to £7.50

Please visit the FirstBus website and search by service number for more specific timing information –

Train Services To Ashton Gate

The closest station to Ashton Gate is Parson Street, a 10-15 minute walk from the stadium. Parson Street is accessible from mainline stations including Bristol Temple Meads, Bristol Parkway and Weston Super Mare. For more information visit the Great Western Rail website, or call 0345 7000 125.

Driving To Ashton Gate / Parking

Street parking surrounding the stadium is severely limited and we encourage visitors to utilise public transport as an alternative. Please observe all local parking restrictions and respect local resident’s driveways and homes.


FROM M5: Leave the M5 motorway at junction 18, travel along the Portway (A4) following the signs for Bristol Airport/Taunton (A38). Over the swing bridge (Brunel Way), branching left into Winterstoke Road, and left again at the traffic lights for Ashton Gate.

FROM M4: At junction 19, exit onto M32 towards Bristol. Continue on A4032. Turn left at A4044/Bond Street. Continue to follow A4044. At Temple Circus Gyratory, take the 2nd exit onto A4/Templegate. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto A370/York Road. Continue to follow A370. Go through one roundabout. Slight left to merge onto Brunel Way. Take the next left at traffic lights for Ashton Gate.*This route directs through Bristol City Centre and journey time can be significantly increased due to traffic. Travelling along the Portway via the M5 is often considerably quicker. For the Portway, leave the M4 at junction 20 and join the M5 South-bound, then follow the above directions for M5*.

Bristol International Airport

Ashton Gate stadium is only a fifteen minutes drive away from Bristol International Airport. Call 0871 334 4344 for flight times.

Car Parking

Private parking is available in the area, please click here or here for more information.

Parking is usually available in the Ashton Vale Rd. industrial estate on a first come, first served basis.

Please note: the car parks on site are designated for use by stallholders only.

Virtual tour of the venue

A virtual tour of the venue is in the embedding below:

AV equipment provided

Please see table below for AV equipment provided in each area:

(before 6pm)
(after 6pm)
Laptop* Screen** Sound Speakers Microphone
Plant-Based Diets: Optimum Health Blues Lounge 1 1 yes - quantity TBA 1
Plant-Based Diets: Optimum Performance Comedy 1 1 yes - quantity TBA 1
The Vegan Academy Electro Swing 1 1 yes - quantity TBA 1
Vegan Activists Hub N/A 1 1 yes - quantity TBA 1
Cookery Demos N/A yes - quantity TBA 1 1
Live Acts Stage Live Acts Stage yes - quantity TBA yes - quantity TBA
Dance Stage Dance Stage yes - quantity TBA yes - quantity TBA

* Laptop comes with Powerpoint and PDF Viewer.
**Each screen comes with an adaptor for connecting to the laptop.

Powerpoint presentations

If you are planning to do Powerpoint presentations / slideshows in areas with laptops provided, we suggest that you store your presentation files in .ppt or .pdf format on a USB / external drive beforehand, and plug your USB / external drive into the laptop provided.

If your presentation file is created in other formats such as Keynote (the Mac equivalent of Powerpoint on Windows), please either:

  1. convert it to .ppt or .pdf format before the event (see instructions here on exporting Keynote files as files in other formats), or
  2. bring your own laptop with your presentation file stored on it (although bear in mind that replacing the laptop provided with your own laptop might require extra changeover time in between presentations).
Cookery equipment provided (for cookery demos)

Please refer to the table below for the cookery equipment provided by the organisers:

Equipment Quantity
Electric hot plate (with 2 rings) 1
Kettle 1
Flip Top Bin with bin bags 1
Washing up liquid yes
Handwash yes
Power sockets 13amp sockets
Trestle tables (6′ wide each with tablecloths) 4


  1. Please bring any other equipment that you need and that is not listed above if necessary. Note: please ensure that any electrical equipment that you bring is PAT tested before use.
  2. Please ensure that you ascertain the power output (in wattage) of all cookery equipment that you plan to use beforehand, and do not overload the power sockets provided – overloading the power sockets will result in power being cut off. Please refer to the electrical converter here should you need assistance on electrical conversion.
  3. Please also ensure that the hot plate provided is switched off after use – failure to do so will result in the hot plate overheating.
Gas and naked flames

Please note that gas and naked flames are strictly prohibited inside this venue. All cooking indoors must be done by electricity only.

Drinking Water

Tap water will be available free of charge from all bars at the venue.

Vegan Policy

This event is a 100% vegan event and we ask that all our speakers are vegan themselves and we are only accepting talks / cookery demos on vegan education, rather than ‘other issues’. We particularly wish to avoid any sessions about campaigns that could be seen to help fuel xenophobia, or campaigns that rely on sexism, ableism, homophobia, body shaming or racism to promote their cause.

Please ensure that all sessions adhere to these guidelines, which cover the following areas:

  1. speeches given
  2. cookery ingredients used
  3. leaflets given out to visitors
  4. displays used (e.g. banners, posters etc)
  5. videos / slideshows shown
  6. songs performed

Please also ensure that you do not wear non-vegan apparel to the event, in order to set a good example for visitors who are passionate about the vegan cause.

If you are unsure about whether a particular product / ingredient / campaign is suitable or not, please contact the office beforehand.


Cancellations are to be avoided as much as possible, especially if your sessions have already been advertised online, as:

  1. Sessions that have been advertised in advance but do not take place make the show look unprofessional
  2. Some of our visitors will be buying advance tickets specifically to see certain speakers / performers / talks advertised online in advance

However, we understand that sometimes cancellations are unavoidable and in the scenario that you really need to cancel your appearances at the event, please:

  1. Notify the organisers as early as possible, and
  2. Try to find replacements for the sessions affected by your cancellations.

Smoking / vaping is not permitted by law anywhere within the venue.


Assistance dogs are permitted access to the show. No other pets will be permitted access to the venue during the open period.

Photography and Filming

Visitors to VegfestUK events are welcome to arrive with cameras or filming equipment for photography / video production on site.

Please note that exhibitors, speakers, performers and visitors at VegfestUK events may appear in photos or films produced from the events without prior consultation.

Any further questions?

Please get in touch with the office by Wednesday May 23rd 2018 if possible, as we’ll be out of our office from Thursday May 24th 2018 onwards.


Utilities at the venue

Drinking Water

Tap water will be available free of charge from all bars at the venue.

Cash Machines nearby

Please refer to the link here for cash machines available near the venue.


Toilets are available along the Concourses on the G/F of the venue, as well as along the corridor on Level 2 (just behind the Lansdown Suites and the Heineken Lounge), and on the Hospitality Level 3 of the venue.