Frequently Asked Questions

What are the Gateshead Summer festival opening times??

Saturday – 12.00pm to 11.00pm
Sunday – 12.00pm to 10.30pm

How do we get to the festival?

Please check out our Location page for Bus and Taxi information

What are the stage times?

The Music in the Marquee finishes at 10.30pm on Saturday and at 10pm on the Sunday.

All stage times/line-ups are listed on our Summer Fest event page.

Please note: All artists are subject to change occasionally due to circumstances beyond our control.

Any line-up changes will be announced immediately via this website and social media.

Times also may be adjusted without notice.

Is there parking available?

If anyone is planning on bringing a car this weekend then we’ve got use of the Dryden centre car park which is a 5 minute walk to the venue (NE9 5UR).
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The car park will be open from 12pm to 11.30pm Saturday and 12pm to 11pm on Sunday.
The car park will be closed on Monday, so any cars left overnight will be locked in.
There are a couple of Blue Badge bays at the Cricket Club (located next door to the Rugby Club).
We would however recommend if possible leaving the car at home and using the great local transport links to our club.
Alternatively you could use Dean Taxis who are once again sponsoring our event.

What does my entry ticket include?

Your entry ticket includes entry to the Clubhouse and Festival Music Marquee (It does not include food or drinks).

Are entry tickets available on the day?

This is all very much dependent on stock levels and whether that specific day has sold out in advance. Once a day is sold out then unfortunately there won’t be any tickets available on the day.

How do I purchase a drink?

All food and drinks can be purchased using cash or card.

I'm not too keen on Ciders or Lagers, are other beverages available?

In addition to our pop-up festival bars (Cider, Premium Lager, Fizz, Gin and Prosecco Cocktails), we have two permanent bars located in the bar/hall and Lounge areas which sell a fine array of draught drinks, spirits, wines, soft drinks and hot drinks.

Can we bring our own alcohol to the festival?

Please be aware, in line with ‘large event security’ we conduct bag searches. This is for your protection and to ensure we adhere to the strict terms of our licence, where you are not allowed to bring your own alcohol into the grounds or premises of the rugby club. Any alcohol found at the these searches will be confiscated, held by the security team and returned to you when you leave.

If you are found consuming your own alcohol in the grounds you will asked to leave and no refunds will be made.

Gateshead RFC events are dependent on the close working relationship we have with the local and licensing authorities and we are not prepared to risk this. We know you will find a great selection of alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks both in the club bar and the marcquee, so please leave your own alcohol at home. We appreciate your help with this and are sure you will have a great day.

Is there food available at the festival?

There certainly is, food court can be found at the rear of the music tent, the guys in the kitchen are working hard to put on a great choice of food with plenty of vegetarian choices for you all to enjoy.

We have a great selection of dishes including stonebaked pizza’s.

More dishes & info coming soon!

Can we bring our own food to the festival?

There is no need to bring your own food, we’ve catered for almost every taste with our home made freshly prepared food’. Leave the Picnics at home and let us do the cooking for you.

However, you are welcome to bring your own snacks to the festival, but no open fires are allowed.

Are children allowed at the festival?

Children are very welcome at the festival and there is no charge to bring your child along. We do insist that children must be supervised by a responsible adult.

Please read our entry policy prior to purchasing tickets – Click here for Entry Policy/

Are there any disabled toilets?

Yes, there is a disabled toilet located in the clubhouse.

Are dogs allowed at the festival?

Dogs on a lead are allowed onto the field and in the Music Marquee, however, they are not allowed in the clubhouse.

Can we reserve a table?

Unfortunately not all seat is unreserved, so we would recommend arriving early.

Can we bring our own camping chair to the festival?

Yeah, that is not a problem, however please remember to take them home at the end of the day.

Are there any ATM's at the festival?

No, there are no ATM’s at the festival although we do cash-back at the clubhouse bars.  You can also pay for your  Food & Drinks..etc using our chip & pin devices.

There are also cash machines on Durham road (Low Fell High Street) and at the Nisa on Old Durham Road (Sheriff’s Highway).

Do you accept contactless payments?


Our Food and Drinks areas will all have contactless payments available.

Cash payments will also be accepted at these stations, but we would encourage people to use contactless if they can!

What footwear do you recommend?

Our marquee is located on the Rugby pitch, so it’s probably best to avoid heels if possible.

What other events do you organise or host?

You may only know as as the the home of the Gateshead Beer & Music Festival, however we organise many events throughout the year.

On the Rugby side we run 3 Senior sides, Ladies Side and we have a huge Junior and Mini Rugby section which welcomes players of all levels.

Socially we run the Gateshead Gin Festival, Gateshead Family Fun day, Gateshead Ladies Day, Gateshead Fireworks night and many more events.

As you may see our club house has also gone through a huge modernisation project and our rooms are available for hire for private functions….

Call 0191 420 0207 for hire information.

We’ve been asked lots of questions over the years and have collated the most important here. If you have any questions that haven’t been answered, please email us at

Polite notice
Please consider our neighbours and leave quietly at the end of your visit.