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FAQs

Will I need a ticket for Bishop Auckland Food Festival?

You don’t need a ticket to visit the main festival ans stalls, but some events are ticketed. Tickets can be purchased through this website when they go on sale

Are dogs allowed?

Dogs are welcome at the festival but please be aware that a large number of people attend the festival. We would recommend that dogs are kept are on a lead. Please clean up after your dog.

How can I get to the event?

We strongly advise that you use public transport or the park and ride which will operate from Bishop Auckland College, so you don’t have to worry about where to park your car and are less likely to get stuck in traffic jams.

By bus

Bus services through the town operate from the bus station which is situated is behind the Newgate Centre, a four minute walk from the Town Hall along Newgate Street.

By rail

Northern Rail runs through Bishop Auckland railway station, with connections from the mainline station at Darlington. The Weardale Railway from Stanhope and Wolsingham stops a few moments walk from the main station.

By car

If using sat nav, the postcode is DL14 7NP. 

From the A1(M), take junction 60 at Bradbury, signposted Teesside and Bishop Auckland. Take the A689 following the sign to Bishop Auckland. At the junction with the A688 take the second exit straight across following the signs for the A689 to Crook. Drive down a long hill and then up a short hill and you will see signs for the market place. 

There will be a number of road closures around the town that will have an impact on access for vehicles. Visit www.durham.gov.uk/roadworks during the festival to see the closures.

Where can I find out information about road closures for the festival?

There will be a number of road closures in and around the town leading up to and during the festival. We would advise to make sure you leave plenty of travelling time if you’re travelling to the festival or

Visit www.durham.gov.uk/roadworks to see up-to-date information about road closures leading up to and during the festival.

Businesses and residents who are affected by the road closures should receive information letters with further details. If you haven’t received a letter, and think you are affected, please contact BAFF@durham.gov.uk

I want to take a large coach party to BAFF, how do I do this?

There are drop off points at all regular bus stops, but please do take into account that road closures are in place in the market place.

I have mobility issues. Is special parking provided?

All the park and ride buses have accessible facilities and disabled bus pass holders can travel for free.

All town centre car parks in Bishop Auckland are open as usual.

Leading up to and during the festival, please see www.durham.gov.uk/roadworks for up-to-date information about road closures and parking.

I have mobility issues, where can I find out information about how to get around?

Bishop Auckland is a generally an accessible town and all food traders are at ground level in the market place.

Bishop Auckland Town Hall is fully accessible for disabled customers. There are lifts to all floors and there is an accessible toilet on the first floor, which is open to the public during the festival from 10.00am to 2.00pm during the festival.

Sunday afternoon is usually a quieter time to visit the festival.

Where will I find public toilets?

There will be portable toilets located throughout the BAFF site.

Why is the festival no longer in Auckland Castle grounds

Due to development and building work happening in the grounds of the Castle, we are not able to hold the food festival on this site. The Auckland Project will be on hand throughout the food festival, offering a sneak peek of what’s to come for the project.

You can flex your green fingers by sowing seeds of courgette and beetroot to take home and grow. A themed craft fair will also be running throughout the weekend at the castle, serving up tasty treats prepared by The Auckland Project’s North East apprentices.

What music will there be at the festival

There will be pop-up live music areas around the festival for visitors to enjoy. The informal performances will come from musicians from a huge range of genres.