Will I need a ticket for Bishop Auckland Food Festival?

You don’t need a ticket to visit the festival.

There are ticketed events taking place across the weekend including the Celebrity Chef Cookery Theatre featuring This Morning’s Phil Vickery, 2016 Great British Bake Off winner Candice Brown and runner-up Jane Beedle, top creative chefs Jack Stein and Dan Doherty and Coronation Street actor turned chef Sean Wilson, known for his role as Martin Platt.

Tickets can be purchased on the festival website at www.bishopaucklandfoodfestival.co.uk

Are there any tickets left for events at the food festival

Details of what events still have tickets available can be found at www.bishopaucklandfoodfestival.co.uk

Tickets can be purchased online up until one hour before the event takes place or right up to the event start at Bishop Auckland Town Hall Box Office on the weekend of the festival.

Are dogs allowed?

Dogs are welcome at Bishop Auckland Food Festival but please be aware that there is a large number of people expected to attend the festival. We would recommend that dogs are kept are on a lead. Please clean up after your dog.

I have mobility issues. Is special parking provided?

All the Park & 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.

Please see www.durham.gov.uk for up-to-date information about road closures and parking suspensions during the festival.

Are the roads to and from the Market Place open as usual?

Throughout the festival roads traffic around the Market Place will be affected by road closures or traffic management. Visit www.durham.gov.uk to see a map of closures or see below.

Road Closures:

Friday 5am 20 April to 9pm Sunday 22 April

Castle Chare and the Market Place southern service road (including access to the market place parking bays) from the junction with Kingsway and Durham Road

Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 April 7am to 9pm

Fore Bondgate between its junction with the bollard adjacent to Finkle Street to the junction with Newgate Street;

Other temporary traffic changes:

Traffic between Wear Chare and North Bondgate will have 3 way traffic lights in operation to allow traffic through the area whilst the southern access road is closed.

What’s the best way to visit the festival?

We strongly advise that you use public transport or the Park and Ride park and ride service – operating 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.

There will be a number of road closures around the town that will have an impact on access for vehicles. Please visit www.durham.gov.uk for details.

Those businesses and residents affected by road closures should have received information letters with further details. If you haven’t received a letter, please contact BAFF18@durham.gov.uk

What public transport can I get to the event?

By Bus: Bishop Auckland is well served by buses. 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: Bishop Auckland railway station is served by Northern Rail, with connections from the mainline station at Darlington. The Weardale Railway from Stanhope and Wolsingham stops a few moments walk from the main station.

Vistors 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. Road closures are in place for the festival so you will not be able to drive through the market place.

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.

What can I expect from this year’s festival?

This year the food festival will stretch across the stunning market place in front of the town hall in Bishop Auckland, County Durham.

With over 120 delicious street food traders and artisan food producers, bars with real ales and pop up cafes, the festival will be a great day out!

Visitors can enjoy getting top tips from leading chefs at the Market Place stage as Chris Bavin, TV’s Eat Well for Less presenter, cooks up a storm and Anjula Devi, brings her expertise in Indian cuisine.

There’s also something for everyone with a number of ticketed events including the Truly Tempting Chocolate workshops and The School of Artisan Food workshops offering children and adults the chance to channel their creativity and inner chef. 

New for 2018 is something for the adults only – Gin School. Pupils will taste ten different gins and learn about their flavours, taking home new cocktail ideas and a goodie bag.

The main event is the tasty line-up of celeb chefs includes This Morning’s Phil Vickery, 2016 Great British Bake Off winner Candice Brown and runner-up Jane Beedle, top creative chefs Jack Stein and Dan Doherty and actor turned Chef Sean Wilson, known for his role as Martin Platt in Coronation Street.

All tickets can be booked by visiting www.bishopaucklandfoodfestival.co.uk , by telephoning the Gala Box Office on 03000 266 600 or visiting in person.

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

There will be a number of road closures 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

Please see www.durham.gov.uk for up-to-date information about road closures and plan your journey before visiting.

Where can I find public find toilets during BAFF?

There will be portable toilets located throughout the BAFF site.

Why is the festival no longer in Auckland Castle grounds

Due to the exciting development and building work happening in the grounds of the Castle, we are not able to hold the food festival on this site.

However, The Auckland Project the team will be on hand throughout the food festival offering a sneak peek of what’s to come for the project. Visitors can get hands on and flex their green fingers by sowing seeds of courgette and beetroot to take home and grow with the team. A themed craft fair will also be running throughout the weekend at the castle, while members of the organisation’s Catering Team, will be serving up tasty treats prepared by The Auckland Project’s North East apprentices.

To find out more about The Auckland Project visit www.aucklandproject.org

What music will there be at the festival

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

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.