Southport Se7ens Hockey Festival

Camping Rules

Most camping etiquette and campsite rules are just common sense, but it’s a good idea to get yourself informed before you arrive at the site. So we have put together a few things to help you have the best time possible whilst still keeping to the rules.

One of the best things about camping is the sense of community and meeting friendly like minded people especially at an event like this where we all love hockey and are part of the wider ‘Hockey Family’.

The general advice is pretty straight forward and falls into two key areas.

The first is to behave in a way that doesn’t disturb other people around you.

The second is to have as little impact as possible on your surroundings and the environment.

These two are especially important as we have local residents very close to the campsite location.

There is a great sense of community when camping and it’s nice to be sociable with your fellow hockey festival campers and to assist them if they need help. Do not be afraid to ask for camping advice! Everyone has to start somewhere. If a fellow camper looks like they are struggling, a friendly offer of assistance is likely to be appreciated, although not all people camping may want help.

(1) Campsite Rules

By staying at the campsite you agree to abide by the rules of the campsite and if these rules are broken/breached you may be asked to leave. In practice this is not as bad as it sounds, the rules are pretty straightforward and are only there to make sure everyone has a happy festival camping experience.

The following are should give you an idea of what rules to expect at a typical campsite:

  • i. Checking in and checking out times: This can be found on the The Festival page.
  • ii. Noise regulation: Please see Rules 2 and 3 for restrictions.
  • iii. Bathroom, washing and communal areas: You will be expected to keep bathrooms, showers, toilets and washing up areas clean and tidy at all times, clean as you go.
  • iv. Rubbish disposal: There will be designated areas for disposing of different types of rubbish, recycling, waste water.
  • v. Visitors: Guests who wish to stay overnight are permitted to do so as long as they also follow the rules outlined for camping.
  • vi. Pets: No Pets allowed at the Festival Campsite
  • vii. Fires and Fire Pits: Strictly No Fires/FirePits are permitted on the Festival Campsite.
    • a. Camping stoves will be permitted for cooking purposes only.
  • viii. Strictly No Fireworks or Chinese Lanterns are permitted.
  • viiii. Vehicles on Campsite: Please see Rule 10
  • x. Smoking/vaping is strictly prohibited on the campsite and hockey venue.
    • This is due to safety as you can hopefully understand. We also understand that some of you amazing athletes maybe smokers so we will try to see if we can have a designated area for you to practice your vice. (This is a restriction applied by the hockey venue)
(2) Noise Reduction

The fastest way to annoy other campers, local residents and make yourself unpopular on site is by making too much noise. Noise really carries on a campsite and especially at our venue, tents don’t insulate against noise at all – you can hear everything and we mean ‘everything’.

Generally you should try to make as little noise as possible and be particularly quiet early in the morning and late at night. This means talking quietly and keeping the volume low if playing music or games or using equipment that makes a noise such as radios or TVs (See Rule 3). Don’t forget that actions such as closing and opening car doors and boots are also loud and will bother sleeping campers.

You are at a hockey festival and you will of course want to have fun, so it is a balancing act between enjoying yourself and not ruining the enjoyment of others. Loud drunken groups on campsites are a pet hate for our residents and probably other people who are camping – although some might not be so hard on themselves when it’s their night to get carried away! Remember that it is very hard to regulate the volume of your voice and your music when you are drinking: after about 10pm you will be expected to keep the noise level down to as much possible.

The point is we have to keep our local residents happy for the most part so please help us continue to provide this provision by regulating yourselves and your group especially in the early ours of the morning and late at night. The number 1 rule is to keep the noise of your group down at all times. If you want to make noise then the beer festival is the venue for you when you are there.

(3) Noise Restriction Times

The enjoyment for all is our priority and because of this we will be placing restrictions on noise levels throughout the weekend.

We are sure that after a day of hockey and a night of entertainment people will very much like to rest and recuperate for the next days events and these restrictions are to help a little for that to happen for the enjoyment of all.

We generally feel that Hockey Players who take part in camping at festivals automatically doe this anyway… we’re such a close group of people very much a ‘hockey family’ and with that are very considerate to others.

We just want to outline the below, just as a reminder and also for people to have an understanding of expectations.

Restriction Times:
  • i. No Noise Time (very very low noise)
    • a. 12:00am to 7:00am: No Audible Music/TV/Radio to be played
      • If you do wish to listen to any audible content like music/films etc. please use headphones between the above times.
  • ii. Low Noise Time
    • b. 6:00am to 9:00am: Keep noise to a minimum as some festival campers and local residants may still be resting/sleeping.
(4) Respect Space and Privacy

Do not set up camp on top of your neighbours: maintain a respectful distance from them and try not to obscure other campers’ views. There is nothing worse than coming back to your campsite after a day out to find a new camper has invaded your space or blocked your sea view.

Pitches might be clearly delineated and allocated by the campsite, so you might not have a lot of choice as to where you camp, especially in busy seasons, but always keep your tent at least two metres from your neighbours tent. Some campsites will allow you to pitch up freely wherever you choose. In that case, as a general guideline, try to pitch at least six metres away from fellow campers if possible. Never let your tent guy lines stray into another camper’s pitch or camping area.

It is polite not to enter occupied pitches unless invited to do so. Resist taking short cuts by walking across someone else’s pitch and be considerate of other campers’ space. It’s useful to think of the pitches as gardens. You wouldn’t want people to climb into your back garden and walk through it in order to get to a road behind it. Similarly, you wouldn’t want people to walk through your pitch simply because it was the quickest way to get to their destination, so show them the same courtesy.

(5) Keep Facilities Clean and Tidy

You should always leave campsite facilities in a clean and tidy state after using them. This applies to washing up areas for dishes, laundry areas for clothing, as well as bathrooms, toilets and showers. Clean facilities make the camping experience much more pleasant for everyone.

(6) Camping with U18s

If your group has anyone U18 then they are required to be supervised at all times for their safety. We as adults have a duty of care for all young people in our charge. Your group should always know where your young players are at all times.

(7) Pets at the Campsite

No pets are allowed at the campsite.

(8) Vehicles on the Campsite

Parking and Driving can be another bone of contention on the campsite so please read the following very carefully.

  • i. Your team members will be allowed to park next to your camping pitch but restrictions will apply
    • a. Once your vehicle has been parked at your pitch, It will not be permitted to move.
    • b. There will be a restriction on the number of vehicles being allowed next to your camping pitch location and this will have to be arranged before you arrive for the weekend.
  • ii. Driving on the Campsite
    • a. Driving is strictly prohibited on the campsite
    • b. Vehicles will only be allowed to move in case of emergencies only.

There will be a restriction of 5mph on the campsite if vehicles are permitted to move and only under the strict supervision of Festival Staff/Organisers.

You should be considerate to your neighbours when parking next to your pitch. Don’t ruin their view with your car or infringe on their space. In general, look at how other people have parked their cars and do the same, usually some uniformity develops if not directed by the campsite rules.

Car Park:

There will be a carpark available for campsite users which will be accessible at all times. Vehicles will be permitted to move freely if parked at this location which is next/near to the Festival Hockey Pitch.

(9) Keep it Fun for Everyone

Camping is brilliant fun, but to make sure everyone has a great time you should make yourself aware of good camping etiquette and common campsite rules.

By respecting other campers and the environment, you can ensure that you’ll be a great camping neighbour. Plus you can help to make a campsite fun for everyone by setting an example for other campers and avoiding unnecessary stress. Be respectful of other campers and their privacy, keep noise levels down (see rule 2 and 3), use your car appropriately, clean up after yourself and dispose of waste properly – then you and your fellow campers can all enjoy the festival without any stress.

(10) Leave No Trace

The aim of the ‘Leave No Trace’ principle is to have as little impact as possible on your surroundings when camping. There are seven key aspects of the principle.

  1. Plan ahead and prepare (Plenty of Rubbish Bags)
  2. Travel and camp on durable surfaces
  3. Dispose of waste properly
  4. Leave what you find
  5. Minimise campfire impacts (See rule 1.vii)
  6. Respect wildlife
  7. Be considerate of other festival attendees and local residents.

Whether you are camping on a campsite or wild camping, these are really good outdoor ethics to go by so that we can all minimise our impact on the environment, respect other campers and leave things as they were.