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Buttermere Bash 2019

31st May

Ticket sales are now closed.
ONLY ticket holders will be allowed access to this years event.

Thank you for purchasing tickets to the 2019 Buttermere Bash, which is now a ticket only event. NO tickets will be available onsite. Please find following all the details you may need.

Your ticket price covers for Friday and Saturday. If you intend to arrive earlier as camping is available from Tuesday, then please pay for extra nights camping at £5 a night at the bar when collecting your wristband.

Wristband collection

Everyone attending will need a wristband. When convenient after arrival please collect your wristband from the Bar. You will need bring a print off of your ticket or Paypal receipt to gain access to the site and to claim your wristband.


This year there will be three fields available for camping, please see attached map for details. The two normal ones and then a large one a short distance away across the lake. The new camping field has a narrow gate on entrance so will not suit larger vehicles. It is very big and has lake shore access. If the two normal fields become full then the new field will be used for all other attendees. Please be prepared for any weather, midge repellent may also make the experience more pleasurable at times. No campfires on the ground, raised firepits are allowed and bring your own wood. Please do not drop wastewater onto the ground, or wash dishes in the lake or river courses.


Running water is provided via hose pipes from a near by house and is sited at the top of the event fields. Portaloos are provided and serviced on Saturday morning, please do not block access to the portaloos. That’s about it, there is no phone signal or electricity, no showers or washing facilities. We also kindly ask that you take all your rubbish home as no bins are provided. The cost of the event is kept to a minimum and run by volunteers, please respect this and the beautiful location and leave nothing but footprints and take nothing but great memories.

Catering Facilities

From Thursday a hot food van will serve through out the day, providing full breakfasts and full meals with puddings. Joes Coffee van will also be on site to address any caffeine issues. The Bar will be open from Wednesday serving a multitude of local ales amongst other things. An Ice cream van will also be on site hoping for sunny weather.

Lake Usage & Biosecurity Measures

The lake is a very special place and we all have a huge duty of care in looking after it. Designated a ‘Site of Special Scientific Interest’ it is one of the purest waters in the Lake District. Many other lakes are being attacked by invasive species, nearby Derwent Water and Bassenthwaite being examples. Killing the native ego systems and causing irreparable harm. Transfer of these invasive species into Buttermere would only take the smallest bit of organism tucked in a damp wetsuit or in the fold of a canoe. It is imperative all items which may be intended for use on the lake are thoroughly washed and cleaned before arrival. There will be a strict onsite ‘Bio-Security’ plan and all articles for use on the lake will be cleaned again and then inspected by ‘Bash Staff’. Only items which have passed these procedures will be allowed on the lake and will be identified with a ‘lake permit’ sticker.
For more information on how these invasive species are attacking nearby Derwentwater please read this recent National Trust article: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/borrowdale-and-derwent-water/features/new-zealand-pigmyweed--the-scourge-of-derwent-water
Fishing is allowed on the lake with a suitable rod licence.

Pilot Advice

If you intend to fly at the event please make sure you are familiar with local conditions at the time, if not seek advice off the many experienced local pilots. A ‘Pilot Briefing’ will take place on Fri/Sat mornings at 9am outside the event tents. This will have details of weather conditions and forecasts and advice on suitable flying sites and landing locations. A briefing board containing forecasts and relative information will be available outside the events tents every day.

Landing at the events fields can be demanding and has be the scene of several incidents over the years. It is suggested that pilots use the many other landing field options available nearby if unsure. If landing at the events fields, please avoid over flying the camping areas at low altitude and shout at any persons causing an obstacle in the landing area. Speedflyers especially avoid swooping into the landing area at speed.

All that’s asked of you

Please come and have a brilliant time and make some great memories. Please respect the beautiful rural location, local residents and the hard working ‘Bash volunteer Crew’. Please be sociable in behaviour and nice to everyone, if not you will be politely asked to leave. And finally, please, please, please take all your rubbish home.

See you all soon to kick start the summer in our little piece of heaven,

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