Underneath the Stars is located at Cannon Hall Open Farm near the village of Cawthorne, Barnsley. Underneath the Stars 2017 takes place from 21 – 23 July.

Site Address:

Cannon Hall Farm, Bark House Lane, Cawthorne, Barnsley, South Yorkshire S75 4AT, United Kingdom

We are roughly

15 miles North of Sheffield (35mins drive)
33 miles East of Manchester (1hrs drive)

180 miles North of London (3.5hrs drive)

Travel time could vary wildly depending on when you travel. Please drive carefully and allow extra time for hold ups, adverse weather conditions and small country lanes as you near the festival site. Please help us keep the festival as green as possible and consider leaving your car at home. Travelling by public transport can save you time and money, is stress free, sociable and much kinder to our very fragile & unique planet.

By Car

Travelling to a festival should be a journey full of anticipation and excitement at the good times ahead. You could make all the difference in getting to site easily, cheaply and in a way that considers the environment. 

If you’re driving to Underneath the Stars Festival, log your journey with our pals at GoCarShare and offer your spare seats to likeminded travellers who may need a lift!

Public Transport

Rail Stations

Silkstone Common – 10 mins by taxi

Barnsley Interchange – 15 mins by taxi

Penistone – 15 mins by taxi

Wakefield Westgate – 23 mins by taxi

Wakefield Kirkgate – 23 mins by taxi

Huddersfield – 33 mins by taxi

Coach Stations

Barnsley Interchange – 15 mins by taxi

Coming to the festival by coach or train will not only reduce total CO2 emissions, it will also help to reduce congestion in the car parks and on the surrounding roads. Good public transport links can be found from Barnsley, Huddersfield and Wakefield. Why not share the taxi fare with fellow festival goers to save your pennies and the CO2 emissions. Alternatively Penistone train station is only a 15 minute taxi journey.


Nearest bus stop is in Cawthorne Village, Adjacent The Park – 20 mins walk directly through Cannon Hall Park

Stagecoach Service Number 92 to and from Barnsley Town Centre Interchange – 26 mins approximately


  • Blueline – Barnsley – 01226 244 444
  • A1 Ace – Barnsley – 01226 288 888


The enjoyable, healthy and ‘greenest’ way to travel to the festival. britishcycling.org.uk has some useful information on cycling in our area and how to plan your route with tips for reaching us safe and sound.

  • Tickets for 2018 Underneath the Stars Festival will be available soon.
  • Tickets of all types are limited in number and sold on a first-come first-served basis.
  • PHYSICAL TICKETS ARE NOT SENT IN THE POST, you will receive a confirmation email with your order number shortly after you pay for your tickets (if you do not receive an email please check your spam folder before contacting info@underthestarsfest.co.uk).  Please keep this safe and bring it to the festival site.
  • On arrival each E-ticket order number must be exchanged for a wristband.
  • Wristbands must be worn at all times and cannot be exchanged, transferred, re-sold, or re-issued.
  • If you wish to camp at the festival you must purchase a full weekend ticket and also purchase a festival campsite pitch.
  • Tier 1 tickets are the lowest price possible and therefore do not have a concessionary rate.
  • Tiers 2 and 3, concessionary tickets are available to: Full-time Students, Over 60s and ESA recipients.

Wristband exchange and Box office hours

Friday           9.30am to 11pm

Saturday       9.30am to 11pm

Sunday         9.30am to 11pm

  • Campsite and Car park opens at 9am Friday morning
  • The Festival site opens at 10:30am Friday morning
  • Workshops and family activities will commence at 1pm on friday
  • Mainstage music will begin at approximately 2pm Friday and finish at 11pm on Sunday
  • We request that campers de-camp and leave the campsite by 1pm on the Monday following the festival
  • Please note: Outside the Box Office and Wristband Exchange hours you will be allowed into the car park but not into the festival.

We want Underneath the Stars Festival to be as accessible as possible. To do this, we have teamed up with Callum from All In to make sure we cater for our entire audience and remove barriers to access wherever possible. If you have any questions or queries (concerns too!) about access at Underneath the Stars send Callum an email at callum@allinaccess.co.uk

  • All information provided by Underneath the Stars is available in alternate formats, please get in touch with Callum (see above) and he will arrange this.
  • We run the festival on a green-field festival site which is relatively flat and some areas have tarmac roadway.  [Detailed site description in production, any specific questions please get in touch with Callum]
  • We offer free Personal Assistant (PA) Tickets for Underneath the Stars Festival. You are eligible automatically for these if you can provide:
    • Front page of DLA / PIP (no specific rate required)
    • Front page of Attendance Allowance letter (no specific rate required)
    • Evidence that registered severely sight impaired (blind)
    • Recognised Assistance Dog ID card

To request a PA Ticket, book your other tickets as usual. Please then fill in the Access Requirements Form and include your Booking Number. 

When your application has been assessed, we will send you a code to redeem your PA Ticket through the ticket store. 

  • Car parking space (situated close to performance venues) is reserved for Blue Badge holders.  Please book a space on the Access Requirements Form
  • We have an accessible camping area which is situated close to the facilities and the main festival site.  Please book a space on the Access Requirements Form
  • Stewards are positioned throughout the festival site and will assist where they can if necessary. All stewards will receive training on diversity and inclusion, with a focus on how barriers to access affect festival audiences. Callum will be onsite throughout the festival to resolve any issues, or go through any concerns.
  • Accessible toilets will be available throughout the site, and clearly signed.
  • Access Dogs are welcome on site. Water bowls and ‘spending areas’ will be provided and signposted. Please get in touch for further information.
  • Strobe lighting may be used as part of some performances. This will be made clear in the programme, signposted on the entrance to the venue concerned as well as announced in the minutes before the performance begins.


Before the Festival, and during it, it’s Callum’s job to take access seriously. Because by taking access seriously, we build a festival for more people. And we remove barriers for more people.

Underneath the Stars is about great music, arts and food – for everyone.

We have 4 camping areas: General, Pre-Pitched Glamping, Disabled, Campervan / Caravans.

All pitches on the campsite must be pe-booked.

Tents / Campervans / Caravans / Live-in Vehicles must have pre-purchased a festival campsite pitch relative to their tent or vehicle type. Parking for one vehicle is included with the purchase of a festival campsite pitch.

Those who have booked to go into Disabled Camping (including carers, friends and relatives) will be directed to the Disabled camping area by our campsite volunteers.

Please Note: disabled camping and disabled car parking spaces need to be booked in advance. Please include details on your Access Requirements Form or contact callum@allinacess.co.uk

On the weekend of the festival campsite pitches are allocated on a first-come first-served basis.


  • FESTIVAL CAMPSITE OPENING TIMES : Friday 9am – Monday 12 noon.
  • Adequate toilet and hot shower facilities are provided as part of the camping ticket.
  • Pre-pitched Boutique camping:- Please keep an eye out on the website for more details or follow us on social media for announcements on how and when to book. You can still book your festival tickets as boutique camping is booked separately with the provider.
  • Camping is available to weekend festival ticket holders only.
  • You must purchase a festival campsite pitch for each structure you wish to erect (not per person)
  • For safety reasons caravans, motorhomes, campervans and trailer tents will have a separate area of the campsite but all camping will be in close proximity to facilities and the main festival site.
  • One vehicle per tent pitch or one a towing vehicle for caravans, will be permitted to park within each camping pitch but overnight movement restrictions will be in place. Any additional vehicles will need to park in the festival car park, please see the Car Parking section for information.
  • Pets (except sight/hearing assistance dogs)  are NOT allowed on the campsite or the main festival site.
  • We are unable to offer electric hook-up facilities.
  • An Elsan waste disposal unit will be provided.
  • Due to Fire Officer recommendations, awnings or canopies must not link tents.  We recommend the use of flame retardant tents.
  • Open Fires (inc barbeques, all solid fuel and liquid fuel based fires) are strictly prohibited throughout the festival site and campsite.
  • Responsible and correct use of Camping Gaz™ equipment is permitted on the festival campsite only.

Hotel, B&B, Self-catering

For those looking for solid walls there are numerous good quality local hostelries to suit a range of budgets.  Our friends at Visit Penistone  have compiled an informative website which is a great resource for general visitor information. Their accommodation page has listings for a variety of Hotels, B&Bs and self catering businesses near to the festival site.

  • You benefit from a discount if you pre-book your car park pass via the festival website, £5 vs £10.There is a fee of £10 for car parking payable on entry if you don’t have a prebooked e-parking pass. Please have cash ready and only pay our official stewards. It’s a once-only charge – you can come and go freely thereafter.The car park is about 300 metres from the festival site. Vehicles are permitted onto the campsite and parking for one vehicle is included with the purchase of a festival campsite pitch.

Onsite Catering

Festival street food vendors will be serving food on the main arena site all weekend from Friday lunchtime until late on Sunday. Please do support the festival by eating at these fantastic caterers, all hand picked for their creativity, quality ingredients and value for money.

The wonderful team from Silkstone Scouts will be back on the campsite delivering delicious Cannon Hall Farm bacon and sausage breakfasts each morning as well as some late night snacks in the evenings.

Cannon Hall Farm

Cannon Hall Farm will be open for breakfasts at 9am each day and will serve a full menu in their cafe until 5pm.

The Farm shop is also an excellent place to find general food groceries to prepare your own meals on the campsite.  You can find fresh fruit & veg, their award winning meats, dairy produce, cakes, pies, pastries and fresh bread from their in-store deli & bakery.

Please do consider this fantastic provision right on the festival doorstep and support our local businesses rather than leaving site for the big supermarket chains.

Festival Bar

The Festival bar will be offering a range of quality, local real ales, ciders, wines and spirits at reasonable prices. We strive to offer the best quality and the best prices at our onsite bar. It would be a great help to the festival if you enjoy the wares our bar has to offer as it is another important source of income for our event. Any money made from the bar goes back into developing the festival for next year.

  • Glass containers of any kind are not permitted on the festival site.
  • In accordance with the law, SMOKING is not permitted within marquees or other wholly or substantially enclosed public spaces.
  • Any person carrying illegal items or carrying out illegal activity will be refused entry and maybe handed over to the Police.
  • The festival operates a challenge 25 policy on all alcohol sales. Please consume alcohol responsibly. Anyone on the festival site who is deemed  too intoxicated by festival staff will be removed from site.
  • NO ANIMALS are allowed on the festival site, car parks or campsite except assistance dogs.
  • Open Fires (inc barbeques, all solid fuel and liquid fuel based fires) are strictly prohibited throughout the festival site and campsite.  Responsible and correct use of Camping Gaz™ equipment is permitted on the festival campsite only, details of this can be found in the campsite rules which are issued on arrival.
  • All under 18s must be accompanied by a paying ticket holder, parent or guardian who is over 18 years old.
  • Please use the bins and recycling points provided on and off site.
  • Please respect your fellow stargazers, do not make a lot of noise in the campsite.
  • Guests own chairs & furniture – except accessibility equipment – are not permitted in any of the festival marquee venues

  • Bands begin around 2pm Friday and 12noon Saturday & Sunday and finish around 11pm each night.
  • It can be very hot in the July sun during the day, remember to bring suncream for you and the family as well as hats and parasols for shade.
  • It can get cold at night so remember to bring warm coats, sleeping bags, extra blankets and (if you like) air beds.
  • There is a basic camping supplies shop on the main festival site for all those vital bits and pieces – such as tent pegs – you forgot.
  • Cannon Hall Farm Shop is just a short walk away and open 9am-5pm every day. They sell a fantastic range of local food and drink, We highly recommend a little visit.

  • The main First Aid Tent is located next to the Box office at the main festival site entrance.
  • Lost property will held at the box office for the duration of the festival. Should you be searching for items after the festival has ended, please email info@underthestarsfest.co.uk with a description of your item(s) and we will do our best to re-unite you with your item(s).
  • The festival operates a challenge 25 policy on all alcohol sales. Please consume alcohol responsibly.
  • There are no cash machines on-site but our box office and some caterers & traders do accept card payment via portable card machines.
  • Don’t leave valuables unattended in your tent. During the night, keep them in an inaccessible place such as the bottom of your sleeping bag.
  • Put your phone number on your child’s wristband. Do not write your’s or your child’s name on their wristband.
  • Exposure to loud noise can damage your hearing. Do come prepared with well-fitting ear protection for you and your children.
  • For the safety and reassurance of our customers we have reviewed our security measures for this year’s Festival. We reserve the right to conduct security searches from time to time and to refuse admission anyone who refuses to comply with these searches. No refunds will be given if you are refused entry. Thank you in anticipation of your cooperation.

We are massively indebted to our team of hard working volunteers who build the festival, steward the festival and help us all have a safe & marvellous weekend in a multitude of ways. If you are interested in joining the volunteer team please click here for more details.

We consider ourselves extremely bloomin’ lucky to host our festival on such and incredible site with such gorgeous natural surroundings. We endeavour to deliver our event with the least amount of environmental
impact as possible. We are collaborating with like minded people and organisations in the event industry such as our partners in the Northern Festival Network, sustainability consultants Kambe Events and through associations such as the AFO. We are constantly working on and updating every aspect of our festival to develop systems and
innovative solutions for key areas such as energy, transport, purchasing, and waste. We hope you will join us in our efforts to ‘leave no trace’ and observe the festival site rules as well as generally be environmentally conscientious in your actions and choices whilst visiting our festival site.

We think the location of our site is naturally beautiful but if you feel you have something to offer that can enhance that beauty and would like to share it with our audience we would love to hear from you. Any inspiring, exciting, quirky or spectacular outdoor art installations would be a welcome addition to our feast of culture and art.

Installations are mainly provided in return for festival tickets and a feature in the festival programme. However, if the artist definitely needs a contribution towards materials, particularly if it’s a large scale project, please let us know how much so that this can be considered.

Please contact us with your proposal at info@underthestarfest.co.uk Deadline of 1st April 2017.

Terms and Conditions pdf

Please download and keep this information for your records.

Refunds will be given consideration on written request only, received before March 1st and will be subject to a 25% administration charge. info@underthestarsfest.co.uk – Underneath the Stars Festival, PO Box 174, SHEFFIELD, S36 8XB UK