Often Asked Questions and Information
Tangled Roots Festival takes place on the weekend of Saturday 11th September, 2021
The intention of the Radford Mill Tangled Roots Festival is to be a place that brings together those who love music and the making of music. A place where you will hear the musical roots of modern music including musical traditions from around the world, Folk music from across Europe and the America’s, Contemporary Folk, Americana and Modern Acoustic interpretations. The Saturday will see performances from carefully selected local, national and international artist, a focus on acoustic performances, quality song writing and the beauty of the human voice.
The Radford Mill Tangled Roots Festival encourages participation with open stage spots and campfire session late into the night. The main stage opens on the Saturday and closes around 11pm. However, the site stays open till late for people to congregate around the open fires and listen to acoustic performances till the early hours of Sunday. The camping fields open on Friday and stay open till Sunday Lunchtime, so we hope to see lots of impromptu performances and musical get togethers around the site on those days as well. We hope guests will bring their voices, instruments or hang out, relax and enjoy. (acoustic instruments only; amplification, drums and drumming are not allowed.)
The festival is intended to be a small scale and intimate affair and tickets numbers will be limited. In 2021 this means an absolute maximum of 350 Guests.
On Saturday the Music officially starts at midday and ends late at 11 pm.
There will be home cooked award-winning food prepared, and often grown, on the farm and a Bar serving alcohol.
The festival takes place in the beautiful grounds of Radford Mill Farm in Timsbury, south of the City of Bath. The festival grounds are bisected by the Cam Brook and have been landscaped to include an amphitheatre area, fire pits and many lovely spots for a truly enchanting and memorable experience.
Radford Mill farm itself is a historic mill and farm that has been fully organic since 1976. The lands and mill are home to several local projects including a market gardener, a landscape designer, a potter and several artists. There is a Radford Mill Farm Shop in Bristol and The Mill also has a permanent kitchen on site where you can watch the preparation and cooking of delicious food most of which is produced on the farm itself.
There is a camping area on site just a short stroll from the main arena and the car parks. Each camping field has running water and permanent compost toilets and can be booked either side of the festival itself by contact the farm directly –
There will be a licensed bar, food and a flamenco Dance workshop and campfire sessions on the Friday evening and Breakfast on Sunday morning.
The Festival is held being held on the grounds of the Radford Mill Farm, Mill Lane, Timsbury, Somerset, BA2 0QF
There are several camping fields, each with compost toilets and water. The Camp site is a short walk from the Car Park (as is the main festival site). Some Wheelbarrows are provided to help transport your camping gear to the Camp site. For disabled campers please let the staff at the entrance know as there is a different entrance to access the camping site by car.
Live in Vehicles:
Camper vans, live-in trucks or vans or trailers are welcome, no extra charge. We don’t have a “hook-up” for camper vans, so no electricity or water to their vehicles, and no sewage emptying point; but we do have compost loos and fresh water taps etc. This year live in vehicles will have their own camp and will need to enter the site via a slightly different route.
- Route For Live in Vehicles – (The nearest post code is BS39 7PU. The farm entrance is at the bottom of a hill on a corner. There is a wooden bin store at the entrance and a notice board saying “Radford Mill Farm”. (Do not confuse with the turning labelled “Radford Mill” on Mill Lane which is where the usual parking field is: the one you want is the next turning on the right travelling west.)
- Turn up the drive and go over a bridge. The field you enter is the Driveway Meadow. To get to the River Meadow you need to branch left just as the track starts up the hill. Follow the track down alongside the river and continue along it until you come to the River Meadow. It will be sign posted.
- You can pitch anywhere but we suggest that you stay nearer the entrance gate as the land is a bit higher here and drier for vehicles. Please also leave a good distance between yourself and other campers – the field is very long so there should be no need to crowd anyone.)
Parking is on a level grass field adjacent to the main festival site.
There is Parking but as a responsible, organic, environmentally conscious business, we would encourage you to share lifts as much as possible or use public transport.
Late Night Taxi:
Being rather remote it is best to box your return Taxi early in the evening or arrange it when you arrive to avoid being stuck late a night at the Festival Site. Mobile Phone signal in the area can be erratic and find a Taxi to come and pick you up past midnight might be difficult.
By BUS, from Bath:
Buses are approximately every 1 1/2 hours Monday to Saturday 07:30 to 23:00, and four buses on Sunday 10:00 to 18:00. From Bath Bus station (next to Bath Spa Rail station) there are two buses: First Bus no. 179 to Timsbury British Legion Hall and CT Coaches no. 768 to Camerton Old Post Office (they both take about 25 minutes). No. 768 sometimes stops in Bay 3 and sometimes in the main road in front of the bus station.
By BUS, from Bristol:
Bus no. 178 is approximately every hour Monday to Friday 05:50 to 19:25, and Saturday 09:10 to 19:10. From Bristol bus station or Temple Meads rail station take no. 178 to Timsbury – Bloomfield Rd/North Rd
Food and Drink
Hot Food and a full Bar will be available on Friday Evening.
Food and Drink will be prepared and available all-day Saturday.
There will be a simple breakfast available Sunday morning.
Although we hope you will support the festival and farm by buying drinks and food on site you are welcome to bring your own for when the bar and kitchen are not open.
Well-behaved dogs are welcome.
Well-behaved children from 16 years or younger are welcome with a Free Kids ticket.
We will have a campfire in front of the Piggery in the evenings, and there is a second campfire site at the other end of the camping field. Additional small campfires are OK if they do not burn the grass (e.g. off the ground, in a “brazier”).
Covid and other items
To minimise cross infection, we ask that you bring your own wash bowl, soap, sanitizer, disinfectant, toilet paper and towels and only use your own equipment. We will have disinfected surfaces prior to your arrival. There are 21 toilets and 18 stand pipes in the field so again – spread out – no need to crowd others.
Please note there are no public waste facilities on site and we ask you to collect all your rubbish and take it home with you at the end of your stay. You may want to bring some rubbish sacks for this purpose. The bins on site are only for our domestic rubbish.
We recommend that you bring a torch as there is little lighting on the fields or in the toilets.
You are welcome to use the firepit in the field or bring your own fire basket / BBQ but it must be on legs, so it does not burn the grass.
The weather can change dramatically and while we hope it will remain dry and sunny, we suggest you pack wet weather gear and warm clothing.
Please be respectful of our residents and neighbours, particularly regarding noise levels. We do not allow drumming or amplified noise after 11.30pm on Saturdays and 10.00pm on other nights.
Any national social distancing regulations in force at the time of your stay should be adhered to.
There are plenty of walking opportunities on and around the farm. You will find copies of our farm map displayed at various points. Please leave gates as you find them. If you have dogs with you please put them on a lead near farm animals.