Boardmasters 2021 - Essential Guide

Boardmasters 2021 is finally upon us! We've compiled a handy guide containing all the information you will need to enjoy your festival experience, including key info, our Covid-19 Policy, set times, travel and welfare. See you at the beach!


  • Opening Times - click HERE
  • Travel, Parking & Taxis - click HERE
  • Shuttle Bus info - click HERE
  • Maps - click HERE
  • Download the Boardmasters App below for set times and essential info!




Our friends at Festival Safe have some fantastic guides to help you make the most of your festival:



Just like lots of our fellow festivals and events, Boardmasters Festival will ask all ticket holders aged 11 and over to demonstrate their COVID-19 status via the NHS COVID Pass upon arrival at the festival gates before entering, by providing ONE of the following:

✔️ Proof of a negative Lateral Flow Test taken within 24 hours of arrival at the festival gates


✔️ Proof of being vaccinated with both doses (with the second dose being received at least 14 days before the festival)


✔️ Proof of natural immunity following a positive PCR test (providing it has been at least 10 days since your PCR test and up to 180 days after taking the test) 


Camping ticket holders will also be required to take a second NHS Lateral Flow Test during the event on Friday 13th August and log their results in the NHS COVID Pass. Camping ticket holders must bring Lateral Flow Tests with them to take at the festival.





As with anywhere else in the UK, it is illegal to buy, sell or take drugs at Boardmasters. Together with Devon and Cornwall Police, we work with our security teams to prevent them from entering Boardmasters.

All drugs are potentially dangerous; there are no harmless drugs. The only way to avoid risks is not to take drugs at all. This goes for new psychoactive substances (formerly known as 'legal highs’) as well.

Amnesty Points

We operate amnesty points at the festival entrance before our search areas. They are your chance to dispose of any illegal drugs or other prohibited items without getting in trouble. If you use them, we will not judge you and you will not be asked any questions.


After the amnesty points you will be searched and if found in possession of drugs or other prohibited items you will be refused entry and may be arrested. Don’t ruin your festival before it gets started. Use our amnesty points - no questions asked.


Our security team and Devon and Cornwall Police will pursue anyone suspected of dealing or supplying illegal drugs. You will be ejected from the festival and arrested. Police patrol Boardmasters as well as sniffer dogs.


We acknowledge that despite the measures put in place with our security team and local police, drugs may get into the festival and could cause harm to our audience. Therefore we work with Devon and Cornwall Police, Cornwall Council, Safer Cornwall and our medical & welfare teams to protect festival goers.

Ahead of the festival we are encouraging all festival goers to read through the excellent advice shared by our friends at Festival Safe.

If you, or a friend have taken something and feel unwell, please know that we are here to help. Go to a welfare point or speak to a member of our security team. We will not judge you and you will not get into trouble.



Like all major events and festivals, we are aware of a raised level of threat across the country, though we do not currently have any specific threat related to the festival or surrounding area. We continue to plan the event closely with the police and security services and the police will have a presence on site throughout the festival to support our dedicated security provider. We have increased security measures in place for 2021 and continue to work vigilantly with all our partners to deliver a safe and enjoyable event for all attending.

Due to extra security measures, entrance into the festival may be slightly slower. To ensure we get you in as quickly and safely as possible please pack light, be patient and co-operate with instructions from our security team. For further key festival information, click HERE


2.1 Personal Safety...

  • Only bring essential items
  • Mark your property - put your postcode on your belongings, including your tent. This will significantly reduce any risk of theft and increase the chance of return if found!
  • Use Charge Candy lockers to store your valuables
  • If you choose to carry cash and valuables, don't keep them all in the same space!
  • If you lose something, please check at lost property first - located HERE incase the item has been handed in. Lost Property opening times are Wed 1200 – 2100, Thurs – Sun 0800 – 2100, Mon 0800 – 1400.
  • If you think something has been stolen, report online HERE or email 101@devonandcornwall.pnn.policeuk or call 101 from any phone. Reporting via this process will generate a crime reference number.

Safer Spaces

Everyone deserves to have fun and enjoy themselves at Boardmasters. We have a zero tolerance policy towards sexual assault, harassment, racism, discrimination or any other anti-social behaviour. To make it clear, this is what we classify as unacceptable behaviour and will result in you being ejected from the festival:

  • Any unwanted physical contact
  • Groping
  • Grabbing
  • Catcalling
  • Leering
  • Stalking
  • Rape
  • Upskirting
  • Verbal or physical intimidation

If you experience any of the above, or see it happening, please report it to the nearest steward or security guard. We will have support services available onsite in the Medical and Welfare points, and we have specially-trained staff onsite to help support victims. The locations of our Medical and Welfare tents are shown HERE. You can also report by calling 01637 479 403 or emailing We take all reports incredibly seriously and will always respond from a place of belief.



Following the simple steps below will make your festival experience so much more enjoyable!

  • Drink water and stay hydrated - bring a reusable water bottle or purchase a Boardmasters one for only £5 from our merch stand and fill up at the many free water points around site HERE
  • Apply suncream - this is available from Welfare and take advantage of any shaded spots around site
  • Make yourself familiar with the food and drink available onsite and plan ahead if you have any specific dietary needs
  • Know your limits and those of your friends, you’ll have a much better festival if you avoid over-doing it. If you are concerned that one of your friends requires assistance ask a steward or a member of security to help get you to a Medical or Welfare Point. You will not get into any trouble.
  • Please be aware that Cornwall has only one hospital to serve the County. Please make use of our Medical or Welfare points. If you’re not staying at the festival, and it’s not a medical emergency, please contact NHS 111 first. This will help ensure you receive the right care in the right place, at the right time. NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Go to or call 111.


  • Go as wild as the Cornish spirit for the weekend but don't leave your rubbish behind.
  • Take home great memories and your tents!

Still have some questions? All answers can be found on our FAQs page HERE and our COVID FAQs page HERE

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