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Staying safe at Godiva Festival

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We all know how fun festivals can be, but losing something valuable or having something stolen can really spoil the weekend – and no one wants that!

Luckily, we have the full support of West Midlands Police, who are on site at Godiva Festival all weekend to help make sure that you stay safe at the festival. We also have our security staff positioned around the festival. You can spot them outside tents, near fences, and at entrance points, plus they’ll be patrolling around the site too.

However, even at an event like Godiva Festival, when the police and security are around, things can go wrong, and you, our lovely attendees, need to do your bit to stay safe as well.

Here are some handy tips for staying safe at Godiva Festival this year:

  • Keep your phones/cameras safe – we know how attached we all our to our phones, but those bits of tech in your pockets can cost a lot of money, so if you bring your mobile, keep it zipped up in a pocket or hidden away to stop it falling out of your pocket. If you’re bringing a camera, keep it on a strap around your neck or zipped away when you’re not using it.
  • Be prepared for the weather - If it's raining, make sure you wear wellies or boots, as the ground can get muddy. If it's hot and sunny, make sure you wear suncream and consider bringing a hat to protect your head.
  • Drink plenty of water - It's easy to get dehydrated at festivals while you're dancing or moving around the field. Make sure you drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
  • Leave large sums of cash or any valuables at home – only bring the amount of cash you need, and if you need more, there’s a cashpoint on site. No one wants to lose a bunch of money at a festival!
  • Don’t drink too much – We want everyone to have a good time, but drinking too much can mean you make yourself vulnerable to being a victim of a crime. Stick together and look after each other.
  • Child wristband scheme – if you’re bringing kids to the festival, you can buy a wristband for your child with a phone number. If your child gets lost, security can call the number on the band and reunite you ASAP.
  • Respect your fellow festival-goers – While most of Godiva Festival’s attendees are there to have a good time, sadly, there may be some people who try and spoil it for others. Anyone being disorderly or causing a disturbance will be removed from the festival.
  • Look out for each other – If you see something, say something. Don’t be a bystander.
  • Remain vigilant and report anything suspicious – If at any point over the weekend you feel something is wrong or you spot anything that worries you, no matter how small, please report it to the Police or a member of the security team. They’ll be able to help you.

Search policy

There will be a mandatory search policy at this year's Godiva Festival when entering the Main Arena. For this reason, we ask that you be patient while searches are being carried out and avoid bringing large bags to the festival. Anyone found with any prohibited items such as drugs, weapons or alcohol will have their items confiscated and highlighted to the Police who will also be onsite. You can read more about the items we don't allow in the festival in our Conditions of Entry.

Our partners helping to keep you safe

We work in partnership with West Midlands Police, Girls Against, St John’s Ambulance and Show and Event Security to keep Godiva Festival safe and make sure you have a good time. If you need any help from security over the weekend, look out for staff who will be able to help you.

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