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FAQ's

The Holland Festival is an All-Ages Festival. However the licensed area is 18+ only

Do I need to speak Dutch?

Not at all! The festival is designed to cater to both people that are fluent in Dutch, as well as people that do not speak a word of Dutch at all.

Date, Place and Time

Saturday 7th March 2020

Akoonah Park, Crt Princess H'way & Cardinia st Berwick.  

Gates Open: 10am  

Festival Finishes: 6pm

Tickets

Tickets are available at Ticket Booth next to the gates on the day of the Festival, as well as online.

Tickets can be purchased by credit or debit card via the website at any time (if there are queues – use your Smartphone!)

Early Bird Discounts (25%,20%, 10%) applied to tickets purchased prior to Festival Day – Adults, Students over 12 & Senior tickets only.

25% before Xmas 2019

20% from Xmas to end February

10% from March 1st to Festival Eve.

On the day of the Festival online sales are the same as the gate prices.

DOGS on leashes are allowed in 2020 (normal poo conditions apply)

Please read the Festival’s Terms and Conditions prior to purchasing a ticket.

2020 Tickets

Ticket Type Ticket Cost Discount
Adults
$20
Early Bird Discounts of 25%, 20% or 10%
Seniors
$15
Early Bird Discounts of 25%, 20% or 10%
Students - over 12
$5
Early Bird Discounts of 25%, 20% or 10%
Children - 12 & under
Free
N/A
Groups of 30 or more
$10 per person
No Discount
Kermis (Carnival) Wristband
$5
No Discount

Entry / Gates

Entry to the festival carparks will be permitted via:

  • Cardinia Street - Gates 5 & 6
  • Princes Highway/High Street - Gate 2
    • From the carparks and inside Akoonah Park there are gate entrances to the Festival – North, East & West
    • There are ticket booths at the 3 gate entrances to the Festival – North, East & West
    • Bags may be checked as per our terms & conditions 
    • Vendors, Volunteers & Exhibitors must enter via Gate 5 on Cardinia street

Age Restrictions and Wristbands

Attendees with Adult Tickets will need to show proof of age entry to gain entry to the festival’s licensed areas where alcoholic beverages are sold.  The Kermis is restricted to children under the age of 12 that have a Kermis Wristband ($5, available through ticket sales online and at the information booth inside the Festival).

What to Bring

While the festival will aim to meet all the needs of our attendees, there are some things that you should bring with you to make your time more comfortable.

  • Your Ticket (electronic copies on your mobile phone or printed/hardcopy tickets)
  • Proof of Age ID (if you wish to enter 18+ Licensed Areas)
  • Student ID if you are a mature looking student (say over 17)
  • Hat & Sunblock
  • Dogs will be allowed in 2020
  • Mobile Phone Charger Cable (there will be charging stations, but you must supply your own cable)
  • A picnic blanket for the grassed areas, although there will be tables and chairs provided everywhere around the site.

Parents Change Room

To assist people with infants and toddlers, the festival will provide a space for parents to change their children.​ The festival will also provide a bin for parents to dispose of (bagged) disposable nappies.

Accessibility

Akoonah Park has three toilets blocks that caters to people with physical restrictions. The toilet is located in the Akoonah Centre and in the main sheds. The parking attendants will make it their job to assist those that require it with the best possible parking spots and/or drop off points.

Prohibited Items

The festival aims to provide a safe environment for all attendees. We are also bound by the rules of the Berwick Showgrounds and Victorian State Government. As a result, there are some items that are not permitted in the festival.​

  • Items that may cause injury, public nuisance, or safety concerns
  • Alcohol from outside the festival*
  • Aluminium cans
  • Animals (jacketed assistance animals are permitted)
  • Bags and Eskies that are too large to be stored under a seat
  • Flares and fireworks
  • Glass items
  • Illegal substances, including controlled, dangerous or illicit drugs​
  • Laser pointers
  • Musical instruments and/or noise makers (drums, whistles, horns, etc) without a Performer Pass
  • Skateboards, skates, scooters, and/or helmets of any form other than standard bicycle helmets​
  • Tripods and/or professional recording devices unless you have a Media Pass
  • Weapons and items that could be reasonably mistaken to be a real weapon

* We want to keep our alcohol license, so please do not bring any BYO alcohol on site. Our license requires that all alcohol must be sold and consumed within the licensed areas.

Smoking is not permitted within the Berwick Showgrounds except within the Designated Smoking Area. Smokers are requested to bring a container for their cigarette butts as they are responsible for disposing of their waste products off-site.

Attendees that are carrying prohibited and/or illegal items/substances will forfeit their ticket and will be escorted from the premises. Where appropriate, the police will be contacted.

There will be festival staff at each of the gates that can be consulted if there is any doubt as to if an item is permitted.

Dietary Restrictions

The festival seeks to have food vendors that can cater to all dietary restrictions. Food vendors will do their best to cater to vegetarian, Vegan, gluten-free, nut-free, and/or dairy-free.

If you have a specific food allergy, please feel free to contact the festival via info@hollandfestival.org.au and we will do our best to enquire with our Street Food vendors to see if any of them can cater to your needs

Waste Management

The Holland Festival is committed to providing a clean festival environment with minimal impact to the environment.

We thank all of our attendees for helping us to minimise the festival’s impact on the environment by using the appropriate bins for all their waste.

Travel to the Festival “Dutch Style”

The most iconic Dutch method of transport is to travel by bicycle.

​There is a (400m long) steel tube fence where bicycles and helmets can be safely secured to the fence while you enjoy the festival (BYO locks and chains).

Public Transport

Akoonah Park is close to Berwick and Beaconsfield Railway Stations. It costs around $8-12 to get to Akoonah Park from Berwick Railway Station and $6-7 from Beaconsfield Station via Uber (sans Surge Rates). Alternatively, Pakenham bus 926 has a stop outside Akoonah Park.

Refund Policy

Tickets are not refundable, but they can be transferred to another person. Once a ticket has been scanned in for entry to the festival it cannot be used again by someone else.

Patrons that purchase goods from vendors that are faulty or not as described should contact the stallholder directly. All stallholders have a website or Facebook page listed in their listing on their respective pages.

Parking

There is parking on-site for 1800 cars. Entry to the car park is  possible from Princes Hwy and Cardinia st.  The GWS A Scout group from Officer will be managing car parking and you are encouraged to make a gold coin donation to them for their efforts.

What is the Festival’s Privacy Policy?

The Holland Festival Inc respects the privacy of all individuals from whom they interact with. The festival will not disclose any specific information about an individual nor our customer database to a third party unless directed by law.

The festival will collect, store, and use information about people that purchase tickets, complete feedback forms, participate in competitions, and/or subscribe to the festival’s email list for the purpose of market research and to promote future festivals.

You may request a copy of the information the festival holds about you, or to be removed from our customer database at any time by sending an email via the contact page: Contact Us

How Do I Contact the Festival Organisers?

The festival organisers can be contacted via the Contact Us page