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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 and Time

The Holland Festival will be on Saturday 7th March 2020.   Gates Open: 10am   Gates Close: 7pm

Venue

Akoonah Park is in the Eastern suburbs of Melbourne; corner of Cardinia Street and High Street (Princes Highway) – Berwick.​

Vehicle entry to the car park is possible from Princes Hwy and Cardinia st.   Special arrangements will be made for handicapped and aged parking.

Weather

It is Melbourne after all, which means that regardless of the weather forecast, it may still rain at some point.

The festival will be on even if it rains, however some attractions may not be available.

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 (20%) applied to tickets purchased prior to midnight on the 28th February 2019 – Adults & Senior tickets only.

Online purchases on or prior to midnight from the 1st of March to the 7th March save 10%- Adults & Senior tickets only.

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

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

2019 PRICES WERE AS FOLLOWS

Ticket Type Ticket Cost Discount
Adults
$20
Early Bird Discounts of 20% or 10%
Seniors
$15
Early Bird Discounts of 20% or 10%
Students - over 12
$2
No Discount
Children - 12 & under
Free
N/A
Groups of 30 or more
$10 per person
N/A
Kermis (Carnival) Wristband
$5
No Discount

Entry / Gates

Entry to the festival carparks will be permitted via:

  • Cardinia Street
  • Princes Highway/High Street
    • From the carparks and inside Akoonah Park there will be gate entrances to the Festival – North, East & West
    • There will be ticket booths and ATM’s at the 3 gate entrances to the Festival – North, East & West
    • Bags will be checked as per our terms & conditions 
    • Vendors & Exhibitors must enter via Gate 4A 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
  • Water Bottle
  • Cash – some vendors may be cash-only – ATM’s will be there though.
  • Umbrella (or a rain poncho)
  • Mobile Phone Charger Cable (there will be charging stations, but you must supply your own cable)
  • Medication (if you need it)
  • Cushion to sit on (it will be a long day)
  • If you are a smoker, you should bring a container for your cigarette butts as it will be your responsibility to dispose of them off-site.
  • 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 two toilets 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. Again, as with all proceeds for the day, all the monies raised is for charity or community and the funds raised by the Scouts will be theirs to use for youth development.

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