Festival FAQs


Using public transport from Nottingham Station to Patchings

Take the tram from Nottingham railway station as far as the city centre to the Theatre Royal stop

The Calverton bus stop is outside the Blue Bell Inn and is called the Calverton Connection or CC
The bus services runs every 15 minutes during the daytime.

You need to leave the bus at stop number 1 which is on Collier Road near Park Road Calverton.

Walk back towards Hollingwell Lane with the allotments on your left past the new housing estate.
At the T junction this is Hollingwell Lane turn left with the Top Club opposite.

Continue to the next T junction turn right on to the main road
Walk down the hill with the Ramsdale golf course on your left.

When you get to the crossroads at the bottom of the hill, you have arrived at Oxton Road turn to the left.

The entrance to Patchings is 100 yards on the right hand side.

The walk will take around 20 minutes the bus journey around 40 minutes.

How accessible is the Patchings Festival for disabled visitors?
The Festival Arena is a flat grassed field, cut short for the occasion on firm sandy soil which dries quickly after rain. The event is held within a series of marquees.
There is both hard standing and grassed parking for Blue Badge Holders, both located close to the main arena. Although the grassed area is on the same level as the arena, there is a slight incline to manage from the hard standing parking. There are less parking spaces in the hard standing area.
The Patchings Visitor Centre, located in the farm buildings, has the cafe, studios and galleries all of which can be accessible by pushed wheel chairs, however there may be certain restrictions depending on the size of electric wheel chairs. The one area not accessible is the Barn Gallery which is located at a first floor level. However, both festival exhibitions can be viewed in full from the Patchings website which becomes live with the opening of the event.
There are toilets for the disabled in the Pavilion, in the farm building of the Visitor Centre and mobile units next to the Festival Arena.
If you require any assistance during your visit, please ask a member of the Patchings Team, our band of volunteers identifiable by their orange waistcoats.
Please see the note below for the availability of electric scooters.

Hire of mobility scooters.
We have a limited number of electric scooters available for hire on a daily basis. The hire rate is £25 per day for those 16 years and over. For further information and to reserve a scooter please telephone the Patchings Reception on
0115 9653 479. Wednesday to Sunday between 10.am and 4pm.

Are dogs allowed at the Festival?
Dogs are welcome visitors to the festival, provided the following is observed.
They must be kept on a lead during the visit, which  includes areas of the grounds and gardens as well as the festival itself.
Dogs are not to be left in your car
Please observe the niceties of clearing up. There is a location for depositing waste.
There are various bowls of water around the site, including one by the Information Marquee

Is photography allowed at the Festival?

In general photography for personal use is welcome. However we ask photographers to respect the wishes of individual exhibitors who may prefer pieces or designs not to be photographed. If there is any uncertainty please ask the person concerned.

Photography of paintings in the two exhibition galleries is not permitted, unless of course it is your own work. Again if there is any doubt please ask a steward.

Exhibiting at next year’s Patchings Festival – 11 to 13 July 2024
The invitation and selection programme for next year’s festival begins in September.
To let us know of your interest and for further information please call at the Information Marquee (M10) during the event or write to:-
Chas@patchingsartcentre .co.uk

Overnight Accommodation.
We do publish a list of various types of accommodation nearby to Patchings. Please let us know if you would like a copy by emailing from our website

Visitor Motorhome parking overnight.
We have a limited number of spaces for those travelling to Patchings in a motorhome wishing to stay overnight. Travellers must be self sufficient and we make a charge of £15 per night. Please enquire at Patchings Reception to make a reservation.
Advanced booking only.