Information and Advice

We want the Festival to go well, whatever the weather, and as you’ll see in our Souvenir Programme (just £2.00 from local businesses and at The John Hastie Park during the event), there’s plenty to see, hear and do during our Family Fun Days.

To help us all stay safe and able to enjoy the weekend, some information and advice:-

1. Parking

♦ Free Long-stay parking is available off Glasgow Road, at the Ballgreen Hall and opposite, in the John Hastie Park car park.

♦ Free Long-stay parking is also available at the Station Road Car Park off Kirk Street and Lesmahagow Road. There is usually some on-street parking adjacent, in Caledonia Place.

♦ Free Long-stay parking can be found off Castle Street, just opposite Strathaven Castle, beside The Strathaven Gallery.

♦ Free Long-stay parking is also available off Threestanes Road, at the top of The George Allan Park (but please note, NOT in the adjacent George Allan Place, or on Threestanes Road, alongside the Park).

♦ Free Long-stay parking places are available at the Strathaven Sports Centre, off Townhead Street.

♦ Long-stay Disabled Person’s Parking is available off Threestanes Road, via the first entrance to The John Hastie Park, at the Evangelical Church.

♦ The main Common Green car park offers a maximum of 3 hours of free parking.

♦ If you decide to park in any of our local streets, check for parking restrictions, of course, but please do not park on pavements or in front of entrances to homes or businesses. Ensure that if you park opposite another vehicle, that there is plenty of clearance left for emergency vehicles to pass.

2. Take care

Take care in the Festival area, in the John Hastie Park. Please remain outside the rope cordon at all times, unless specifically invited by Festival stewards (Hi-Viz, with ID) to enter the launch arenas. In particular, if you have children with you, make sure that they are close to you at all times and that they do not stray into the arenas. If a performer invites children to join her/him in an arena or onstage, your child can participate at your discretion.
Photography: The Festival is always a great opportunity for spectacular photos. However, in the interests of safety, photographers are asked to remain outside the safety cordon. We cannot permit anyone unauthorised to move close to or among the balloons, during launches. Professional photographers should wear branded Hi-Viz and carry ID, and make themselves known to a Festival Committee Member.

3. Drones

Now widely-available and great fun – are not permitted within or over the Festival area in the John Hastie Park. You must not to fly a drone close to any hot air balloon, in flight, over Strathaven or the surrounding countryside. Safety is paramount.