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Festival Survey - Dissertation

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Done. Good to see another survey from someone who actually uses the site. 

Not sure on this question though:

Which of these do you see as the biggest advantages for taking a coach to a European festival (select as many as apply)

  • Taking your own creates of alcohol/cider to the festival
  • Not having to worry about parking or train station/airport transfers
  • Being able to travel with a large group of people
  • No luggage restrictions, taking all your regular festival equipment
  • You can sleep on the coach

I've been on coaches to festivals in the UK and they have luggage restrictions. Yes, you can take on more than you could if going by air but you can't take on crates of beer plus all your other camping stuff. 

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done.

Agree on the coach question.

Also, unless the coach drops me and my stuff off at the campsite, I still have to haul it all around the site. Most festival sites make this at least 1km walk if not further, so it really doesn't matter how much stuff they let me bung on the coach, unless my trolley comes, then it's just what I can carry.

One other thing which would make the coach really, really attractive would be to do the security bollocks when getting on the coach, so that when you arrive you're wristbanded and cleared and can swan in.

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@Gnomicide Thank you for taking the time out, it really means a lot! So the idea is to have a coach service that is exclusively for the purpose of making the trip to a European Festival much simpler and friendly for UK festival goers. 

Obviously there will be restrictions to some extent but the aim is to offer the space for everything you’d want/need to take to a typical festival - looking back this probably could’ve been phrased better to include that but hope this answers your question!

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Just now, hfuhruhurr said:

done.

Agree on the coach question.

Also, unless the coach drops me and my stuff off at the campsite, I still have to haul it all around the site. Most festival sites make this at least 1km walk if not further, so it really doesn't matter how much stuff they let me bung on the coach, unless my trolley comes, then it's just what I can carry.

One other thing which would make the coach really, really attractive would be to do the security bollocks when getting on the coach, so that when you arrive you're wristbanded and cleared and can swan in.

The idea is to have a coach service with festivals at the focus so trolleys would be allowed!

Getting your wristband on the coach to void the queues and security is a really great idea, i’ll probably try to incorporate this into the business plan somehow 

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31 minutes ago, zak14 said:

@Gnomicide Thank you for taking the time out, it really means a lot! So the idea is to have a coach service that is exclusively for the purpose of making the trip to a European Festival much simpler and friendly for UK festival goers. 

Obviously there will be restrictions to some extent but the aim is to offer the space for everything you’d want/need to take to a typical festival - looking back this probably could’ve been phrased better to include that but hope this answers your question!

Thanks for responding. That makes more sense now, I was thinking that may have been what you were working towards but it wasn't clear.

How about supplying the trolleys for the travellers, a load of the same type that fold away neatly would save a lot of space.

Good luck!

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2 hours ago, stuartbert two hats said:

Yet another survey that has very narrow age ranges until you reach 35, at which point, you're like really, really old!

Oops sorry - I probably should’ve gone more specific as over 50% of the participants chose that option!

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Thank you to everyone that has taken the survey, the info is really helpful! If you have any other feedback or questions please let me know.

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18 minutes ago, zak14 said:

Oops sorry - I probably should’ve gone more specific as over 50% of the participants chose that option!

When you choose irregular ranges you're prejudicing your data collection.  If you point that one in your methodology critique, they'll probably give you credit.

If it helps, everyone does it, but really it should be much simpler:

0-10

10-20

20-30

30-40

40-50

50-60

60-70

70-80

80+

 

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Done but my answers don't fit very well.  I'm in the 35+ range but for me, these days, festivals are a social thing and could be described as 'caravanning with a bit of music attached.'  If I can't take my caravan I'm not interested, so coach travel to a continental festival isn't an option.  Neither is towing my caravan to the continent.

So I tend to stick to festivals within a 50 or so mile tow from where I store my caravan near the Severn Bridge.  Luckily that covers most of the festivals I'm interested in including Glastonbury, Wychwood and Green Man.

Good luck with your survey and do come back and let us know how you get on.

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Survey completed.

As an aside, I think you could well be on to a good thing here, as long as it's priced correctly. What you may have a problem with is some (if not all) European coach operators will not allow people to drink on their coaches. This bit might be difficult to 'manage' if you have a lot of young / young at heart people on board. I know that I've been on some coaches where the driver has turned a blind eye, but just saying that if you get a jobs worth driver, there could be difficulties. Something to look in to maybe.

I don't suppose there's many coaches out there nowadays that don't have at least one toilet on them, but given the above situation, you'd want to ensure that they do. I know that even having toilet facilities on a coach may not be enough on a long haul trip, if people are drinking (even with the two hourly comfort breaks at service stations that they make for people who need a ciggie / stretch their legs / go to the loo etc). I was on one coach where the wc effluent tank had reached it's capacity - it was not a pretty sight.

Oh, and thinking about this weather - may be air conditioning on the coach would be a necessity.

I have travelled (in my youth) by coach from Coventry to the south of Spain. Non stop there, and non stop on the way back - apart from 2 hourly comfort breaks. I could do it then but not now. I wouldn't have to now though because air travel is so much more cheaper than it was then - which would be another element that you'd have to consider.

That's all that I can think of at the moment, but will come back if something else occurs to me.

Oh, it has already:

Remind them to bring their passports. 

Tell them it's their own responsibility to sort out visa's etc if they are non EU citizens.

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