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I’m a Latitude virgin and can’t find anything on the site about what you can take in - what are the normal rules there? Can you take drink into the campsite and the arena?

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6 minutes ago, DJ Cull said:

I’m a Latitude virgin and can’t find anything on the site about what you can take in - what are the normal rules there? Can you take drink into the campsite and the arena?

You can take alcohol for personal consumption into the Campsite - or, assuming this hasn't changed since 2018, buy it at a near supermarket price from the on-site co-op.

You can take almost nothing into the arena - it's by far the strictest festival I've ever been to in that respect. Then when you're in the Arena, you can enjoy a wide variety of Carlsberg.

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6 minutes ago, incident said:

You can take alcohol for personal consumption into the Campsite - or, assuming this hasn't changed since 2018, buy it at a near supermarket price from the on-site co-op.

You can take almost nothing into the arena - it's by far the strictest festival I've ever been to in that respect. Then when you're in the Arena, you can enjoy a wide variety of Carlsberg.

Or fast-track a pregnancy — never seen a buggy get searched on entry, in spite of bottles of booze in plain sight! 

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We used to smuggle it in our camping chairs we brought but they started checking them since - you're allowed to take a reasonable amount of food into the arena though so we usually take some sandwiches for lunch and then get food in the arena after 

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On 5/27/2021 at 7:02 PM, incident said:

You can take alcohol for personal consumption into the Campsite - or, assuming this hasn't changed since 2018, buy it at a near supermarket price from the on-site co-op.

You can take almost nothing into the arena - it's by far the strictest festival I've ever been to in that respect. Then when you're in the Arena, you can enjoy a wide variety of Carlsberg.

At least it wont be the old carlsberg.... the new recipe is not nearly as bad haha 

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On 5/27/2021 at 7:02 PM, incident said:

Then when you're in the Arena, you can enjoy a wide variety of Carlsberg.

Hang on, is this true? It's years since I've been to Latitude but I thought I could remember it having real ale?

 

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20 hours ago, Mackem said:

Hang on, is this true? It's years since I've been to Latitude but I thought I could remember it having real ale?

 

You may be able to find a tent or stall that sells something decent. Usual can at most festivals but they are few and far between. 

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On 5/27/2021 at 6:52 PM, DJ Cull said:

I’m a Latitude virgin and can’t find anything on the site about what you can take in - what are the normal rules there? Can you take drink into the campsite and the arena?

No drink can be taken in but I disagree on the strictness of searches at the gate. Could easily smuggle stuff in if you really want to.

 

On 6/4/2021 at 5:59 PM, Mackem said:

Hang on, is this true? It's years since I've been to Latitude but I thought I could remember it having real ale?

 

It did have a few years ago but has been Carlsberg for a while now. Your options are Regular, Export or Somersby Cider. There is a pretty good gin bar though.

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   On 6/4/2021 at 5:59 PM,  Mackem said: 

Hang on, is this true? It's years since I've been to Latitude but I thought I could remember it having real ale?

 

23 hours ago, chrisplowman said:

It did have a few years ago but has been Carlsberg for a while now. Your options are Regular, Export or Somersby Cider. There is a pretty good gin bar though.

So there's no ale or craft beer? Given the middle class profile of the festival, I'm really surprised. I doubt Reading or Leeds lose any bar trade by only offering lager, but seriously I'm not going to drink Carlsberg all day - and I can't be the only one. If I can't smuggle cans in then I'll probably be on the water most of the day. And they're not going to make any money out of that. 

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On 6/8/2021 at 1:03 PM, Mackem said:

   On 6/4/2021 at 5:59 PM,  Mackem said: 

Hang on, is this true? It's years since I've been to Latitude but I thought I could remember it having real ale?

 

So there's no ale or craft beer? Given the middle class profile of the festival, I'm really surprised. I doubt Reading or Leeds lose any bar trade by only offering lager, but seriously I'm not going to drink Carlsberg all day - and I can't be the only one. If I can't smuggle cans in then I'll probably be on the water most of the day. And they're not going to make any money out of that. 

 I last went in 2018 and there were a couple of bars with real ale. Lots of the bars only served lager and cider so you had to hunt out the ale. Nothing you'd classify as 'craft' beer anywhere, though hopefully that might have changed in the past 3 years??  🤷‍♂️

Had a great weekend, but the beer selection was the worst part of it. It does seem ridiculous given they make such a big thing of the food experience and then you can't even get a bog standard Pale Ale or IPA anywhere on site. 

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last 2 or 3 there have been a couple of Carlsberg exclusive bars - where they pimped pints of export for a 50p premium, but most if not all the site bars do some form of Bitter/Real Ale - sure it was Adnams a couple of years ago.  Overall bar prices have always been reasonable, and the table service area is excellent (very dangerous if you get rooted for too long).

Searches - whoever mentioned the buggy is bang on, has served me very well.  If you not in family camping, go to the gate when its busy, consider the sacrificial can on top/inside of the bag (give one up, say sorry and they tend to give up looking) . . . hide it on your person not in bag.  And don't celebrate should you get anything in as you get through the gate as they have spotters 20 yards inside at peek times.

Into Camping they are glass obsessed - decant everything.

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Note the WBC no longer bids for this event as they cant make a trading profit from it.

don't forget Hectors's Ale was on sale {Henham Park Owner Hektor Rous hired spare capacity at other breweries (particularly Oakham and Green Jack) to brew his beers. Most production was for the annual Latitude festival in Henham park.} 

But due to access restrictions it was not possible to keep the bars restocked with real ale hence why when a bar ran out it could not be restocked .

I miss Latitude as it used to be a lot less hectic than Reading/leeds

 

How beer gets delivered

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one of the bag search areas

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Hectors's Ale

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