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Your SIRF visit

Whether you’re a regular visitor, or this is your first SIRF, we are here to help you make the most of your festival visit:

  • choose your shows – you can view this years shows by visiting the Programme section or you can download a copy of the SIRF programme. Printed copies are also available from outlets across Stockton-on-Tees and from SIRF Central across the weekend
  • use our SIRF24 Map (coming soon), available online and in the programme, to help navigate the Festival venues
  • follow us on social media for the latest SIRF updates, on Facebook, X and Instagram
  • come prepared for all weathers. Bring a raincoat, sunscreen and sunglasses too!
  • take time out of your busy festival day to enjoy SIRF Green and sample some of the best food and drink our town has to offer
  • Enjoy!

There's loads on offer at this year's Stockton International Riverside Festival and this is where you'll find all the Visitor Information you'll need to help plan your visit.

Getting here

We would encourage visitors to SIRF to choose low-carbon, healthy transport options, and recommend walking or utilising public transport where possible. You can visit Connect Tees Valley site to help you find the best options for your journey.

Cycling

The Hub on Stockton High Street also provides free, short-stay secure cycle parking on Saturday and Sunday 12pm to 6pm with space for 55 bikes. what3words:fruits.thing.grit

Buses

Stockton Town Centre is well served by buses from across the Tees Valley. Visit the Connect Tees Valley website for more information or see a list of all temporary changes to bus stops (coming soon).

Train

Stockton Railway Station is a five-minute walk from the Town Centre. Thornaby station is just across the river - it’s a 15 minute walk to the Town Centre and there are frequent buses from outside the station as well as a taxi rank. 

Driving

There is ample car parking within easy walking distance to Stockton Town Centre. Please see the below for a list of the available car parks along with any road and parking restrictions in-place during the festival.

SIRF Visitor Experience Team

Our incredibly friendly and helpful Visitor Experience Team in their orange SIRF t-shirts will be located at all our locations so do ask them for:

  • directions and other useful information
  • programmes (if you need another one)
  • guiding you around the festival, providing support, advice and recommendations on what to see
  • helping you navigate the festival with up-to-date information if anything changes

Festival venues

All our SIRF24 festival venues are within walking distance of each other in Stockton Town Centre making it perfect to catch lots of our shows during your visit.  

We try to ensure that all of the venues we use are as accessible as possible, if you have any access requirements, please call or visit SIRF Central for more information.

Car parking

There's plenty of car parking spaces available during SIRF, all within easy reach of Stockton Town Centre and Riverside.

View our handy car parking map (coming soon).

See a full list of all available Stockton Town Centre public parking. You can also park in Wellington Square, which is a private car park. Their charges during SIRF are: Friday and Saturday will be free for one hour, £1.50 for up to 3 hours and £3 for up to 24 hours. On Sunday 4 August there are no charges and the car park will be free all day.

Please ensure you park legally and sensibly, whilst adhering to any restrictions in place for the event. Please also be aware of any restrictions and charges in place if parking in a private car park.

Car park closures

There will be a small number of car park closures during the festival including:

Car park

Date and time from

Date and time to 

Dairy Car Park Thursday 25 July, 6pm Thursday 8 August, 6pm
Bishop Street Car Park Sunday 28 July, 6pm Tuesday 6 August, 6pm
Riverside Car Park (North) Sunday 28 July, 6pm Monday 5 August, 6pm
Shambles Car Park Tuesday 30 July, 6pm Monday 5 August, 6pm
High Street Car Park Wednesday 31 July, 6pm Monday 5 August, 6pm
Municipal Car Park Saturday 3 August, 6pm Sunday 4 August, 6pm
Parliament Street Car Park Saturday 3 August, 6pm Monday 5 August, 8am
Car Park opposite Police Station Sunday 4 August, 6am Sunday 4 August, 3.15pm


Temporary road closures

There will be a small number of road closures in operation for the event. Visit the Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council website for a full list of road closures.

There is no planned road closure of A1305 Riverside for this year’s festival and will therefore remain open to traffic throughout the weekend, however, due to the ongoing waterfront development, there is a contraflow and 20mph speed limit in place.

 

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