There are a number of great music and art events taking place in Suffolk this August beginning with:
- VW Whitenoise Feslival, Euston Park, 1-3 August
- Halesworth Big Gig, 1-3 August
- Rapper Dizzee Rascal at Newmarket Nights, 8 August
- Folk East at Glenham Hall, 15-17 August
- Aldeburgh Carnival, 16-17 August
- Peter Andre, Newmarket Live Event, 23 August
- Homegrown Music Festival, Barrow, Bury St Edmunds, 22-25 August
- 1 Big Multicultural Festival, Alexandra Park, Ipswich, 31 August 2014
Suffolk Police and ourselves have previously produced and published a number safety messages about staying safe at events and festivals, these messages remain important and relevant to any and all large events.
Consider your own personal safety
Arrange a meeting point and rendezvous times in case you get separated from your friends. Drink too much and you’re likely to feel disorientated. You can’t always rely on mobile phones, although it’s a good idea to make sure you don’t run your battery down completely. Some larger festivals have recharging points.
- Stick with friends and do not go back to your tent alone
- Enjoy the Festival but look after yourself and your friends
Keep hydrated and wear suitable clothing, taking into consideration the weather forecast.
Moderate your alcohol consumption
The best way to avoid problems from alcohol is to stay within the recommended limits. So keep a count of what you are drinking. Recognise when you’re drinking too quickly. Sometimes you might just be thirsty rather than really wanting an alcoholic drink. Don’t ruin the rest of the weekend by overdoing it on Thursday. Give your body a break from the booze on at least one of the days and avoid morning drinking altogether.
- Think When You Drink: alcohol affects everyone in very different ways.
- Think Fights: alcohol can make people more aggressive
- Know Your Limit: stick to it. “Think Again before you drink another drop”
- Spiking: never leave your drinks unattended even soft drinks get spiked
- Time to Stop: If you have sex without consent you could end up going to prison for rape. Just like with alcohol you need to know when to stop! Saying no means the same in every language
- Under the influence of alcohol you are more likely to find yourself in a vulnerable situation
Look After Your Valuables
Festivals aren’t hotbeds of crime, but thefts do happen and they are more likely to when you are drunk and not so aware of what’s going on around you. Try not to bring valuables like mp3 players or jewellery with you.
- Don’t carry your wallet or phone in your back pocket
- Do not leave valuables in your tent
- If you do leave things of value in your car put them out of sight in the boot and make sure you lock your vehicle
If you are planning on camping at any of these or future events, check out ROSPA’s safety advice.
Please take some time to consider your personal safety and remain vigilant so you don’t become a victim of theft or any other crime.
Report any suspicious persons to a member of security or Campsite Assistance Team. There are usually a number of Festival and Town Pastors who attend many such events who will help anyone who needs assistance.
Have a great time and stay safe