Q: How do I contact a member of the Headland Festivals Group?

A:  Please send all enquiries on email to hello@wintertidefestival.co.uk alternatively you can message us via Instagram or Facebook

Q: Is there Parking?

By Car

As we are in a residential area, parking close to the site will be on residential streets as we don’t have a large car park on site.  We ask all visitors take note that these areas are also for resident parking and in some cases badge/permit holder spaces.

There is a small car park on site on a first come first served basis located over the road from the Borough Hall but spaces are limited..

By Bus 

We have a bus stop (Middlegate) on the festival route with regular services from Stagecoach no.7 bus service


The nearest rail station is Hartlepool train station 2..5 miles from Headland

Q: What is the address of the Festival?

The festival is based across several areas  all within walking distance of each other.  The Event Office/Information Centre is located at the centre of the event at Borough Hall, Middlegate, TS24 0JD.

Q: What are the opening times?

Friday 4pm – 8pm with public houses open until 11pm

Saturday & Sunday – 12noon until 8pm with public houses open later 

For a full breakdown of the venues, please take a look at our schedule page

Q: What is Wintertide Festival?

Wintertide is an independent community festival which takes place in and around the streets on the Hartlepool Headland, a coastal town steeped in history, heritage, culture and folklore. 

Q: What are you doing to make the event COVID safe?

We have scaled down the festival this year to make it COVID safe and hope to return next year with our usual full programme.

– Outdoor areas – Across the site we will have hand sanitising stations

– Indoor venues- Will be following government guidelines and kindly request visitors wear masks.

We ask that everyone attending please refer to the latest guidelines and try to follow it as best as possible whilst enjoying the event. If you are feeling unwell and believe you may have COVID symptoms please stay safe, stay at home and get a PCR test. 

It is advisable you take a lateral flow test before attending the event to keep yourself and others safe. These are free and readily available from local supermarkets and pharmacies.

Q: Where are the toilets located?

Outdoor Public toilets 

– Located in the lower gardens of the Town Square/Squircle

– Additional portaloos will be located near the funfair on High Street

Indoor Venues

– Toilets will be available in selected indoor venues for those attending the workshops, activities and entertainment

Q: Do I need a ticket?

Wintertide is FREE to enter, however we do have some workshops, activities and music events which require a ticket (some are chargeable and some are free) These can be accessed on our activities page.  

An independent event, creating with the community