Getting to The Summer House

To keep the House and our guests secure we will not be publishing the venue's address in public, but guests will be sent the address (roughly, Devon) in an email two weeks before the event, and your confirmation mail contains the nearest stations. If your transport requirements make it essential for you to have more details, please contact us and we will tell you more.


Accessibility needs? Let us know

Here is our accessibility document 

  • Blue badge holders can park right by the house
  • If you have an access ticket we can let you know address ahead of time
  • If you have other accessibility + transport needs (including parking for those without blue badges, help with baggage or any related question) please contact us

Taking public transport vs taking a vehicle


REASONS YOU MIGHT WANNA TAKE PUBLIC TRANSPORT

  • It’s MUCH quicker (4.25 hrs from London vs up to 6 hrs by road before stops)
  • Take our coach to Exeter St Davids with your PAL and get checked-in /wristbanded on the coach
  • No worries about a designated driver for the journey home
  • Everyone can use & charge their devices on the journey
  • No breaks in the journey for toilet / food / petrol
  • Pickup & dropoff right in front of the House
  • It’s environmentally friendly

REASONS YOU MIGHT WANNA TAKE A VEHICLE

  • You don’t mind a long journey (our test trips from London between 5-6 hrs before stops)
  • You don’t mind walking 200-300m (4-5 mins) between car park field & House
  • You’ve applied for a limited campervan pass (free, priority to access needs, see below)
  • You wanna fit 4+ people in a rideshare (password sent to ticketholders)
  • You’ve got more stuff than can fit in a coach / public transport
  • You’re OK that entry & exit times are limited - see below

CAMPERVANS & LIVE-IN VEHICLES - LIMITED, ON REQUEST ONLY

  • This year we are not selling campervan / live-in vehicle passes
  • Entry is via a single track lane with no passing and limited turning
  • All parking is in a grass field not suitable to large or heavy vehicles
  • If your vehicle is light enough to park on grass, you park at own risk
  • We will prioritise the very limited hard standing to those with access needs
  • Have access / health needs? Apply for a hard standing live-in-vehicle pass here

Train & coach options

Booking two people on the train? Try the Two Together railcard. Three or more? GroupSave (does not require any specific railcard, simply book three or more simultaneously) gets a substantial discount.

The House is 30 mins by road from the local station in Devon - the name of which is in your confirmation mail after purchase. The local station can be reached from London or Bristol via Exeter, from which it is about 1.5 hours away.

Trains from London to the local station, including a change at Exeter, take 3.5 hours and cost from £60 return.

National Express coaches from London Victoria direct to the local station take 5.5 hours and cost £25 return.

Trains from London to Exeter take 2 hours and cost from £44 return. Trains from Bristol to Exeter take just over 1 hour and cost approximately £30 return.


MINIBUS FROM LOCAL STATION IN DEVON DIRECT TO THE HOUSE

The House is 30 mins by road from the local station in Devon - the name of which is in your confirmation mail after purchase.

We will be offering an outbound minibus service with several pickups on Weds 29 Aug in the afternoon and pickups on Thurs 30 Aug in the morning, lunchtime and afternoon. 

Please note that the return journeys on Sunday have now sold out. If you have not yet planned your return journey but might be interested in a coach to Exeter direct from the house, contact news@thesummerhouseweekend.com

There are a few journeys left at other times - these will be on sale until Mon 27 August at the latest.


COACH TO THE HOUSE FROM exeter ST DAVIDs STATIOn 

 

We're running a coach service from Exeter St Davids Station to the House on Wednesday afternoon; and a service from the House back to Exeter St Davids on Sunday morning. Check below for a full timetable.

UPDATE 28 AUG: A few places have become available on each coach - click to book your place


ESTIMATED PRICES & DURATIONS

From London

Train London to Exeter St Davids and our coach to House (recommended!)
London → Exeter train (2.75 hrs, £54.50 return) + Coach to House (1.5 hrs, £30 return) = 4.25 hrs, £84.50 return

Train London to the local station in Devon and our minibus to House
London → Exeter → Local Station train (4 hrs, £67 return) +  Minibus (30 mins, £20) or Cab (30 mins, £25+) to House = 4.5 hrs, £87+ return

National Express London to Local Station in Devon and our minibus to House
London → Local Station National Express coach (6 hrs, £43 return) + Minibus (20 mins, £20) = 6.5 hrs, £63+ return

Car London to House
London → House by car with one 30 min break. 5.5 to 6.5 hours, petrol £110-£130 return.

Also check Megabus for London to Barnstaple return (5.5 hours) via Bristol for £30

From Bristol

Train Bristol to Exeter St Davids and our coach to House (recommended!)
Bristol → Exeter train (1.5 hr, £23.60 return) + Coach to House (1.5 hrs, £30 return) = 3 hrs, £53.60 return

Train Bristol to the local station in Devon and our minibus to House
Bristol → Exeter → Local Station train (2.5 hrs, £42 return) +  Minibus (30 mins, £20) or Cab (30 mins, £25+) to House = 3 hrs, £62+ return

National Express Bristol to Local Station and our minibus to House
Bristol → Local Station National Express coach (3 hrs, £30.60 return) + Minibus (20 mins, £20) = 3.25 hrs, £50.60+ return

Car Bristol to House
Bristol → House by car with one 30 min break. 2.5-4.25 hours, estimated petrol cost £50-£70 return

Also try Megabus for Bristol to Barnstaple (2.75 hours, £25+ return)


minibus and coach timetables

 

MINIBUS TIMES - Local station in Devon TO HOUSE (£20 return)

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Coach times - Exeter ST DAVIDS to House (£30 return)

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Minibus times - House to local station, Devon (£20 return)

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coach times - house to Exeter ST DAVIDS (£30 return)

 We have decided to cancel the Sat evening coach due to zero demand

We have decided to cancel the Sat evening coach due to zero demand


Taxis

There is a taxi rank at the small local station with taxis approximately £25–£35 each way. 


By car

We will provide a directions page to ticketbuyers 7-10 days before the event starts. If you have legitimate reasons for needing these directions ahead of time please contact us.

For those interested in sharing their car with other guests or taking a ride from another guest, we offer a rideshare page — password available to all guests after they book tickets. Please contact us to ask for the password. We encourage guests to share cars with others to maximise the limited parking space on site — and also because it's good for the environment. 


Entry and Exit Times 

Please note that the gates to The Summer House will not be open continuously. We are strict about not allowing entry after dusk.  Once in and once out a day. Please pay attention to these times when making your plans.

The gates will be open at these times:

  • WEDNESDAY 29 AUGUST 2018 — Entrance between 16:00 and 21:00, exit until 21:00

  • THURSDAY 30 AUGUST 2018 — Entrance between 08:00 and 20:30, exit until 01:00

  • FRIDAY 31 AUGUST 2018— Entrance between 08:00 and 9:00, exit until 02:00

  • SATURDAY 1 SEPTEMBER 2018 — Entrance between 10:00 and 14:00, exit until 21:00

  • SUNDAY 2 SEPTEMBER 2018 — No entrance, only exit, all out by 09:00am please

 

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