Staying Safe on Monday 5th November 2018
This event becomes very crowded and you are in close proximity of fire and burning tar barrels. If you are scared by flames and do not like being in crowded areas then this event is not for you!
This year due to a fire at the pine shop on Gold St. There will be restricted access into the square for visitors coming from the coach and car parks at the garden centre and football club. (See map for locations) There will be signs up directing everyone coming into the event from this direction and signs directing the way back out.
The area around the building works will be fenced off and security will be in place to ensure safety for everyone.
There will be a one way route from Hind street into Saddlers lane to allow public around the main square this will also be marshalled. Please be aware of the direction you came from and adhere to all instructions given by our marshals.
Emergency Contact Number for Event Control on the night- 07555 088568, we must stress that this is for emergency calls ONLY.
FOR YOUR SAFETY PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING GUIDELINES
The evening tar barrels start from 7pm onwards and are not suitable for small children, animals or persons with limited mobility it gets too crowded.
Please adhere to all instruction given by our town marshals and event stewards these will be used to keep you and our rollers safe. If there is a particular barrel that you want to see please get there early and wait there to avoid disappointment.
Remember this event has its dangers so please adhere to all instruction given by our town and barrel marshals. By choosing to come to this event you have accepted the risks involved and take responsibility for your own actions.
We will be placing barriers in the main barrel locations again this year for crowd control and to prevent overcrowding around the barrel rolling.
Please be aware the mobile phone signal can be intermittent around the town.
- The area near the barrels can become very crowded. If you become disorientated or in a crush there are clearly signed access routes away from the barrels.
- Town and barrel marshals who can be identified with high visibility vests and jackets will be monitoring and assisting with crowd control.
- Should a child be separated from a parent during the event, seek help immediately from any of our marshals.
- You must watch the barrel movement at all times, the barrel could change direction at any given moment.
- Do not attempt to run from the barrel as it approaches just take a step back and lean away from it, attempting to run away will cause a crowd surge and could cause injury to fellow spectators and the participants.
- Do not attempt to touch the lit barrel as it passes. You may cause yourself and others serious injuries.
- There are toilets situated in the car park near the Sainsbury’s store, which is behind the main street.
- Please act responsibly, there is alcohol consumed by some of the public on the night. Stupid acts by the minority could jeopardise the future of the event. Help us on the night by discouraging any act you think could cause harm and injury to anyone attending the event. Please help us keep this magnificent tradition going for the future generations.
Coming to the event
If this is your first time at this event or you are a seasoned spectator please remember the event is not the place to come too dressed to impress ! please wear sensible clothes and footwear as there is a large crowd expected, the streets get very dirty from the ash on the ground and your clothes will soak up the smoke in the atmosphere.
There are five car parks that are compulsory on the night. There is no vehicle access to the town on 5th November and no parking available other than these 5 car parks.
Leading up to the event weather forecasts will be monitored, due to location of our car parks this may affect the amount of parking available. Please listen to local radio stations and follow our social media feeds (please see links above) for up to date information.
Please allow plenty of time to come to the event, there are a limited amount of roads leading into the parking locations around the town which are a good walk away from the centre.
Parking charges for cars in all locations is £10 per car (Please see parking locations below on map)
If you are a Coach tour company looking to attend the event please contact firstname.lastname@example.org via email for booking instructions.
All coaches should follow the AA signs on the A30 to Otter Garden and Home (Previously Otter Nurseries) where parking is allocated for all attending coaches.
Parking charges as follows: £40 for minibuses, £75 for 26 seater coaches and £175 for 52+ seat coaches/buses
Residents road closure information
With the plans set for this year we are going to close the town in one area at 3.45pm and the rest of the town at 5:00pm. All roads will re-open again around 1am on the 6th of November.
The closures will be manned and blocked, NO one will be allowed to enter or leave unless it’s an emergency vehicle. You can of course walk through any closure, you just won’t be able to drive through!
The 3:45pm closure will affect the following streets and cul-de-sacs:
- Jesu St at the Tip Hill Junction. Yonder St (Bridgefield) at the Slade Road and Furzebrook junction. Brook St at the Silver St junction.
- Sandhill St at the Cornhill Gold St junction. All the way through New Street on to the Furzebrook junction.
This closure will also affect New lane, below the Sunnyhill junction, Spring gardens, Brookdale, Chapel Lane, Yonder close and Batts lane.
If you find yourselves being unable to get home from work before the 5:00pm closure. Please use the car parks provided, pay the £10.00, and ask for a receipt to be able to claim your money back. Or make prior arrangements to enable yourselves to leave or get back in time.
Access to Toad pitt Lane will be via Bendarroch Rd only. There will be no access via Exeter Rd from 5pm, this will be blocked to stop the general public abandoning cars and affecting residents access.
If any resident has an emergency and has to leave the town while the event is on, it is essential to contact the event transport officer to get help to you. Please call 07555 088568 for the event transport officer. This number is for emergency use only.
We have made arrangements this year for Stagecoach buses to stop, collect and drop off at Salston Cross. There will be lighting through Strawberry Lane for everyone on foot. We will be putting up the times for this service on our website as soon as we have them.
Due top the popularity of the event and the amount of visitors we get, we simply cannot allow the buses any closer to the town because of the sheer volume of people walking to the event from Car Parks and their homes.
We have also made arrangements this year for Taxi’s, there will be two dropping off and collecting points, one at Salston Cross and one at the bottom of Butts Hill the town side of the Butts Rd junction, there will be signs to indicate this.
If the weather dictates a different approach to the parking and where we can park please keep a close eye on the social media and tar barrel website for updates.
Car Park 1 - Barrack Road
Car Park 2 - Strawberry Lane (NOT IN USE FOR 2018)
Car park 2 is located on Strawberry Lane, which is Ottery Saint Mary Cricket Club. There is a limited amount of space at this location. Access only from Barrack Road, B3174. All Cars £10
Car Park 3 - Finnimore (Disabled Parking) (NOT IN USE FOR 2018)
Car park 3 is located on the Finnimore Industrial Estate, This is also the Disabled parking location. All Cars £10 This car park is for reserved parking ONLY
Car Park 4 - Otter Nurseries (Coach Parking)
Car Park 5 – Ottery Football Club
Car Park 1 – Barrack Road
The main car park which is situated off Barrack Road, B3174. Access is available from the Daisy Mount exit of the A30. This Car Park will be available from 4pm on Monday 5th November 2018.
Car Park 2 – Strawberry Lane (NOT IN USE FOR 2018)
Car park 2 is located on Strawberry Lane, which is Ottery Saint Mary Cricket Club. There is a limited amount of space at this location. Access only from Barrack Road, B3174.
Car Park 3 – Finnimore (NOT IN USE FOR 2018)
Car park 3 is located on the Finnimore Industrial Estate, This is also the Disabled parking location.
Car and Coach Park 4 – Otter Nurseries
Car park 4, which is also the main coach park is located at Otter Nurseries, Gosford Road. All access from the A30 is via the B3177 via Alfington. Coach Parking charges: £40 for minibuses, £75 for 26 seater coaches and £175 for 52+ seat coaches/buses
Car Park 5 – Ottery Football Club
Car Park 5 is Ottery Football Club which is located off Butts Road, Ottery Saint Mary. All access from the A30 is via the B3177 via Alfington. This Car Park will be open from 4pm on Monday 5th November 2018.
No other parking will be available due to the necessity for clear ways on all roads leading into the town for emergency vehicle access. Road closure into Ottery St Mary will take effect from 3:45pm on 5th November 2018. A diversion route for residents is provided via the Sidmouth Road, through to Long Dogs Lane, down to Slade Road, onto Chineway Road, into Kennaway Road which leads to Higher Ridgeway and exits out onto North Street.
All monies raised from car parking charges go towards the running of the event and to the charities and organisations that help us on the night.
You can pickup official Tar Barrel Programmes from any of the Event Marshals for £2. These give useful maps of the town and some timing information about the barrels and locations.
Tar Barrel Shop - Merchandise Stand
If you are lost or need help, please see any of the helpful Event Marshals for more guidance.