Staying Safe on Saturday November 4th 2017

Due to November 5th falling on a Sunday this year, the tradition dictates that the Tar Barrels 2017 will be run on Saturday 4th November in Ottery St Mary, Devon.

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!

FOR YOUR SAFETY PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING GUIDELINES

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 adhere to all instruction given by our marshals 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 is a Dangerous event 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.

The evening tar barrels start from 7pm onwards and are not suitable for small children or persons with limited mobility it gets too crowded.

Please be aware the mobile phone signal can be intermittent around the town.

  1. 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.
  2. Town and barrel marshals who can be identified with high visibility vests and jackets will be monitoring and assisting with crowd control.
  3. Should a child be separated from a parent during the event, seek help immediately from any of our marshals.
  4. You must watch the barrel movement at all times, the barrel could change direction at any given moment.
  5. 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.
  6. Do not attempt to touch the lit barrel as it passes. You may cause yourself and others serious injuries.
  7. There are toilets situated in the car park near the Sainsbury’s store, which is behind the main street.
  8. 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.

We are having waste stations placed in Mill Street and in Sainsbury’s car park where the toilets are situated for the event. Please help us reduce and recycle by using these and the plastic pint glass collection pipes attached to lamp and sign posts around the town.

You can follow all live event information via our facebook and twitter feeds.

Driving Here

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.

Depending on weather conditions leading up to and on the day of the event itself, will determine which car parks out of 1, 2 and 3 will be used in which order.

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, £40 for minibuses, £75 for 26 seater coaches and £150 for 52+ seat coaches/buses

Coaches

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.

Taxis

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

The main car park which is situated off Barrack Road, B3174. Access is available from the Daisy Mount exit of the A30. All Cars £10

Car Park 2 - Strawberry Lane

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)

Car park 3 is located on the Finnimore Industrial Estate, This is also the Disabled parking location. All Cars £10

Car Park 4 - Otter Nurseries (Coach Parking)

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 £150 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.

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 3pm on Saturday 4th November 2017.

Car Park 2 – Strawberry Lane

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

Car park 3 is located on the Finnimore Industrial Estate, This is also the Disabled parking location.

Car 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 £150 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 3pm on Saturday 4th November 2017.

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 4th November 2017. 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.

Useful Locations

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

The official Tar Barrel Merchandise stand at Downs Motor Garage, Mill St.  You can buy Tar Barrel Merchandise, Souvenirs, Programs and get help.

If you are lost or need help, please see any of the helpful Event Marshals for more guidance.