Visiting the Festival

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We are delighted to present the 2021 Newbury Spring Festival, featuring many of the artists booked for 2020 with additional highlights we hope you will enjoy.

Safety is our highest proprity. During your visit to the Festival you’ll find a number of measures in place to protect audiences and staff. Thank you for your ongoing support in these extraordinary times.

The decision has been taken to locate the majority of our performances in our largest Festival venues. These venues have been chosen after detailed consideration, offering the safest environment for audiences and artists. The safety and comfort of our audiences and artists are our absolute priority and each venue will be made as COVID-safe as possible. Please take a moment to read the following advice, which is different from previous years:


  • All venues will continue to be at a greatly reduced capacity to ensure audience safety and comfort.


  • Social distancing between audience groups will be confirmed as you book your seats.
  • There will be no raked seating in the Tower by the West Door of St Nicolas Church.
  • Limited chair seating will be available in the Tower area.
  • Measures will be taken to ensure the venues are thoroughly and regularly cleaned.
  • Audience members are encouraged to take a lateral flow test prior to arrival.
  • Audience members should attend only if that lateral flow test is negative.
  • Audience members should not attend if they show any signs of illness.


  • Audiences will be greeted at the entrance to the Churchyard (Northbrook Street).
  • Audiences should check their tickets at this point to confirm their entry door.
  • Signs will show the audience which door to use (South, West or North).
  • Audiences should follow the appropriate pathway for their entrance door.
  • Audiences will be greeted by stewards at the church door.
  • All NSF stewards will be wearing masks at all times.
  • Audiences are asked to take their seats immediately and not crowd the aisles.
  • Audience members will not be permitted in St Nicolas Hall.
  • Hand sanitising stations will be widely available.
  • There will be no bar/wine facility at any concert.
  • There will be no toilet facilities for audience near St. Nicolas Church. Audience members who require toilet facilities should walk across to the Corn Exchange.
  • There will be no nightly box office table, all tickets should be collected or e-mailed in advance from the Corn Exchange Box Office.


  • Audiences will be greeted at the door by stewards.
  • It may be necessary to queue outside the building before entering.
  • Ticket should be ready for presentation at the door.
  • Audiences are asked to take their seats immediately and not crowd the foyer.
  • All NSF stewards will be wearing masks at all times.
  • Hand sanitising stations will be widely available.
  • Wearing a face mask whilst inside and when moving around the Festival venues, unless you are medically exempt. The Festival is strongly encouraging the continued use of face coverings in concerts. This follows the theatre industry’s ‘See it safely’ guidance, in line with the Government’s recommendation that masks should still be worn indoors when mixing with people you don’t usually meet.
  • Showing your tickets on a mobile device where possible.
  • Washing your hands for at least 20 seconds after using our facilities and using hand sanitiser when necessary.
  • Bringing as few personal possessions as possible


  • Audience members are asked to observe government guidelines at all times.
  • If you experience Covid symptoms before the concert, please do not attend.
  • If you feel unwell during the concert, please make your way to your entry door.
  • A steward and qualified First Aider will be there to assist you.