Download happens and the sacred site that is Donington Park, right next to East Midlands Airport Donington Park lies where the three counties of Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire and Derbyshire meet. - The ley-lines of ROCK!!
In virtually the middle of the country it has excellent connections being only 3 miles from the major trunk routes of the M1/M42 and A50.
East Midlands International Airport is only two and a half miles away and has comprehensive domestic and European flight schedules.
The mainline Intercity railway stations are East Midlands Parkway, Derby, Nottingham and Loughborough are approximately anything up to twenty minutes drive away and Donington Park is well served by public transport and taxi services. Download Festival's official shuttle bus partner is Notts and Derby Bus Service, who provide a continuous bus services from East Midlands Parkway and Derby train stations, throughout the duration of the festival. More info and shuttle bus timetable coming soon.
Click here to see Donington on a MAP
For all you Sat Nav users, the postcode for Donington Park is DE74 2RP
For Download Festival 2013, we are delighted to announce that our official and exclusive coach travel partner is Big Green Coach, the largest festival coach company in the UK.
This music loving company knows exactly what you want and need when going to a festival. Providing a HUGE network of services from across the UK, Big Green Coach will take you to the very heart of the action at Download (and pick you up again once you’re rocked out).
Choose from 62 departure locations from across the UK: Aberdeen, Basingstoke, Birkenhead, Birmingham, Blackpool, Bournemouth, Bradford, Bridgend, Bridgewater, Brighton, Bristol, Cambridge, Cardiff, Carlisle, Cheltenham, Chester, Coventry, Crawley, Darlington, Doncaster, Dundee, Dunfermline, Durham, Edinburgh, Exeter, Fareham, Glasgow, Gloucester, Hamilton, Hull, Ipswich, Kings Lynn, Lancaster, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, London, Luton, Manchester, Middlesbrough, Milton Keynes, Newcastle, Newport, Northampton, Norwich, Oxford, Perth, Peterborough, Plymouth, Poole, Portsmouth, Preston, Reading, Scunthorpe, Sheffield, Southampton, Stockton, Sunderland, Swansea, Taunton, Winchester and Worcester. There should be a pick up close to you.
These early bird prices won't be around forever so we recommend you book as soon as possible the take advantage of the low cost.
With Big Green Coach you get to sit back and begin the fun with your festival buddies on board – you might even get to meet some new buddies on the coach.
Enjoy your festival with the bonus of not having to hold back on your last night of fun in preparation for the next mornings drive. Big Green Coach will pick you up directly from the festival site and you can snooze all the way home. No one is greener than Big Green Coach!
FROM THE TRAIN STATIONS: Download Festival's official shuttle bus partner is Notts and Derby Bus Service, who provide a continuous bus services from East Midlands Parkway and Derby train stations, throughout the duration of the festival. More info and shuttle bus timetable coming soon.
For information on trains from your nearest station to East Midlands Parkway or Derby stations, call National Rail on: 08457 484 950 or check out their website: www.nationalrail.co.uk
Official shuttle buses will operate from Derby and East Midlands Parkway train stations taking you directly to the festival.
Tickets cannot be pre-booked for this service, you can only pay when you get on the bus. Details of costs and times will be published here when we have them.
For Buses to and from Loughborough, please see www.kinchbus.co.uk
Car park tickets are valid for the entire festival weekend. They are available now for £20, otherwise they are £25 on the day as you drive in.
The extra car traffic is one of the greatest impacts on the local area, one way to reduce the traffic is to share any spare spaces in your car. Check out the dedicated Download liftshare page and Register Here.*
If you are bringing a motorbike, parking is free of charge. The bike park is located on the hard standing area in the West Car Park. Pushbikes should not be brought on to the festival site as there are no facilities to store and secure them. Any bicycles left unattended will be removed.
If someone else is kind enough to drop you off at Download, there will be a designated pick up and drop off point at the race circuit. This will be located at the main entrance to the race circuit itself and will be well signposted on arrival.
*Free VIP upgrade for one lucky car of car-sharers! To enter please follow these steps:
1. Register yourself and your journey at http://www.liftshare.com/event/3
2. Search for matches and make contact with potential matches
3. Once a match is found go to your contacts page and confirm you are sharing
4. You will then be asked if you would like to set up a BUDi team to display who you are sharing with. Click yes.
Simple as...one winner will be picked at random - what have you got to lose?!
East Midlands Airport is the nearest airport to Donington Park, being practically at the end of the festival site!
If you are unable to fly in to East Midlands Airport, Manchester Airport is the next easiest to get to the festival. From there, take a train to Sheffield and change there for another train to Derby. Here you can catch the official shuttle bus services.
If you are flying in to Heathrow Airport, take the Heathrow Express to Paddington, then the tube to Kings Cross St Pancras, then a train to Derby. Here you can catch the official shuttle bus services.
If you are flying in to Gatwick Airport, take the First Capital Connect service to London St Pancras, then a train to Derby. Here you can catch the official shuttle bus services.
Leicestershire Police: www.leics.police.uk
Donington Park: www.donington-park.co.uk
East Midlands Tourism: www.visitheartofengland.com
Derby Tourist Information: www.derby.gov.uk/Tourism
Loughborough Tourist Info: www.touruk.co.uk/leicester/lei_loug.htm
Derby train services: www.crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Big Green Coach: www.biggreencoach.co.uk/downloadfestival
East Midlands Parkway train services: www.eastmidlandstrains.co.uk
East Midlands Airport: www.eastmidlandsairport.com
Notts and Derby are the official shuttle bus partner of Download Festival. They provide a link between Derby and East Midlands Parkway train stations to and from Download Festival.
The cost is £10 return between Derby train Station and Download, and £6 return between East Midlands Parkway station and Download. We have also introduced a new Weekend Ticket, which allows people to make unlimited journeys over the weekend between Derby train station and Download, and costs £25… very useful for people staying in hotels in Derby over the weekend!
The shuttle bus stop point at the festival is within the Shuttle Bus and Taxi Pick Up and Drop Off area.