When is Bluedot and what are the timings?

The festival will run from Thursday 20 July – Sunday 24 July 2023. Our box office, campsites and car parks opening times are:

Car park12:00Open 08:0024 hour24 hourClose 13:00
Weekend camping12:00 – 21:00*09:00 – 21:0009:00 – 21:0009:00 – 21:0009:00 – 12:00
Thursday ticket17:00 – 21:00
Friday ticket09:00 – 21:00
Saturday ticket09:00 – 21:00
Sunday ticket09:00 – 21:00

How will the traffic be affected in the area?

The traffic management plan for bluedot 2023 is similar to previous years, with a ‘temporary road closure’ again. For previous events, the advertised road closure worked extremely well and helped alleviate traffic congestion on the roads surrounding Jodrell Bank over the festival period. Traffic congestion is particularly disruptive to local residents and businesses. Please note that the ‘temporary road closure’ is a deterrent to through traffic, where unnecessary vehicles are added to the local road network. This closure does not apply to local residents, businesses, visitors or Bluedot customers.

In an effort mitigate congestion, permission has been sought by the Local Authority to temporarily close the A535, should there be prolonged queues as a result of Bluedot Festival. The plan is to close the road in one direction to vehicles and send all Jodrell Bank traffic around surrounding main roads to enter from the opposite direction. For example, should there be a large volume of traffic travelling westbound through Holmes Chapel, causing queueing on the A535, the road in that direction will be closed to Bluedot traffic, the signage will be changed to send it north on the A50, right on to Seven Sister Lane then South on the A537, to bring the traffic in Eastbound to Jodrell Bank. This can also be done in the reverse. This will buy time to clear the queue and stop more traffic adding to the congestion.

Additionally, there will be signs advising of possible queues, and expected delays in advance and throughout the festival. This is an attempt to minimise through traffic during the event.

The road closure will not be manned and therefore cars will not be stopped. The way the road closure will be implemented is not intended to disrupt local day to day activity. At all times, local residents, businesses and visitors will be permitted through road closures and allowed to continue with their daily routine. Please note that the road closure will be implemented as required and will not be in position on a permanent basis.

Further, to aid with traffic flow from the A535 onto Bomish Lane, a set of 3 – way temporary traffic signals will be used. This will help control and ease the traffic in and out of the junction.The signals will be used as needed at peak times throughout the event.

What is the noise management plan and how do I report any issues? 

Details of noise the noise management plan can be found here.

How can I get residents’ tickets?

Details on how to order are available on the Residents Tickets page.