Camperdown Park access during Big Weekend09/05/23
As excitement builds ahead of BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend taking place in Dundee later this month, people are being advised of short-term access restrictions affecting Camperdown Park.
With around 85,000 visitors expected to descend on Camperdown over three days from May 26-28, non ticket-holders for the event are being encouraged to take the chance to explore Dundee’s many other parks and green spaces that weekend instead.
Some areas of the park will also be restricted during the festival site build and dismantling works for operational and public safety reasons.
Neighbourhood services convener Councillor Heather Anderson said: “Dundee is really looking forward to hosting the Big Weekend, and Camperdown Park will provide a beautiful backdrop to this high-profile festival.
“This is one of the biggest events that we’ve ever held here. Some disruption is inevitable given the scale of what’s being put on, but we’ll look to minimise that wherever possible.”
Limited areas of the park will be fenced off from May 11 as site preparation gets under way. This will include the closure of the former golf course car park, although vehicle access and other parking will be maintained within Camperdown Park in the lead-up to the festival weekend.
Please note that large production vehicles including articulated lorries will be travelling in and out of the park during this time.
Restrictions on vehicle access to the park will begin on Thursday, May 25 and there will be no vehicle access for the general public from May 25-28 inclusive for public safety and security purposes. Signage will be in place throughout.
From May 25-29, southern entrances will be closed to pedestrians and cyclists. A diversion for users of the Green Circular will be signed around the outside of the east of the park. For information on the orders closing parts of the park and the signed diversion, please see www.dundeecity.gov.uk/outdoor-access-in-dundee
Pedestrian access to non ticket-holders will be significantly restricted from May 25-29. We apologise to park users for the inconvenience, which unfortunately cannot be avoided.
The Camperdown Wildlife Centre will be closed from May 25-28, and there won’t be any access to the adventure play complex during this time.
With up to 35,000 festival-goers per day in the area, there will also be significant disruption on surrounding roads.
Councillor Anderson added: “The park experience for those not attending the Big Weekend won’t be what people are used to when the festival is taking place.
“So to avoid disappointment we’re encouraging only people with event tickets to visit Camperdown from the Thursday to Sunday (May 25-28).
“Why not take the opportunity to explore some of Dundee’s many other fantastic parks and open spaces over that weekend instead? Full details can be found on our website.”
Vehicle access and pedestrian access to the park will start to return on Monday, May 29, but there may be some restrictions and disruption while the festival site is dismantled.
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