When does the site open/close?
The site will be open from 2 p.m. on Tuesday 12th April until 12 noon on Sunday 17th April.
Can I bring my dog/cat/horse?
Unfortunately not. As the venue is a school we have to stick to their rules regarding animals. Only assistance dogs are permitted on site.
What's the deal with car parking?
Parking is split into 2 zones, "The car park" and "on-site parking"—both are covered by the car parking pass. For safety reasons, vehicles in "on-site parking" will not be able to move during the event (they are, however, closer to the camping area).
Can I park next to my tent?
No vehicles are allowed on the grass without prior agreement. Cars will need to be parked in the car park.
Can I buy tickets on the door?
Week, weekend, and day tickets are all available on the door. We will not hit capacity so don't worry about being turned away.
Why do I need a parking pass/live-in vehicle pass?
Space for vehicles is limited on site. To encourage car sharing/alternative transport a nominal fee of £5 is charged for cars. Live-in vehicle space is also limited, and demand for spaces increases every year. Live-in passes are now sold out. Please do not bring a live-in vehicle if you haven't already purchased a pass—you will be turned away.
How can I pay for things at BJC?
BJC will be accepting card and cash payments at registration and the bar. On-site catering is cash only. The traders will have their own arrangements. We advise you bring along some cash but there are ample cash machines within a 10 minute walk.
When can I arrive?
The venue opens at 2pm 12th April, please do not arrive on site before this time.
When does the event end?
Everyone is requested to be off site by midday 17th April to enable the crew to finish clearing the site. Please ensure you leave your camping area as you found it (or tidier!).
Is there a drop-off point?
Vehicles which are dropping people off will have access to the BJC to unload.
Is there a maximum tent size I can bring?
Camping is all unallocated (there are no specific pitches) and we have lots of room. There are no restrictions on the size of your tent but we ask that you pitch considerately. Event shelters/gazebos are okay (please ensure they are securely pitched) but bringing your own big top/marquee is not okay.
I can't make it to BJC, can I have a refund?
BJC had been processing refunds up until mid March. This has now paused. Anybody who can't make it to BJC for health reasons (i.e. positive COVID test) should email us to let us know as soon as possible. If the funds allow, we will process refunds after the event for those who couldn't make it.
Can I transfer my ticket to someone else?
BJC tickets are non-transferrable.
Is there electrical hookup/chemical waste disposal for live-in vehicles?
The venue does not have the infrastructure for hookup or chemical waste disposal.
Can I book into the workshops I'm interested in?
All of our workshops will operate on a "first-come, first-served" basis so there's no need to book.
What are the camping arrangements?
Camping is included with all tickets (day tickets cover 1 day + 1 night). There are no allocated pitches, but attendees must keep the marked fire lanes clear.
Can I offer a workshop?
Yes! If you have a workshop to offer you can add it to the workshop board when you arrive, or email email@example.com beforehand.
I've got an act, can I perform at BJC?
We have a couple of outlets for your artistic expression.
We will be having an Open Stage on the Friday evening. If you'd like to take part in that please email firstname.lastname@example.org or let someone know when you arrive and you'll be pointed in the right direction. (Please note the number of acts in the Open Stage show will be limited, so not every act is guaranteed to be used).
We also have the Renegade! stage, where anyone is welcome to show us their new act, their old act, their work-in-progress, their favourite trick or their non-juggly skills. Almost anything goes (so long as it's good/entertaining/fun or all of the above). Renegade! shows will be Wednesday–Saturday nights starting at 11pm. Under 18s will need to be accompanied by their responsible adult if attending Renegade!
What workshops are happening at BJC?
We are trialling a digital workshop board this year and it can already be accessed through the workshops page. Workshop boards will be housed in a dedicated room and the digital workshop board will be updated every evening in preparation for the following day. If in doubt or if there is a clash, please trust the physical boards (they are much quicker and easier to amend so take precedence).
Is Wi-Fi available?
There is no publicly accessible Wi-Fi on site.
Can I bring my fire props?
We won't stop you bringing fire props to BJC but please note that fire juggling/spinning is not permitted at the venue. We are next door to a large public park and there are lots of beaches in the surrounding area which are not under the control of the BJC. Always remember to put safety first whenever using fire props.
Should I bring my glow toys?
We have a number of rooms which can be "blacked out" and there are Glow Jams on the workshop timetable so don't forget your glow props.
What about COVID?
We will try our hardest to make sure the event happens. However, if it looks like it will not be safe to run the event, or there are any restrictions outside of our control that will make BJC non-viable, then we may have to postpone or cancel. We, like all other events, will be following the guidance provided and will take great care to consider your safety, your fun, and the event's compliance as best we can.
If we postpone the event your ticket can be transferred at no cost to you. Alternatively your ticket (minus a £10 admin fee) can be refunded. If we have to cancel the event, tickets will be refunded, minus £10.
We will be unable to offer refunds in full, unfortunately, as we are only a very tiny festival and there are upfront costs that will need to be covered. If there is any surplus after refunds and covering costs, this will be passed on to future BJCs.
British Juggling Conventions are run by different organisations and teams of people each year and so, if this event in Ramsgate is cancelled, your ticket will not be valid for a future British Juggling Convention elsewhere in the country and instead will be refunded, less £10.