DOC/FEST ON A BUDGET
Attending Sheffield Doc/Fest on a budget? There are plenty of ways to make the most out of your experience without breaking the bank. With our cost-saving tips for travel, accommodation and tickets, you're ready to enjoy the best of Sheffield without a hefty price tag.
Films & Events
The Doc/Lovers Wristband offers the best access to the 2019 film programme. Our best deal of the Fest is just £69/£59.50 concessions. That's less than £6 per film!
The Doc/Lover Wristband gives you access to up to 12 film screenings, with free access to post-screening Q&As with filmmakers and the stars of the films during the Festival. You will need to collect your wristband at the Festival Box Office on Tudor Square. The wristband is available until 11th June 2019.
To purchase or for more info, click here
If your time at Doc/Fest is limited, you can purchase individual tickets for films for just £10/£7.50 concessions. Highlights are being announced regularly, with the full festival programme online from 9 May. Click Here for all the latest news.
There are also plenty of free events throughout the festival:
Experience the best in interactive documentary and virtual reality with the Alternate Realities Exhibitions at Site Gallery, free of charge. The Festival will showcase up to 25 enthralling and immersive works, allowing audiences to fully inhabit the worlds that storytellers create. At the beginning of each day, you can book your slot to experience the work for your choice.
Tudor Square, our Festival hub, offers free talks and discussions throughout the day. Check out the full programme deals from 9 May to see what we have in store.
Sheffield is located in the heart of England and is easily accessible by all forms of transportation. The city is well connected by trains and is serviced by four airports all within an hour or two away. It is excellently positioned for delegates visiting from within the UK, Europe and even the rest of the world.
Travel by Train
From London to Sheffield, Megatrain offers fares from £10. You can book up to four weeks in advance. To book or search timetables, click here
For other National train travel, the National Rail Journey Planner is a great way to plan your trip. Advance tickets can be booked up to 12 weeks prior to travel and generally the sooner you book, the cheaper it will be.
Marketing Sheffield in partnership with East Midlands Train also offers discounted rail tickets here. If your travel plans are flexible or if you hold a railcard you should check fares on East Midland Trains own website before purchasing any tickets, as it may be cheaper to book direct. If you're coming from further afield, Eurostar offers all-inclusive fares in advance from continental Europe right through to Sheffield.
If you're a 16-25 railcard holder, book directly through Transpennine Express to get 50% off! Transpennine Express connects Sheffield to the North and beyond. Use code TPESTUDENT on check out along with your railcard to access. For more details on the deal, click here
Travel by Coach
Budget Accommodation & Pass Offer
Looking for a cosy unique social place to stay with lots of other Doc/Festers at a great price that includes a pass? Consider our Festival Passes + Accommodation offer. Festival-goers will receive their choice of seven or four-night accommodation at Jonas Hotel in the beautiful Sheffield neighbourhood of Endcliffe with a full festival pass to take in everything Doc/Fest has to offer.
There are a limited number of these passes available. The deadline for these passes is 17:00 GMT Wednesday 17 April.
If you are interested in one of our Pass + Budget Accommodation offers, please email registration [at] sheffdocfest.com If you are buying the Concession or 25 & Under offer please also send us proof of concession/age.
For more info and pricing, click here
Budget Hotels & Hostels
There are many cheap rooms at budget hotels around Sheffield. We've even got a brand new easyHotel with rooms starting at £20 during the Festival.
We also have:
- Two Premier Inns in Sheffield City Centre
- A Travelodge within walking distance of the Festival hub.
- An ibis Hotel in the City Centre
Cheap rooms, flats and even whole houses are also available through Airbnb.
For hostels, try Russell Scott Hotels, great for meeting other festival goers with prices starting from as little as £13 per night. Alternatively, there are many B&Bs scattered around the city including The Harley, The Hillsborough to the ALARA B&B.
Campsites are another great option for those seeking affordable alternatives. If you're looking to unwind after a jam-packed day of screenings, you can pitch a tent, sleep under the stars, and take in the rich greenery Sheffield is famous for. Take advantage of Doc/Fest’s timing with this great summertime option for those on a budget. Below you'll find a few campsites we recommend.
Fox Hagg Farm
Lodge Lane, Sheffield, S6 5SN
Fox Hagg Farm is a camping and caravan site with stunning views of The Peak District. It's a working farm that allows you to engage with nature at a very close level. The City Centre is easily reachable by bus. To get the Doc/Fest Delegate Centre, take the 275 bus toward Sheffield Centre and get off at Arundel Lane. From here the Delegate Centre is a five-minute walk. The journey is 19 stops and will take approximately 25 minutes.
Swallowholme Camping and RV Park
Station Road, Bamford, Hope Valley, Derbyshire, S33 0BN
Tel: 01433 650981
Swallowholme Camping and RV Park in The Peak District National Park, just a few kilometres from Sheffield City Centre. Relax in picturesque surroundings, away from the hustle and bustle of the city. To reach the Doc/Fest Delegate Centre, walk five mins to the Bamford train station and take the train into Sheffield. The Showroom Cinema is across the street from the station. The first train heads in around 7am and leaves Sheffield at 11pm - lots of time for a full day of films!
North Lees Campsite
Birley Ln, Hathersage, Hope Valley, Derbyshire, S32 1BR
Located in a sheltered valley, 14 kilometres from Sheffield City Centre, North Lees Campsite is a perfect natural oasis. It's great for those seeking quiet recreation in beautiful surroundings and for visitors wishing to explore the wider Peak District. North Lees Campsite is serviced by the Hathersage train station as well as the 272 bus. Both options take about an hour to get to the City Centre and require quite a bit of walking.
The campsite fee for adults is £7 per person per night, and camping pods can be rented for an additional £25 per pod per night. Click Here for more information and to book your stay.
Eating & Drinking
Sheffield isn't an expensive place to eat and drink. Our list of delegate restaurant deals is coming soon.
In the meantime, why not check out:
- The Moor Market for a wide selection of delicious cheap eats
- Showroom Cafe for a quick bite when you're already off to a film
- Union Cafe for a different pop-up takeaway every day
- Tamper Coffee for one of the best espressos in town
- Wellies is a Doc/Fest staff favourite for a quick lunch
£150 Guide to Doc/Fest
So you’ve finally made it to Sheffield but you only have £150 to spend. What do you do? Well at Sheffield Doc/Fest we like to make sure everyone can join in, no matter what your budget. That’s why we’ve come up with a plan to maximise your Sheffield Doc/Fest experience, without blowing your budget.
Step 1, Staying Here:
Fox Hagg Farm is a lovely camping and caravan site with stunning views of the Peak District and offers a relaxing alternative to the vibrant nightlife of Sheffield City Centre. How often do you get to sleep under the stars? And for just £30 for 5 nights – what could be better?
Step 2, Getting About:
CityBus tickets are available on most buses for £5 a day, or if you want to save even more money, get yourself a 7-day pass for just £18. The first bus from Fox Hagg Farm leaves around 06:00, and the last bus back from the city is about 23:30 – leaving plenty of time for a full day of films.
Step 3, Making the Most of it:
If you’re coming to Doc/Fest, you definitely want to see films. Get yourself a Doc/Lovers Wristband, which gives you the best access to the whole film programme for just £69, (£59.50 concessions). As it’s June, it’s going to be super sunny, so why not enjoy a free film outdoors, all while working on your tan.
Doc/Fest is so much more than just a film festival. You can also check out the Alternate Realities Exhibition – a showcase of the best in interactive documentary and virtual reality. We also have plenty of outdoor activities happening in Tudor Square. ALL FOR FREE!
So now you’re ready to enjoy the Festival, and you may still have money to spare for popcorn!