Guide For Parents

Thames Valley Police has a lot of experience in policing this festival and the information below will help to reduce the chances of your children becoming a victim of crime, or worse, arrested or becoming injured.

We are working closely with event organiser, Festival Republic, and our other partner agencies to ensure that the Reading Festival remains safe and enjoyable for everyone. Remember that for almost 100,000 visitors to Reading Festival last year, there were only 101 crimes reported – the majority of these were thefts.

Ticket Fraud

Festivals can attract criminals wanting to make quick cash. Some unofficial websites may claim to have ‘official’ tickets, others might try to simply take your money and not bother sending you anything. Or, a friendly person standing outside the gates may claim to have been lucky enough to have some spare tickets for sale.

Buy your tickets through official sources. Visit the Reading Festival website for official ticket information. Festival Republic is the official promoter.

Never buy from a ticket tout. Your children could get charged extortionate prices, and the vast majority of those who buy these tickets are buying worthless pieces of paper. This will ruin their weekend as they will not be permitted entry.

Never buy a wristband. Official wristbands are issued on entry to the festival. Wristbands bought outside the festival are either forgeries or have been taken from someone else.
If you’ve not bought a ticket in advance from an official source, we advise you not to go to the festival.

Register Valuables. Leading up to the weekend, your children may start making lists of what to take. They should limit valuable items to a mobile phone and a good wallet. If they insist on taking their iPod, digital camera and expensive sunglasses, please get them to register all valuable items at This is the UK national property register and helps us to reunite lost or stolen property with the rightful owner when it is recovered.

Get a Velcro-type wallet. Punch a hole in the corner of it, far enough in so it won’t rip easily. Attach the key ring through that hole and clip the key ring to a lanyard. The lanyard can then be looped into clothing to prevent your wallet from getting lost or stolen. Other items, like a small torch, can also be attached. It’s cheap to do and may save your child losing their valuables or becoming a victim of theft.

Keep camping equipment to a minimum. Buying a cheap tent and sleeping bag is a better option than taking state-of-the-art camping gear.

Keep it simple. Reading has everything on the doorstep, so don’t feel like you need to bring a car load of stuff. A wallet, phone, torch, toothbrush, a bit of soap, tent, sleeping bag, and a few clothes should suffice.

Lost property. At the festival all lost and found property is stored in the Waves Tent. This should be your first point of contact for any lost items.

There’s lots of help available on-site and this useful Help Map shows where to find support. For more safety advice visit the official Reading Festival website.