Safety & Security

We are proud that Beachfest has been an incident-free event.  This does not mean, however, that we should not be wary of potential theft and crime.  We have a dedicated private security team, volunteers and event staff patrolling the beach as well as Bermuda Police presence, St. John’s Ambulance, and a medical tent ensuring that the event is safe and fun for all.

While we hope everything runs smoothly, we are in no way responsible for violence, theft or loss of property.  You can help yourself by following the advice below:

Arriving

  • Arrive early! If you are itching for a spot in the parking lot and plan to be on the beach all day, we suggest you arrive when the event begins.
  • Pleas DO NOT bring these to the event:
    • Weapons or anything that can be used as a weapon
    • Illicit drugs
  • We would like to encourage you to leave your alcohol at home and support our bar on the beach.  Drinks are cheap and the money goes to support The Chewstick Foundation putting on more great, free events like Beachfest.  Without your bar support, we would not be able to run such an amazing event.

Personal Safety

  • Stay with your friends and people you trust; always remember the buddy system
  • Never leave a friend behind
  • If you get lost or feel like you’re in harms way, please find security, event staff personnel, or the police for help and advice
  • Avoid dark areas, take advantage of the well-lit main stage.  If going to the parking lot at night, stay in the well-lit areas and ensure someone knows where you are

Property and Valuables

  • Lock your vehicles and ensure that there are no valuables left inside.
  • Only bring to Beachfest what you can afford to lose: we have food and drink available for purchase on the sand, there will already be music playing and it will be well-documented by various photographers.
  • There’s safety in groups: set up your campsite together and make friends with the people around you.  Look out for each other’s property and enjoy meeting the great diverse crowd at Beachfest.
  • Mark your property: if it is lost and has contact information, it is much more likely to get returned to you.
  • Be inventive about where you leave your valuables: an obvious purse or bag is more likely to get grabbed.
  • Don’t keep all your money in the same place: spread it around several pockets.

Health

  • Drink plenty or water and stay hydrated!  Long hours on the beach in the sun, swimming, dancing and drinking alcohol can dehydrate you and take a toll on your physical health. There will be different vendors selling water and other non-alcoholic beverages across the beach throughout the day.
  • If you are over the age of 18 and can drink alcohol, drink alcohol responsibly!  We reserve the right to ask for ID when selling you tickets as well as refuse you service if you are overly intoxicated.  Do not buy tickets or drinks for underage friends, you risk trouble for both of yourselves.  
  • Make sure you eat enough; there will be different food vendors on the beach
  • Wear sunscreen and reapply after swimming
  • We do not condone binge drinking of alcoholic beverages or the experimentation of drugs.  However, if you have consumed too much alcohol or drugs and become ill, depressed or frightened report to the Recovery Tent where someone will assist you.  Remember, we are here to help you, not to judge you.
  • Do not drink and drive or ride. There will be taxis available, or you can stay on the sand and party with us until the morning.

Anti Social Behaviour

  • No violence or crime, or anti-social or illegal behavior will be tolerated
  • Any person found committing a crime or participating in anti-social behaviour will be removed from Horseshoe Bay Beach by security and/or Bermuda Police

Children

  • Beachfest is an event for the whole family, and we encourage everyone to bring their kids for the daytime fun.  Be sure to check out the Kid Zone by the Cove at the west end of Horseshoe Bay.
  • Bring plenty of sunblock and be sure to reapply after they are finished swimming.
  • If your child is not used to being in the sun for long periods of time, be sure to keep them in the shade, wearing a hat.
  • While the day is very hot, it can get cool in the evenings and a dry set of clothes may be useful if you plan to stay later into the night.
  • Stay hydrated.  We will have hydration stations and a  well-stocked bar that you can get a range of water, juice or soft drinks for your kids.
  • Keep an eye on your children in the water.  Even if they are good swimmers, remember that it is a very busy day and we don’t want anything to happen.
  • If you are camping, a first aid kit is essential.
  • Lost Children
    • Large crowds are daunting.  Remember to talk to your children before you arrive at Beachfest about what to do if  you get separated: find a police officer, a lifeguard, security guard or go to the tickets/stage area.  We will have the DJ make an announcement and hope to reunite you swiftly.  Please note, that we do not have childcare or babysitting facilities at Beachfest and as such, you should keep a close eye on your children.

Miscellaneous

  • Remember to leave your pets at home, as they are not allowed on the beaches during the summertime.