2018 NKT-IKBU International
JUL 27 – AUG 11 · Manjushri Kadampa Meditation Centre, UK
What to Bring
British weather is famously unpredictable! In general you can expect average daily temperatures in July/August to be 20°C (68°F), with nighttime temperatures averaging 14°C (57°F). Generally, you will find it helpful to bring warm clothes, waterproofs and a torch. If you are in a shared room or an indoor dormitory you will need to bring a sleeping bag and towel. If you are in a marquee dormitory or camping, please bring a warm sleeping bag, and any extra blankets you might need. Campers, please ensure that you check your camping equipment beforehand and make sure that you have all poles and pegs, and that your tent is waterproof. You will also need an insulated sleeping mat. Due to the large numbers attending the Festival, we are unable to provide extra blankets or sleeping bags.
Arrival & Registration
When you arrive to register you will be asked for your confirmation letter. If you do not have it with you, you will be asked to show some other form of photo identification, such as your passport, or driving licence.
When you register on arrival, please be prepared to pay the full balance of your bill either in cash (pounds sterling), cheque (payable to NKT ), or credit/debit card. Please Note: We are unable to accept American Express, Diner’s Club, or JCB cards.
What to Bring
Generally, you will find it helpful to bring warm clothes and waterproofs. If you are in a shared room, a dormitory, or camping you will need a warm sleeping bag.
Please come prepared! Check that your tent is waterproof and don't forget your sleeping mat, torch, warm clothing, and sleeping bag. Due to the large numbers attending the Festivals, we regret we are unable to provide additional blankets or sleeping bags. Please note, to comply with safety regulations, no naked flames of any kind (e.g. candles, gas cookers or gas lighting) will be permitted anywhere on the campsite. Please register before erecting your tent.
Music & Musical Instruments
The Festivals are a time of peace, quiet and reflection. It is for this reason that we ask you not to bring musical instruments of any kind to the Festival, and to use headphones when listening to music.
If you booked a car parking voucher, you will receive it with your confirmation letter. Please have it available to show to the car park attendant on your arrival. You will need to display it on your car throughout your stay.
Please note that it is not possible to bring pets to the Festival. Dogs are not permitted on the campsite, nor to be left in cars in the car park.
All participants will be required to wear a Festival Pass at all times. Please co-operate fully with this requirement for the sake of the safety and smooth running of the Festival. Please note that the Festival Management cannot accept responsibility for any loss or damage to personal items or cars parked on or off the property. Please bring essential items only and carry valuables with you.
The entire Festival is organised and run by volunteers. There are many opportunities and ways in which you can help, such as preparing food, serving, clearing, dish-washing, cleaning, setting up, cafes etc. It is a wonderful way to meet with other Kadampas from around the world - your contribution of time and energy is an important part of making the whole thing happen. Please consider stopping by the volunteering desk in the main corridor to find out how you can help.
If you have booked onsite Festival accommodation, three meals will be provided each day if you have booked the 'Festival Meal Ticket'. For those staying offsite, the ‘Festival Meal Ticket’ provides lunch and supper only. A variety of savoury snacks and meals are available from the Festival Cafes and Takeaway Kitchen for those not purchasing the 'Festival Meal Ticket'. Please note that no food may be stored or prepared in any of the rooms, or anywhere on the campsite.
If you have any special needs such as difficulty with stairs or hearing problems please let us know by e-mail or letter in advance and we will try to help as much as possible.
Flash photography, video or audio recording are not permitted in the Temple.