FAQ

If you’ve got questions here’s a good place to start. We’ve pulled together many of the questions we get asked regularly into one place for you.

When is the festival?
In 2024, Bring The Paint is from Monday 20th May through to Sunday 26th May. The main festival day is Saturday 25th May.
Where does it take place?
Bring The Paint takes place in Leicester City Centre. In 2024 the main information hub is in the historic Haymarket Shopping Centre, at the heart of the city, where you will be able to pick up a map and programme guide. You can also find out information at Graffwerk Mill.
What time is it on?
Mural painters begin painting around 10AM and finish around 6PM. Times can vary. Please see our event listings for exact timings of activities and workshops.
Can I paint?

Leicester is home to a variety of legal graffiti sites. During the festival there will be a number of places around the city where you can paint legally. Details can be found at https://www.bringthepaint.co.uk/places-to-paint/

Do you provide paint?

GraffHQ is the local aerosol paint and art supply shop, located in The Mill by GRAFFWERK – one of the information points for the festival. Graff HQ stocks the full ranges of Montana Black and Montana Gold as well as Loop.

GraffHQ opening times on the festival week are: 
Monday – Friday 9am-6pm
Saturday: 9am-5pm
Sunday 11am-4pm 

Can I volunteer?

Yes, there are volunteering opportunities. Visit the Volunteer page to find out more and sign up.

What do I do if I lose a child at Bring the Paint?

If you lose a child at the festival please make contact with:

Orton Square: Volunteers by The Music License Stage
Jubilee Square: On-site volunteers
Frog Island: The Mill by Graffwerk

Elsewhere: Locate your nearest info hub and/or contact the police.

If a member of our team identifies a lost child in the city they stay with them in a public place and will call the Police.

Where are the first aid facilities?
St John’s Ambulance will be at The Haymarket Shopping Centre on Saturday 25th May. Emergency First Aid trained staff and volunteers will be scheduled evenly across the city centre during the festival week.
Is there food and drink at the festival?

Yes, there will be food and drink at various locations, plus, Leicester has a great range of local cafes, bars, and restaurants as well.

Planning your travel

By train

The Mill is a 27 minute walk from Leicester Train Station.

Haymarket Shopping Centre is a 14 minute walk from Leicester Train Station.

By car

You can reach The Mill on the A50. Parking on site is not available.

You can reach DMU’s Student’s Union on the A594. Parking on site is not available.

There are a number of car parks in Leicester City Centre within walking distance:

  • NCP Welford Road
  • NCP St. Nicholas Circle
  • NCP Rutland Street
  • Upper Brown Street
  • Highcross John Lewis, Vaughn Way

By bus

For The Mill – bus numbers 12, 14, 14A, 26, 27, 29, 29A, and 162 stop at Slater Street, outside the entrance to The Mill. Please check Leicester Buses Timetable to plan your journey.

For Leicester City Centre – St. Margaret’s Bus & Coach Station, Leicester, LE1 3AG. Visit National Express to plan your journey.

By bike

The nearest national cycle path is bike route 6 which emerges on Braunstone Gate, roughly 0.4 miles from DMU’s Student’s Union, and 1.5 miles from The Mill.