Frequently Asked Questions

Before you come

Where is the gathering?

This year’s gathering will happen at Crabapple Community at Berrington Hall, a few miles south of Shrewsbury in Shropshire. The exact location of the gathering, including all the details of how to get to there by public transport and a map are here

The entire gathering will be held in fields, so remember to bring good sturdy footwear as it can get cold and damp on foot.

Can I turn up on the weekend or do I need to buy tickets in advance?

To secure your place at the gathering you need to go to the ticket booking page, click the link and buy a ticket.  The gathering was at full capacity last year so we are sorry but we will not be selling tickets on the day.

What is the accommodation?

We have one field for camping so you need to bring your own tent and warm things to sleep in like a sleeping bag as it will get cold at night. If you want to come and do not have access to a tent please tell us and we will do our best to help you.

Can I bring my dog?

Sorry, it’s no dogs on-site unless they are support animals.

Is there car parking on-site?

Parking on site is limited, especially in bad weather, and we have some provision at a local village hall about a 20-minute walk away in case the field becomes waterlogged. We haven’t needed to use that for the last two years, but if we have a very wet summer parking will become a problem. For those driving or looking for lifts to the gathering, we would very much appreciate it if you could car-share as much as possible.

Click here for our radical herbalism lift-share page

Can I bring a camper van/live-in vehicle?

It’s weather-dependent whether you can bring a live-in vehicle on site as it can get very muddy if it rains/has been raining.  If the ground is dry there is space for camper vans. Due to the limit on space for camper vans, we ask you to contact us to arrange bringing one.

Can I volunteer in place of paying?

This is a grassroots DIY gathering, and we ask that everyone who comes do their bit. We cannot offer free entry for volunteering but we will be offering meal tickets for dedicated support roles. Info will be up on the website about volunteer activity that we will be looking for over the weekend.

What food is there/can I bring my own?

We will be offering delicious fresh cooked vegetarian food from our site kitchen, provided by Two Trees Catering. There will be a vegan and gluten free option.  These optional meal tickets will be for sale at the welcome desk when you arrive at the gathering, This is not already included in the ticket price. You are also welcome to bring your own food and self-cater.

Meal tickets will cost around £16 for the full weekend, or £8 per day. The first proper meal will be Friday evening, although there will be a cold lunch for donations Friday lunchtime. Tickets include breakfast, lunch and dinner, plus hot drinks throughout the day. Children are half price.

Is there any indoor accommodation?

We are not providing any indoor accommodation options. A list of local BnB’s will be linked from here soon.

What happens if I can’t make it after buying a ticket?

Before the 20th May you can arrange a refund through the ticket buying agent’s website.  There will be strictly no refunds given after 20th May. Any cancellations made after this date will not be refunded, sorry.

After that date people can trade tickets between themselves if they wish,  we will provide a space on facebook where people can buy and sell tickets.

The gathering is sold out, how can I get a ticket?

If the tickets are sold out, then do check back regularly on the Brown Paper Tickets website for returns. there will be no returns after the 20th May, but you may be able to buy a ticket from someone who no longer wants theirs through this facebook page. Good luck.

 

During the Weekend

 

What do I do when I first arrive?

The gathering will start with a welcome at 3pm, and workshops from 3.30pm.
There will be a welcome desk at the site entrance on Friday from midday and on Saturday and Sunday. They will help you choose a camping spot and sell you meal tickets if you want them.
We would encourage you to arrive Friday lunchtime to take advantage of the full program of workshops. The first full meal provided will be Friday evening, although there will be a cold lunch on Friday for a small donation.

Will there be any kids’ space/activities?

Kids of all ages are welcome. Children under 16yrs of age come for free, with half price meal tickets. There will be a DIY kidspace, and we are planning workshops and other activities – this is not a crèche. If you are able to contribute to the programme of kids events, then let us know.

Will there be entertainment?

There will be entertainment in the form of film screenings, acoustic music, an open mic and a fire. On Saturday night there will be  couple of hours of dancing with a DJ

When can I arrive/stay until?

We will open from 11am on the Friday for you to set up, and ask you to leave the site by 6pm on the Sunday.

Can I bring things to exchange or sell?

We are keen to support our shared resources and connections, and will have a space for free exchange or sale of home-made medicines and preparations at affordable rates on the Sunday afternoon of the gathering. However this is not a commercial gathering or an event for you to come to sell your wares.