Camping

Full festival tickets include space to camp in rolling meadows surrounded by trees on this stunning site with views across the Severn estuary and Wye Valley.

On Thursday you can arrive and set up camp between noon and 10pm. Fri-Sun gates are open 10am-10pm.

To bring a campervan, caravan or trailer tent, you’ll need to buy a live-in vehicle pass.

See Where & How for directions to site and information about shuttle buses and parking.

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The camping fields at The Green Gathering are spacious. You’ll be able to choose whether to camp close in to the entertainments, or in a peaceful spot on the edge of the woods. Ask stewards at the Welcome Tent for directions to Family Camping, Quiet Camping, General Camping, the Assisted Access area or to the glade with hired tents, yurts and tipis.

There’s a steep climb from the gates and carpark to the campsites and main festival ground so if you’re heavily laden, have small children or reduced mobility, please wait for the festival shuttle bus to transport you to the edge of the camping fields. From there you can hook up with Trikes With Baggage if you’d like help getting your gear right to your camping spot.

Campervans, caravans and trailer tents will be directed to the live-in vehicle areas. Please follow stewards’ parking instructions. Towing vehicles must park in the main carpark having dropped off their caravan or trailer tent.

HIRE AN ECO DWELLING

For those wanting to travel lightly and enjoy an authentic experience of low-impact living with a generous dash of comfort, consider hiring a Yurt, Tipi or Bell Tent. These come furnished or unfurnished and accommodate two palatially or a crowd if you like sleepovers!

Info & Bookings

Alternatively, hire one of Camplight‘s pre-pitched upcycled tents. Easy on you, easy on the planet.

If hiring a lovely abode for the weekend means you can minimise your kit and come by public transport, the planet wins twice and your eco-cred soars!!

ASSISTED ACCESS

Our Assisted Camping Area is a flat, accessible field close to the heart of the festival.

Accessible toilets and shower are here, also a charging station for electric wheelchairs and mobility scooters.

Our brilliant Assisted Access volunteers are on hand to help people with reduced mobility or other access needs enjoy festival services and entertainments.

Weather permitting this area has a friendly community firepit.

SERVICES

There are clean composting toilets on site, as well as standard portable cubicles. There’s a choice of simple showers, a wood-fired sauna and standpipes for drinking water. There are also plenty of recycling depots.

Be sure to bring a reuseable bottle for drinking water – for environmental reasons our traders and bars do not sell water in disposable bottles. We ask you to support our Bring Your Own Mug (#BYOM) campaign too and help us reduce single use waste even further.

Bear in mind there’s no mains electric onsite. We’ll have solar powered phone charging at the Info Exchange. There will be a variety of cafes and foodstalls. Some traders do cashback (try ethical award-winning Coffee Cranks) but there are no cashpoints on site.

It’s a 20-30 minute walk to town or there’s a small supermarket store just a couple of minutes’ walk from the festival gates.

CAMPFIRES & CARE

The Green Gathering is one of the few remaining festivals where communal festival firepits and small individual campfires are allowed – weather conditions permitting and providing a few rules are followed:

1. Keep fires well away from tents and don’t leave them unattended.

2. Any fire must be raised off the ground and contained in a sturdy brazier (the inside drum of a scrap washing machine, wheel hub or strong metal bucket will do). To avoid damaging the soil, place the brazier on a brick base.

3. Please only use as much wood as you need for a small campfire. No bonfires! Please don’t use rotting wood that might be a wildlife habitat. And don’t damage the trees; fresh wood won’t burn, anyway.

Camp stoves and bbqs are ok, but take care. Don’t use stoves and burners inside tents; fire and carbon monoxide poisoning are both very serious risks. Put bricks beneath bbqs to protect grass and soil. Beware candle fires too; candles can be very hazardous in tents and campervans.

Chinese lanterns are banned; they harm wildlife and can cause fires.

Don’t leave valuables in tents. GG is a safe and friendly place, but it only takes a rare opportunist thief to make your festival miserable.

Do bring a torch, reuseable water bottle and mug, loo roll, hat and sunscreen (we’re hopeful!). Please don’t bring wetwipes – they don’t biodegrade and can’t be recycled.

INFO EXCHANGE, WELFARE & MEDICAL

If you need answers to questions, medical attention, practical assistance or mental health care on site, please follow signs to these services, or ask a steward to accompany you there.

Our medics are lovely people qualified in first aid, conventional emergency medicine and herbal medicine. Don’t be afraid to visit them to flag up potential issues if you have a condition that might flare up at the festival.

You can bring information to the Info Exchange Tent as well as taking it away! We’ll have a noticeboard for lifts offered and wanted here, plus programmes and lovely, lovely merch for sale.

GOING HOME

There will be shuttle buses from the festival area to the carpark and gate on the Sunday and on the Monday morning.

By noon on Monday, the camping areas must be clear.

We ask you to leave your campsite free of rubbish, to recycle your waste at our awesome recycling stations, and to carry away with you everything you brought to the Gathering.

The send in your feedback to help us make the festival even better the following year, and buy your earlybird tickets for the next one!

See you there.

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PHOTO CREDITS: Thanks to Stefan Handy, Keef Gibson, Ayesha Jones, Ben Cavanna, Brian Darcy, Zoltan, Johnny Solstice & Cathryn, Mike Urban, AimeeVPhotography, Garry Holden, Mark Pickthall, Greeny Lens, mistereb.com & all who've shared their pics.

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