To bring a campervan, caravan or trailer tent, you’ll need to buy a live-in vehicle pass.
You can arrive and set up your camp from midday to 10pm on Thursday. The gates will be open Fri-Sun from 10am-10pm. See Where & How for directions to site and information about parking and shuttle buses between carpark and camping areas.
Please also see HOT WEATHER UPDATE under campfires below.
SETTING UP CAMP
There’s a fairly 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.
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. 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. They 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!
Our Assisted Camping Area is a flat, accessible field close to the heart of the festival. Accessible toilets and showers are here, plus we have a brilliant Assisted Access crew who can help people with reduced mobility or other access needs enjoy festival services and entertainments.
There are clean composting toilets on site, as well as standard portable cubicles. There’s a choice of simple showers, a sauna and standpipes for drinking water. There are also plenty of recycling depots. Please bring a reuseable bottle for drinking water – for environmental reasons our traders and bars do not sell water in disposable bottles.
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, and there’s usually a small festival shop selling groceries (Tat 4 Tibet, in the Campaigns Field). 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.
Our much-admired compost loos, 2017!
CAMPFIRES & CARE: with HOT WEATHER UPDATE
The Green Gathering is usually one of the few remaining festivals where campfires are allowed.
However, with the weather being so hot and dry in 2018, we’ve been advised campfires will not be allowed in public camping areas this year for safety reasons. Please respect the land and don’t take any risks. Once on site please visit our Info Exchange Tent or ask one of our Stewards for updates.
When fires are permitted, for safety and environmental reasons, there are a few rules:
1. Keep fires well away from tents and don’t leave them unattended.
2. Any fire must be raised off the ground and be contained in a sturdy brazier (the inside drum of a scrap washing machine, a wheel hub or a strong metal bucket will do). To avoid scorching and 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.
There will be communal festival firepits in central areas.
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. The Green Gathering 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, loo roll, hat and sunscreen (we’re hopeful!).
INFO EXCHANGE, WELFARE & MEDICAL TENTS
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.
We’ll have a noticeboard for lifts offered and wanted in the Info Exchange on site. 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.
See you there.