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. 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.
See Where & How for detailed information on how to get to the festival.
SETTING UP CAMP
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 or stationed around site for directions to Family Camping, Quiet Camping, General Camping, the Assisted Access area or to the glade with hired tents, yurts and tipis.
The Green Gathering shuttle buses provide transport from the box office in the carpark to the Welcome Tent near the camping fields. 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 do wait for a shuttle bus.
At the Welcome Tent next to the bus stop you’ll be able to hire a handy wheelbarrow (£5 hire fee, £15 returnable bond). Nearby is the Trikes With Baggage depot – head here if you’d like to load up a cargo trike and have it pedalled right to your camping spot for a small charge. It’s best not to bring your own large luggage trolley or barrow because these don’t fit on our shuttle buses, so you end up having to take them for a very long steep walk!
In 2019 we trialled a Fast-Turnaround Shuttle Bus for people with lighter loads; it seemed to work well! Please be aware that if you bring huge amounts of camping gear it may take a few trips and a few hours to shuttle it all to your camping site. You will not be able to drive onto site in your own vehicle to unload camping gear.
Please help us to keep the shuttle buses flowing – don’t bring your whole life including the kitchen sink unless you really, really need to!
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!
Alternatively, hire one of Camplight’s pre-pitched upcycled tents. Easy on you, easy on the planet – from just £55!
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!!
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.
There are clean composting toilets on site, as well as standard portable cubicles. There’s a choice of simple showers, hand-wash sinks and standpipes for drinking water (bring a bottle for refilling). We aim to have at least one wood-fired sauna. There are also plenty of recycling depots.
Be sure to bring a reuseable water bottle – our traders and bars do not sell water in plastic bottles. We ask you to support our Bring Your Own Mug (#BYOM) campaign to help us reduce single use waste even further. You’ll be able to borrow a plate and cutlery from our Crock ‘n’ Rock stall! Please don’t bring wetwipes or glitter (even the ‘biodegradable’ types degrade too slowly to be truly friendly to our environment and cannot be recycled).
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 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.
4. Don’t bring or use disposable bbqs for safety and environmental reasons.
Camp stoves are ok, but take care. Don’t use stoves and burners inside tents; fire and carbon monoxide poisoning are both very serious risks. Beware candle fires too; candles can be very hazardous in tents and campervans.
Aerial 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.
Avoid camping directly under large trees. The site is surveyed regularly and dangerous limbs are removed where possible but occasionally trees do drop branches unexpectedly, especially in high winds.
Do bring a torch, reuseable water bottle and mug, loo roll, hat and sunscreen (we’re hopeful!).
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.
There will be shuttle buses from the bus stop by the Welcome Tent to the carpark and gate on the Sunday afternoon and 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.
Then 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.