Camping

dscn8730Weekend tickets include space to camp in rolling meadows surrounded by trees on this stunning site with views across the Severn estuary and Wye Valley.

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.

SETTING UP CAMP

There’s a fairly steep climb along a woodland track 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. Campervans, caravans and trailer tents will be directed to the live-in vehicle areas. Please follow stewards’ parking instructions.

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. There’ll be a limited amount of transport in the form of wheelbarrows and rickshaws to help those with a lot of gear carry it from the shuttle bus stop to their pitch. Ask stewards at our 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.

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 Tipi, Yurt 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 upcycled tents. Easy on you, easy on the planet!

ASSISTED ACCESS

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.

SERVICES

There are clean composting toilets on site, as well as standard portable cubicles. There’s a choice of simple showers (solar or woodfire-heated), saunas 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 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 a small festival shop selling groceries, but there are no cashpoints on site. It’s a 20-30 minute walk to town. There’s a small supermarket store just a couple of minutes’ walk from the festival gates.

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Our much-admired compost loos!

CAMPFIRES & CARE

The Green Gathering is one of the few remaining festivals where campfires are allowed.

For safety and environmental reasons, there are a few rules about fires:

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. Wood will be available on site, but please only use as much 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.

GOING HOME

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.

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