This year the Summer Gathering will be held at a beautiful rural site in the Peak District from the 19-24th August 2015. The address is : Bradley Nook Farm, Hulland Ward, Ashbourne, Derbyshire DE6 3EL (OS Grid Reference for the gate: SK 226475 - see below for a map). The site can be reached by local bus services from Derby (114 bus, get off at Bradley Corner bus stop near Gorse Lane. Like most of the country the frequency of bus services has severely declined in recent years, but we will be running running shuttle buses as well (see Reaching The Site for full details). The Site Phone number is 07598915170.
When To Come
The workshop programme will run from Wednesday morning through to the evening meal on Sunday - it's looking pretty exciting already, so we would love you to come for as much of the gathering as you are able! Wednesday morning's workshops are hands-on ones to learn all about the practicalities of setting up a protest site or gathering - so if you have not there already helping set-up, come Tuesday night or first thing Wednesday to gain valuable skills. Check the workshops page for programme updates and the full timetable when it is ready. You are very welcome to stay for Monday to help pack down and tidy up the site.
People all over Britain are organising to travel in vehicles together to the gathering. Please e-mail the local contact for more information and to book a place:
- Manchester - Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- Chester/Wirral/Wrexham/Ellesmere Port - Contact email@example.com
- South West - Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- Brighton - Contact email@example.com
- Bristol - Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- London - Contact email@example.com
- Nottingham - Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- Nottingham (cycling) - Contact email@example.com
- South Wales - Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
If there is nothing organised in your area so far, and you are up for being a local transport contact email@example.com.
Trains & Coaches
If you are coming by train or coach book your tickets to Derby. Megabus stops outside Derby Railway Station, whilst National Express stops at Derby Bus Station. The train and bus stations are about 12mins walk apart.
Reaching The Site
The bus services from Derby have severely declined in frequency in recent years and no longer run at all on Sundays. We will therefore be running a shuttle bus to the site during times when public bus services are not running. If possible, arrive in time to get public transport to the site - the 114 bus leaves Derby Railway Station at 07:43, 09:53, 12:53, 14:53 and 17:28 and Derby Bus Station at 07:48, 09:58, 12:58, 14:58 and 17:33 (Mon-Sat). Get off at the Bradley Corner bus stop near Gorse Lane. If you are arriving later than that, we will do pick-ups from the back of Derby Railway Station at 7pm, 8pm, 9pm & 10pm Tuesday-Friday. If you are due to arrive after the scheduled pick-up times, call our site phone ( 07598915170) in advance. To get to the site by foot from the bus stop, you can take the footpath through field to west of houses at Bradley Nook (150m down road from bus stop - shown below) and head north crossing Dayfield Brook to reach the back of the site (see map above). Please visit the gate tent (by the gate on Ridge Lane) when you arrive. From the bus stop it is about a 10min walk via the footpath and 30 mins via road (Gorse Lane - Dayfield Lane - Ridge Lane). However, the road may be a better bet when dark, depending on your night navigation skills.
If you are cycling, the route from Derby is a slight and steady incline which should take less than an hour and a half.
There will be extremely limited parking on the site so if you are thinking about driving please consider all other options first. In particular if you do need to drive then organising to bring a car/minibus full of people from your area would be the best option (see Group Transport above). If you are thinking of bringing a vehicle please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to make sure there will be space to park it.
What To Bring
The gathering will be camping at a rural site (accessible by public transport) so you will need to bring a tent, sleeping bag, torch, appropriate clothing and suchlike (also see costs below). Meals are provided by the gathering's collective kitchen and there will be a snack shop. Everyone is crew, so the site, including toilets and running water, will be run by us all.
Set Up/Tat Down
If you can help with set-up or tat-down on site for a few days before or after the Gathering, please let us know as soon as possible. You don't need to have any particular skills for this, just willingness to do a bit of work and you'll walk away with lots of practical skills and new friends. If you've never been to the gathering and feel a bit shy, the set-up is the best place to start, as you will really get to know some really nice people. Contact: email@example.com
This is an activist gathering not a press event, so if you are coming as a journalist then you are not welcome. Also please respect the aim of this gathering to be a relaxed and safe space, by not taking any photographs on site. If bringing a mobile phone, leave it in your tent.
We ask that everybody attending the gathering makes a donation between £20-30 according to what you can afford. Meal tickets (breakfast, lunch and dinner) will cost £7 per day.
We don't want anyone to be excluded from the gathering and will do our best with our limited resources to support everyone who wants to attend. The gathering is in a bumpy, but relatively flat field. Boards will be used to create more accessible walkways between the main spaces. There will also be a step free toilet, chairs in workshop and eating areas, and priority camping near road/toilets. Please get in touch to discuss your requirements: firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you need to sleep in a bed, please contact us by the beginning of August at the latest for details of nearby options to stay. Some rooms with step-free access are currently available.
We believe that the gathering should be a place in which all individuals can feel safe. That does not mean that your beliefs or preconceptions might not be challenged during workshops, but we do not tolerate language or behaviour which is discriminatory. Anyone who persists in inappropriate behaviour may be asked to leave.
Kids & Young People
We welcome families with kids to the gathering. There will be a kids space and there will be some organised activities and plenty of time for self organised activities. Activities planned include art, craft and music based fun, introductions to the topics which adults will be discussing, as well as the wildlife of the area in which the camp is held. Please be aware that these activities depend on volunteers to help facilitate them. Kids will be able to push to the front of the food queue, and if parents want to self-organise to prepare different food, we will support that.
Please contact us in advance if you want to bring a dog, as there are limited places for dogs. Dogs must be on leads at all times on site and all mess cleaned up immediately.
There is limited space for live-in vehicles. If you need to bring yours with you, please contact us first so that we can ensure there is space for you.
For further information or to offer help please e-mail email@example.com.