Earth First! Summer Gathering 2016

Summer Gathering 2016

Weds 17th - Mon 22nd Aug


Five days of skill-sharing for grassroots ecological direct action - make links, share ideas, and get involved in the struggles against fracking, new roads and more

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EF! Summer Gathering: Practical Information

Peak District

Getting There

This year the Summer Gathering will be held at a beautiful rural site in Northamptonshire from the 17-22nd August 2016. The address is: The Limes, Milton Rd, Gayton,Northampton NN7 3HE. OS Grid Reference for the gate: SP 714550). Coming by public transport or cycling is very strongly encouraged. We hope that group transport will also be arranged (please get in touch if you can organised transport from your area). The site can be reached by local bus services from Northampton (approximately a 20 min journey). See Reaching The Site for full details. The Site Phone number is 07398521237 (this will be the only way of reliably contacting the gathering after Sun 14th August).

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 encouraged to stay for Monday to help pack down and tidy up the site.

Trains & Coaches

If you are coming by train or coach book your tickets to Northampton. National Express coaches stops at Northampton, adj Coach Park. The train station is about 17 mins walk (or short bus ride - buses 8, 9, 12, 15, 19, 96 etc.), and bus station is about 6 mins walk, from where the local buses leave for the site.

Reaching The Site

Site Location

The bus services from Northampton run regularly to close to the site. The most useful bus stop is Blisworth, opp Station Road which is 16mins walk (0.8 miles) from back of site. Four buses (86, 88, 89, X89) run around every 30 mins to and from Northampton (Mon-Sat) and . The last bus to Blisworth is at 23:30 Mon-Sat and the last bus from there to Northhampton is at 23:00 Mon-Sat and 20:00 on Sun. The best place to get the bus from in Northhampton is Northampton Drapery (Bay 16/Bay 17).

Alternatively there is a bus stop in Blisworth, o/s The Blisworth Coaching Inn which is only 6 mins walk (0.3 miles) from the back of the site but this stop is only only served by one bus (86) which only runs around every 2 hours to and from Northampton (Mon-Sat), last bus leaves Northampton at 18:00 Mon-Sat, but the bus does not run at all on Sun. For those who cannot manage the longer walk this is an option, and lifts from the site to the further bus stop on Sun be possible to arrange.

If you are due to arrive after the scheduled pick-up times, call our site phone ( 07398521237) in advance. To get to the site by foot from the bus stops, walk north west up Station Road beyond coaching inn (now Walnut Tree Inn), parallel to railway line, under A until road curves to left and turning to right crosses railway line over bridge. The back entrance to the site is dead ahead between Station Road and the turn off to right (see map above).


If you are cycling, the route from Northampton is a slight and steady incline which should take around half an hour. The best route runs along the side of the Grand Union Canal (Northhampton Arm) for most of the way. Come off the canal at Gayton Marina and take Milton Road to the main (vehicle) gate of the site (just over the railway bridge, on your left). The back (pedestrian) gate is not particularly suitable for bicycles.

Motor Vehicles

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 above). If you are thinking of bringing a vehicle please contact 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.

The Gathering

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:


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 £15-50 according to what you can afford. Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) for a suggested donation of £5 per day (this is what it costs to provide).


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. The main (vehicle) gate is the most accessible entrance to the site. If you are coming by public transport, which drops off some walking distance from the back gate, please contact the site phone in advance to arrange a lift round to the main gate. Please get in touch to discuss your requirements:

Offsite Accommodation

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.

Live-in Vehicles

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