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Earth First! Summer Gathering 2019

Summer Gathering 2019

Weds 14th - Mon 20th Aug

North East England

Weeklong camp to build a culture for active non-heirarchical grassroots ecological resistance - make links, share ideas, and get involved in the struggles against coal, fracking, new roads and more

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EF! Summer Gathering: Practical Information

Getting There

This year the Summer Gathering is being held at a rural site in Sunderland (5 miles east of Durham) from the 14-20th August 2019. The address is: Moorsley Road, High Moorsley, Houghton-Le-Spring, Sunderland DH5 0RJ (to the south of road between Low Pittington and High Moorsley, look for EF! signs). (OS Grid Reference for the gate: NZ 333456). Coming by public transport or cycling is very strongly encouraged. The nearest railway station is Durham (DHM). There are good transport links between Durham and Newcastle on Tyne. The 265 bus (PDF timetable) runs hourly from Durham Bus Station stand G (5 mins walk from railway station) to High Moorsley. The last bus leaves Durham at 20:19 and last bus in other direction is around 19:43. From Newcastle you are best off getting the train to Durham and then the 265 bus.

Reaching The Site

What To Bring

The gathering will be camping at a rural site (accessible by public transport) so think about bring a tent, sleeping bag, torch, appropriate (warm and waterproof) clothing, sturdy boots, notepad/pen to take notes in workshops, sunscreen/hat, water bottle, head-torch (for late night toilet trips), battery pack for your phone if you will need it powered at the camp (please leave phones your tent) and money (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: site@earthfirstgathering.org


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). No-one will be turned away for lack of funds!


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 on a relatively accessible field. All essential infrastructure and workshop spaces and a camping space reserved for people with accessability needs will be at the bottom of the field. Boards will be used to create more accessible walkways between the main spaces. There will also be two step-free toilets, chairs in workshop and eating areas, and priority camping (also for live-ins) near gate/toilets. The main (vehicle) gate is the most accessible entrance to the site.

Please get in touch to discuss your requirements: summergathering@earthfirst.org.uk.

Accessible/Offsite Accommodation

We can provide camp beds for people's tents or straw bails in a communal tent. Indoor beds in the nearby house can be booked, £20 per night in a twin room if sharing, £40 if single use. This is being subsidised by the Gathering according to need. This includes shower and toilet. Please contact site@earthfirstgathering.org


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. We will hold daily meetings for all kids (and parents) as well. 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. There will be a separate kids kitchen running during the gathering, and a family-camping site.


Please contact us in advance if you want to bring a dog, as there are limited places for dogs (dogs@earthfirstgathering.org). 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. Live-in Vehicle Charge: £10, which is waived if you bring extra people or transports things we need (please get in touch for info on infrastructure, materials, etc. that we might need!).


For further information or to offer help please e-mail summergathering@earthfirst.org.uk.