Come to our Community Meeting on 2nd February!

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We wanted to send all our beloved Nestlings a quick note to let you know that our first Community Meeting of 2020 is coming up very soon!

It will be held at The Apple Tree Pub in London on Sunday 2nd February, from 1pm – 3pm!

We have made a Facebook event for you to join – please sign up so we can get an idea about numbers. If you have any questions about accessibility, or anything else, please email

What happens at a Community Meeting?

Good question! As Burning Nest is a collaborative event, we want every member to be involved. Our Community Meetings are a chance for you to have your say, meet other Nestlings, and find out more about the processes we use to make decisions.

Whether you’re a dusty, seasoned Burner, or a newly-hatched chick, we want you to come! So sign up on Facebook, and see you there on the 2nd February!

Our theme for 2020 is…

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Hello Nestlings! After frenzied voting on Loomio, the community has decided that our theme for Burning Nest 2020 will be…

The Pattern of Chaos!

What do you think of when you think about chaos? Twisting, spiralling madness, or the natural world in all its random glory? Or something else entirely?

Our theme influences everything, from camp decor to workshops, to costumes. Why not have a look through our Pinterest board, and add some ideas yourself? Or see what your fellow Nestlings have in mind, over on our Facebook community page?

The possibilities are endless! x

UK Burner Meetups in January/February

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We know that the rest of the year, outside our wonderful week in the Glade, can be difficult. Where are those beautiful humans we met, why are strangers not open to hugs?

We have the solution for you – Burner Meetups! Here is a list of all the happenings we know about in February. If you have more to add, please let us know!


Camp Crumpet is an inclusive, mixed-used space for dancing, chilling and sexual play. It runs every year at Burning Nest, and occasionally curates spaces at other events. It has fundraiser parties throughout the year in London and, coming up, possibly Bristol. Due to the nature of these events, you need to be registered with them to attend. If you’d like to come along, please head to their website and fill out the contact form.


The Flamin’ Merkin have been at pretty much every Burning Nest, they’ve just run the official Decom Afterparty and now they’re  putting on a winter daytime Burn-style event as a pre-season spectacular…

They’re returning with Margaritas, comfy spaces, smiling faces, bring-your-own-booze-and-food, booze-and-food-provided (including Margaritas), eclectic tunes, fire pits and marshmallows, interactive burner stuff to do, and, of course, Margaritas.

Date: Saturday 8th February
Time: 10am – 8pm

Click here to buy tickets and here to follow their updates on Facebook. 


London Burning Pub is Thursday 20th Feb, and every 3rd Thursday of the month at The Miller Pub, London Bridge. Expect loads of newbies, great chat, good food and booze and an announcement, or two. 

Bristol Burners Assemble is back on Sunday 2nd February at the Volunteer Tavern. It’s a wonderful community in the South West and they’d love to have you along. Pop by if you have the chance. 

Burningham is your go-to group for anyone living in the Midlands. They had their first pub meetup on the 16th January and watch their Facebook group for more news and announcements. 

Cambridge Burners meet on the first Sunday of every month at The Blue Moon Pub and all updates will go through their Facebook Group. Their next meetup is on the 1st Feb. 

Thanks to everyone who got in touch to list your Burner events, fundraisers and meetups. If you’d like to be included in the next update post, drop us an email and we’re happy to oblige. 

Carrier Pigeon #2 – Let’s build our Nest!

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Happy New Year and welcome to the future. It’s 2020 and that can only mean one thing… Nest is THIS year!

Isn’t that the only thing we’ve all be waiting to say?

No more putting things off till next year. We are 136 days from our Effigy Burn, our foot is on the accelerator, left hand hovering above the handbrake (if you excuse the carbon footprint-heavy analogy) and we wanted to get you as prepared as we are for our imminent membership sales. 

We have a few pertinent bits of information that we wanted to tell you about before the 19th January (and we all know what day that is, right?) as well as some fun stuff to look forward to in what is really just part one of our January update from the Nest HQ. We can only laden our Carrier Pigeon with so much news before its airspeed velocity falls below that of even a European migratory swallow and it is for this reason we’ve split our news into two parts.

You’ll thank us later.

Part Two will give details on loads of exciting things including Theme Announcement, Art Grants, Temple & Effigy Applications and Membership Releases.

We’ll be continuing our journey from Burner Bio creation, to registration and onward to a field, so if you happened to miss our very first Carrier Pigeon, (some landed in spam: ‘Naughty Pigeons’) you can catch up with it here

But for now, let us begin this textual journey through the last vestiges of pre-membership release prep..




 Well done for registering! You’re all set to purchase a membership for this year’s Nest.

You haven’t created a bio? No worries, all the info pertaining to this part of the Membership process was written about in last month’s newsletter, (It’s also in the Membership section of the Nest website) so scroll up, click on the link to last month’s news and  check it all out. We’ll be waiting for you right here…

We wanted to let you know about a decision we’ve taken, with great care and consideration for the whole community. For the past few years we’ve kept Membership prices the same but this year we need to raise them a teeny tiny bit, which amounts to just twenty of your ‘great’ English pounds. So what does this extra £20 mean to us? Well, firstly, we can fund more ARTS! Yay! More art at Nest means inspiring more creativity and gives us more to appreciate while we’re there. ‘Where else does this money go?’, I hear you ask, well, it enables us to buy more structures, invest in Leave a Better Trace projects like compost loos, improve our storage and a few other projects we still have in the works. But most of all, all this extra comes back to you in one way or another, so you can feel the warm glow inside knowing those extra pounds have been multiplied and made Nest that little bit better this year…

Memberships will be on sale in two waves and we expect them to go FAST

Wave 1 will be on sale on Sunday 19th January at 11am and there are 200 available. 

Wave 2 is currently planned for Sunday 15th March at 11am which will take care of the rest.

Don’t dilly dally and make sure you have your itchy trigger fingers ready as the clock strikes 11…

There are a whole bunch of other types of Memberships available, which we’ve collectively called Inclusion Memberships. These include Low Income, Very Low Income, Carer and Family Memberships and you can find out more about them on the relevant page on our website.

To apply for any of these, all you need to do is fill out the form linked below and you’ll have your decision before the 2nd wave of memberships are released. 

If you have any questions about Inclusion Memberships please email

If you’re one of the lucky few who are able to drive to Nest, please note we’re re-introducing vehicle passes, cos of the environment, innit. All monies we collect will go directly into ‘Leave a Better Trace’ projects. These will be priced at £10 per vehicle staying on site and there will be no exceptions*

*If you feel that your case warrants exception, please do send us an email, but remember, for every £10 that doesn’t go towards Leave a Better Trace projects, another school of fish dies


Weekend of 22nd/23rd February Do you have a burning desire to head to the Nest site to ensure that your idea becomes a reality? Want to be part of the circle of decision-makers and help shape the future of our Burn? Well, the site visit might just be for you…

Let us know you’re keen by dropping an email to


Sunday 2nd February, afternoon

Our first Community Meeting of the year gives us all a chance to find out what’s being planned for Nest, to meet the many new faces adorning our Circles and to get involved in discussions and come up with solutions face to face. 

This is a amazing chance to have your say in our community and it would be wonderful to see all your beautiful and enthusiastic selves there. 

We wanted to let you know early so you can keep the date free. More details will follow soon…


Fancy joining us in making Nest happen? We have some amazing opportunities for you…

In our age of newfound terminology we’ve made some changes to the way we refer to ourselves. Circles and Links have replaced Teams and Leads, cos it’s more fun building a Nest when you can throw some shapes. 
We’re looking to shore up our links and get some value from pie in our circles and well, what I’m really trying to say is we need some of you to step up and get fully involved with these amazing roles that are yet to be filled for our upcoming Nest. All we’re looking for from you is passion, time and a willingness to learn. 

In no particular order…


Arts: Programme
Includes collecting information from the community about events, art and theme camps, and creating or managing the visual design of the programme in accordance with the theme.

Arts: Temple/Effigy
Manage applications for temple and effigy, project manage teams, liaise with DPW on placement and health & safety, and coordinate pre-burn fire shows.

Arts: The Point 
Embrace or reimagine The Point (formerly known as Centre Camp). Liaise with rest of the team to organise physical structure and placement, as well as organise it as a community space, info resource, and location for events.


Community: Co-Link
Encouraging year-round community involvement through theme camps and other events, and overseeing camp registration process, as well as working with DPW on camp placement. Securing venues for all other events and ensuring all aspects of the Post-Nest Picnic are planned and permitted in advance. Also managing the Greeters Department. 

Community: Accessibility
Ensuring appropriate arrangements for accessibility, inclusion and wellbeing at Nest.


Cat Wrangling / Volunteering: Support
Supporting the Cat Wrangling link, whose roles include link role recruitment, recruitment of volunteers, fnugging, info booth and more.

Cat Wrangling / Volunteering: Fnugging Department
Supporting volunteers with good cheer, care, and refreshments during build, event and strike.

Cat Wrangling / Volunteering: Info Booth
Infrastructure, design, organisation, set up and strike of the info booth at The Point.

Event Square: Procurement
Working with the finance link to facilitate and centralise procurement for the event.

If you’re interested in any of these roles, please email Clint at

Not long to go now!

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Afternoon, glorious Nestlings! I hope you all have your memberships in hand, your packing lists are coming along nicely, and your transport options all booked in.

If this is your first Burn, we know it can all be a bit daunting. All the talk of radical self-reliance, consent, water supplies and principles can feel a bit much. But remember: you get from Nest, what you put in! So bring your talents, share your stories, and above all else – be excellent to each other.

All the information you need will be on the Nest website. We have a packing list available to give you an idea of what to bring – don’t forget your cup! If you have any specific questions, please reach out to us on the Facebook Group or Event page, or via email. Directions to site will be given closer to the event, via our mailing list, so please make sure you’re signed up to that!

The Final Countdown!

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De-de-der derr-der-derr-de-derrrr!

Waaaah. It’s all too much. Too much to think about and prepare!! Let us help you.

At this point in the proceedings, there are two key things: What to bring, and where to hang out when you get there! That’s what this Nest News is all about.

Contents for this week 

  • Preparation

Planning & Preparation

Big piece of prep for Burning is always what to bring. Invariably, we must pack out what we pack in, however we do that. Here’s some advice from our LNT Lead, Stacy:

Leave No Trace (LNT) is one of the core principles of every Burn event. We each take personal responsibility for our impact and true LNT means that Burners leave only foot prints, for the long-term survival of our event and both the immediate and wider environment.

LNT starts with what we bring and how we get there, but intrinsically is about how we behave on site and beyond. We don’t leave MOOP – or Matter Out Of Place. Anything that isn’t in your tent or attached to you can be considered MOOP.  Our LNT team has some top tips for reducing your impact before, during and after Nest.

Make travel as sustainable as possible by taking public transport, organising a coach, ride-sharing, or even cycling to and from the site! You could even meet some Nestlings en route and make new friends!

Remove all excess packaging from everything you buy (food, supplies, tools) before you pack it. Reducing packaging is one of the best ways to avoid MOOP at Nest. Compostable containers are better; re-usable containers are best. You will be expected to take any excessive amounts of rubbish home with you. You absolutely must not dump it when you leave the site.

Bin bags, your own cup and bowl, portable ashtrays. Ensure you pack bin bags for trash and recycling and some way to get food waste to the compost zone. Bring your own cup and bowl: disposable cups, plates and cutlery are one of the biggest sources of trash at festivals. Burners make sure they always have an easy-to-carryreusable cup with them to use anywhere, anytime. Be responsible for your cup and keep with you for those surprise gift shots and margaritas! Cigarette butts are the most common MOOP item. Buy or make a portable ashtray (a mint tin, for instance) to collect your cigarette butts and ashes. Never, ever drop butts.

Glitter in any format, feather boas or sequinned items – basically anything that can fall off your clothing. Burners love to be glittery, but these little pieces of plastic, almost impossible to recover in full, are the worst offenders of MOOP and contaminate the local environment. Even biodegradable glitter will last a few months on the ground, and we want the site to look like we weren’t there the day after the event. If you’re an experienced Burner, set an example for newer members and express your beautiful selves using paint, costumes, your words and actions.

At Nest
Do a daily MOOP sweep of your tent area. If you are with a theme camp, do a regular line sweep of your camp with your camp-mates making sure you cover the whole area, and picking up all MOOP. Nothing is too small. If it wasn’t there before you arrived, it must not be there when you leave (or at any time in between). In camping LNT, we call this “making your tent bomb-proof”!

Key rule is: Never let MOOP hit the ground. Clean as you go. MOOP attracts more MOOP. When you see trash on the ground, pick it up and take it with you. Be the change you wish to see! Encourage your co-participants to do the same. Don’t be afraid to let someone know they’ve dropped rubbish or used the wrong bin – we are all here to help each other.

LNT for Life
Consider your impact while at Nest, on the way home and in your default life. How can you change your actions to lower your carbon costs, reduce waste, compost more, and encourage others to do the same? Oooh. Deep.

If you have any questions or you want to volunteer, please contact your LNT Lead Stacy or fill out the volunteer form. Each theme camp must have an LNT liaison – and you must get in touch with Stacy asap, so don’t delay.

Room Service! 

So OMAFG, a HUGE number of Cabins/Camps have registered to come to Nest this year. Seriously we are all spoilt for choice. Because there are too many to tell you about on Nest News by the time Nest actually arrives, we will be doing a big overhaul of the Cabin Page on the website to fill you all in, so to speak. I know i promised this last week – it’s taking a while because there’s SO MUCH to share. Pls bear with.

Instead, here’s a teeny precis for some of them, just to whet your appetite…

Intergalactic Häus of Mojo 
A cosmic dive bar on the edges of Neo-Orleans. A relaxing space during the day, with music in the evening. Not accepting new members at the mo but Mojo will be an great space for anyone with accessibility requirements and they will be hosting workshops.
Camp Flim Flam
Here to provide Nest 2018 with immersive theatrical experiences. Be transported from the constraints of material reality to the theatrical possibilities of imaginarial realms. The Flim Flammers will bring you a series of morphing, shape shifting characters and experiences. Accepting new members and family friendly, Flim Flam are your go-to for day time delights.
The Kinema in the Woods
A lovely chilled space for people to experience a pre-millennial life-style when television only had three channels and VHS was considered an advanced technology, with a nice cup of tea and a biccie for anyone dropping by to chat … Remember those times? 
Flight Academy
Our super brilliant family friendly home of excitement. We’ll have disco, storytelling, puppet theatre, Fairy Camp, foraging walks, mini costume camp. Inflatables for the water and general amusement. More of a chilled out cabin, open to all with the caveat that there will be children. We’ll also have hot drinks and Mom snacks. What’s not to love?
A wonderful fluffy centred place. Tea service, Cuddle puddles, Yoga, meditation, sharing circles. Definitely accepting new members and will be lots of super workshops and activities going on here.
The Flamin’ Merkins
The best margaritas you’ve ever tasted. Ever. You don’t need to know anything else.You can also find lots of info for everything on the Facebook Group, so do head there to hook yourself up!We are still actively anticipating wider community members step up and do wider community things, like organising hippy buses from major cities as but one example, or maybe thinking about the little things that will grease Nest’s wheels that the Core Team don’t have capacity for. There is no such thing as a bad idea. Get on it, please.

Whoop whoop it’s gonna be amazing! Come and join in with all the huge excitement and online fun on the Burning Nest Facebook Group.

Smouldering Snogs!

~ Siren ~



The Nest at the End of the Tunnel

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The Nest at the End of the Tunnel! 

Weeeellll, you can tell we’re merely weeks away, can’t you? [err, that’s 6 weeks, Siren, not 10 – J]. Everyone is getting super excited and all the facebook and engagement action going on is just making us all beside ourselves!!!

The number of New Nestlings (or Newlings, if you will!) is incredible and we’re all so looking forward to welcoming you all to our Glade!

So, a LOT to cover in this one. Pay close attention!

Contents for this week 

  • Mini memberships (and others!)
  • What?! Where… WHEN. 
  • Cabin me on
  • Write on Community Meeting 

We are Faaaammmilleeee!!! 

Did you know that with if you’re bringing your rug-rats to Nest that there are some super things we’ve put in place to help? Firstly, under 12s go free – YAY! However, they do still need a membership – mainly for head count, insurance and health and safety things. Please email our shrieking harpy of a families lead, Jackdaw, at with the names and ages of your attending small ones. 

We also appreciate that the change in date for this year means some families are finding it a challenge to get there for the whole week. We are thinking there might be a good amount of families that would just like to come for the weekend. If this is you, please drop Jackdaw an email with your interest and we can look to releasing a special Weekend Family Membership to help! Don’t forget we have a whole HEAP of special access and supportive memberships available to help get yo ass to our Glade!

As for the rest of you, don’t forget we are CAPPING MEMBERSHIPS at 490. We will sell out. There are fewer than 120 left. If you don’t have one, well… what are you waiting for??!!

Eventing shout outs! 

You wanna bring some fabulous art, a mesmerising event or workshop, or have a great community project to share? We LOVE you for it!  If you’ve applied for a grant, we should have your details already, but for those who are doing this under their own funding, we still want to hear about YOU, so we can tell everyone else!

If you’re running an event, there is nothing to stop you running it under a tree, in your tent, on a grassy knoll or whatever part of our beautiful site calls to you. However, if you want a dedicated space, we recommend the following:

Details are being added to the Theme Cabin page of all the teams who have registered so far. You should contact those Cabins or Camps you think will best suit your workshop. For example, if it’s transcendental meditation, we recommend Panriavia over Camp Crumpet. You can also email help with identifying and facilitating a place that will work for you.

Another idea might be Centre Camp itself. Separating the theme camps from the open art space, Centre Camp provides standing room for up to 50 people. It’s completely covered and dry, including protection from wind, access to power and lighting as well as a stage for performances. You’re invited to make this a welcoming space with activities and workshops, performances, and your own presence and creative flair. Use of the space will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Again, email Programming to get a spot here.

When you have the go-ahead from your chosen space, make sure the programming team has all the details by 1 May to get into the ‘What, Where, When’ guide! And if you need a location for your art pieces, for the duration of Nest, please fill in the questionnaire ASAP for that and inclusion in the guide!


Theme Cabin reggo opened a couple of weeks ago and we are quite overwhelmed by the amazing response. So far we have 10 cabins signed up and a few more to come.

The story so far:

  • Intergalactic Häus of Mojo
  • Camp Flim Flam
  • The Kinema in the Woods
  • Family Camp
  • Les Sauvages
  • Psychedelephant
  • Cwtch
  • One Foot in the Rave
  • Panravia
  • The Flamin’ Merkin

We’re updating the Theme Cabin page on the Nest Website over the next couple of days.

You can also find lots of info for each on the Facebook Group, so do head there to hook yourself up!


A huge thank you to everyone who came and participated in our London Community Meeting, be it in person or online. We are all so lucky to be part of this beautiful, kind, crazy and dynamic community. We got through a LOT and hopefully everyone left feeling valued, heard and most importantly EXCITED!! Actions and notes have been written up by our lovely Em. You can find them in our shared Nest folder along with some other key documents that we promised would be shared with the wider community.

There was a lot of discussion on the way key decisions are made and how we want to progress as a community in future years to support the creation of Nest. Some super suggestions came out of the discussion, especially around engaging the whole of the community in the frameworks we create to facilitate Nest and also pushing more of activity out to community level and away from Core Team members and the vast majority were in agreement that is is a very positive move.

To realise our collective evolution, we all recognised that better infrastructure is needed, so as part of the six month review that we have kicked off, we’ll be looking at how to improve  to communal discussion, through a platform such as Loomio. This was well received by everyone on Saturday so steps will be taken to facilitate once Nest 2018 is done.

SO! This brings me nicely to my favourite drum to bang – as we are all equal participants, the idea for managing more activity at community level is something we can start with NOW. We managed to recruit a few more volunteers for key roles at Nest 2018 at the community meeting, but there are still lots of other things that everyone could do to contribute.

Maybe you could look to arranging community transport – or Hippy Bus as we like to call it!. Volunteering at the event, to be a greeter, or ranger, or Welfare or loo person; devising and registering your workshops, submitting your theme cabin info and actively showing new members where they can apply to be part of your camp, whole cabins signing to be on rotation for the Vols Lounge this year… the list is literally endless. For those, like me, who are passionate about having more community involvement at an intrinsic level, here is your chance to step up and be a part of that exciting challenge! There’s no such thing as a bad idea – get on it.

And that’s enough for this week! Told you it was a lot, didn’t i?! If you’re experiencing issues or have feedback, please reach out to me for impartial and non-judgemental engagement about anything:

SO CANNOT WAIT to see you all in a brief few weeks in our BEYOOTIFUL Glade! (That’s 6 weeks, not 10!). Come and join in with all the huge excitement and online fun on the Burning Nest Facebook Group.


~ Siren ~