Event

25th - 31st May 2020

Location

Directions for Burning Nest will be emailed to all membership holders closer to the date

 

A large private landholding, featuring:

  • Two large, beautiful lakes
  • Sheltered glades, sculpted gardens, and forested walking trails.
  • Vast open fields for theme camps, big art, free-camping & camper-vans, and lots of fire and fun.
  • A large stand of trees, marking the location of Copse Camp.
  • Room to grow.

Drive

London: 183 miles, Bristol: 88 miles, Birmingham 169 miles, Leeds 289 miles, Edinburgh 454 miles.
As previously, directions will be emailed to each member ahead of the event.

Public Transport

Newton Abbott & Exeter train stations are 6 and 12 miles away from site respectively.

AMENITIES

  • Nearest general shopping, 2.5 miles
  • Nearest hospital, 6 miles (Newton Abbott)
  • Nearest major centre for niche supplies or specialised treatment, 12 miles (Exeter)

Infrastructure

Accommodation

Upon arrival, you will be greeted by our fantabulous Gate Team! They will check your membership and direct you to Free Camping, or our Theme Camp camping area if you choose to stay next to your theme camp.

Our free camping area is large, spacious and flat, allowing for both tents and live-in vehicles. There are no hard standing areas, so very large vehicles may struggle if the ground is muddy.

Free camping is quiet and peaceful, the perfect place for a good night’s sleep! It’s the perfect place to share breakfast or late night chats, away from the rest of the action.

If you have questions about accommodating your family, email family@burningnest.co.uk or if you have accessibility requirements, get in touch at inclusion@burningnest.co.uk, or have a look at our Access and Inclusion Guide here.

Food & water

Please plan to bring enough food, snacks, drinks, alcohol and chocolate bars for your whole week at Nest. Cooking is allowed in Free Camping, and fires are permitted as long as you remove the turf (and keep it alive to replace when you leave) to create a fire pit.

We have a water tap on site, to provide drinking water. We recommend bringing a large container to fill up and store at your camp, as well as a smaller bottle to take around with you during the day. It’s a bit of a walk uphill from the tap to Free Camping, so consider investing in a roller or a cart if you think you’ll find it difficult.

Waste disposal

Leave No Trace principles stipulate a “pack-in, pack-out” approach. Nestlings who remove all evidence of their passage, and dispose of it in a socially and environmentally responsible manner, will be lauded as shining pillars of the community.

However.

Nest also has a community initiative to manage waste in a communally responsible way (a large communal bin for recycling and non-recycling), which prevents dumping of waste en route from the event. It is hugely reliant on reducing volume of packaging in advance of arrival, and reducing the weight (even more importantly than the size!) of the waste that is generated at our gathering. Glass is discouraged, due to weight, so please pack this out yourself!

We also have a pit for biodegradable food waste only (peelings, rice, cooked food etc). Bring your own bin bags (clear for recycling, black for everything else) to keep your camp clean and tidy.

The Point

The Point is a central space, where you can find all necessary information you might need on-site. This includes: areas where participants’ help is needed, programme updates, and Lost and Found. The Point is clearly marked on all our maps and signposted throughout the site. You’re invited to make this a welcoming space with your own activities and workshops, performances, as well as your presence and creative flair.

Do contact programming@burningnest.co.uk if you want to reserve the space for something great.

Parking

We have a large parking area for those Nestlings arriving by car. From Tuesday onwards, you will not be permitted to drive down from the car park to the lower areas of the site, due to the main road also being used as our footpath.

If you are camping in a van or car, you are welcome to park in Free Camping at the top of the hill – you will find this area has the most space for you!

Those bringing Theme Camps will be permitted to drive onsite to drop off materials after Tuesday’s cut-off, but only very slowly, and with someone walking in front to usher errant hippies out of your way.

This year the charge for parking is £10 – you can purchase your parking pass at the same time as your membership, on Quicket. No pass, no parking!

Safety

Safety

We have security on-site to safeguard our community and home. Our security team is well experienced with alternative events and Nest specifically, and does not want to spoil your experience of the event. However, our participants are reminded that the law of the land still applies at Nest. Please don’t bring or do anything at Burning Nest, that would get you in trouble in the default world.

Experienced medical staff are on-site 24-hours during peak gathering dates. If you develop medical needs while on-site, please alert a Ranger for immediate attention, or make your way to The Point or to Welfare.

Children

Children

Children of all ages and radically self-reliant parents are very welcome at Nest. If you’ve ever taken them camping then you’re halfway there! Read through the Survival Guide – all tips count double for kids!

Children 14 and under can attend for £1, children aged 15 – 18 are £50. To purchase a child’s ticket, please email memberships@burningnest.co.uk.

We have a Facebook group! Email memberships@burningnest.co.uk  if you’d like to be added and kept up to date with the goings on.

Lost children will be taken immediately to The Point. Rangers will then locate the child’s carer(s).You must ensure your child has an identification item that specifies where you are camped and also knows where their family camp is. Immediately notify a Ranger if at all concerned about the whereabouts of your child.

FAQ

Why “Memberships” and not “Tickets”?

Without Membership fees we wouldn’t be able to create Nest. Your financial contribution through purchasing a Membership is what enables us to fund the art and all the amazing experiences you’ll have when you get there. We don’t believe that Nestlings ‘buy tickets’, in fact we know that we are all co-creators and we strongly encourage everyone to contribute more than just Membership fees, by volunteering during the event. So you don’t just ‘buy a ticket’, you take part in the creation of Nest with your Membership.

I’m in a band! Will Nest pay me to play at the event?

All members, whether building, performing, cooking, dancing, running a workshop or free camping, pay for their own membership. There are no free tickets at Nest!

Can I bring my pet to Nest?

No. Out of respect to the landowner’s wishes, pets are not allowed at Nest.

Can I swim in the lake?

We advise against swimming in the lakes at Nest – we are not insured for swimming, so if you choose to, you do so at your own risk. Be especially careful of water if you are drinking alcohol, and look out for others around the water.