Upon arrival, you will be greeted by our fantabulous Gate Team! They will check your ticket and direct you to Free Camping, or our Theme Camp camping area if you choose to stay next to your theme camp.
Our theme camp area is situated on a beautiful field of protected grassland, so we will be restricting vehicle movement as much as possible.
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, but small van-sized campers should be fine.
Free camping is quiet and peaceful, the perfect place for a good night’s sleep! It’s a great location to share breakfast or late night chats, away from the rest of the action. There are toilets in the free-camping area, but no power provided. Please bring a battery pack for your gadgets, or turn them off and enjoy the peace and quiet!
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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. It’s located at the bottom of the site, so plan accordingly. 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 quite a long 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. Optionally, you can bring water with you (but consider your waste and recycling!).
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.
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.
We have a new team spearheading our Leave A Better Trace efforts this year – if you’d like to help, get in touch!
We’re called Burning Nest for a reason, and have two burn nights each year. The Effigy Burn is on Saturday night – a raucous, fun-filled celebration, with music and dancing and all that good stuff. The Temple burn is on Sunday night, and serves as a closing ceremony and reflection opportunity for everyone at Nest. If you’d like to get involved with building the Temple or Effigy, please get in touch!
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.
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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, and is the flattest!
Those bringing Theme Camps will be permitted to drive onsite to drop off materials after Tuesday’s cut-off, but only on the path, very slowly, and with someone walking in front to usher errant Nestlings out of your way.
This year the charge for parking is £10 – you can purchase your parking pass at the same time as your ticket, on Quicket. No pass, no parking!