THE

LAND SKILLS

FAIR

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21st - 24th July | Gloucestershire

A Festival for Food, Land and Climate Justice

Building the movement by sharing celebration, wisdom and
skills in activism, farming, forestry, food & land

ABBEY HOME FARM, BURFORD ROAD, CIRENCESTER GL7 5HF

Gates open at 16.00 on Thursday 21st of July 

 

WHAT IS THE LANDSKILLS FAIR?

At its heart, the Land Skills Fair is a multigenerational and multicultural skill and knowledge exchange that aims to provide a safe space for everyone to learn from each other and explore different land-based topics and practices.

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The event is member-led, with the majority of the skills, workshops and talks being offered through members of The Landworker's Alliance, Land In Our Names, FLAME and our other partner unions and organisations. 

Over the weekend, expect an awesome medley of workshops, talks, activities, music and of course delicious food and drink. We see the Land Skills Fair as an opportunity to build the Food and Land Justice movement through a diverse, celebratory and creative space.

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ABOUT THE ORGANISERS

The Landworkers’ Alliance is a union of farmers, growers, foresters and land-based workers. Our mission is to improve the livelihoods of our members and create a better food and land-use system for everyone.

WHATS ON?

This is an intersectional space for young people, agricultural workers, small local businesses, elders, artists and wisdom keepers to gather and learn and create together. We believe that diversity is key in facilitating the radical change necessary to create a better future for everyone. The Land Skills Fair aims to create a safe and celebratory space for change-makers to skill up and rejoice in building a creative, holistic, multidisciplinary and multicultural movement for a fairer food and land system.

We have teamed up with Land In Our Names , FLAME and The Rewilld Project again this year to build an exciting member-led programme of talks, workshops, tours, live music, ceilidh, community feast, performance art and demos. 

 

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2022 PROGRAMME! 

Talks & Workshops 

Social Justice 

Practical Skills 

 Learn about current issues in the food, land, farming and climate movements. We will delve into a range of topics including: biodynamic farming, grassland management, recent policy work and campaigns, how to navigate the planning system and leverage funding, women in farming, climate justice and the refugee crisis, a growers union space, seed saving, agroforestry and propagation.

The Social Justice space (Co curated by Land In Our Names) will host an incredible variety of talks and workshops in a safe and engaging space, covering topics such as Jewish Farming & Land Justice, imagining what a BPOC food system would look like, access to land, the commons and shared resources, and decolonising the food system.

Get stuck in with a jam packed line up of practical workshops in things like: greenwoodworking, natural building, metal work, stone walling, textiles, natural dying, traditional processing methods, biochar making, tree planting, farm tours, composting, cookery demos, foragery workshops, animal butchery, herbal medicine, healing arts, traditional crafts, and much more! This space is hosted by the Rewild Project.

FLAME 

Youth Space 

& Kids Area 

 FLAME have been working hard to put together an amazing space this year, with youth-focused workshops and activities around access to farming, training, games and much more. We also have a fun line up for kids including prosessions, dance, arts and crafts, costume making, story telling, immersive theatre, drumming and tie dye workshops (What's more - all children come free!).

Arts, Music 

& Performance

  Explore the themes of climate and food justice through our playful performance, art and music line up: with everything from live theatre and circus skills, spoken word and poetry, live music, singing circles, dance workshops, storytelling, immersive performance, some dutty bass and old-school games! 

Healing 

& Natural medicine

 From movement workshops, and meditations, to herbalism, foraging, song circles, breath and voice work, massage, plant medicine for farm animals there is some natural medicine for everyone. There will also be opportunities to explore the farm and woodlands, guided tours, fireside ceremonies and herbal walks. 

GOOD FOOD  

Food is at the heart of what we do - to keep growing the movement for a fair and sustainable food system, we must keep food at the centre of our lives and our kitchens at the heart of our homes and communities! 

 

The Sunday Feast will be an opportunity for us to all sit down together for a delicious three course banquet of local produce! Our friends at Two Trees Catering will be feeding us again this year: "we love building and looking after our communities by sharing nutritious and delicious food. We take care to source our ingredients carefully, and actively foster relationships with growers to create seasonal menus with the best produce available."

 

As well as treating us to the Sunday Feast, they will be providing a community kitchen with delicious and affordable food throughout the weekend for breakfast, lunch and dinner.Tickets for the Sunday Feast can be purchased via the Land Skills Fair website. Don't miss out! 

 

As always, there are tickets available on a sliding scale: General Price, Cost Price and Bursary options. We would also like this to be an opportunity for producers to share the fruits of your labour, so please bring something along to contribute if you like!

OUR ETHOS

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Local & Green

The event aims to raise awareness around climate change and seeks to be as sustainable as possible. The entire event will be powered by solar and other renewables with no fuel or generators onsite! 

Supporting local businesses and producers is central to what we do at the LWA. All produce on site at the Land Skills Fair will be certified organic and sourced as locally as possible.

Education & Exchange

The Land Skills Fair aims to raise awareness around sustainable food and land-use systems, offering hands-on and academic education, through workshops, talks, traditional craft and practical skills. Our core ethos is centred around sharing knowledge and exchanging skills.

Celebration & Community Building

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Radical change

People are the lifeblood of our movement. We want the Land Skills Fair to be a place where we can strengthen community and build opportunities for connection. We cannot create our vision of a thriving, abundant food system founded on equality and collaboration, without coming together and sharing moments of creativity, joy and celebration.

This is an intersectional space for young people, agricultural workers, small local businesses, elders, artists and wisdom keepers to gather and learn and create together. We believe that diversity is key in facilitating the radical change necessary to create a better future for everyone. The Land Skills Fair aims to create a safe and celebratory space for change-makers to skill up and rejoice in building a creative, holistic, multidisciplinary and multicultural movement for a fairer food and land system.

 

TICKETS

We have a selection of tickets on offer to ensure that the event is as accessible as possible for all. 

 

Member tickets:

Members and supporters of LWA, LION and FLAME will be offered a range of reduced ticket options. There are a limited number of reduced member tickets available on a first come first served basis. We have the following ticket options for members/supporters: 

 

LWA:  Supported £95, Low Income £65 (SOLD OUT), Pay it forward £110

FLAME:  Low Income £65, Supported £95

BPOC: Supported £95, Low Income £65, Pay it forward £110

 

​General tickets 

 

General ticket first release:  £120

Pay by instalments general ticket: 130 

 

BPOC Tickets: Supported £95, Low Income £65, Pay it forward £110

 

The LWA is partnering with LION (Land In Our Names) to organise the Land Skills Fair. As part of the work to build an accessible and diverse movement, we are offering reduced cost tickets to all attendees who are BPOC (black or people of colour). BPOC LWA Members are welcome to purchase either the Member tickets or BPOC tickets.

Bursary tickets: 

We have a limited number of partially and fully supported bursary tickets available. 

 

Full bursary ticket: (For members and non members) If you would like to attend the event but are unable to pay, you can apply for a full bursary ticket by filling out this form

 

Partial Bursary (for non LWA members only): 

If you are on a low income and would like to apply to have your land skills fair ticket payment supported by the Landworkers Alliance. Please fill out this form 

 

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Locals only day tickets

If you are local and interested in coming for the day, we have a limited number of day tickets available, just fill in this form.

Youth and children's tickets: 

Children under the age of 14 are free. If you are a young person (aged 16-25) and are interested in joining FLAME (the youth branch of LWA) there are discounted tickets listed above.

CAN UNDER 18S ATTEND THE EVENT?

IF YOU ARE UNDER 18 YOU MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN OVER 21 YEAR OLD WHO WILL ACT AS YOUR GUARDIAN. THIS WILL BE CHECKED ON THE GATE. THERE IS A MAXIUM OF 4 X UNDER 18S PER ADULT

IF YOU ARE OVER 18 AND HAVE PURCHASED A YOUTH TICKET YOU MUST BRING PROOF OF IDENTIFICATION FOR AN OVER 18S WRISTBAND

Vehicle passes:

Due to site requirements and to reduce our carbon footprint, the amount of vehicles allowed on site will be extremely limited. You will need to book a pass for your vehicle or arrange another way of getting to the event.

 

Parking and live-in vehicle passes are available through the ticket page.

TRAVEL 

Abbey Home Farm, Burford Road, Cirencester GL7 5HF

Gates will open for arrivals at 16.00 on Thursday 21st July to give you time to set up camp and get settled in time for the jam packed line up on which starts on Friday morning. 

By Car 

By Train 

Vehicle Passes

The festival is just outside Cirencester and will be accessible along Burford Road, the B4425. The car park entrance will be clearly marked with a sign. 

 

NO CAR PASS, NO CAR ENTRY

 

Please be aware that due to site requirements and to reduce our carbon footprint,  there are a very limited number of car park tickets. You have to have a car park pass or live-in vehicle pass to enter the car park. You can buy a car pass here. 

 

As there are a limited number of car park tickets, we strongly advise filling your car with friends. Alternatively we have this lift share spreadsheet.

Hourly trains run regularly from Bristol and London Paddington to Kemble train station.  

 

A handful of shuttle buses will be running to and from the festival from Kemble train station. These will cost £5 per trip.

Shuttle Buses from Train Station:

 

21st and 22nd July - pick up from Kemble station, drop off at Abbey Home Farm

 

21st July: 4pm, 5pm & 6pm

22nd July: 10am, 11am & 12am

 

24th and 25th July - pick up from Abbey Home Farm, drop off at Kemble station 

 

24th July: 4pm, 5pm & 6pm

25th July: 9am, 10am & 11am

 

Be aware that if you miss the last bus, we cannot offer alternative arrangements: you’ll have to get a taxi.

 

You can get a taxi from Kemble train station to the festival for around £15-20. Here are a selection of local taxi companies:

Taxi 247

7735602648

Taxi247cirencester@gmail.com

https://www.taxi247cirencester.com/

Reliance Taxis

T: 01285 640 950

M: 077 877 906 44

reliancetaxiscirencester@gmail.com

https://www.reliancetaxiscirencester.co.uk/

Smart Taxi

01285 270 270

https://www.smartaxiciren.co.uk/

First Taxi

01285 407407

Info@FirstTaxi.co.uk

https://firsttaxi.co.uk/

Due to site requirements and to reduce our carbon footprint, the amount of vehicles allowed on site will be extremely limited.

 

Vehicle passes and live in vehicle passes will be necessary: you can buy these in the ticket section on the website.

 

We encourage you to car share as much as possible and make use of public transport. 

You will need to book a pass for your vehicle or arrange another way of getting to the event.

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ACCOMMODATION

4 nights camping is included in the ticket cost for all weekend tickets. The campsite is beautiful with plenty of space and a stunning view, just a short walk from the main arena and farm shop. There will be toilets within the main campsite as well as the main arena and showers located near the main farm shop. 

We also have a range of yurts, bell tents and huts available: 

The Hut By the pond 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A magical spot at the waters edge, in it's own private woodland. Right off the beaten track and just a walk away from the festival site. 

Suitable for: One or two people looking for absolute seclusion, peace and quiet. Retreat or romance

Cost: £170 for the weekend

Cosy traditional 12ft Bentwood Yurt 

 

 

 

 

Suitable for:  2 people If you're after a bit of luxury, or can easily sleep a few more at a squeeze! 

- Comes with a double bed and mattress (100% cotton bedding and blankets available too (if needed), side table, handmade wooden stool, solar fairy lights, coir matting and a lockable door.

- There is also  clear crown cover so you can gaze at the summer night sky!

Cost:  £300 for the weekend! 

A Rustic Yurts in the Yurt Eco village:

Nestled into the side of the wood with lush views across rolling Cotswold farmland. Woods to explore and open field to run in.

Suitable for: 

Extended families, groups of friends,  families. This is a REAL eco camp, not glamping. But for those that want a weekend amongst the trees without having to put your own tent up, you can't get much better. Each Yurt Sleeps 4 people or 5 at a squeeze! 

Whats inside: 

Very simple carpeted interiors, not furnished
- Slimline mattresses
- One yurt has a woodburner, perfect for gathering in if the weather turns

Whats outside: A covered outdoor kitchen with gas hobs and cold water sink. All water is from the farm bore hole, safe and delicious to drink
- Fireplace equipped for cooking with log seats all around
- Some wood for the fire
- All basic pots, pans, crockery and cooking utensils
- Private compost loos
- Eco shower hut (heat your own water on the 50 litre wood fired water heater)

Cost:£150 per Yurt for the weekend (groups welcome!)

The Mead Hut 

 A rustic off grid hut, built from recycled materials, in a sunny spot on the edge of a small wood. Well off the beaten track.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Suitable for: Up to two adults looking for a simple roof over their heads in a magical private spot. Basic, in a good way

Cost: £160 For the weekend. 

Cotswold Bells are providing a range of bell tent options - Book here 

Choose a Bare Bell, Simple Bell & Beds or Complete Snoozing Bell to enjoy for the whole festival.

Your Bell tent will be pitched and ready for you to move into from 4pm.

Suitable for: 

Can sleep up to four or six people depending on the size you book and all (excl. the bare bell) include sleeping accommodation for up to two people in double or single beds in the base price, for additional beds, additional charges will be made.

4m BARE BELL – £220/Bell or 5m BARE BELL – £250/Bell

We pitch the Tent – You provide all your camping needs

4m or 5m SIMPLE BELL + BEDS 

Sleeping 2 people from £270 up to 6 people for £340

We provide a few extra touches, you BYO bedding.

Included in this package: air mattresses, quilt, cushion, blanket, small table, mirror, interior fairy lights, bottle light, ½ floor matting + bunting

4m or 5m COMPLETE SNOOZING BELL

sleeping 2 people from £330 up to 6 people for £420

Snoozing with all bells + whistles.

Included in this package; air mattresses with bedding + freshly laundered bed linen, quilt, cushions, blanket, small mirrior, ½ floor mating, rag rugs, interior fairy lights, bottle light, small table, bunting + exterior fairy lights.

Book a bell tent here 

GET INVOLVED

Volunteers

We rely on an incredible team of volunteers to put on the show; without you it would not be possible! If you volunteer with us, you will get free access to the festival, and meals whilst on shift. If you’d like to volunteer for this year’s event, fill in this form.

Programme Contributions

Calling all artists, makers, organisers, out-of-the-box thinkers, builders, communicators, writers, poets, singers, workshop leaders, healers, growers, foresters! If you would like to contribute to our programme, fill in this form.

Food Vendors

We’re looking for some delicious vendors to join our menu of culinary delights. All produce has to be certified organic, by requirement of the venue owner. We also have very limited power supply so we'd prefer self-sufficient vendors if possible! If you’d like to join us this year, fill out this form.

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FAQ'S

When Can I Arrive?


Gates open at 16.00 on Thursday 21st  to give everyone time to arrive and settle in ready for a jam-packed day on Friday. There will be an opening ceremony, story tellings, good  food, a fireside Jam session and a film screening on Thursday evening.

Can I Bring my dog? 

Sadly we can not allow four legged friends, even though we would like to. This is a venue requirement as Abbey Home Farm is a working farm.

Do I need a vehicle pass?

Can I bring booze?

 Whilst of course you can bring a little with you, Any money made on the bar will go towards ensuring the event can happen in future years! We have a wonderful team from Old Tree Brewery supplying all you can drink at a very fair/affordable price. Please support the Landworkers Arms!

Does my ticket include camping?

Yes! If you have booked one of our weekend ticket options, this includes a space for you to pitch a tent in our beautiful camping field for the weekend

What are my travel options? 

YES! 

NO CAR PASS, NO CAR ENTRY!

 

If you would like to travel by car you will need to purchase a vehicle passing addition to your weekend ticket. 

Due to site requirements and to reduce our carbon footprint,  there are a very limited number of car park tickets. You have to have a car park pass or live-in vehicle pass to enter the car park. You can buy a car pass here. 

 

As there are a limited number of car park tickets, we strongly advise filling your car with friends. Alternatively we have this lift share spreadsheet.

Can I bring my camper van?

Yes, but you will need to purchase a live in vehicle pass in addition to your weekend ticket. Only tent camping is included in your weekend ticket price. There are limited live in vehicle passes available. 

 Can I come if I am under 18? 

Please read the travel section on this website for information about the various travel options ! 

Will there be food? 

Food is at the heart of what we do - to keep growing the movement for a fair and sustainable food system, we must keep food at the centre of our lives and our kitchens at the heart of our homes and communities! You can expect a range of scrummy local organic produce cooked up by a bunch of wonderful traders. 

Can I bring my child? 

YES! Children come free but you will need to book a free ticket to reserve a space. We will have a children's area packed full of fun for all the family. Keep an eye on our socials for updates 

What CAN'T I bring?  

NO DOGS
NO GLASS

NOT LOADS OF BOOZE

NO DRUGS 

NO AROSOLE CANS 

We have various tickets available for children and teenagers. However You will not be allowed onto site without a legal guardian. 

 

ALL UNDER 18'S MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY A GUARDIAN WHO IS OVER 21 YEARS OLD. 


Will there be showers?

There will  showers available a 10 minute walk from the camping field and live in camping area. 

When will the programme be announced? 

Keep an eye on our socials for updates on our programme. The full schedule will be uploaded to the website  and sent our via email the week of the event