20th - 23rd July 2023 | Gloucestershire
A Festival for Food, Land and Climate Justice
Building the movement by sharing celebration, wisdom and skills in activism, farming, forestry, food & land
THE NEW LAND SKILLS FAIR POSTER IS HERE!
We are so excited to launch our new poster for the Land Skills Fair 2023!
The poster has been hand painted by the talented Rima Stains (@tilsamka).
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.
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.
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.
Local & Green
Education & Exchange
Celebration & Community Building
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Are you a craftsperson wanting to offer a practical workshop at LSF ? Our craft village will be co-coordinated again this year by the wonderful Rewild Project who are a social enterprise dedicated to helping people find their niche in nature through heritage craft skills. Please fill out this form to apply for a place in the 2023 LSF craft village
When Can I Arrive?
Gates open at 16.00 on Thursday 20th 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.
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?
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?
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.
As there are a limited number of car park tickets, we strongly advise filling your car with friends.
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!
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?
NOT LOADS OF BOOZE
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
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 - SOLD OUT
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: £200 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: £250 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.
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!
- 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 - SOLD OUT
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
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.
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.