Festivals Fortnight – The Green Gathering

GG into the glade13–16 August, Chepstow (Wales)

I had high hopes for the The Green Gathering, and the festival experience was in fact better than I expected! From the moment we arrived I was overcome by the friendliness of people, and the many random acts of kindness we saw and experienced. We needed to walk uphill to the camping area, so someone gave us a lift in their campervan. We just started pitching our tent, and a neighbouring dad ran over to help us out. It was three days of smiles, people sharing love and caring for each other, and no instances of drunkenness or drugs, which, sadly, can blight other, usually larger festivals. The children’s area was superb, with a giant trampoline, rides, free face painting, and lots of arts and crafts. There were also activities like chopping limestone and storytelling, suitable for children and adults alike. I particularly enjoyed the activist area, which will appeal to my children when they are older – there was plenty available for teens as well. I met many lovely people at The Green Gathering, and made some great connections, and my children loved the experience. It felt like a real community and we are keen to go back. – Zion Lights

The Green Gathering is a much smaller version of what used to be the Big Green Gathering. It’s in a stunning location, set in parkland at the base of a derelict stately home overlooking the Severn Estuary. The music line-up is the very best of the smaller, more alternative music scene, and the stages are tiny. One huge bonus is that the festival is completely off-grid, so the PA systems have quite a low volume and there’s no need for children to wear ear defenders. It also means that it is quiet at night, with most of the action going on around small campfires. – Athene Roberts

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