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Greenbelt offers camping over August bank-holiday weekend

14 May 2021

Its arts and activism festival was cancelled, but supporters can listen and pray instead

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GREENBELT, which announced last week that it was cancelling its arts and activism festival over the August bank-holiday weekend (News, 7 May), is offering a camping place for 2800 of its supporters instead.

In a message released on Tuesday, Greenbelt said that there would be a “community-led DIY gathering” and that no programme of events would be laid on. “After all the stress and screen time of the pandemic, we thought we might all welcome winding back the clock to simpler times. To relax and just be together in the beautiful grounds of Boughton. To gather, chat, play, listen, chill, pray and say thanks. To reconnect with one another.”

The camp, to be called “Prospect Farm” after the festival’s first site in Suffolk in 1974, will be in the now familiar grounds of Boughton House, Northamptonshire. There are two two-day camps, 24-25 and 28-29 August, with 1400 places on each. (Campers can arrive and depart on the day before and the day after.)

Prices are £65 for adults, £15 for 5-18-year-olds, with additional charges for campervans and caravans. Those interested must register before midnight on 23 May. The organisers will confirm that the camps will go ahead on the basis of registrations. Details on the Greenbelt website.

The organisers promise “access to Boughton’s beautiful grounds, campfires, games and exploration, fun and friendship, and a few familiar festival spaces and faces”.

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