About This Year’s Camp 2018

38th ANNUAL VEGAN CAMP for 2018 will be at Barn Farm, Birchover, Nr. Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 2BL  The 38th Vegan Camp  from Saturday the 28th July – depart Sunday 12th August this year will be  situated at Barn Farm, Birchover, Derbyshire DE4 2BL. Barn Farm is close to the  small village of Birchover just 5 mins walk from the campsite which is on the south east corner of The Peak District.  You can stay all of, or any period of time in between July 28 -12 August also if you wish, you are welcome as a day  visitor too.  (no minimum period of stay. Singles, couples and families are all welcome) View the camp’s website: http://www.barnfarmcamping.com/ Please remember: all enquiries through VC Organiser Dan Strettle, details at end.

BARN FARM

You will always find a warm welcome at Barn Farm. We are in the heart of the Peak District and we provide an idyllic location for camping. We are located 7 miles south of the historic market town of Bakewell and 3 miles west of Matlock. Barn Farm is ideally situated to access the diverse array of local attractions. Offering 5 star facilities and picture perfect scenery you will be able to relax and enjoy your stay!” 

BIRCHOVER and LOCALITY

The Limestone Way passes close by the farm, which is situated on the junction of no less than 4 major footpaths throughout the area. Bordering the farm is the mystical Stanton Moor with its ancient ‘Nine Ladies’ stone circle.  A little farther afield the River Lathkill provides the focus of a pleasant walk through the Lathkill Dale.  Robin Hood’s Stride and Catcliffe Rocks are just 2 of the local climbing areas.

Stately Home, Chatsworth House and country house Haddon Hall are close by.  Matlock Bath boasts the children’s attraction ‘Gullivers Kingdom’ and a cable car to the Heights of Abraham.  There is also the Derbyshire Wildlife’s Whistlestop Centre and Mining Museum”

The winding lanes that climb up the hillsides to Birchover reveal some fascinating secrets. At the foot of the village, behind the Druid Inn, are the weird outcrops of Rowter Rocks, where there are some bizarre rock carvings including caves, seats and dragons! Up beyond the village is Stanton Moor, a fascinating area of stone circles, ancient burial mounds and rocky tors. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Birchover

and of course there are always the two local pubs at the end of your walk (which both do vegan options) :)

THE CAMPSITE

”We have one field which we use for camping for the whole of the season (please see photograph below).  We have other fields which we use at certain times of the year but they are not open all of the time.  If you have visited us before and are looking to pitch in a particular field please enquire before booking if the field is open”

A full colour digital brochure about the site is available by emailing Kelvin (V.C. Admin.) at kelvincowey@blueyonder.co.uk

FACILITIES

“We have various toilet and shower facilities, all of our shower blocks have individual shower cubicles.  We also have a disabled persons shower room and toilet with baby changing facilities.  The main shower block is open 24 hours a day.

Should you need to do any washing whilst camping with us we have a washer and dryer available. 

Drinking water is available from all of the taps and we have a couple of pot washing areas.  Waste bins are provided around the campsite along with a recycling area.  

We have a wooden children’s play area for children up to the age of 10, parental supervision is required at all times.  A games room with TV and freeview channels, various arcade games, pool table and table and chairs are also provided for your enjoyment.” 

CAMPING BARNS

“In addition to our camping and caravan pitches we also have five camping barns providing accommodation from 2 to 15 people.

All camping barns are provided with crockery, cutlery, cooking utensils, toaster and a kettle.  We also provide some pans, frying pans and dishes.  If you are looking to cook something special for your group we do suggest bringing pots/dishes with you.

Bedding (including pillows) is required for Hill Carr, Sabine Hay and Stables barns.  Bedding and towels are provided for the Gatehouse barn. Sorry but we do not allow dogs in any of the barns. ​The camping barns are covered by our no noise policy after 10.30pm.

Our camping barns can also be used for children’s birthday parties including sleepovers, corporate meetings, team building events etc – please ask for details”

ABOUT VEGAN CAMP

 For the past 38 summers, a group of vegans(and those willing to be vegan for at least the duration of the camp) will have met at numerous venues throughout the country. Last year’s camp was Horton  on the Gower Peninsula, Wales,(2017),  the year before was Isle of Whithorn, Scotland (2016) and next year we plan to be in Bude North Cornwall or Riverside HP, Devon(2019) 

 We usually have 100 to 160 people who come to stay over the 2 week period. Many of us have been coming for 20 years and more, whilst many others are more recent. Russell and Daniel (Dan) have each attended 36 out of 37! We are a diverse group with ages from babies up to those in their 70’s, singles, couples and families. Some people come every year. Some come when we are in their area.

What is consistent is the friendly, helpful and fun atmosphere at our camps. We are able to draw on the many talents and enthusiasm of some of those attending to put on events which in the past has included such things as circus skills workshops, first aid lessons, raw and wild food workshops, cookery for children, rock climbing, surfing, orienteering, meditation, talent shows, yoga etc. we would always welcome new skills or offers and suggestions. We have many children attending each year and it is an ideal time for them to meet other vegan children and to see that they are not the odd one out. Children and adults too form many friendships at the camp.

 We have at least two communal meals a week when we all share something we have each made, with everyone else in the communal tent, or nearby, if nice weather. There is a talent show each week, camp fires (if allowed) and just general lounge-abouts. We enjoy going on outings to the beach, walks in the countryside, picnics, and visiting local places of interest. People cook for themselves or get together with others.We often have sing songs, camp fires (if allowed) and just general lounge-a-bouts.

Each week there is a meal-out (two over the fortnight) at a local Vegan restaurant/café… and also a get-together for one or two quiz nights where there can be prizes!

The Camp Shop and Alternative Stores www.alternativestores.com provide lots of goodies too.

Camping costs are in the region of £8 per night in advance, children aged 6 -17 years £2 less each per night. Late bookings or turning up on site with completed booking forms is fine, if space allows, which we should have!

The majority of campers will stay under canvas though those not wishing to be under canvas at the site will stay on-site in self-catering static caravans, lodges or converted barns. Again, others may stay at a choice of nearby accommodation: hotels, guest-houses or hostels and visit us during the day.

Please email enquiries for indoor accommodation to Dan danielsherwoodjohnstrettle@yahoo.co.uk.

 Your first Contact and booking Information will be : Vegan Camp General Organiser, Dan Strettle: danielsherwoodjohnstrettle@yahoo.co.uk. Postal enquiries booking forms to: 30 Dinsdale Avenue, Wallsend NE28 9JD

YOUR STAY

Vegan Camp will have our own exclusive camp site two to three minutes walk away from the barn accommodation and  facilities. Our camping rates this year are about £10 per night less than those charged to the public, but you must book through our committee for these rates. Please note there are no electric hook-ups available on our rally field. Again there are separate arrangements for those wanting to bring touring caravans, motorhomes or caravanettes to camp. Please check details on the booking forms at the links below. Please read the booking form and any revised conditions carefully. Anything you are unsure about please ask.

 There’s also plenty of space for those who wish to be farther away from the communal tent and busier areas. We AND THE SITE do however expect quiet after 10.30 pm everywhere not only in the communal tent and quiet on the site in general once children are settled for the night. Responsible dogs on leads at all times are accepted and dogs are required to be kept under strict control at all times. There are excellent dog walking and exercise areas within the park.

There is limited indoor  accommodation in 5 of the converted barns on-site still available, but be quick! First enquire via Dan on email below or Linda on 0777 373 1208 but not direct to the site, as we have special rates (for the camping too); if you enquire direct you will miss out on these.

Remember: enquiries through Vegan Camp organiser Dan Strettle. All enquiries for indoor accommodation to Dan danielsherwoodjohnstrettle@yahoo.co.uk.

(Please don’t contact site itself except in emergency)

www.vegancamp.co.uk Alternatively you can also find booking forms (pdf) and information on facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/553057788388542/

Because we’d love to see you at Vegan Camp 2018 we asked a few of our past and current campers just what appealed to them about this two week annual event that has been taking place every summer somewhere in the Britain for a tremendous 38 consecutive years, 37 of them run by camp organiser Dan John. Please read their comments below:

“I love vegan camp because it allows my kids to realise that they are not the only vegan children on this planet.  My kids love vegan camp because they share their knowledge of what sweets are vegan”

“I love vegan camp because it allows me to live in the world as it should be, if only for 2 weeks”

“Whether the campers each year are new to camp or old stalwarts the feeling is always of a vegan camp family, the atmosphere is so friendly”

“You can cook if you want but there’s always a little vegan shop on site run by the organisers, usually Dan & Linda. Pies, pasties, sos rolls, muffins, flapjacks, fresh fruit and veg, in fact anything really is available you can even hire tents and sleeping bags and we hear we are even having croissants and carrot cakes this year, all vegan and fresh of course”

“What I enjoy most about vegan camp is the friendship and togetherness of a group of people who share the same morals and beliefs, all contributing to the feeling that we are all one, (and mostly happy) family”

“I love being with “my tribe” for 2 weeks, and whether it’s 78 or 388 miles to drive I wouldn’t miss it for anything”

I quite like the idea of going back to the same site every ten years, especially for the children to see how a site and area has or has not changed much. And vegan camp can be anywhere in the UK too!”

“There’s no pressure at camp, you can join in the programme of events if you like or do your own thing. It’s more than likely that you will make friends and do things together. And then come back again next year too!”

 For first Contact and booking Information: Vegan Camp General Organiser, Dan Strettle: danielsherwoodjohnstrettle@yahoo.co.uk. Postal enquiries booking forms to: 30 Dinsdale Avenue, Wallsend NE28 9JD

Post Script:

FOOD news! All on site food available through advance booking via Dan at: www.alternativestores.com 

Hoping we’ll see you there! Book ahead with no fear – all deposits are refundable or creditable for camping.

Though please note: group insurance contributions, bungalow bookings, deposits or other internal bookings are non-refundable. Remember too to take out your own personal insurance.

E&OE please report errors: kelvincowey@blueyonder.co.uk

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