This Year’s Camp
All Welcome to visit (no minimum period of stay) the 37th Vegan Camp 2017 (singles, couples and families, established 1981) from Saturday the 29th July – Sunday 13th August at Bank Farm Leisure, Horton, Gower Peninsula, via Swansea, Wales SA3 1LL. (Please don’t contact site itself except in emergency)
The 37th Vegan Camp this year will be delightfully situated in South Wales. Last time we were near here was 1981, 1982, 1998 and 2007. Bank Farm Leisure is the site we enjoyed staying at back in 1998. The small village of Horton is on the Gower Peninsula. It is a 75 acre site, situated not far from Rhossili Bay, one of Britain’s best beaches. The site’s heated swimming pool has a retractable roof . There is a downhill walk to the beach, maybe 15 minutes. There is a pay and display car park there and facilities. There is also a rough walk down or the roadway.
The site itself is pretty much perfect (in the writer’s opinion) for a vegan camp. It’s an excellent location for exploring this area being visited by the Vegan Camp for the 4th time. For the past 36 summers a group of vegans (& those willing to be vegan for at least the duration of the camp) have met at numerous venues around the country. Last year’s camp was in South West Scotland (2016), the year before we were in Mersea Island, Essex (2015), next year we plan to be in Yorkshire (2018) with Cornwall (Bude) planned for 2019. 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. Everyone welcome, but please really read the booking form + revised conditions carefully.
What is consistent is the friendly, helpful and fun atmosphere, which you will find at these 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 form many friendships at the camp. People stay for periods from day visits to the full two weeks. Most campers stay at the site itself but some stay at nearby accommodation such as hotels or guesthouses/hostels and visit us during the day. We usually have between 100 – 160 people come to stay over the 2 week period. Many of us have been coming for twenty years or many more. Russel and Daniel have each attended 36 out of 37!
We often have communal meals, 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, having picnics, and visiting local places of interest. People cook for themselves or get together with others. The Camp Shop and Alternative Stores provide lots of goodies too.
We have at least two communal meals a week when we all share something we have made with everyone else in the communal tent/area nearby if nice weather. A full colour brochure from the site is available – send a stamped envelope to Gordon and he’ll be happy to send you one.
The site at Horton is fairly flat within the total park area, where we would have much of a large field to ourselves but very close to all the amenities. FOR 2017, the prices shown on the booking form also includes the use of showers and all amenities, including the heated swimming pool, the public bar and entertainment, tennis court (chargeable), café, shop & launderette. Bring tennis racquets and kites! Electric hook up pitches available on our rally field. Brochure on receipt of SAE / booking deposit.
The field has been reserved for us and if we have sufficient bookings it will be exclusive. There’s also plenty of space for those who wish to be farther away from the communal tent and noisier areas. We AND THE SITE do however expect quiet after 11 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 3* bungalow accommodation still available, but be quick! First enquire via Dan or Gordon, not direct to the site, as we have special rates (for the camping too); if you enquire direct you will miss out on these. 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. For electric hook-up available on our field best to be requested in advance when booking. Also please request to bring small touring caravans or motorhomes or caravanettes onto our camping pitches so we can plan.
Hoping we’ll see you there! Book ahead with no fear – all deposits are refundable or creditable for camping. Group insurance contributions are non-refundable, nor are bungalow bookings or deposits or other internal bookings, make your own personal insurance arrangements please.
FOOD news! All on site food available through advance booking via www.alternativestores.com VEGAN CAMP 2017, WALES. No minimum period of stay.
www.vegancamp.co.uk is the website for all the information. Are you not coming to Vegan Camp 2017? 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 U.K. for a ginormous 37 consecutive years, 36 of them run by camp organiser Dan John. Please read their comments that follow here:
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 you can 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!