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The Power of Plants festival is back: 12 – 14 July 2024.

a celebration of all things herbal, including expert talks, workshops, demonstrations, food, music and friends.

Our summer festival brings together herbal practitioners, community groups, artists, growers, producers, and anyone with a herbal interest to celebrate these amazing plants and the power they have to improve our lives!

  • We’re returning to the amazing Hawkwood Estate in Gloucestershire, a 48 acre biodynamic and organic estate. In the grounds of a gorgeous country house, with far-reaching views and lots of wonderful plants. We’ll have a range of spaces, from the cosy library, the light and airy hall, wooden-framed outdoor classrooms and tents and marquees. Please note that unfortunately, pets (including dogs) are not permitted on site.
  • This year we’ve extended the site, with more space for outdoor talks and workshops, plus additional space for camping and parking.
  • Camping is available onsite, and our glamping village will return, along with rooms in the main house. With a range of hotels and B&Bs available five minutes away, there is something for everyone.
  • We’ll have local, seasonal, sustainable food on offer, available from morning until night. We’ll also have locally roasted artisan coffee, and our own pop-up pub is back!
  • Once again there will be a fantastic range of herbal producers, suppliers and retailers there for you to explore.

The event is open to everyone, and we can’t wait to welcome you all!

TICKETS

Tickets for the power of plants festival are on sale NOW!

There are two ticket types for the festival; full weekend tickets or individual day tickets. You can also book rooms in the house, camping pitches, or one of our gorgeous fully furnished bell tents in the glamping village.

 

 

 

Check out the video below to see what people had to say about PoP 2023. A big thanks to our events partners from last year, Nature’s Laboratory.

 

What’s on at the Festival

We have a packed programme across the weekend, with spaces all across the venue including two workshop studios, the main hall, an outdoor classroom, the Woodland Retreat, a cosy library and drawing room and of course our outdoor tents. This year we’re  introducing a huge ‘main stage’.

Our Herbal High Street will be back, with the chance to meet and mingle with herbal producers and suppliers, explore new ranges, try samples, and head home with some wonderful plants.

The evenings will be full of eating, drinking, music, dancing, fire and the chance to share a beautiful spot with other plants people. We will be opening for camping and communing on from 5pm on Thursday 11 July, to give everyone a chance to meet old and new friends before the programme starts on Friday 12 July.

Scroll down for details of who is speaking, and when! Or you can view the full Festival line up here.

 

Please note – a small number of sessions are, at the request of the speaker/host, limited in the number of attendees they can accept and still run effectively. The booking details for these will be released here two weeks before the festival.

OUR SPEAKERS

We are delighted to share details of some of our speakers for Power of Plants 2024! More speaker profiles will appear in the coming weeks so keep checking back!

Seed Sistas

Poison Prescriptions/Herb Walk

Dee Atkinson

Lipstick in the jungle

Simon Mills

Herbs and the brain

Calder Bendle

Herb Walks

Helen Kearney

Childrens' activities

Jo Webster

The Dried Ferment Dilemma

Sally-Anne Bauer

Frailty in practice

Hannah Robson

Singing & storytelling

Jonas Brab

Sustainability/Wood whittling

Sophia Goard

Sustainability/Wood whittling

Darshan Robson

Cosmological Botany

Bristol Fungarium

Workshop Leader

James Fearnley

Propolis

Nathaniel Hughes

Neuroradical

Natalie Blechner

Neuroradical

Polly Badham-Thornhill

Neuroradical

Eric and Lynda Melvin

Duncan Napier

Caitlin Keddie

Introduction to Forest Bathing

Saskia Marjoram

Flower Essences

Jennifer Porrett

Bronze Age Herbalism

Monica Wilde

Wild Food

Jen Atkinson

Anglo Saxon Medicine

India Elyn

Tending the loss

Lucy Blunden

EFT (Tapping)

Emily Stewart

Menstruation

Joanna Ballard

Songs from the woods

Natasha Richardson of Forage Botanicals

Using Wild British Herbs for Hormonal Balance in Women

Lisette De Roche

Betula

Ellie Holly

Kitchen Medicine/Herbal Practice

Keith Robertson and Danny O' Rawe

Celtic Medicine

Paula McCreary

Mentoring

Thanos Razis

Levels of Health

Dr Vivien Rolfe

Herbal Teas

Emma Dalton

Homeopathy for Herbalists

Emilia Jane Wolfe

Herbal Yoga

Stephen Taylor

Storytelling/Humoral Herbalism

Lucie Bradley

Postpartum Herbs

Amaia Dadachanji

Grief

Yubraj Sharma

Astrological rhythms

Kim Walker

Botanical Medicine

Hannah Charman

Plants and People

Anna Richardson & Jen Beaufoy

Children's Forest

ON SIte Accommodation

CAMPING

Our camping area can host tents and campervans, and will provide you with toilets and showers on the festival site. Pitches will not be allocated, but a member of the event crew will be on hand to help you find a spot if needed. Please note that there are grass pitches only, and no electric hook-ups.

Pitches are in two sizes, small tent (4m x 4m) and large tent/van, up to VW Transporter size (7m x 5m). If you are in a van or motorhome longer than 5.5m, we have a limited number of spaces available in the car parking area – please note that toilets and showers will be a short walk away as most vans this size are self contained.

GLAMPING 

If you would like the camping experience but don’t want to bring everything with you then why not try one of our fully fitted bell tents. These will be pre-pitched, and will come with airbeds (doubles/singles), bedding, cushions, lap trays, fairy lights, light jars/ lanterns, rose garlands and bunting.

These are sold on a per tent basis, so if you are sharing with a group, one person will need to book and pay for the tent, and then split the costs between your party.

1- 2 people: £300 for the whole weekend (3 nights)

3-6 people: £350 for the whole weekend (3 nights)

BEDROOMS 

There are 11 single bedrooms, 11 twins, 1 double and 3 triple rooms. All with hand basins and plenty of toilets and bathrooms nearby, as well as a luxury four person (one double and two singles) en-suite room.

These are sold on a per-room basis. If you are sharing with others, one of you will need to book and pay for the room, and then split the costs with others as required.

  • Luxury 4 person room (en-suite) – £250 per night SOLD OUT
  • Double room – (£100 per night)SOLD OUT
  • Triple rooms – £185 per night (£61.60 per person)
  • Twin rooms – £130 per night (£65 per person) SOLD OUT
  • Single rooms – £70 per night SOLD OUT

 

OUR PARTNERS

The Power of Plants Festival is proud to be supported by so many brilliant groups, associations, businesses and people. Read more about who makes all of what we do possible.

Cotswolds Pop Ups

Catering Partner

The Herbal Medicine Trust

Event Partner

Napiers

Event Partner

The Peach

Programme Partner

Hello Wellness

Programme Partner

Betonica

Partner

Aeon Books

Partner

The Coffee Lada

Coffee Partner

the festival venue

The Hawkwood Estate is a stunning Grade II listed 19th Century country house, surrounded by 42 acres of sustainably managed woodland, farmland and gardens. Set in the heart of the Cotswolds, an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the house and grounds feature breathtaking views towards the River Severn and Wales. It is a real sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of modern life.

Choosing a venue to work with which supports our ethical and sustainable agenda was really important. Hawkwood is run by a charity with a strong ethical commitment, aiming to run their business responsibly, ensuring they have a positive impact on their guests, their team and the planet. This includes;

  • Buying their electricity from an ethical supplier.
  • Only using compostable or recycled bin liners.
  • Removing all single-use plastic shower and shampoo bottles.
  • Only using environmentally friendly cleaning products.
  • Managing the estate organically and biodynamically.
  • Managing all household output with an Eco-ponds water filtration system.
  • Not using pesticides or herbicides on their land.
  • Having compost toilets on-site.

The Location:

  • Hawkwood is just on the outskirts of Stroud, a 30 minute walk or 10 minute taxi ride from the centre
  • There are train connections from Stroud to London Paddington or Bristol within 90 minutes. Connecting trains are from Swindon, Reading, Cheltenham and Gloucester from other areas.
  • If you are driving from the M5 take Junction 13 and then the A419 to Stroud (5 miles/15 minutes). From the M4 take either the A419 (J15) or A46 (J18). Follow the signs for Stroud town centre, then towards Gloucester on the A46.

Site location details:

Post code: GL6 7QW

Lat/Long: 51.757091, -2.215375

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