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This summer we are returning to our in-person events, with a celebration of all things herbal, including expert talks, workshops and demonstrations, food, music and friends.

Our first summer festival will bring 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!

  • It is being held on a beautiful, large site, with far-reaching views and lots of wonderful plants
  • Camping will be available on-site
  • We’ll have local, seasonal, sustainable food on offer – and a bar!
  • We’ll have 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!

The festival is being held at Fawley Fields, an open air venue in Buckinghamshire, with uninterrupted far-reaching views and a beautiful circular wood.

As well as the festival tents, our herbal market and the woodland space, there will also be on-site camping available on a first come, first served basis!

Our festival is family friendly, so under 12s are free to bring along (just select the free ticket when you order yours), and we have some exciting free activities for children including faint paints, paint your own flower pots and herbal seed bomb making.

If you’d like to bring friends or partners along, but they don’t want to attend the festival, then National Trust sites Grey’s Court and Nuffield Place are both close by, as is the Chiltern Valley Winery & Brewery, or they may want to bag a spot on one of the Thames bridges and watch the regatta, before re-joining you at the campsite for the evening.

The Location

  • Fawley Fields is situated less than a mile from Fawley, a village in Wycombe, Buckinghamshire. It is approximately 4 miles north of Henley-on-Thames.
  • Fawley Fields can be easily accessed from the M40, M4 and A404. It is about an hour and a half’s drive from central London and a two hour drive from Birmingham.
  • The nearest train station is Henley-on-Thames. Travel from London Paddington takes approximately one hour with one change and from Birmingham New Street, the journey would take approximately two and a half hours with two changes.
  • Henley-on-Thames can also be reached by bus and there are regular services to and from Maidenhead, High Wycombe, Reading and Wallingford.   
  • Arriva Group operate a bus service 800 to Fawley which will serve the following stops:

Fawley – Icehouse Lane;

Fawley – Court Farm; and

Fawley – Benhams Lane.

Benhams Lane appears to be the closest stop to the festival site.  The bus driver may be able to accept a request stop at the junction between Dobsons Lane and Benhams Lane (just past The Denning Montessori Pre-School) which we estimate is less than a 5 minute walk to the festival location.

Site location details:

Post code: RG9 6JF

Lat/Long: 51.580052, -0.907832

What Three Words:  ///disco.marked.sizzled

 

Camping

  • We are thrilled to be able to offer on-site camping for the event
  • The camping area is right next to the main festival area, and carries a small cost to fund the toilet block and showers which will be available exclusively to campers
  • Being on-site will help you to enjoy the full evening experience, with food served each evening, a bar on site and music, fires and dancing
  • There will also be a breakfast of porridge or pastries available, so no need to cook or wash up!

What will be happening

PractitionerS & STUDENTS

10:30 – Site opens to campers to set-up

12:00 – Festival opens

2:00 – The Power of Plants in Practice: Melinda McDougall is joined by Hannah Charman, Becs Griffiths and Robyn Soma to discuss the different ways that they harness the power of plants in their practices

3:30 – New Member Woodland Ceremony: Join us in our wonderful woodland to welcome some of our new members to their herbal family

 

4:30 – Steve Kippax talks about his approach to self maintenance and empowering patients to make better health choices

5:00 – Joe Nasr shares his experience of using aromatic waters in practice

 

Evening entertainment comes from the fabulous Lucky Cat

 

 

10:00 – Martin Powell (Main Tent) talks about medicinal mushrooms, focusing on what the different types of mushroom material are and what they mean clinically – using Reishi as an example

10:00 – Alex Laird (Forest Tent) explains why food IS medicine

10:30 – Jo Webster and The Peach team (Demo Tent) run a live vegetable ferment workshop. Learn about the importance of gut health and make your own vegetable ferment to take home. Spaces are limited, so please sign up in advance

11:30 – Rebecca Lazarou (Main Tent) presents ‘The history of herbalism, the science of herbalism, research in herbalism and the future of herbalism (and why our time has come again!)’

12:00 – Kate Parker (Forest Tent), one of our Registered Junior Herbalist Club Course Leaders, discusses why practitioners should look into becoming a JHC Leader

1:30 – Helen Kearney of Betonica leads a herb walk around the festival site (meet by the main gate)

2:30 – India Elyn (Forest Tent) shares some perspectives from her book ‘Honouring the Loss’

2:30 – Kate Parker and some of our students (Demo Tent) run a Junior Herbalist Club lesson on Lavender, for children of all ages!

3:00 – Amaia Dadachanji (Main Tent) explores the landscape of grief and longing within the wilds of plant kin listening and healing in her session ‘The Wild Beyond and The Tenderness of Grief’

3:00 – Marie Reilly (Forest Tent) talk about her approach to ‘Herbal Medicine and Reproductive Health’

4:00 – Carole Guyett (Forest Tent) explores the use of herbal medicine in pregnancy

5:00 – Anne McIntyre (Main Tent) reflects on how the process of updating her book re-opened her eyes to the possibilities of healing with flowers

Our evening entertainment comes from the Miss Jones Trio

10:00 – Hananja Brice-Ytsma (Main Tent) discusses herbal approaches to menopause

10:00 – Marcos Patchett (Demo Tent) explores the Secret Life of Chocolate in an interactive cacao session

11:00 – Natasha Richardson (Main Tent) shares her insights on ‘How medical objects changed the female body’

11:00 – Nat Mady of Hackney Herbal (Demo Tent) talks about growing and harvesting herbs

12:00 – Elisabeth Brooke (Demo Tent) leads a magival herbalism workshop. Places are limited so please sign up in advance

1:30 – The Power of Plants in Practice: Robyn Soma talks with Anne McIntyre, Beatriz Linhares and Steve Taylor, exploring the ways that different traditions harness the power of plants

 

The Festival will close by 3pm to allow time to break camp and travel home ☹️

Who will be there

We'll be welcoming stallholders, workshop leaders, speakers, presenters and more. Find out more about who'll be there below, and keep an eye out as we add new people...

Organic Herb Trading

Sponsor and Stall Holder

Anne McIntyre FNIMH

Speaker and Panellist

Bokkie

Stall Holder

Betonica

Workshop Leader

Junior Herbalist Club

Workshop Leader

Copperpenny Box

Stall Holder

Heartwood

Stall Holder

Miss Jones Trio

Entertainment

Herbal Apothecary

Sponsor and Stall Holder

Rebecca Lazarou

Speaker

Avicenna

Stall Holder

Helen Kearney MNIMH

Workshop Leader

Allwood Farm

Workshop Leader

Natasha Richardson

Speaker

Fix8 Kombucha

Stall Holder

Marcos Patchett

Speaker

Natural Earth Paint

Festival Activity Brand

Lucky Cat (Zoë Baxter)

Entertainment

Elisabeth Brooke

Speaker

Marie Reilly MNIMH

Speaker

Planta Medica

Stall Holder

Amaia Dadachanji MNIMH

Speaker

Aeon Books

Stall Holder

Martin Powell

Speaker

BeeVital

Sponsor and Stall Holder

Clarabella's

Stall Holder

Steve Kippax MSc MNIMH MATCM

Speaker

Earthsong Seeds

Childrens' Fun Enablers

Hannah Grace OC

Artwork Display

Shay Grant MNIMH

Workshop Leader

Herbs in a Bottle

Stall Holder

Alex Laird

Speaker

The Peach

Workshop Leader

Carole Guyett MNIMH

Speaker

CBD Brothers

Stall Holder

Wunder Workshop

Festival Activity Brand

Nat Mady of Hackney Herbal

Speaker

The Healing Garden

Stall Holder

Off-site Accommodation

  • There are no hotels in Fawley itself. However, various Airbnb’s are currently available in and around the Fawley area.
  • The nearest major hotel chains are based in and around Henley-on-Thames. The closest Premier Inn is located in Marlow (approximately 5 miles from Henley) and there are other Premier Inns slightly further away in Reading.
  • Otherwise, there is a Travelodge in Marlow and High Wycombe as well as a Wetherspoons hotel, Crowne Plaza, Mercure and Hotel du Vin in Henley.
  • There is a YHA hostel in Streatley which is approximately 17 miles from Fawley Fields.
  • If you are in a caravan or motorhome, then Four Oaks is a Caravan Club site with full facilities and main road access 2 miles from the festival.
  • Swiss Farm is right next door to Four Oaks and has caravan, motorhome and tent camping available, and some holiday lodges.

 

To help you to search accommodation the location details of the site are:

 

Post code: RG9 6JF

Lat/Long: 51.580052, -0.907832

What Three Words:  ///disco.marked.sizzled

 

Food and Drink

We have some wonderful food and drink supplier who will be at the Festival (take a look under ‘Who will be there’).

Food will include things like mac’n’cheese, rice and salad bowls, warps and more, with a range of meat and meat free options. There will be artisan coffee, with a variety of milks, some herbal cakes, and a bar!

Card payments will be taken at all the stalls, and we are using plant-based, compostable serving ware and glasses throughout.

You are also very welcome to bring your own food/picnics.

When you book you’ll be asked about any dietary requirements to help our caterers plan their offerings

 

Frequently Asked Questions

We’ve tried to think of the things you might need to know, and hopefully our Frequently Asked Questions will tell you everything you might want to ask, but if there is anything we haven’t covered, please just get in touch.

Coronavirus

We’re very aware that each and every person has the freedom and personal choice to take things at their own pace whilst being mindful and respectful of how others may be feeling during the pandemic in 2022. With this in mind, we ask everyone visiting to support us in the promotion of a safe, respectful and happy environment for all to enjoy, in a way that feels comfortable to them.