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Treehouse Festival

16th to the 22nd of August 2021 | Creating Community and Learning Forgotten Skills

Tickets

Treehouse Festival 2021 is going ahead! There are now less than 10 tickets left. 

Treehouse Festival Tickets 

Dates: 16th to the 22nd of August 2021 | Mid Norfolk | Cost: £189

What is Treehouse Festival?

Creating a community for a week whilst learning forgotten skills and eco building

Treehouse Festival is a week long event of green fields camping around an Iron Age round house, getting the opportunity to learn skills that you would never normally get the chance to have a go at.  Be part of the creation and eating of some of the best organic vegan and vegetarian food around and be involved in talks, eco building projects, live acoustic music nights and camp fires.

Skills:
There are no ‘demonstrations’, every workshop is interactive and gives you the opportunity to get your hands dirty and have a go.  From blacksmithing to green woodworking, glass blowing to weaving, you can come and spend an hour or the whole week mastering skills with the opportunity to continue on when you get back home.
There is no extra cost to have a go, it’s all included when you buy the ticket.

Community:
There are only 100 tickets available for Treehouse Festival because we believe small is beautiful.  The community is created by preparing food together, working on a big project or sitting around a camp fire  and this is a big part of what makes Treehouse so great.   Ideas are shared, skills are taught and laughs are had.

The week is entirely catered for and the price of the food is included when you buy the ticket.  Everyone is part of the cooking and washing up.

Eco building:
The festival came from a community of people creating a big Treehouse in an old oak tree, afterwards came an Iron Age roundhouse – all made from skills we had learnt at the festival and materials we had gathered from nearby fields (or skips!).  Each year is the opportunity to be part of a big building project using hand tools to create an eco-structure.   Something that will stay put and become a location for a craftsperson for future years of Treehouse Festival.

If you want to be part of the Festival then you can buy tickets here

 


Why is it called “Treehouse”?

The Festival grew out of a group of friends deciding to build a real treehouse in their spare time. Every summer they’d spend a week or so camping out at Brandon House Farm, working on the treehouse’s spiral staircase, its balcony, or its roof. More friends came along to join in–after all, it sounded pretty fun. Eventually even more friends came, who didn’t particularly want to build but wanted to enjoy the camping and community spirit that quickly became something very special.

Soon, the week of camping became its own entity, while the magnificent tree house continued to be built and thus the Treehouse Festival was born.

Sadly, the treehouse–made by young people in their own time, with their own initiative; created from entirely recycled materials, a long way from anywhere; that had engendered a sense of community and a can-do attitude in countless young people–was ordered to be removed by the South Norfolk Council.

Rather than mourn its loss and change the name of the Festival, we decided to keep the name and let the Festival be a celebration of our departed treehouse, and the special community spirit it brought us.

Here she is:

Everything else you need to know

What If I Need Directions?
There is a detailed directions page

What Do I Need to Bring?
There is a page with everything you need to bring.  This also gets emailed out when you book in.  

When is the Festival? 
Dates for this year are 16th to the 22nd of August 2021 – we’ve chosen a later date this year. It’s a bit of an experiment as we feel that this will be a better time to get more craftspeople on board.  If it doesn’t work out, we’ll do it in late July again next year!

Are Children Welcome?
Yes, children and families are very welcome.  In fact, there are forest school style workshops available for children of various ages which will take place each morning, throughout the week.

Is It Vegan Friendly? 
It’s more than vegan friendly!   All meals are provided and pretty much all of it is Vegan.  Of course you’re welcome to bring extras and add things like cheese to your own food!

Are Pets Allowed?
Unfortunately dogs are not allowed (the resident farm dog doesn’t like other dogs!) but email us about other animals.

What is the Cost? 
It’s £189 at most for the week, fully catered, £75 for children over 6 and free for under 5’s.  That’s it though – the camping, the food and the craft workshops are all free!

How much do Workshops and Materials cost? 
These are all included in the ticket price.  You could spend an hour learning to thatch or spin wool, or you could get really into it and spend the whole week there.  The choice is yours!  Some workshop leaders may have tool packs to sell, so that you can carry on your new found passion at home.

Do I Have to do Washing Up/Food Prep etc.? 
Yes, but you can choose what you do!  The festival isn’t like other festivals, or holiday camps.  We are creating a community of people that are living, learning and creating together.  Chopping vegetables or scrubbing pans is an important part of the experience and the bonding of the group.

Can I bring a Caravan, Campervan or similar?
Yes, that’s fine.  We encourage interesting and magical caravans, if you have one.  There isn’t any electricity or water hookup directly, though there are taps nearby.

Can I Get a Refund?
Refunds are only available if we have a waiting list and can reallocate the ticket, and if it’s up to 4 months before the event starts.  You will incur a 10% fee if we are able to reallocate.  For more info see the Terms and Conditions

What Happens if the Event Has to Close Because of, Say …A Global Pandemic?
That’s weirdly specific, but good question.  Treehouse Festival will continue to happen, unless Government guidelines indicate it is not safe to do so.
Treehouse Festival 2021 is definitely going ahead.

Can I Come for Just the Weekend? 

To encourage the community to truly grow together over the week, we’ve decided that the weekend tickets weren’t the best way forwards.  We want to create a crafting village filled with friends, and that takes time to nurture.  If you want to visit rather than stay all week then drop us an email, we might be able to help!

Where Can I Find the Boring Legal Stuff?
All terms and conditions, including policies, can be found here: Terms and Conditions.  This is liable to grow as we add new policies.  The T’s & C’s are the same as on the Ticket Booking.

The Workshops 2021

Treehouse Festival 2021 is looking like the biggest one ever.  There is a huge variety of workshops available and we have encouraged skill sharers to be there for the whole week and many of them are.  Some crafts however, due to their nature means that they work better as a specific time session.   Some workshops are classed as ‘higher risk’ and so we have limited the numbers to make them more manageable, we try our very best to give everyone the chance at their chosen crafts.  Booking for these will be available during the week and does not cost anything extra.  Please note we may also restrict ages for these.

We hope to publish a bit of info about each workshop in a digital booklet closer to the beginning of the event.

Confirmed –
  • Blacksmithing with Daniel Johnson
  • Tool Smithing
  • Knives and Sword Smithing
  • Wool carding and Spinning
  • Copper bangle craft
  • Nettle Cordage
  • Knife Working in green wood
  • Book Binding
  • Artistic and Scientific glassblowing
  • Making reusable Sanitary products
  • Ink Making
  • Calligraphy and Illumination
  • Quill craft *
  • Paper Making
  • Saxon skills
  • The ancient art of Story Telling
  • Flint Knapping
  • Spoon Carving
  • Kuksa Bowl Carving
  • Wood Carving and Relief
  • Loom Weaving
  • Hats and Basket Weaving
  • Knitting and Crochet
  • Mechanical Knitting
  • Bee Keeping
  • Kiln construction and Pottery (From the earth)
  • Making and playing traditional board-games
  • A Forest School for Young Children
  • Axes, dens and fires: activities for High schoolers
  • As well as various one off workshops, talks and an eco building.

*To be confirmed, depending on feather availability

Note: These workshops are currently confirmed and are unlikely to change, however if something unforeseen happens they may be moved around or become unavailable, please have grace with us, especially during these Covid times. 

Not to mention

  • Open Mic Night
  • Acoustic Night with Vegan friendly bar!
  • Meals together
  • Late night chats around the camp fire (that’s not organised)

All of the above workshops are currently confirmed though we cant guarantee they will be available if there are unforeseen circumstances.  We’ll try our best to make it the best week ever, but bear with us as we work out any kinks!

We are looking out for: 

Thatchers
Cob Wallers
Stone cutters
Fletchers
Rake makers

Contact

You can always get in touch using the details below

  • Brandon house Farm, Brandon Parva, NR9 4DJ

  • 07598 475 436

  • admin@treehousefestival.co.uk

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