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Treehouse Festival

15th to the 21st of August 2022 | Creating Community and Learning Forgotten Skills

Tickets

Treehouse Festival is now fully booked for 2022.

Tickets for 2023 will be available shortly after close of this year’s festival.  Please get in touch if you have any questions.

What is Treehouse Festival?

Creating a community for a week and learning and teaching traditional and forgotten crafts and skills.

Treehouse Festival is a week-long event of green fields camping around an Iron Age round house. You’ll have the opportunity to learn skills that you would never normally get the chance to have a go at.  You will be part of the preparation and the eating of delicious vegetarian and vegan meals – often using locally-sourced ingredients. You can get 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 15th to the 21st of August 2022

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? 
Pretty much. All of our meals are vegetarian and plenty of them will be vegan too. Where it isn’t then there will be a vegan option.

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 £199 at most for the week, fully catered, £80 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.  Any guidelines from the government about Covid security will be followed.

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.

Workshops for 2022

These are the workshops we already have confirmed for 2022. There are still many more in the pipeline. So watch this space.

  • Blacksmithing
  • Bladesmithing
  • Toolsmithing
  • Paint-making
  • Kiln building
  • Scientific glassblowing
  • Weaving and spinning wool
  • Bat, tree and foraging walks
  • Ink-making
  • Calligraphy skills
  • Tool care and repair
  • Saxon skills
  • Making reusable sanitary products
  • Paper-Making
  • Knitting and crochet
  • Making and playing ancient board games
  • Charcoal-making
  • Button-making
  • Seed saving
  • ‘Craft in America’ TV programme showing

We’re pretty sure it won’t happen but all of the above are subject to change up to, and during, Treehouse Festival.

Not to mention

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

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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