Tickets soon

Unfortunately there’s been a minor problem with the ticketing software at rainbow and we’re not currently selling tickets. We will be back as soon as we’ve sorted the issue, thanks.

Stay up to date with the news on tickets here or in the Facebook group

Here & Now to play Druid Camp

I had to go look for my old vinyl collection, I was that excited when Mark told me… I remember many a happy day bouncing along to Here & Now, either at Bristol gigs or at home (volume 11 of course). So you’ll know this is going to be great!

Here and Now are an offshoot of Planet Gong and all the family of bands that Gong engendered. If you’re Facebooked, you can find some of their stuff here.

Full details of when they’ll be playing will appear here soon. More bands news too, soon.

Tickets now on sale!

Druid Camp 2018 tickets are now on sale… and if you buy before the winter solstice there’s an amazing 20% off the adult ticket prices! And between solstice and the end of January there’s still 10% off.

Buy them in the early New Year and get a great deal, but buy them now and get a fantastic one!

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Responding to feedback!

Druid Camp has, after nearly twenty years, become quite a community. There is a coherence to the annual gathering that is more than one might expect from attending an event. We’ve had folk meet, and get married, and make babies, all in this space. We’ve honoured the passing of members, and welcomed new ones.

So, when a significant number of folk come to us and say, “the date set for this year’s camp is simply not feasible for us, sorry”, we listen. Mark Graham has gone back and negotiated a change of dates, so that Camp can happen for more people, who may otherwise have been tied to the school year.

The Druid Camp dates for 2018 are 25th to 29th July. You’re welcome.

And an aside, it will be a Full Moon on Friday the 27th, just before half past nine in the evening…

The Dates Are…

Druid Camp 2018 will run from Wednesday 25th July through to Sunday 29th July 2018

please note these dates have changed since this post was published and the current dates shown are correct!

Now you know, mark it in your diaries. Tickets won’t be on sale quite yet and neither is the full camp theme developed. Some things are known and some things hang yet in quantum fields of uncertainty. But one thing’s for sure.

It’s gonna be great!

Work in Progress

Samhain is passed, and winter approaches. The evenings come on faster, but due to our oddities with the clock we still wake to the dawn sunrise. All is slowing, the darkness holds a tighter grip on all the life in and around us. The ancestors are still close behind us. It’s still 2017…

But we’re already working on Druid Camp 2018! The web site has been migrated to a faster server dedicated to running WordPress. The old 2017 site is slowly dismantling, and the new 2018 theme should be up early in the New Year.

I’m thoroughly chuffed to be able to share Syre Byrd’s review of  last year’s excellent Druid Camp as well as a short video I took of the closing chant that finale’d the Saturday whole-camp ritual. You can discuss these perhaps in the Rainbow Druid Camp Facebook group.

Have a splendid Yule, folks. See you in a field on a hill by a river.

/|\ bish – for the Druid Camp team

Early Bird Tickets!

With just a few days to go before Druid Camp, we’ve decided to keep the tickets at the early bird price for everyone who books on line. Unfortunately we will have to charge full price on the gate, so why not book now to avoid disappointment.

Shamanic Fire with Martyn West-Wright

Bush craft is the study of wilderness survival. We have it today largely because of the early Christian Missionaries and their anthropological studies of ancient Pagan tribal peoples from around the world, as they tried to convert them to Christianity. Whilst doing this they made many documentaries about how their bush craft was not just about how to live with the land but was also their religion.

Although bush craft exists today with all the shamanistic rituals removed my aspiration is to give back bush craft to pagan peoples of today, and hopefully rediscover some of the shamanistic rituals that our ancestors would have used.

My workshops mostly orientate around making fire – the method I demonstrate will enable anybody to make fire with wet wood, with no matches and no accelerants; just using natural materials from the wilderness. The methods I will be demonstrating go back in history more than 8000 Years but yet as I say with all rituals removed. Maybe together we can rediscover the rituals that our ancestors may have used whilst making their campfires, hunting, gathering etc.

Archery Workshops

Outdoor Archery with Giles Meakin
We will be doing target archery over the course of the weekend. The activity is weather permitting, as the wind on site can be quite strong which makes it very challenging to keep arrows on target (I’d like to reduce the amount of time spent hunting for arrows in long grass!).

Feel free to bring your own gear, though I’d suggest keeping to lighter bows of around 20-30lbs pull as no one wants to be spending their afternoons struggling to pull arrows from targets! Any less than 20lbs, and the arrows will just bounce off the straw butt.  I’ll be providing bows and arrows for those that don’t have their own equipment. I will also be providing the target stand, butt and targets.

Juniors who wish to join the Outdoor Archery will require the permission and/or supervision from their parent, or in loco parentis.  They will also need to demonstrate competency and responsibility in the Junior Indoor Archery.  While we don’t have a hard and fast age limit, it’s important that juniors understand that archery is dangerous when the rules of the range are not respected.    
Junior Indoor Archery
We will be doing Indoor Archery for juniors in the Children’s Tent over the course of the camp, with low poundage bows and LRP Safe Arrows provided.  Format will be much like a tin can alley, where the juniors will be able to learn the basics of archery and the rules of the range, in a fun and competitive environment.  While there is no age limit, juniors have to be strong enough to be able to draw the bows and follow the instructions of the rangemaster, or their assistants.

Brighid’s Flame

Kevan Manwaring and Chatelle Smith are Brighid’s Flame, and are performing a new ballad and story show; an hour of Irish Myth and Legend reimagined through tale and song.

Additionally, Kevan is offering a workshop about turning songs into stories, and Chantelle one about turning stories into song!