Radical Bakers Gathering, 13-16th June 2019, Crabapple Community, Berrington Hall Housing Co-operative, Berrington, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY5 6HA, UK. Tickets on sale here.
Please contact us if you have any questions not covered below. You can email us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
See full ticket terms and conditions here.
There are no day tickets or tickets on the gate. We want people to come for the weekend. We apologise if this makes things difficult, but would like people to be engaged with what we are doing. It’s important to have time to build relationships with other people.
Workshops are on a first come, first served basis. If you particularly want to attend a workshop, please get there early. Some workshops are drop-in, so you can start any time, including: the baking sessions, upcycling textiles, willow and milling grain sessions.
Crabapple Community is at Berrington Hall, which is ½ mile from Berrington village, and 1 mile from the larger village of Cross Houses, about 5 miles south of Shrewsbury. The nearest train station is Shrewsbury. The bus station is only a few minutes walk from the train station. There are 2 Berrington Halls! Don’t get confused, ours is the one near Shrewsbury.
The bus service that runs from town to within a mile of Crabapple is the 436 towards Bridgnorth. It leaves Shrewsbury bus station (generally) every hour from 8.35am to 3.35pm, with a 4.35pm departure on school days only and then a final “late” one at 5.50pm. There are no longer any Sunday services. Get off at Cross Houses.
From the bus stop at Cross Houses, walk back towards Shrewsbury past the petrol station (on your right) and take the first left turn, signed “Berrington”. The road then forks at the edge of Berrington village. Take the right turn signposted “Betton Abbots” and we’re about ¼ mile up the road on the right.
There is a taxi rank just outside Shrewsbury train station with accessible taxis but it is MUCH cheaper to book a cab from a local company like Comet Cabs 01743 344444, or Vincent Cabs 01743 367777. Vincents also have a booking office just across the road from the station. With 3+ people, a cab should work out as cheap as the bus.
We want to encourage people to use public transport. We will be running a free shuttle service from Shrewsbury train station on the Thursday evening and Friday afternoon. Please email us with your arrival time if you want to take advantage of this. email@example.com
Once you turn into the gate, there is a welcome cabin where you need to stop and give your name and order number. A steward will then direct you where to park. The camping field is about 100m from the parking and there will be a trolley and people on-hand with wheelbarrows if you require assistance.
We will open from midday Thursday and ask you to leave the site by midday Monday. Gates are locked each night at 10pm.
Camping is included in the ticket price and you are welcome to arrive from the Thursday. There are many good spots in the camping field in the grounds of Berrington Hall. The field is surrounded by mature trees and there are well-maintained composting toilets and clean drinking water points. Camping is about 100m from the parking but there is a trolley and a few wheelbarrows (plus a few helpful people).
The meal ticket from our Café covers every meal from Friday evening until Sunday lunch, Pizza on Thursday and Sunday evening, all day tea and coffee plus cakes in the afternoons. There is no other catering on site although you are welcome to cook yourself on purpose built burners off the ground.
Kids of all ages are welcome. There is a Kids’ space run by Kerry from Precious Days in and out of a nice marquee with organised activities during the day and a film showing each evening. There are children’s crafts with Idle Beaver and a Young Bakers session. Children remain the responsibility of their parents at all times. Crabapple is quite a wild site with various dangers for children and areas that are totally off limits. You cannot allow your children to roam the site unsupervised and if you do, you may be asked to leave. No unsupervised children in the treehouse or on the trampoline. The safety of people attending our event is one of our highest priorities and we encourage parents to get involved in their children’s activities.
Car parking is included in the ticket price. Campervan tickets are for anyone sleeping in their vehicle or caravan. They must be parked as directed in the campervan area and there can be no running of engines while stationary and no generators (Go Solar…). Water and recycling points are available, but No facilities for emptying cassette toilets. Do NOT empty your chemical toilet into the compost loos. Campervan/caravan/live-in numbers are strictly limited to 30. Concessionary live-in vehicle tickets are available. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
There is an accessible camping area close to a toilet and facilities to charge mobility and breathing aids. Please email us if we can support your attendance in any way.
Weekend ticket holders are welcome to sell grown, hand made (by you), second hand and up-cycled goods in our Saturday lunchtime market and car-booty. Sorry, no imported goods. You must supply your own table or you are welcome to fly-pitch. There is also our Preserving and Fermenting corner where you can bring your produce to sell or swap.
We accept applications from traders who are offering free workshops in keeping with our theme of food and practical skills. The things you are trading must be hand made by you, second hand, or compatible with our goal of becoming more sustainable (no imported goods). You can ask for donations towards material costs for workshops although we don’t want lack of money to be a barrier to people taking part. If you feel that your offering fulfills our criteria, then please email us a proposal including pictures of your structure, a full price list of your products and details of the free workshops you are offering. We do not charge a pitch fee although successful applicants will have to purchase weekend tickets for each staff member. We do not have many traders.
After the focused workshops there are high-quality bands and DJs on the Green Dragon Solar Stage and a late night acoustic session by the fire. Real ale and cider from local breweries. There is a quiet camping area at the far end of the field from the music.
We have a nutritionist and medical herbalists giving talks and demonstrations. We are providing a warm space for people to self-organise Yoga sessions and there is a morning choir.
Sorry but 2019 is the last year we are accepting a small amount of dogs and dog tickets are sold out. From now on, we won’t be able to accept dogs at the event.
All the workshops are free although some may ask a donation towards materials if you want to make something to take away. This is a pay-as-you-feel arrangement with not being able to afford it being no barrier to taking part or taking your creation away. There are no hidden costs and the ticket price includes booking fees, parking and camping.
Practical skills for sustainable living. Buy tickets for our event HERE.