Radical Bakers Summer Gathering

Radical Bakers Summer Gathering 2021 will be 8-12th July at Crabapple.

Radical Bakers Gathering is our main event of the year, held at Crabapple Community, Shrewsbury, one of the oldest housing co-ops in the UK. The stream that runs through our workshops is that they involve practical tasks we can do together to achieve a greater goal. There are nice canvas spaces with practical workshops along with live music on the Green Dragon Solar Stage. We run a café bar and offer fully catered tickets. We sold out in 2018, 2019 and 2021.

We are sold out for 2021! Tickets on-sale for 2022 from the 26th September.

Our 2021 event will be Covid-Secure. It is smaller and more spread out than usual and we will have social-distancing measures in place like limited workshop sizes and an outdoor stage with covered areas. There will be full days of workshops and activities and a decent band or two each night. We are planning a Crafty Show-and-tell, where people can showcase the new skills they have learned. As usual we will have the Baking area, Camp Market, Green Woodworking and Textiles as well as Wild Plant walks and tours of the Crabapple grounds and gardens. In 2021 the Team Bake-off will be replaced by a smaller session making sweet treats for Tiffin.

Covid response

• Hand-sanitiser. Workshop providers will sanitise touch-points in the spaces after each session and you will be asked to have sanitised your hands on entry to each session.
• All the workshop spaces will be more spread out so people are not forced into close proximity to each other.
• There will be a certain amount of chairs in each marquee. This will indicate the maximum number of people allowed in each session in order to maintain social-distancing.
• The workshops are either outside or in marquees with the sides open and it will be up to the workshop provider’s discretion as to whether they will require you to wear a mask in order to participate inside the structure.
• The Bar and Stage will be outdoors with covered seating areas and a larger fire pit.
• The café will be operating an enhanced hygiene schedule, so food service may take a little longer than usual. People will be called in groups for food service.

Workshops 2021

In 2021 we have workshops from: Julie Henderson – Textiles and Upcycling, Ryan Fox – Herbal first aid and cooking with foraged food, Edwina Staniforth – Herb Walks and Cordage, Neil Hopkins and Mike Craig – Green Woodworking, Diane Holness – Seed Saving and Biochar, Annie Levy – Creative Fermenting and Cooking Greens, Jane and Seggy – Haybox Cookery and 12v Cookers, Shannagh – Veterinary CPR, Steve Reed – Upcycled Cutlery, Blake from Green Dragon – Solar Powered Electrics, Sophie DePas – Needlepoint, Vaughan Dagnell – Morning Yoga, Tom Sanders – Drop-in Arts, Nikki Morgan – Natural Art Materials, Jayne – Macramé, Autumn Garner – Herbalism, Christine Sanders – Nature Poems, Simon Pool – Protestor’s Rights, Zee-Zee – Personal Responses to Climate Change and Travel without Planes, Stu – Gas digestors and Foraging, Sara SMPtree – Paper weaving. Check out our workshops archive.

lots of empty plates after the team bake-off along with a sign announcing the radical bakers team bake-off winners 2018

Radical Bakers Timetable

You can arrive from Thursday midday and the café is open Thursday night with music and pizza.

Radical Bakers workshops start at 5pm on Friday with crafts and a few scheduled sessions including a tour of Crabapple. The Gathering Introduction is at Friday 8.30pm with live music and a bar. It would be great if you could make it to this opening session.

Saturday workshops start at 9am with a few early morning baking and yoga sessions before this. They finish at 6pm with live music from 8, a bar until midnight, a communal fire and acoustic music til 1am.

The workshops on Sunday start at 9am and finish at 4pm with wood-fired pizza, a bar and music on Sunday evening.

You are welcome to stay until midday Monday.

A detailed Timetable will be available before the event. This is inevitably subject to change and an updated timetable will be kept on the chalk board outside the Café.

The Bakery

The Bakery has a prep area with catering surfaces, organic Heritage flours, proving cupboard, gas-fired and wood-fired ovens and a dedicated team. We will be baking the bread for the café and making Sweet Treats for afternoon tea.

People baking in a marquee on catering surfaces at radical bakers 2018

Textiles and Crafts

In our beautiful, creative Textiles Tent we have things like: Up-cycling textiles with Julie Henderson and Spinning, Dyeing and Textile sovereignty with Stella Berg. Under our crafts awnings: Green woodworking with Mike and Neil, Willow crafts with Ann and Raku pottery with Julian. Ed Revill brings his charcoal oven, makes simple no-knead sourdough and talks about Soil building, Biochar and Smallholding. Please check the list of confirmed workshops for this year.

two people engrossed in making raku pottery with lots of finished pots ready to glaze

For children we have organised activities and a Kid’s baking session. Other activities include the Camp Market each lunchtime, Wild Plant walks and a tour of Crabapple Community.

Music at Radical Bakers

Confirmed music for Radical Bakers Summer Gathering 2021: After the Gathering Intro at 8.30pm we have Truckstop Honeymoon and then Fantastic Disko Club Social Dis-dancing til 12. Our Saturday night headliners are The Weirdstring Band, supported by Birds and Beasts. On Sunday evening we have an open mic with Howlin’Matt and some Special Guests.

The Green Dragon Stage uses top-quality modern PA equipment and is powered from the sun.

There is a quiet camping area and the amplified music ends at midnight.

Buy tickets here for Radical Bakers Summer Gathering 2021.

Radical Bakers Gathering, 8-11th July 2021 in Shropshire. Pay securely with credit or debit cards through Paypal. Ticket prices include booking fees, car parking, camping and access to all the workshops and entertainment. Contact us by email: hello@radicalbakers.org if you have any questions not covered on our Info page. Unfortunately, we can’t ensure that everyone will be a responsible dog owner and so we can’t have doggos at our events. Details of the meal tickets Here. Please read the Terms and Conditions, Covid response & Safer Spaces policy before buying tickets and be sure you can agree to them.

There are only 100 adult places in 2021, with most people having rolled their tickets over from last year, this means there are limited tickets available. There are no day tickets or tickets on the gate. If the ticket you require is not shown below, it is sold out or not yet on sale.

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We are sold out for 2021! Tickets for 2022 available from 26th September.