Information about BarnCamp

What is it?

Started by UK tech-activist collective, HacktionLab, BarnCamp is a self-organised rural gathering where we learn about hacktivism, politics, free software, alternative technology, and more.

The first gathering was in 2008 and 2017's was the seventh BarnCamp since then. Go here for some links to what happened at previous events.

Check out this feature on the Dissident Island radio show The Circled A from 26 April 2013. There's also this little advert for BarnCamp 2010 also aired on Dissident Island radio. It might tell you something, then again it might confuse you!

Here's also an article giving a personal perspective on how we put 2015's BarnCamp together.

When is it?

The last workshop days of BarnCamp will take place on the Friday 9th, Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th June 2017 and you can get involved in making it happen staying on site from Wednesday 7th through to Monday 12th.

Where is it?

It’s at Highbury Farm, a beautiful hilltop farm co-operative near the village of Redbrook. There are buses to Redbrook from Chepstow and Monmouth. There is parking in Redbrook village, and also on-site for live-in vehicles. People have also hiked and biked to BarnCamp in the past.

There are more details about how to get to BarnCamp on the HacktionLab wiki.

f you are driving and have a space in you vehicle, or if you need a lift to BarnCamp, please take a look at the lift-shares for BarnCamp to see if there's anyone you can take with you or to express your needs.

How much does it cost?

Based on previous years, the currently proposed cost for 2018 will £50 on the gate and £45 (or less, or more) if you pay in advance (a week before the event). You can help out by maying a little bit more and also chose a concession. More details on the Registration page.

What do we get for our dosh?

  • Three days of workshops, talks, lighting talks, and open space sessions; we're building a list of workshop proposals on the HacktionLab wiki.
  • Two to three additional days helping to set-up and make it happen, and take down afterwards.
  • Up to six nights camping in the beautiful Wye Valley.
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner from Thursday evening through to Sunday lunch (9 meals). Food is primarily vegan with some dairy as optional extras.
  • Indoor and campfireside entertainment, including open stage, film night and just chilling by the fire, or deciding to head down to the village pubs.

What if I have children?

Kids are most welcome and can camp for free, but we ask for a donation towards food. We aren't able to arrange crêche facilities this year, but we can make a space available for kids, and they are most welcome at BarnCamp. Please let us know if you are are bringing kids with you when you sign-up via the registration form.

Can I bring my pet?

Since BarnCamp takes place on a working farm, animals are not allowed on site.

How do I book and pay for it?

Registration for 2017's BarnCamp has now closed. If you need to get in touch, please email barncamp2017 [at] hacktionlab [dot] org

How do I contact BarnCamp?

The BarnCamp 2017 Contact page at HacktionLab has all the details you need.

What does it look like?

This photo collage should give you some idea....