Featherstone Castle

Featherstone Castle

Summer Gathering – August 4-13, 2020

Samhain Gathering – October 13-22, 2020

Featherstone Castle lies in the stunning Northumberland countryside. The Castle is vast and atmospheric with real fires, cosy rooms for heart circles, a magnificent ballroom for dancing, mysterious nooks and crannies, a drag space and an excellent kitchen. Featherstone Castle is near to Hadrian’s Wall and close to Haltwhistle, centre of the sacred Isle of Albion,

What to Expect
Practical Information
Getting There
  • Log fires
  • Vegetarian Feasts
  • Country walks
  • Heart Circles
  • Community and companionship
  • Yoga and meditation
  • Healing
  • Dancing and drumming
  • A place to play

All meals will be vegetarian and vegan. The castle can be cold so bring slippers and snugly things. Bring along bed sheets, pillow case and a sleeping bag. Also bring warm clothing, outdoor clothes, walking boots and a torch.

A Radical Faerie gathering is first and foremost a collaborative effort .This is your shared co-created community event. Along with the all the tons of fun and partying that you will undoubtedly have, contributions towards helping keeping the gathering running smoothly are much appreciated. This can include assistance in cooking meals, running workshops, chopping wood for the fires and keeping the castle – your home for the week – clean throughout the gathering. And for every new adventure you are involved in, the drag room offers you a new outfit every time!

Featherstone castle has some cosy rooms with cheery fires and warm people, but there are draughty corridors and rooms which can get quite chilly.  So bring warm clothes just in case!

There are loads of beds available but you will need to bring your own bedding; a sleeping bag or sheets and blankets.  There are pillows but you will want to bring your own pillowcase.

There are several nice baths and numerous showers at the castle. Lots of hot water is generally always available and a relaxing soak is highly recommended.  Bring a towel or two and any toiletries you need.

If you feel like dressing up, bring some fancy clothes, wigs, make-up and whatever else inspires you.  If you have fun and fabulous things to share we will have a drag room where people can root around in other folks cast off’s.

We will hold an auction to help raise money to support the gathering so if you are able to, please bring something to donate for the auction or think of a service you may be able to offer.

Some other things you might like to bring…

  • decorations for the castle (fabric, lights, art etc)
  • musical instrument
  • a flash-light
  • book to read
  • games to play
  • Walking boots/wellies
  • Waterproof clothing
  • Warm clothing!
  • A towel and soap
  • An electric radiator or heater (if you can)
  • Cash (for items in the auction & if you are paying for the gathering with cash)
  • Bed sheets and duvet (if you have the space)
    If not… a sleeping bag will do you fine! Everyone has a bed and mattress. 
  • There will be an altar for any items of special meaning you wish to bring
  • Hot water bottle
  • Lube and condoms for the Love Temple
  • Art supplies (to contribute to the Art room)
  • If you plan performances, the music that needs to be played (on a device/memory stick)
  • Make up, nail art supplies, accessories, shoes, etc.
    Little instruments (Kalimba’s, shaking eggs, etc.)
  • Sturdy boots and gloves (if you’re wood pigging!)

If you have further questions you can contact us via our contact page

Featherstone Castle is located in Northumberland, England.  It’s just outside the town of Haltwhistle and close to Harridan’s Wall. It is reached easily by train from Carlisle or Newcastle.

Where is the castle? 

Featherstone Castle,
Hall Bank,
Northumberland
NE49 0JG

Location on Google maps

Folks will be coming from all over Europe and we encourage you to share your journey.
If you’d like to find travel companions our event page on Facebook is a great place to seek them out: Facebook page and often gatherings will assist.

  • By air:  Easy links from all European countries.  Take a flight direct to Newcastle or Newcastle via London if coming from further afield.  Then take a train to Haltwhistle.
  • By train: Train to Carlise or Newcastle.  Then change for Haltwhistle.  We suggest you book your train tickets as soon as you can, prices rise dramatically closer to the travel date.
  • By car: Featherstone Castle is three miles south-west of Haltwhistle on the A69

Taxi Options:

Taxis can be tricky and we suggest you pre-book in advance. Below is a list of the most reliable.

  1. Haydonbridge Taxi +44 (0)1434 671197
  2. Sproul Taxi +44 (0)7712 321064
  3. Diamond Taxi +44 (0)7957 641222

You are free to arrive at the castle from noon on the starting day. On the last day of the gathering, we must all be away from the castle by noon.

If you have further questions you can contact us via our contact page

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