Paddington Farm is a charitable trust and a social enterprise, located on a 43 acre organic farm situated at the foot of the famous Glastonbury Tor in Somerset.
If you have never been to a faerie gathering before you may be wondering just what exactly happens! The answer is…it depends!
Gatherings are co-created and you will be invite you to contribute but it’s optional. There is usually a core team that takes responsibility for making the gathering happen: writing the call, managing bookings, pre-ordering food and coordinating the teams that get stuff done. There are lots of jobs to be done once the gathering starts and any contribution you want to make will be welcome.
Each gathering is unique and a creation of the individuals that are there. The particular activities and experiences can vary from one gathering to the next (indeed, from one minute to the next sometimes!)
That said there are things that are quite likely to happen…
Heart circles – a special opportunity to share and listen from the heart. The profound openness that Heart Circle allows and the deep connections fostered there have made it one of the central and defining practices of Radical Faerie culture.
Food – each day we we will cook together and share delicious vegan / vegetarian meals prepared in the long house kitchen. Different teams will take on the task of preparing lunch and dinner each day. If you would like to be the head chef for a meal, or just want to help chop the vegetables, there will be plenty of opportunities.
All of the food provided for the event is vegetarian, with vegan options where possible. If you have any special dietary needs we’ll do our best to accommodate them. Let us know about any dietary restrictions on the booking form and make sure your needs are listed on the board in the kitchen at the event itself. If you’d like to bring any special foods we’ll be happy to provide space to store them for you.
Various tasks that need to be done every day such as; washing dishes, setting tables, sweeping up, chopping wood etc. A great mantra is “if you see something that needs doing, why not be the one to do it!”
As well as that there will be an assortment of happenings… that may or may not include workshops, rituals, dancing, drumming, theatricality, music, art, sexuality, sensuality, card games, rumpuses, fancy dress and dresses, silence, solitude, serenity, chaos, noise, drama. Whatever else happens, we can guarantee that there will be magic!
Most of all we look forward to a wonderful gathering of lovely people sharing talents and time, sharing and enjoying each others company.
Paddington Farm is working organic farm at the foot of Glastonbury Tor.
The accommodation is spread over several buildings with some uneven and muddy paths. There is also a campsite and at warmer gatherings you are welcome to camp.
This can make it difficult for some people to get around safely and comfortably. If you have any concerns or particular needs regarding this (or any other issue) please let us know in advance. We’ll try to make sure that people who need them get rooms that best meet their requirements.
You can find out more about the farm from their website Paddington Farm
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 usually 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.
If you are staying in the house, a duvet, pillow and bedding is provided with each bed.
Some other things you might like to bring…
- decorations (fabric, lights, art etc)
- musical instrument
- an offering for the altar
- a flash-light
- book to read
- games to play
- wellington boots/walking boots
- wet weather gear for walking
- slippers for indoors (shoe free space)
- art materials
Location: Paddington Farm, Glastonbury, Somerset
You can arrive any time after 4pm on the starting day and stay for as long as you wish up to 11am on the departure day.
The address is Paddington Farm Trust, Maidencroft Lane, Glastonbury, Somerset BA6 8JN. You can view the castle location on Google maps.
Paddington Farm, about 30 min walk from Glastonbury and accessible by bus and driving.
There are many modes of transport which can get you there and we encourage you to share your journey if you can. If you’d like to find travel companions / car share you may wish to put a note on the Facebook page. You can also mention this when booking.
We can often pick you up from Glastonbury centre if you let us know in advance.
By Train – Trains from London, Paddington Station, run to Bristol or Taunton. You will then need to get to Glastonbury by bus etc (see below.) With UK trains booking in advance can often give you large savings on the price.
By Bus – Berrys coaches have services that run from many places to Glastonbury centre. http://www.berryscoaches.co.uk/book-tickets-london-superfast
National Express and Mega Bus also run services to Bristol and from Bristol there is generally a local bus service to Glastonbury which takes around 1¼ hours.
Taxis – We strongly advice that you book a taxi before you leave. Trotta’s and JJ’s are two well known companies.
Trotta’s 07879 333020 JJ’s 07977 904064
Driving – please approach the farm from the west via Brindham lane, ///steady.rezoning.spurted. Directions from the M25 are below:
- Leave the M25 at junction 12 and take the M3 west.
- Leave the M3 at junction 8 and take the A 303.
- From the A 303 take the Wincanton turn and head along the A371 for Castle Cary and Shepton Mallet.
- Go through Castle Cary and past the Bath and West Showground.
- Eventually turn off left at a very new roundabout to Pilton and Glastonbury, on the A 361. This continues on a road to the right, immediately after the roundabout.
- Go through Pilton and West Penard and get to the Welcome to Glastonbury sign on your left. Not far after this, on the right, is a small turning to Wick.
- Turn right and follow the wick lane which becomes Brindham Lane.
- Immediately after Middlewick Holiday Cottages on your left., on the sharp right corner is the left turn to Maidencroft Farm (next to a bungalow called Greenlands).
- Go up the drive and park in the main gravel car park.
If you have further questions you can contact us at
Please note that whilst the organisers of this event take reasonable care to provide a safe environment for you, the circumstances of the event and the nature of the activities is such that people will often try out new activities or take risks which the organisers can not foresee.
As a participant you assume responsibility for your own safety and should exercise due care. By choosing to attend this event we will assume you understand and accept this.