Travel, Accommodation, Food and Drink, Workshop info
Back To The Roots Festival will be held at The Croft Farm Escape.
The address is: The Croft Farm, Dagnall Road, Great Gaddesden, Hertfordshire, HP1 3BP.
If you are arriving by train:
Hemel Hempstead and Berkhamsted are the closest train stations, both a 12 minute drive from The Croft Farm Escape. Trains arrive direct from London Euston or Milton Keynes/Northampton. There are taxi ranks at the train station for the final leg of the journey, or you can use the following taxi firm numbers:
Berkhamsted Executive Taxis: 01442 899665
A1 Taxis: 01442 875100
Hemel Taxis 247: 01442 800083
Star Taxis: 01442 233110
If you are arriving by car:
We encourage you to car share or take public transport to reduce emissions.
We’re in the countryside so the postcode may not be accurate, we use What3Words for a precise location & directions. Click this link for the exact location: https://w3w.co/butterfly.void.rewriting
When you enter the venue, bear left to be directed to the car park and festival site.
For those camping, doors will open at 12noon Friday 11th August for you to arrive early to pitch your tent. From there, head to the Check-In Point (see site map) to be checked into the festival.
Eco-toilets and eco-showers are available for you to use free of charge. We encourage you to bring eco-products to stay kind to the Earth.
Barn accommodation info
Arrival from 2pm (latest check-in 4pm, see below for late arrivals) Bring with you your proof of stay to check-in area, then you will be guided to your accommodation. Check-out is after the festival finishes on Sunday.
We ask that you do not invite anyone in who is camping and that you're respectful and quiet to honour your fellow housemates, this is what the festival is for, so you can release your inner wild in the space provided.
Each barn space has its own kitchen which you're welcome to use at any time.
There will be times when we need to use the kitchen space but there will always be 1 of the kitchens free to be used by those staying in the accommodation.
There will be workshops going ahead in the Maloka space in 1 of the barns, however, this entrance is before the entrance of the accommodation space and so even when there is a workshop, no one will be passing through.
Food & Drink
Our food vendors will be providing nutritious and delicious food options throughout the weekend and we encourage you to support these wonderful small local businesses.
You're welcome to bring your own food but please do not light any fires for safety reasons we only have fire safety keepers for designated areas. BBQs are also prohibited. Small camping stoves are allowed in the camping area
There are drinking water points available throughout the site. We are blessed to have fresh well water running through the water systems at Croft farm and we encourage you to have a reusable water bottle.
Sweatlodge Purification Contraindications
PREP AND CONTRAINDICTATIONS
If you are suffering from illness, take prescription medication, are pregnant or suffer from severe phsycotic episodes it is fundamental to talk with the facilitator before entering the sweatlodge. We reserve the right to revoke entry to anybody who is affected by the contraindictations above or whom is intoxicated with substances at the time. Refunds will be granted for genuine situations.
The sweatlodge ceremony will be held within a 5 hour period. Please have a light breakfast on the day of ceremony and plenty of water. Fruit after the ceremony will be provided and a homemade soup will conclude events.
Please bring a towel and dry clothes.
Woman: Please bring a long skirt and top or a dress,
Men: please bring a ceremonial skirt if possible and swimwear.
Skirts and dresses may be available to rent on a donation basis or to buy before and after the ceremony, however please be prepared with the above on arrival.
If you have any further questions or enquiries please contact Joe Christlow through email at email@example.com
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Tickets, Check-in & Site Map
You can check-in to the festival during the following hours:
Friday: 12noon - 4pm
Saturday 6.30am -12 noon
Sunday: 6.10am - 12 noon
Upon arrival you’ll be checked in and given a wristband at the Check-In Point.
Re-entry to the festival throughout the weekend is possible as long as you show your wristband.
Food vendors open at 12 noon
Friday 11th August: celebrations start at 2.30 pm and end at 11pm (for day ticket holders)
Saturday 12th August: celebrations start at 7am and end at 11pm (for day ticket holders)
Sunday 13th August: celebrations start at 7am and end at 12midnight (for day ticket holders and barn accommodation)
Monday 14th August Weekend Camping Festival ticket holders to leave at 11am
The ticket office opens on Saturday and Sunday at 6.45am - 12 noon
Please try to arrive on time so we can open the space together.
On the Door Tickets
Day tickets are available to buy at the Check-In Point during the check-in times stated above (only stands if day tickets haven't sold out)
Last minute ticket sales will run up until Friday 11am.
Prices for on-the-door tickets are below, payable by cash only.
Friday: Adult £55 | Child £25
Saturday: Adult £66 | Child £33
Sunday: Adult £60 | Child £30
Child 7- 17yrs
Under 6 FREE
We understand that not all may be able to arrive at the times stated above so If you arrive after the gate closes, you will need to call the number given at the check-in desk and someone will come down and meet you to sign you in and issue you a wristband
Site Map & Timetable
The site map & timetable will be available 2 weeks before the event.
Download site map here
Download Schedule here
photography and filming
We will be filming and taking photography throughout the weekend. We ask that you do not post other people's children and post without permission on social media. If you do not want to be featured on social media, please advise us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please do not photograph people in process within any of the workshops.
This is a family-friendly festival and while we are not averse to nudity, after all we were born naked, there is still a sensitivity around it in regards to suitability in an all-inclusive festival to provide a safe space and environment for all people from diverse backgrounds and so we ask that full nudity within the festival setting is respected as a non nudity policy
Can I bring pets to the gathering?
No pets are permitted on site unless a prior agreement has been made for guide and therapy dogs
What should I bring?
Please remember to bring a yoga mat, water bottle, swimwear and a towel if you have booked into an ice bath & sauna experience and a torch if you’re camping.
Will there be a cash machine facility?
Most areas will have card machines and others will be cash only. There are no cash machines on site, so please bring along enough cash for the weekend.
Ticket Cancellations & Refunds
Tickets are non-refundable but can be sold on, please email us to change the name on the ticket at email@example.com. If the event needs to be cancelled, a new date will be agreed and your ticket will be transferred to the next event. Refunds may be possible if the event is cancelled but will be subject to admin fees.
Terms and Conditions
By purchasing a ticket, you agree that Conscious Buddy is not liable for any injury or harm that you may incur in any of the practices/classes and you agree to take full responsibility of yourself, your health, your wellbeing and all of your belongings whilst at the gathering. Thank you.
Back To The Roots festival is created by the people for the people, a collaboration of diverse and cultural backgrounds with an offering of world sounds, a co-creation of art, music, education, and innovative ways to bring us together to unite in love, music, dance, discussion, and commUNITY.
The intention of Back To The Roots is to make it an all-inclusive festival no matter your background, to speak on how we can live more consciously and harmoniously together in a world with so much diversity, yet recognise we are all part of this intelligent mycelium network that binds us all and when we connect through love we create harmony, like an orchestra of symphony and frequency, a language beyond all languages, a song we can all relate to.
This will be our 2nd year running Back To The Roots and already in 6 months, the Conscious Buddy Community and Croft farms development mean we are able to expand and offer you so much more!
We will have a bigger main stage and more areas, including comfortable accommodation in the newly built barn at croft farm if you don’t fancy camping!
The Croft farm site has been built using reclaimed materials by re-purposing waste from construction sites, it helps to decrease the huge amount which is sent to landfill every year. This eco-conscious attitude drives the ambition to adopt solutions for rain-water harvesting, renewable energy, and eventually a circular-space.
Back To The Roots is a chemical-free (as possible) zone and we are encouraging all our vendors, stall holders, and festival goers to use reusable materials and for any waste to be compostable, no processed food on site or chemically based drinks. We have selected some awesome and wholesome stall holders & food & drink vendors that follow this ethos of sustainable and conscious living.
Back To The Roots is grateful for our Buddy support from various friends and this year we give a big thanks to Nunc Kombucha for offering a FREE tote bag and can of their best-tasting kombucha to the first 25 tickets sold!