A Green Gathering in green surroundings

Settled in the heart of the Wye Valley, Chepstow, Piercefield House Park will be the setting for The Green Gathering 2011; The festival of choice for anyone looking for a relaxed alternative weekend for all the family.

The festival season is in full swing and as the hoards of crowds recover from Glastonbury, you may be looking for a calmer, less muddy festival to partake in. With the vast amount of festivals taking place every year, it is easy to get a little overwhelmed when selecting your choice of event. If you are looking for an alternative festival, in beautiful surroundings, then the 2011 Green Gathering 29th– 31st July may be for you.

Nestled in the Wye Valley, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Piercefield House Park in Chepstow, Monmouthshire will be the location for this green event. With ruins, standing stones and exotic tress, the 129 acre site will showcase all the elements of sustainable living. Whether you fancy a spot of camping for 4 days, or want a day out for all the family, the Green Gathering holds a host of workshops, music and cabaret to both inspire and inform people about environmental initiatives.

An imaginative festival, The Green Gathering features a solar powered cinema, as well as other amusements powered by the wind, sun and people.  You can try your hand at traditional British crafts including pottery, stone and woodwork.  An ethical market sells the best of organic produce and there is even a healing area that offers alternative holistic therapies to bring peace and harmony; a much loved quiet space for the festival-goer looking for some relaxation. There is also a kids area and a long line-up of entertainers and musicians.

The aim of the Green Gathering is to inspire us to re-think the way we live, by recycling, re-using and reducing, we can all play an active part in protecting and preserving this beautiful planet.  The Transition Towns initiative will host an area dedicated for this exact cause, giving hands on advice on how to become self-reliant and grow your own food.

If this is the festival for you, then take a look at www.greengathering2011.com for more information and to book tickets; priced at £90 adults, £50 teenagers, children under 12 free.  Under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.