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Information

Our fourth fforest Gather.
Set in the great outdoors of fforest farm for only 300 people each week.

Two 6 night family friendly gatherings with emphasis on engagement, exchange and fun. Staying at fforest is always an event. Gather makes the best of all fforest has to offer. The great outdoors, activity for mind, soul and body, creativity and simple pleasures have always been bound to what we offer. At Gather, a revolving cast provides workshops, creative play and outdoor activity in the day; films, story-telling and Gather disks in the evening. 

WHEN
Choose between one of two weeks (or come for a fortnight!) 
Gather 2018 weeks are
Week 1 ~ 29th July - 4th August 2019
Week 2 ~ 5th - 11th August 2019

BY DAY
All workshops, talks, walks, performances and activities are included in the ticket price. First come, first served but without the worry of missing out:
Illustration; painting; writing; printmaking; cooking with fire; beer & bread; chocolate making; sausage making; mud kitchen; woodland creations; axe & knife craft; yoga and wellness; drumming;  forest school sessions; den building; ceramics; lantern making; willow weaving; wild swimming.

BY NIGHT
Films, storytelling, tastings, disk spinning. 

This years contributors will be released early 2019.

 

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fforest Gather workshop and activity info

Some workshops & activities have a smaller capacity than others and some have a minimum age to participate. Most workshops will be happening multiple times so it’s unlikely you will miss anything.

If you need to sign-up for any workshops, we will inform you by email prior to the event.  All materials are included in the workshops.  Please bring along a yoga mat if you want to take part in the yoga sessions.

Food & Drink

Onsite

The fforest cafe
Open from 8am-6pm with breakfast, tea & coffee, snacks and other food throughout the day. Located in the garden pavilion.

Supper tickets
For those who pre-purchase the supper package tickets will be allocated on arrival.  There will be limited numbers for the fforest suppers & they must be booked pre-arrival.  We will not have individual supper nights available to book.

We will email booking forms for the suppers to guests around April/May time.

6 night supper package.  2 course, home-cooked supper each evening (main course & pudding)

Adult £TBC, Child £TBC (half of adult portion)

Bars
Bars run all day serving a great selection of drinks including various beers & ciders. 

 

Offsite

The Pizzatipi
Our Pizza restaurant in Cardigan is open everyday 12-9pm. Just a 10min drive or 40min walk away.

 

Heritage Canoes

Our canoe trips run from the Welsh Wildlife Centre, a lovely woodland walk away (takes around 30 minutes), or a very short drive.
Canoe taster trips aren’t included in the Gather ticket, but you can book a half day canoe trip during your Gather stay, if you wish. We’ll release a special Gather discount code closer to the time. Canoe trips are bookable online with Heritage Canoes http://heritagecanoes.squarespace.com/ 

 

Shops & markets

Fforest shop
We will have a shop open at the lodge selling our fforest t-shirts, blankets, enamel mugs, knives etc.  Please see the blackboard for opening times

St Dogmaels produce market (Tuesday am)
Buy the best of local from one of the UK's best local produce markets. Voted by BBC Good Food.

Glebelands
Own grown vegetables on the way to St Dogmaels.

Dewi James Butchers
Local butcher in Cardigan

Cardigan Town Just a 10 minute drive away with supermarkets, lovely independent shops & a local produce market in the Guildhall.

 

 

fforest camp rules

To make everyone's time better.

Facilities

Car parking

Parking for vehicles will be allocated on arrival.
No vehicles on site or in camping fields - cars must be left at the entrance car park. We want families to feel that their children are safe to roam and we can only do this if we limit vehicles on site. If you feel an exception needs to be made, this must be discussed with staff in advance.

We don't currently have the facility to charge electric cars at fforest.

Fires

Fires will be alight and manned in the main venue area Tipi, Bwthyn, Firepit etc). Fires are  prohibited in the camping grounds. Children and animals must be supervised around fires at all times.
In the event of an uncontrolled fire please assemble at the fire points around the site, made clear to you on arrival.

Waste & litter

No littering - please drop off your rubbish and recyclables at designated areas.

If you are having food provided by fforest please place your cutlery, dishes and drink containers in the allocated stations.

Music curfew

There is no amplified music after 10pm.

Respect

Please be respectful of your neighbours.
Please be respectful of others' belongings.
Please be respectful of the local landscape and natural setting.
We do not like the use of bad language and do not tolerate any discrimination aimed towards different genders, races, religions or disabilities.

Cash & Card

We will have the facility to take card payments however it is temperamental so we advise bringing cash for smaller purchases. 

Alcohol

Your own alcoholic beverages can only be consumed and stored in your camping area. There is a strict policy prohibiting bringing your own alcohol into the main venue. It is a licensed premises (just like a Pub, Bar or Restaurant) and statutory licensing laws will be observed.

Drugs

No recreational drugs anywhere on site.

Fences

Fences are there for a reason. Please be aware that the farmland is used for grazing so there are livestock and electric fences located around the site.

Tent & Campervan Pitches

Are 5m x 8m and will be allocated on arrival.  Please stay within your pitch boundary.  Cars are not permitted on the camping fields at any time.

First aid

First Aid Station will be located at the Lodge in the main venue area.

Dogs

Well behaved dogs are welcome.  Please ensure that you are always in control of your dog and that you always clean up after it.

 

BYO camping

Shower, toilet & washing-up facilities will be available within walking distance from the camping & campervan pitches.  Toiletries must be non-detergent e.g. Faith in Nature.  

Please leave all communal areas clean, tidy & how you would expect to find them.

No queue jumping.

We don't have electric hook-ups.

fforest residents

fforest residential guests are the only people permitted to use the land where the Domes, Katacabins, Croglofts, Campshacks & Bell Tents are situated. 

There is a communal shower block with toilets & washing-up facilities for the exclusive use of guests staying in fforest accommodation.  We also have the beauty barn with power sockets, dressing tables & mirrors.  These are located in the Katacabin & Bell Tent field.  There is an additional shower block in the farmyard area, for the use of guests staying in fforest accommodation.

Guests staying in fforest accommodation have paid a premium & will be expecting their privacy which includes the shower block & beauty barn. Any persons who shouldn't be using these facilities will be asked to leave.

Laundry

We don't have laundry facilities on-site, but there is a launderette in Cardigan, just a 10 minute drive away.

 

 

 

 

Our address

fforest farm
Cwmplysgog
Cilgerran
SA43 2TB

Arrival 

Check in (Monday)

From 14:00 to 20:00 for BYO camping
From 16:00 to 20:00 for fforest residents

Online Check-in
Please fill-in this online check-in form before your arrival as this will really speed-up the process when you arrive https://fforest.typeform.com/to/JjqLRw 

Arrival
Please park in the main car park at the entrance. We will have staff members in the car park who will check you in and point you in the right direction to your camping pitch or accommodation.

Luggage
For guests staying in our fforest accommodation we operate a luggage drop-off system.
When you check-in we will provide tags for you to label your luggage before you pop it in the luggage drop-off area.  We will then transport it to your accommodation.
Please be aware that it may take time to get the luggage to you, especially at busy check-in times, but we will get everything to you as soon as possible.
If you have any fragile items or items you need as soon as you arrive please take these with you to your accommodation.

Departure 

Check out (Sunday)

10:00 for BYO camping
10:00 for fforest residents

 

 

How to find us

By road 

For directions to fforest from the South please click here: https://goo.gl/88iZqj
For all other routes please click here: https://goo.gl/maps/CtKY9x9RtpS2

As you approach the village of Cilgerran follow the brown signs for the Wildlife Centre and Canoe Trips. 
Keep following the brown signs until you are on the approach road to the Wildlife Centre. fforest is approximately half a mile along this access road, on the right hand side.

By train

The closest train stations are approximately an hour away by road, in Carmarthen and Aberystwyth. If you are approaching from London or the South you should take the Carmarthen train on the Paddington line. If you are approaching from Birmingham or the North you should arrive into Aberystwyth.  There is also a small train station in Clunderwen, about a 20 minute drive from fforest, but services to this station are limited.

If you are arriving by train you will need to take a bus or taxi to continue your journey. We would recommend booking a taxi in advance to meet you at the station.

By bus

If you are coming via train to Carmarthen you can catch the no. 460** bus every 1-2 hours from 8.10am, Monday – Saturday (not all buses leave from the train station, but it’s a short walk to the bus station). This will take you to Finch Square, Cardigan. On your return, buses start to leave Finch Square from 7.00am, Monday to Saturday. There are no buses on Sunday.

Coming from the Aberystwyth direction you can catch the T5** bus from Aberystwyth bus station (right next to the train station) every 1-2 hours from 7.28am, Monday – Saturday. This will get you in to Finch Square, Cardigan. On your return, buses start to leave Finch Square from 6.00am, Monday to Saturday. There are no buses on Sunday.

From Clunderwen you can take the 430** towards Cardigan leaving at 10:45am, 1:45pm and 4:40pm Monday to Saturday. On your return, buses start to leave Cilgerran from 9:21am Monday to Saturday. There are no buses on Sunday.

Getting to Cilgerran from Cardigan

The 430** leaves Finch Square at 9.15am, 12.15pm, 3.15pm, 4.18pm and 5.45pm. It will get you to Cilgerran in about 10 minutes. Ask them to drop you at the turning for the Wildlife Centre, just after the bridge. From there you will have to walk for about 1/2 a mile before reaching fforest.

**Timetables are subject to change. Please check details prior to travel at www.traveline-cymru.info

By bike

To get here by bike, the main roads coming in to Cardigan are the A487 from Aberystwyth and the A484 from Carmarthen. From Cardigan you can follow the river path leading to the Welsh Wildlife Centre. When you arrive at the gate at the end of the path, turn right onto the Wildlife Centre approach road (leading away from the Wildlife reserve) and you will find fforest about 1⁄2 a mile down the road on the left hand side. Keep your eyes peeled for the fforest car park, as the fforest sign will be facing away from you. Turn into the car park and follow signs leading you to the Lodge where someone will check you in.

 

fforest accommodation equipment 

Equipment Supplied for Campshacks, Katacabins, Onsen Dome, Domes & Bell tents:

  • Bell tents & Kata Cabins ~ Futon camp beds & bedrolls /mattresses.

  • Onsen Domes & Domes ~ King size bed & mattress and 2 futon camp beds.

  • Garden Rooms & Campshacks ~ custom made beds & mattresses.

  • Welsh woollen blankets.

  • Wood burning stoves (2 Kata cabins have gas stoves rather than wood-burning stoves)

  • Dining Table and seating

  • Gas stove - 2 rings

  • Cookware kit (kettle, cooking pots, frying pan, wooden spoons, colander, chopping board, tongs, etc.)

  • Tableware (enamel plates, bowls, cups, grater, peeler, cork screw etc.)

  • Cutlery

  • Tea, coffee & sugar

  • Cool box with replaceable cool packs ~ you can collect these from the freezer located in the farmyard shower block. The Garden Rooms have a fridge.

  • Barbecue - please bring along your own charcoal

  • 22 Litre cool tub for drinking water (to comply with hygiene requirements, you must fill this yourself from the mains supply in your camping zone.

 

Equipment Supplied for Crog Lofts:

  • Underfloor heating

  • Private shower room & toilet

  • All bedding & towels (please bring along your own beach towels)

  • Welsh woollen blankets.

  • Dining Table and seating

  • Gas stove - 2 rings

  • Cookware kit (kettle, cooking pots, frying pan, wooden spoons, colander, chopping board, tongs, etc.)

  • Tableware (enamel plates, bowls, cups, grater, peeler, cork screw etc.)

  • Cutlery

  • Tea, coffee & sugar

  • Cool box with replaceable cool packs - there is a freezer on-site so that you can swap them as & when required.

  • Barbecue - please bring along your own charcoal.

  • Outdoor sink with running water

You will need to bring:

  • Warm clothes – including jumpers for nights around the camp fire

  • Wellies or shoes you don’t mind getting a bit muddy

  • Waterproofs

  • Old trainers and clothes for canoeing or other similar activities

  • Toiletries – must be non-detergent e.g. Faith in Nature.

  • Sun hat / woolly hat

  • Sunscreen & sunglasses for those beautifully sunny West Wales days.

  • A torch

Bedding & towel requirement:

Bell Tents & Kata Cabins: please bring along sleeping bags, pillows & towels.

Domes: Bedding is supplied for the king size bed in the dome.  For the futon camp beds please bring along sleeping bags & pillows.  You will also need to bring along towels.

Onsen Domes, Garden Rooms, Campshacks & Crog Lofts: Bedding & towels are provided

Disclaimer

By placing a reservation with Fforest Camps Limited / Fforest Events Limited you are deemed to have accepted our Terms and Conditions.  Our Terms and Conditions can be found via this link.

Camping can be dangerous. Although every care is taken in managing the various facilities, such as fire pits, wood burning stoves, camping gas stoves and ponds, fforest cannot be held responsible for any loss or damage arising from any misadventure associated with any activity.

Parents and guardians are responsible for the supervision & safety of their children at all times.

By placing a reservation with Fforest Camps Limited / Fforest Events Limited / Cardigan Quays Limited you are taking full responsibility for your own safety.