Ashlyn Wood is a piece of ancient woodland, enclosing a moated island, in rural Cambridgeshire. The camps are small; no more than sixty-five people will attend, including crew, children and babes in arms. Ashlyn Wood is an electricity-free zone, meaning no mains power or generator. Trees include oak, ash, hazel, elder, alder, hawthorn, blackthorn and mature elms.
Frequently asked questions
To avoid sightseers and worse we only give out the map and directions after receiving your booking. This information will be given to you nearer the time of the event. If you need to book a train ticket then the nearest station is Royston.
You will find the other campers very friendly. Also, the events are set up in such a way as to promote inclusivity. We camp in circles, each around its own central fire where kettles are boiled and food cooked. We eat communally each evening and prepare the meals together in small working groups. There are also work groups for other tasks which need doing, such as chopping and barrowing wood. You will quickly make some friends.
Yes, really. No more than sixty-five, including crew.
You will be able to choose work to suit your ability and inclination and will be part of a team of people. Jobs include, preparing the kitchen for the cooks, helping to prepare the evening meal, making sure the toilets are swept and have toilet paper and in them, preparing performance spaces, chopping and barrowing wood for the sauna and hot tub.
Yes, there are covered areas with fires.
No. There are no concession stalls, shops or markets. Your evening meal and all events and attractions are included in the price of your booking. Bring food for breakfast and lunch or enough money to buy food for those meals from shops off-site. There are no shops within walking distance of Ashlyn Wood.
Dogs, with the exception of guide dogs (by prior arrangement), are not permitted on site.
There is neither mains power nor a generator on site. If you need to recharge your phone then you can use your car battery. Alternatively, bring a charger pack. These packs can hold multiple charges.
Yes, there is water on tap and it's safe to drink.
Yes. However, you will not be able to take it over the bridge and into the wood.
There are two main camping areas. Sky Circle is in the open and is for vans/caravans and people who would rather not pitch their tent in the wood. Ash Circle is in a clearing in the wood and is suitable for smaller tents. Check in with one of the crew before pitching to make sure you are not blocking a path or performance area and to avoid finding a stream running through your tent if it rains.
The evening meals are included in the cost of your booking. They are invariably vegan, although occasionally grated cheese, or cream, have been offered as an option in the past. There are always wheat-free alternatives if we have pasta. Beyond that, we will do our best to accommodate any dietary requirements you may have. In the four years of camps we have not found anyone we couldn’t feed. And our food is exceptionally good!
Please try to arrange your life so that you can be there at the beginning and leave at the end. Think of it as catching an aeroplane. Each camp is a shared journey which we take together. You would hate having to leave early and it would be disruptive for your fellow campers. Going to the cinema is another analogy; if you arrive late you’ll miss the beginning and if you leave early you won’t know what happened in the end. At the very least, make sure you arrive in time for the first full meeting at 10am on Wednesday. There will be no admission after that time.
Lifts are available, at no extra cost, until 6.45pm on Tuesday and after the closing meeting on the final day. The closest station is Royston.
No. It’s all or nothing.
No. If you need to rendezvous with friends or relatives then please arrange to do so off-site. Each event is a ‘closed’ camp. You can come and go as you please but no one else may come in.
No they don’t. And they are cleaned twice a day, the toilet paper replenished. Use them for defecating only – or at least, go there with that intention. And throw in a handful of sawdust when you’re done before closing the lid. If you just need to pee then men have the whole forest to find a suitable spot. As do women. However, if you would like a little more privacy when you pee then, for women only, there is the Ladies’ Pee Palace – strictly no defecation in the Pee Palace, please.
Bring a towel. Most people will be naked but if you would prefer to wear trunks or a bathing costume then that’s fine. Do whatever you feel comfortable doing.
I’m glad you asked that. Anywhere directly under a tarpaulin or roof of any kind is ‘inside’ and smoking is not allowed. Otherwise, if you smoke please be mindful of those around you, especially around the fire. Check the wind direction and dispose of your butts in a responsible manner as they are not biodegradable.
It is very unlikely. Alcohol is allowed on site but there is not much of a drinking culture beyond wine with the meal.
Please leave your drugs at home. You won’t need them. But seriously, drugs have never been part of the culture of Ashlyn Wood.