Green Gathering 2016 in photos. Part one: Daytime festival scenes around the site in Chepstow, Wales

Green Gathering 2016 in photos. Part one: daytime scenes around the site, Chepstow, Wales, August 2016

Located in a beautiful rolling hills close to Chepstow, the Big Green Gathering is an annual festival with an environmental and social justice focus.

As well as live acts and DJs, there are workshops and talks on permaculture, politics, ecology and crafts, plus poetry and spoken word performances.

Green Gathering 2016 in photos. Part one: daytime scenes around the site, Chepstow, Wales, August 2016

The festival grew out of the Green Fields area of the Glastonbury Festival, with the first Big Green Gathering being held during the heady days of the Criminal Justice Act protests in 1994.

Green Gathering 2016 in photos. Part one: daytime scenes around the site, Chepstow, Wales, August 2016

With its name shortened to the Green Gathering in 2011, the festival has been held in Piercefield Park, near Chepstow in the Wye Valley since 2011.

Green Gathering 2016 in photos. Part one: daytime scenes around the site, Chepstow, Wales, August 2016

The site is overlooked by Piercefield House, a largely ruined neo-classical country house designed by Sir John Soane.

Green Gathering 2016 in photos. Part one: daytime scenes around the site, Chepstow, Wales, August 2016

Green Gathering 2016 in photos. Part one: daytime scenes around the site in Chepstow, Wales

[Piercefield House circa 1840 from a painting by George Eyre Brooks]

Green Gathering 2016 in photos. Part one: daytime scenes around the site, Chepstow, Wales, August 2016

The festival is wonderfully laid back, and very friendly. Here’s a load of photos taken around the site over the weekend.

Green Gathering 2016 in photos. Part one: daytime scenes around the site, Chepstow, Wales, August 2016

Green Gathering 2016 in photos. Part one: daytime scenes around the site, Chepstow, Wales, August 2016

Green Gathering 2016 in photos. Part one: daytime scenes around the site, Chepstow, Wales, August 2016

Green Gathering 2016 in photos. Part one: daytime scenes around the site, Chepstow, Wales, August 2016

Green Gathering 2016 in photos. Part one: daytime scenes around the site, Chepstow, Wales, August 2016

Green Gathering 2016 in photos. Part one: daytime scenes around the site, Chepstow, Wales, August 2016

Green Gathering 2016 in photos. Part one: daytime scenes around the site, Chepstow, Wales, August 2016

I loved these beer mugs – the handle made them easier to hold and walk around with multiple pints.

Green Gathering 2016 in photos. Part one: daytime scenes around the site, Chepstow, Wales, August 2016

The view over the Bristol Channel was splendid.

Green Gathering 2016 in photos. Part one: daytime scenes around the site, Chepstow, Wales, August 2016

Green Gathering 2016 in photos. Part one: daytime scenes around the site, Chepstow, Wales, August 2016

Green Gathering 2016 in photos. Part one: daytime scenes around the site, Chepstow, Wales, August 2016

Green Gathering 2016 in photos. Part one: daytime scenes around the site, Chepstow, Wales, August 2016

Severn Bridge in the distance.

Green Gathering 2016 in photos. Part one: daytime scenes around the site, Chepstow, Wales, August 2016

There were several small stages around the site.

Green Gathering 2016 in photos. Part one: daytime scenes around the site, Chepstow, Wales, August 2016

Flying a kite.

Green Gathering 2016 in photos. Part one: daytime scenes around the site, Chepstow, Wales, August 2016

Chillin’.

Green Gathering 2016 in photos. Part one: daytime scenes around the site, Chepstow, Wales, August 2016

Pixie on the keyboard.

Green Gathering 2016 in photos. Part one: daytime scenes around the site, Chepstow, Wales, August 2016

The festival is powered by “wind, sun & people” and described as:

Performance meets permaculture at this award-winning, family friendly festival where you can experience the counterculture – live. Four days of music, speakers, poetry, crafts, campaigns, campfires, low impact living, love and green life.

The festival is commissioned by The Green Gathering Charity, which promotes education for sustainability via hands-on interactive learning and the arts.

Green Gathering 2016 in photos. Part one: daytime scenes around the site, Chepstow, Wales, August 2016

Several talks and workshops take place around the site.

Green Gathering 2016 in photos. Part one: daytime scenes around the site, Chepstow, Wales, August 2016

Green Gathering 2016 in photos. Part one: daytime scenes around the site, Chepstow, Wales, August 2016

Green Gathering 2016 in photos. Part one: daytime scenes around the site, Chepstow, Wales, August 2016

Green Gathering 2016 in photos. Part one: daytime scenes around the site, Chepstow, Wales, August 2016

Green Gathering 2016 in photos. Part one: daytime scenes around the site, Chepstow, Wales, August 2016

Learning blacksmith skills.

Green Gathering 2016 in photos. Part one: daytime scenes around the site, Chepstow, Wales, August 2016

Green Gathering 2016 in photos. Part one: daytime scenes around the site, Chepstow, Wales, August 2016

Green Gathering 2016 in photos. Part one: daytime scenes around the site, Chepstow, Wales, August 2016

Green Gathering 2016 in photos. Part one: daytime scenes around the site, Chepstow, Wales, August 2016

Freeshop: “Take what you need, leave what you can.”

Green Gathering 2016 in photos. Part one: daytime scenes around the site, Chepstow, Wales, August 2016

Green Gathering 2016 in photos. Part one: daytime scenes around the site, Chepstow, Wales, August 2016

Green Gathering 2016 in photos. Part one: daytime scenes around the site, Chepstow, Wales, August 2016

Stone carving.

Green Gathering 2016 in photos. Part one: daytime scenes around the site, Chepstow, Wales, August 2016

Green Gathering 2016 in photos. Part one: daytime scenes around the site, Chepstow, Wales, August 2016

Green Gathering 2016 in photos. Part one: daytime scenes around the site, Chepstow, Wales, August 2016

Green Gathering 2016 in photos. Part one: daytime scenes around the site, Chepstow, Wales, August 2016

Green Gathering 2016 in photos. Part one: daytime scenes around the site, Chepstow, Wales, August 2016

Green Gathering 2016 in photos. Part one: daytime scenes around the site, Chepstow, Wales, August 2016

Green Gathering 2016 in photos. Part one: daytime scenes around the site, Chepstow, Wales, August 2016

Green Gathering 2016 in photos. Part one: daytime scenes around the site, Chepstow, Wales, August 2016

Green Gathering 2016 in photos. Part one: daytime scenes around the site, Chepstow, Wales, August 2016

Hula hooping.

Green Gathering 2016 in photos. Part one: daytime scenes around the site, Chepstow, Wales, August 2016

Green Gathering 2016 in photos. Part one: daytime scenes around the site, Chepstow, Wales, August 2016

Green Gathering 2016 in photos. Part one: daytime scenes around the site, Chepstow, Wales, August 2016

Green Gathering 2016 in photos. Part one: daytime scenes around the site, Chepstow, Wales, August 2016

Green Gathering 2016 in photos. Part one: daytime scenes around the site, Chepstow, Wales, August 2016

Small stage in the Tipi Circle.

Green Gathering 2016 in photos. Part one: daytime scenes around the site, Chepstow, Wales, August 2016

Green Gathering 2016 in photos. Part one: daytime scenes around the site, Chepstow, Wales, August 2016

Archery skills.

Green Gathering 2016 in photos. Part one: daytime scenes around the site, Chepstow, Wales, August 2016

Green Gathering 2016 in photos. Part one: daytime scenes around the site, Chepstow, Wales, August 2016

Green Gathering 2016 in photos. Part one: daytime scenes around the site, Chepstow, Wales, August 2016

Green Gathering 2016 in photos. Part one: daytime scenes around the site, Chepstow, Wales, August 2016

Green Gathering 2016 in photos. Part one: daytime scenes around the site, Chepstow, Wales, August 2016

The Fairy Glade ahoy!

Green Gathering 2016 in photos. Part one: daytime scenes around the site, Chepstow, Wales, August 2016

Green Gathering 2016 in photos. Part one: daytime scenes around the site, Chepstow, Wales, August 2016

Green Gathering 2016 in photos. Part one: daytime scenes around the site, Chepstow, Wales, August 2016

Green Gathering 2016 in photos. Part one: daytime scenes around the site, Chepstow, Wales, August 2016

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Green Gathering 2016 in photos. Part one: daytime scenes around the site, Chepstow, Wales, August 2016

Green Gathering 2016 in photos. Part one: daytime scenes around the site, Chepstow, Wales, August 2016

Green Gathering 2016 in photos. Part one: daytime scenes around the site, Chepstow, Wales, August 2016

Green Gathering 2016 in photos. Part one: daytime scenes around the site, Chepstow, Wales, August 2016

Green Gathering 2016 in photos. Part one: daytime scenes around the site, Chepstow, Wales, August 2016

Green Gathering 2016 in photos. Part one: daytime scenes around the site, Chepstow, Wales, August 2016

Green Gathering 2016 in photos. Part one: daytime scenes around the site, Chepstow, Wales, August 2016

A young uke player.

Green Gathering 2016 in photos. Part one: daytime scenes around the site, Chepstow, Wales, August 2016

In the kids’ area.

Green Gathering 2016 in photos. Part one: daytime scenes around the site, Chepstow, Wales, August 2016

Green Gathering 2016 in photos. Part one: daytime scenes around the site, Chepstow, Wales, August 2016

Green Gathering 2016 in photos. Part one: daytime scenes around the site, Chepstow, Wales, August 2016

Green Gathering 2016 in photos. Part one: daytime scenes around the site, Chepstow, Wales, August 2016

Green Gathering 2016 in photos. Part one: daytime scenes around the site, Chepstow, Wales, August 2016

Green Gathering 2016 in photos. Part one: daytime scenes around the site, Chepstow, Wales, August 2016

Green Gathering 2016 in photos. Part one: daytime scenes around the site, Chepstow, Wales, August 2016

Green Gathering 2016 in photos. Part one: daytime scenes around the site, Chepstow, Wales, August 2016

Green Gathering 2016 in photos. Part one: daytime scenes around the site, Chepstow, Wales, August 2016

Green Gathering 2016 in photos. Part one: daytime scenes around the site, Chepstow, Wales, August 2016

Green Gathering 2016 in photos. Part one: daytime scenes around the site, Chepstow, Wales, August 2016

Free Poetry.

Green Gathering 2016 in photos. Part one: daytime scenes around the site, Chepstow, Wales, August 2016

Green Gathering 2016 in photos. Part one: daytime scenes around the site, Chepstow, Wales, August 2016

Green Gathering 2016 in photos. Part one: daytime scenes around the site, Chepstow, Wales, August 2016

Green Gathering 2016 in photos. Part one: daytime scenes around the site, Chepstow, Wales, August 2016

Green Gathering 2016 in photos. Part one: daytime scenes around the site, Chepstow, Wales, August 2016

Green Gathering 2016 in photos. Part one: daytime scenes around the site, Chepstow, Wales, August 2016

Green Gathering 2016 in photos. Part one: daytime scenes around the site, Chepstow, Wales, August 2016

Green Gathering 2016 in photos. Part one: daytime scenes around the site, Chepstow, Wales, August 2016

Brixton Tea Party in the house!

Green Gathering 2016 in photos. Part one: daytime scenes around the site, Chepstow, Wales, August 2016

Green Gathering 2016 in photos. Part one: daytime scenes around the site, Chepstow, Wales, August 2016

Green Gathering 2016 in photos. Part one: daytime scenes around the site, Chepstow, Wales, August 2016

Green Gathering 2016 in photos. Part one: daytime scenes around the site, Chepstow, Wales, August 2016

Green Gathering 2016 in photos. Part one: daytime scenes around the site, Chepstow, Wales, August 2016

Green Gathering 2016 in photos. Part one: daytime scenes around the site, Chepstow, Wales, August 2016

Green Gathering 2016 in photos. Part one: daytime scenes around the site, Chepstow, Wales, August 2016

Ale & Cider bar.

Green Gathering 2016 in photos. Part one: daytime scenes around the site, Chepstow, Wales, August 2016

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