Summer Family Camp
13th - 18th August 2024
Let the children play!
What to expect
Now more than ever, we need community.
At the farm, we co-create a sense of home whilst away from home on holiday.
Moving into our fourth year, the On The Hill Family Camps are a growing community of returning families, and see us welcoming new families each season.
We LOVE hosting you on the farm, and it is an absolute pleasure and joy to watch your children grow and explore with curiosity year on year.
The camps are held by our warm and creative hosting team, and are generously staffed with diverse and dynamic facilitators, creating magic and caring for your children.
We start each day with a morning circle and games, and throughout the day we offer workshops for adults, children and young people in rural crafts, gardening and cooking, clay play, firecraft, drumming, singing for adults and children, circus skills, daily yoga in the cob barn and much, much more. Not to forget, or indeed mention... our now infamous Family Camp treasure hunt extravaganza!
Feedback from previous camps tells us that you welcome space to 'just be' so we give space for enjoying the land and down time, reading a book by the wildlife ponds, gently swnging in the polytunnel hammock or wondering up the hill for a sunset moment.
We have heard the value of the circles we have held for women, men, parents and older and younger children. These are a chance to listen, share and explore creatively, and these will be part of our camp this year.
There are lots of options for local walks, and trips to swim in the river, night walks, sleeping out in bivy bags if you wish to under the stars and space to dream.
Daily land and farm activity will be taking place that you are welcome to join in with - cider bottling, time with the animals, bringing in the hay, the mass potato skirmish, seed sowing and trailer rides!
Evenings of live music, candlelit cinema in the cob barn, friendships sealed at the Dock & Thistle - our very own pop up bar and tuck shop, and bedtime stories around the fire, where characters really do come to life!
We have the wonderful addition of a wood fired hot tub this year, beautifully nestled in the orchard for an evening under the stars! This was built as a legacy project by young people on Hill Tribe 2023.
There will be onsite massage therapies available to book in advance from the wonderful Lotte Norgaard - more details nearer the time.
We foster a community culture and ask that all families come prepared to be of service to the whole by helping out with washing up, chopping veg and any other camp care tasks. This will be initiated with a 'sign up to help out' rota system.
The Dock & Thistle tuck shop will sell a range of snacks and campsite provisions (this is a CASH ONLY BAR)
Our mini library (beautifully made by two 2021 camp participants) stocks a range of books and games for you to borrow while on the farm.
We welcome your gifts and skills, so if you have a workshop you'd like to run or space to hold then get in touch, we create community together!
Bring your own tents, or caravans/vans (we do not have electricity hook ups) and we will help site you in our camping areas on the farm.
HIRE ONE OF OUR BELL TENTS
They cost £130 and will be put up for you and taken down. They come with single comfortable matresses only so bring all your own bedding and lights.
To find out more or reserve one, please email email@example.com
WE WILL COOK FOR YOU!
Family Camps are fully catered using our organic produce and consumed in our beautiful barn dining area.
At our morning breakfast bar indulge in pancakes cooked over the fire (amongst other delights) and into lunch and dinner savour an array of fresh farm produce expertly prepared to offer flavourful and abundant plates!
"really top quality- our little boy loved eating with everyone and trying different foods, such a treat to be catered for by such wonderful cooks - thank you!"
"wonderful food, we really appreciated the thought love and energy that went into the food"
"Delicious & plentiful!"
Our 5 days at On the Hill were life changing: completely sublime. My kids will be talking about it until next year. So many unforgettable and beautiful moments: working on the farm; crafting; eating fruit straight from the tree; the view; the massages; the women’s only drumming circle; the peaceful yoga; pancakes on the fire; dancing on the tables in sequins; listening to folk music as it got dark. Not only was it so wholesome and grounding and rejuvenating, it was also full of fun and joy and pure magic. We’ll be counting down the days until we can come back. If you need a tonic for the monotony of every day life, this is it.
Family Camper August 2023
"We absolutely loved it. The setting was beautiful, and there was plenty of shade or shelter when it was very hot or raining. The hosts were really welcoming, and the meals and snacks were delicious and healthy with simple options for fussy kids. There was so much for the kids to do even before the activities, with hay bales, ropes, ping-pong to play on, and of course other children to play with. I enjoyed being able to socialise and connect with the other parents. The very best treat that I didn't see coming was how available I was for my children, with all the food sorted and lovely activities laid on (and no phone reception), I had so much relaxed time and attention to give my children. We all want to come back."
Family Camper June 2022
"There is something really magical about what is created by the team at On The Hill - i've not experienced anything quite like it. The energy, care and community building that is put in by each team member is quite phenomenal. It left us always feeling safe, comfortable, engaged, relaxed and very, very well fed. I would recommend Family Camps for families of all shapes and sizes, wanting to spend time together, or doing separate activities, exploring, relaxing, learning, getting to know people - all with no sense of pressure. I want to recommend Family Camps to all the families I know! And have done...."
Family Camper August 2022
The family camp is a space held like no other: abundant fun, care and deliciousness on every level. It is a feast, with gentle layers of purpose and meaning woven in on every level. Amidst the celebrations, craft and creativity, there is a heart of land, connection and community beating at its core. Thank you x
Family Camper June 2023
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