Welcome to The Bit on The Side at Hacklands

11802661_921154444611092_1630215430425415603_oOh do we have foodie delights in store for you, dear Hacklanders. The Bit On The Side Cafe, run by Nourish Catering, will be open for business on Friday evening with plenty options for vegetarians and meat-eaters alike. We have barbecue delights for you on Friday night, a cooked breakfast on both mornings, Indonesian Laksa on Saturday night and a Persian Feast lined up for you on Sunday.

Not only that, but you’ll be able to buy additional cakes and snacks. Bit on the Side will also be serving soft drinks and alcoholic drinks, tea and coffee and choctails and cofftails at reasonable prices to sup by the campfire.

About Wendy and Nourish Catering

Wendy runs the Tarner Community Cafes in Brighton, where she uses local, seasonal foods to create a diverse range of meals, at a reasonable price so that it can be available to all members of the local community. The cafes work with volunteers with mental health and learning difficulties, providing them with training, and building their confidence to move into employment or other opportunities.

Most of her food is sourced by Nick from Fin and Farm who collects fresh vegetables, meat, and dairy products from local farms in Sussex & Kent with good ethical methods, as well as being very tasty. We’re also sourcing local Kent and Surrey produce for the festival.

More recently, Wendy started to provide catering for weddings, events and crew catering, building a business, Nourish Catering, which also provides an additional income which helps sustain her work within the community. Having recently bought a trailer, she is now expanding to larger events this summer. And we’re delighted to welcome her and her team to Hacklands.

Trains and taxis

Not got a car? Don’t worry, you can get to Hacklands by train. Trains leave London Bridge and Victoria Station at regular intervals on Friday and Saturday. On Sunday, trains run regularly from Oxted to London Victoria.

If you’re not staying over on Friday or Saturday night, the last train to Central London leaves at 23.16.

You can usually pick up a taxi at Oxted station, but if there isn’t one there, or you would prefer to book in advance, try these local taxi companies who cover the area.

  • Westerham Cars http://www.westerhamcars.co.uk/ Tel: 01959 562091
  • Century Cars http://www.centurycars.net/ Tel: 01883 723 717  Freephone: 0800 311 2130
  • Oxted Taxis http://www.oxtedtaxis.com/ Tel: 01833 338 027 Freephone: 0800 298 4353
  • TrainTaxi  http://traintaxi.co.uk came up with these two numbers: Station – 01883 722 999 Direct Line 07885 868 085

The train journey takes about 40 minutes from London Victoria or London Bridge. You can also get direct trains from Clapham Junction, East Croydon and East Grinstead (if you’re coming from the other direction).


There are 2 or 3 trains an hour from London Bridge and 2 trains an hour from London Victoria.

Trains home on Sunday go into London Victoria via East Croydon and Clapham Junction. They are every half an hour. An off-peak day single ticket is £10.50 on a week day or £9.00 on Sunday. If you have a network railcard, you may be able to use that to get a third off the price.

Check your train times and prices at http://traintimes.org.uk or http://nationalrail.co.uk

Oxted station is in the town and there are cashpoints and a Little Waitrose and a Sainsbury’s nearby if you need to pick up any supplies.

Coming by car? The postcode is TN8 6RA for your satnav. The full address is Hurst Farm, Dairy Lane, Crockham Hill, KENT TN8 6RA There is another farm nearby – Dairy Farm. It’s not that one, it’s the next one along!

But, but… I don’t have a tent!

Don’t let not having a tent be an excuse not to come to Hacklands because we can solve that problem for you in one of three ways.

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Sleeping Bells deluxe queen bell tent

Don’t fancy slumming it? Prefer to have a luxury glamping type of experience? Then fear not, Sleeping Bells have that covered for you. Hire one of their fabulous bell tents complete with queen size air bed, memory foam mattress topper (for warmth and comfort), luxury duvet and sheets, an extra blanket, rugs on the floor and fairy lights. Extra beds and bedding available for hire too if you’d like to share your bell tent with your friends. There’s even a larger size bell tent you can hire. Find out more from Gavin at Sleeping Bells. Hire price is £200 including bedding for the Queen Deluxe option.

Not quite up to the luxury level but still fancy some space with friends? Well then hiring a nylon bell tent could be the answer for you. You can expect a spacious, dry tent already set up for you by the time you arrive at the campsite. You just need to bring your bedding with you if you want to keep costs down. Or you can hire bedding as well from Gavin at Sleeping Bells. Hire price for the nylon bell tent on its own is £80.

Tents from O2!
Tents from O2! We don’t recommend you try getting this many people in your tent 😉

If you’re more at the budget end of the scale, then we have a bunch of 2-man tents available for you at no extra cost at all thanks to our lovely friends at O2. The tents are billed as 2-man tents, but they’re small so probably more comfortable for a single person unless you’re happy being cosy with your tent buddy. You’ll need to bring a sleeping mat and a sleeping bag and maybe an extra blanket or two for comfort. When you book your camping ticket, just let us know that you’d like to reserve one of the O2 tents as well.

So there’s no excuse now. We have all your tent needs covered! Come on down and join the fun at Hacklands next weekend. Book your ticket now.

Why are we doing this?

The team behind the event were interested to see what would happen if you combine key elements from hackathons (where software and hardware developers and get together to make stuff with other interested parties), barcamps (where people organise their own discussion sessions or workshops) and a festival (with music, food, camping, glamping and a campfire).


Helen Keegan, co-founder of Hacklands says: “I’ve attended and produced all kinds of events including hackathons like Over The Air, conferences like Heroes of the Mobile Screen, parties like Swedish Beers and the mobile business festival, Heroes of the Mobile Fringe in Barcelona and I’m also a big fan of music festivals so I wondered what would happen if we combined the formats and created something that combines the best bits of all of those events and so Hacklands was born.”

James Tagg, co-founder of Hacklands says “We create our future through the technology we develop but we don’t give enough time to thinking properly about that future. Hacklands is an opportunity to experiment with technology and creativity and relax with fellow future gazers.”

We’ve spoken to lots of people about what we’re doing and they seem to think it’s a good idea. Why not get involved and try us for size this year? Help us get a new festival started and help shape it for this year and beyond.