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.

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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.

Introducing Warren Mailley-Smith, award-winning concert pianist & Chopin expert

Concert pianist Warren Mailley-Smith will be performing a selection of works by the great romantic composer, Frederyk Chopin (1810-1849) on Friday night.  His music ranks amongst the most important ever written for the piano and, unusually for many composers, his music has enjoyed enduring popularity ever since it was first written.
Tonight’s programme contrasts a number of Chopin’s well-known masterpieces with some of his lesser known and unjustly neglected music, written in his formative teenage years.
Chopin’s music is characterised by beautiful melodies, romantic harmonies with combining virtuosity and poetry in equal measure!
About Warren
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Award-winning concert pianist Warren Mailley-Smith

The award-winning concert pianist Warren Mailley-Smith has made his solo debuts to critical acclaim at Wigmore Hall London and Carnegie Hall, New York.  In 2011 he made his much anticipated debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in a performance of Beethoven’s Emperor Piano Concerto.

Warren is in increasing demand as a solo concert artist, having been described recently by Classic FM as’Stunning…’, ‘Fantastic…’  ‘Sensational’, ‘Huge UK talent…’, ‘Gorgeous…!’  and by BBC Music Magazine as ‘Rising Star – Great Artist of Tomorrow” .  He was recently featured as CD of the Week and Video of the Week on Classic FM and Classic FM TV respectively.

He has received over thirty invitations to perform for the British Royal Family at Buckingham Palace, Highgrove House and Sandringham House.

Warren studied at the Royal College of Music where he won numerous postgraduate prizes including a Countess of Munster Award and the French Piano Music Prize.  He then took further private studies with Peter Feuchtwanger and the late Ronald Smith.

Warren’s solo career now sees him performing in festivals and concert venues across the UK, accepting invitations from further afield to perform in Europe and the US.  His concerto repertoire includes works by Rachmaninov, Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, Mozart and Tchaikovsky.

Warren will be performing the complete works of Chopin for solo piano at St John’s Smith Square in a series of concerts over the next year starting on September 4th. We’ll be getting a unique preview at Hacklands. Find out more about Warren’s upcoming concerts here.


Are the Androids Dreaming Yet? Amazing Brain. Communication. Creativity & Free Will.

That’s the title of James Tagg’s recent book and is the gist of James’ discussion at Hacklands.

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Are the Androids Dreaming Yet? Amazing Brain. Human Communication. Creativity & Free Will. by James Tagg

Alan Turing invented the computer, helped win World War II and left us with one of the greatest puzzles of our time – the imitation game. Can computers do everything a human mind can do? Many scientists think we have a tenuous hold on the title, “most intelligent being on the planet”. They think it’s just a matter of time before computers become smarter than us (singularity, anyone?), and then what?

In this session, James will talks us through some of the key points of the book and provoke discussion on some of its themes. The book charts a journey through the science of information, from the origins of language and logic, to the frontiers of modern physics. From Lewis Carroll’s logic puzzles, through Alan Turing and his work on Enigma, to John Bell’s inequality, and finally the Conway-Kochen ‘Free Will’ Theorem. How do the laws of physics give us our creativity, our rich experience of communication and, especially, our free will? There’s a lot of material there for us to ponder and James will help us do just that. Can’t wait until the session? You can buy the book now at Amazon.

_DAR5890James Tagg is an inventor and entrepreneur. A pioneer of touchscreen technology, he has founded several companies, including Truphone, the world’s first global mobile network. He holds numerous patents, filed in over a hundred countries. He studied Physics and Computer Science at Manchester University, Design at Lancaster University and Engineering at Cambridge University. He lives with his family on a farm in Kent, England. He is also co-founder of Hacklands and we’re holding the festival on his farm.

Whittling and Wisdom in the Woods

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Would you like some one to one time with our Transformational Coaches?
Would you like to understand more about how you can access your own innate wisdom?
Do you enjoy whittling, or think you could?
These free 1-2-1, group, or couple sessions will help connect you with your innate wisdom, peeling off the layers that may prevent you experiencing the beauty that is always in and around you.
Using Principles based conversations, talks, discussion, sharing and practical exercises in the woods at Hacklands, we will develop your ability to effortlessly create a smooth and friction-free reality. Using fallen wood as the medium for some of our learning, we will build on our knowledge, and build structures for understanding that last way beyond the time we spend together. You will also learn some practical skills, and enjoy whittling and weaving from natural materials.
If you’d like to sign up for a free one to one or group session in our Whittling & Wisdom Tent, please complete this form and Gavin and Stefan will contact you via email to confirm your session.
I’ve signed up, will you?

Creating a virus free personal infrastructure; a space for creativity or chaos?

I think all of us Hacklanders probably suffer from junk email and the odd computer virus and we largely manage to prevent the latter and ignore the former. But how do we deal with the equivalent in the brain? Gavin and Stefan will spend an hour or so with us on this topic.
We all know how to spot junk mail and scams. Even though it has our name on it we don’t open the e-mails or click on the attachments, we hang up the telephone as soon we realize that it is a con, and block the number that has called us. Yet with our psychological experience we don’t always have such clarity around which messages are relevant to explore and which to ignore, sometimes unleashing untold viruses on our system……
In this interactive discussion we will explore how an understanding of the principles behind our state of mind can help us to become better virus checkers and see through the ‘scam’ of our beliefs about ourselves. This will enable us to operate our personal systems more productively, producing more effective decision making and increased creativity. The discussion will point us towards clearer state of mind, more ease in challenging situations, and increased effectivelness in relationships and teams. Bringing this understanding to our enjoyment of Hacklands will enable us to enjoy more, while worrying less.
Gavin Presman headshotThe talk will be led by  Gavin Presman , author and corporate trainer, who regularly trains many of the UK’s leading media businesses in Sales, Negotiation and Influence (www.inspire-ing.co.uk). Recently he has been inspired to begin teaching about the impact ‘State Of Mind’ has on performance in an outdoor setting through www.insightinthewoods.co.uk. He is also experimenting with talks and workshops at UK music (& tech!) festivals. Stefan headshot
He will be joined by Stefan Cybichowski, apprentice to Michael Neill, author The Inside Out Revolution.
I don’t know about you, but I’m really looking forward to this session.

LJ Rich will be joining us on Saturday night!

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Join LJ Rich for a unique multi-sensory musical experience.


I’m delighted to announce that the lovely and talented LJ Rich will be joining us on Saturday night at the farm.  I first met her in the early days of Tuttle Club when we used to meet above the Coach and Horses in Soho. You may recognise her as one of the regular presenters on BBC Click.

What you may not know about LJ is that she is a very talented musician and music hacker. She will be joining us on Saturday night to create a unique multi-sensory symphony. LJ and I don’t want to reveal too much more about it in advance as we’d like it to be a surprise and it’s the sort of thing you need to be there in person to experience. So if you haven’t bought your ticket already, why not do that now?

About LJ Rich

From the age of three, LJ Rich sat at the piano, playing stuff she heard from the radio – with both hands, complete with chords. She couldn’t reach the pedals till around three years later. Aged eleven, she was awarded a scholarship to the Royal College of Music.

She then went on to complete a degree in Music at Christ Church College, Oxford, and has since sound engineered for Pete Waterman, toured the USA in a Rock Opera band, and played the piano in front of a wide range of audiences from concert halls and corporate balls to Brian May and Bruce Dickinson.

LJ regularly writes and presents for national television and radio, explaining trends and concepts in technology, social media and consumer electronics. LJ listens to pretty much every musical genre, and can talk for ages about the parallels between classical and contemporary music, the power of twitter, and the joy of good science fiction.

LJ has a weekly show on Periscope on Monday nights which you can find out more about here. You can also follow her on twitter @LJRich or read her blog.

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.

Sleeping Bells @ Hacklands

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Sleeping Bells bring you the ultimate in affordable and spacious luxury “glamping’ this year at Hacklands. We love the idea of the event, and so are offering our fleet to try and entice more of you to stay on site, and enjoy sleeping under canvas.  Imagine just turning up on site and your tent is ready to go, all you need to do is get stuck into whatever takes your fancy, and when you want to leave, they’ll be no messing about either.

As a family operator with a passion for being outside, and encouraging others to enjoy nature, we will do our best to make Hacklands a very special one for you. Our 4m canvas Bell tents hark back to jamboree camping under the stars and offer a cool and comfortable stay for you (with removable sides if the temperature hits the 80”s). The Luxury units sleep two in luxury, or up to 4 with extra bedding. Memory foam matters toppers, “Like Down” Duvets, pillows, 100% cotton sheets, cotton rugs, blankets and fairy lights, will ensure you and your family sleep well, and have the space to make your stay special. Port hole windows, wood poles and toggings, and a rain / sunshade porch, make our units your home from home at Hacklands this year.

If you want to bring your kids and don’t fancy bringing their bedding, we have an offer: for just £25, we’ll bring you a kids “Ready Bed” to use. We will also offer extra full bedding single kits (mattress, memory foam, duvet, pillows, etc.) for just £45 per bed).

We are offering 2 levels of “glamping” at Hacklands. The complete luxury option is the Deluxe Sleeping Bell, with full Queen size bedding and is £200. This sleeps 2,  and can be expanded with the bedding options above. If you need a larger tent, we can provide a 5m tent, which offers extra space for more beds for £250.

A more affordable option is to take one of our “Modern Belles”, nylon 4m Bell Tents, which will come complete with lighting and an Air Mattress for just £80 per unit.

If you want to talk through your options, please call Gavin on 07973 830710 or email gavin@sleepingbells.com