The great news is lots of you have contributed ideas and we now have a full schedule (well not so full we could not add some more things, and we do expect to be adding things.)
Food & Facilities
Food stalls and a licensed bar will be available on site.
Schedule – subject to some refinement and change is as follows:-
Friday (BBQ, Entertainment, Star Gazing, Campfire)
If you have a camping ticket, you can arrive from 3pm on Friday to set up your tent, take a walk in the woods, relax and settle in. Proceeding kick off at 5pm with an Internet broadcast from the Farm. Then food, entertainment, campfire and star-gazing.
Saturday (Hack, Think, Eat and See the Farm)
On Saturday, our sessions will start with a gentle Warm up and Exercise at 8am. Some of us may even head off for a run afterwards! Breakfast will be served from 8.30am (cereals and fruit available earlier. Hacking and other sessions start 10am and go on until early evening.
The hacking (all day)
Hurst Farm has 100 megabit fibre to the field thanks to Crockham Hill Broadband. The office has a fully kitted out work space with wired and wireless Internet and debug equipment including a digital storage oscilloscope.
Hacking in the Barn from 10am, Arduino, Raspberry PI interfacing and debugging, experience Samsung/Oculus Rift VR Headsets, The Hurst Farm Solar Array, Electric Vehicle charging Station, Amateur radio and Cellular Equipment and more to come
Lunch – 1pm Lunch, buffet style
PM – 2pm Drone playground, Oculus Rift and data mash-ups and continuation of the morning’s hacking
The non-Hacking (all day)
Take a walk in the woods with Lloyd Davis
Lloyd, Helen and Kirsty will lead sessions in the Open Space format on a variety of topics, one of which will definitely be Blockchain and white colour automation. There will be sessions on knitting for peace, improv and drawing classes with our resident artist, Deborah Mason.
Want to learn to DJ? Ask James Norris nicely and he’ll show you the ropes!
Kirsty, Seb and Alex will be producing a festival video over the weekend. Expect to be asked for voxpops or to talk about what you’re making or doing.
Saturday Evening Dinner: Food available 6.30pm to 9pm
Entertainment from 8pm
Lloyd, Seb and friends ‘songs and sketches’
Open mic slots (get stuck in and show us what you can do. Feel free to bring your musical instruments. There’s a piano available if that’s what you play)
Our house DJs will be spinning the decks for us to dance to
Sunday (Relax, Listen, Show and Tell)
Gentle stretching and exercise in the orchard before breakfast. 8am
Cereals and fruit available from 8am. Cooked breakfast from 9am and a choice of activities to follow
After lunch, we’ll see what the hackers have been up to with a show and tell session. Those who have been involved in the talking and discussion sessions will also share what they’ve been talking about and what their highlights have been.
Facilities on site
Wi-fi pretty much everywhere.
Power, ethernet, wifi, desks and chairs in the hacking room.
Two empty, clean cowsheds with lighting for undercover activities
Flushing toilets (in the house and office) an outdoor shower with hot water and a swimming pool (there is no pool attendant – you use at your own risk).
Tap water for drinking is widely available.
Communal dining and entertainment area.
Space for tents, caravans, campervans and trailer tents. Please note, there is no electricity or water hook up.
Glamping with Sleeping Bells (please book your bell tent separately – they are rather marvellous replete with double bed and sheepskin rugs)
Don’t have a tent but a bell tent is beyond your budget? Don’t worry, we have lots of small tents available from O2. Please let us know when you book your ticket if you’d like one for the weekend.
The weather forecast is dry for the weekend. Yes, it’s likely to rain on Thursday and Friday during the day, but then we’re all set for a dry weekend with some sun and (hopefully) clear enough skies to see the Perseid Meteor Shower. It should be a comfortable temperature as it’s not too warm and not too cold. Just about right for a festival. (All information correct at time of writing!) See more here. And even if it turns out the weather forecast is wrong, we have more than enough space to keep everyone dry and out of the rain.
There are regular trains from London Victoria and London Bridge to Oxted. And in the other direction, they come from East Grinstead. It takes about 40 minutes from London. We’re a short cab ride from the station. Coming home on Sunday, the trains will all be going via East Croydon, Clapham Junction and London Victoria. Taxi and train info and links here.
What are you waiting for?