August 16-19, 2024

Dummer Down Farm, Dummer Down Ln, Dummer, Basingstoke RG25 2AR
(The event opens Friday 4pm, and closes Monday 2pm)

The Witchfest Pagan Festival is an amazing Pagan camp held over a long weekend on the 16th – 19th August. There are talks, workshops, live bands, Fire performers, an awesome Fire Sculpture, the famous Witchfest Bar, serving mead and a full selection of drinks, and the ever popular Artemis Cafe. Once you have setup your tent you can relax as everything you need is here with food, drink entertainment and a packed schedule of events the whole weekend. All events are included in the single entry price making this unbelievable value. For campers there are the essential hot showers available all weekend.

The Witchfest Pagan Gathering has a friendly family atmosphere set deep in the Hampshire countryside, but easily accessible from London and near to Basingstoke, and minutes from the M3. The event has catering & bar facilities for vegetarians, & omnivores. Talks and workshops are held in the large marquees on site, in the magical grove of trees at the centre of the site or in the open depending on the weather. Dogs are welcome, you need to pre-book at £5 per dog. Dogs must be kept on a leash at all times and all mess must cleaned up. Please allow plenty of time for the journey as we are anticipating heavy traffic on some main routes to the site at this time of year. Please remember to bring your own tent and camping equipment. The camping area is divided into zones for your comfort and convenience, details below.

Please note we can only accommodate a limited number of campervans, caravans, or trailer tents, please ensure you book your place early, there are no hook-ups available at this venue. If you are coming by car it is essential you book a parking space for your car at the same time as booking your tickets so we need to ensure there are enough spaces for everyone.

Please note that the camping area is divided by zones, each with their own rules, so please chose your zone when you arrive and follow the simple rule set for your zone. Zones will be divided as Quiet, Family, Party and Accessible. This set of rules is set for your comfort, convenience and to ensure the event runs smoothly with no accidents.

All Zones

  • Cooking with gas stoves and barbecues kept well above the ground so they do not burn the grass is allowed, they should be placed 2 meters from any canvas to avoid accidents. NO Disposable barbecues.
  • Avoid changing gas bottles on site, if you really have to change one please do it away from other people, the camping area and any naked flame.
  • No Gazebos or wind-breaks allowed in any zones as they are a fire and safety hazard and the camping space is limited.
  • Well behaved dogs are allowed, they must be on a lead at all times and all mess MUST be cleared.
  • All rubbish must be cleared from the camping field before leaving, please try to recycle your rubbish
  • If you are a smoker please try to catch your cigarette butts

Quiet Zone:

  • Noise curfew at 22.00
  • No personal Fires
  • No Children

Family Zone:

  • Noise Curfew at 22.00
  • No Personal Fires
  • Children should be under supervision at all times

Party Zone:

  • No drumming after 22.00( we are close to a village so please abide by this rule)
  • Personal Fires allowed (if in container above at least two feet above ground, and 2 meters from any canvas)
  • No Children

Accessible Zone:

This zone is for those with impaired mobility, have a medical reason to need their vehicle near them and is also suitable for camper vans

  • No drumming
  • Noise Curfew at 22.00
  • No Personal Fires
  • Children should be under supervision at all times

Venue Location

Tickets

  • 1. Cameras, visual or audio recording equipment are not permitted
  • 2. Witchfest and Children of Artemis accept no responsibility for personal property
  • 3. Tickets cannot be exchanged or refunded unless the event is cancelled
  • 4. No duplicate tickets will be issued to replace lost or stolen tickets
  • 5. No animals except guide /service dogs
  • 6. Witchfest and Children of Artemis take no responsibility for a ticket holder’s failure to gain entry to a talk, workshop, or entertainment due to space limitations. Admission is free to ticket holders on a first come first served basis, it is the tickets holder’s responsibility to arrive early to ensure they gain entry
  • 7. Witchfest and Children of Artemis reserve the right to refuse admission and/or to require any ticket holder to leave the premises, as a result of health and safety, environmental, breach of ticket conditions or security concerns at their reasonable discretion
  • 8. Distribution of flyers, posters, postcards, magazines, newspapers or any other advertising materials is not permitted
  • 9. This ticket does not entitle the holder to trade at this event, any attempt to sell any item, or to persuade an official trader to do so on their behalf is strictly prohibited
  • 10. No refunds will be offered to customers who are refused entry or ejected from the venue for refusing to cooperate with security or venue staff, abusive, threatening, drunken or other antisocial behaviour (including smoking in no smoking areas), carrying offensive weapons or illegal substances, or making unauthorised audio, video or photographic recordings
  • 11. Witchfest and Children of Artemis reserve the right to cancel the event, and will not accept responsibility for any losses, costs or expenses, which may result from the cancellation, save as to refund the ticket price paid
  • 12. Witchfest and Children of Artemis reserve the right to alter the date/venue/programme without notice

Previous Events

Witchfest Pagan Gathering

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Date

4:00pm – 16th Aug 2024

Venue and Travel

Dummer Down Farm, Dummer, Basingstoke RG25 2AR

Waterloo Station to Basingstoke 45 minutes
Southampton Central to Basingstoke 46 minutes
Oxford Station to Basingstoke station 52 minutes
(24 hour Taxi rank outside station, 12 minutes to Dummer Down Farm )

Live Music.

Damh the Bard

A modern-day Bard whose spirituality and love of folk tradition is expressed through his music, storytelling and poetry. Drawing on the Bardic tradition, his performances are both entertaining and educational, speaking directly to the heart, and never without a good splash of humour

Wendy Rule

A dedicated live performer, Wendy has toured extensively since her first album’s release, starting in Australia, then branching out with her first international tour in 2001. Renowned for her extraordinary voice and live shows that blur the line between music, ritual and theatre, Wendy has gained a loyal following in Australia, the USA, Europe and the UK.

From the most intimate solo house concerts, to festival gigs with her band (featuring long term musical collaborator Rachel Samuel on cello), Wendy takes her audience on an otherworldly journey of depth and passion.

Green Diesel

Hailing from Faversham in Kent, the folk-­rock band Green Diesel first emerged in 2009 and take their inspiration from the depths of English folklore and legend and the classic folk-rock sound of their predecessors Fairport Convention and The Albion Band.

Folk-rock in grand style with energy to light up the crowd. Green Diesel features songs inspired by the darker side of folklore. Sinister spirits and bloodstained tales weave their way through many of their songs backed by the signature Green Diesel sound. English folk, red in tooth and claw.

Shindig! – ‘a band with roots deep in the native soil, playing their own electric interpretations of ancient English music and crafting originals that fit seamlessly alongside the traditional tracks’

Paul Mitchell

Paul Mitchell offers the pagan community a chance to laugh at itself. With mostly satirical songs aimed at the very hearts of those who use paganism for self promotion, Damh “The Bard” has said Paul’s songs can bring boils out on the faces of those targeted. Paul has been playing around camp fires and at festivals for over a decade, including a successful sell out set of gigs in Arizona, USA. 

Shell the Alternative Folkie

An alternative type of person who loves folk…. or a folkie type of person who loves alternative? Shell is a singer songwriter with a passion for sweet melodic pagan folk music and contrasting strong gothic looks – and yes she is a Gemini! Writing songs from the heart about nature, trees and birds.

Pentacle Drummers

The Pentacle Drummers have grown into the premiere drumming troupe in England, and have performed all over the country at events small and huge. Often imitated, but never equaled.​

The Pentacle Drummers’ main livery is green and red and our tatter coats and face paint and kilts help lend a theatrical touch to events. At medieval festivals we enter into the spirit of the events by adopting full medieval attire. At the Sussex bonfires however we adopt a much darker look. You will recognise us by our more sombre costumes and make-u

Speakers

Buy Ticket(s

Ronald Hutton is both the senior Professor of History at Bristol University and the Gresham Professor of Divinity at London. Author of eighteen books, and eighty-six essays in academic journals and collections.

Best selling author of over twenty books on Witchcraft. High Priestess and Elder of the Kitchen Witch Coven and online School of Witchcraft. Known as The Kitchen Witch she also loves cake.

Oona McFarlane (MA Hons), Reiki Master Teacher, Neter Seichim Master Teacher, SUNDOOR Advanced Firewalk Instructor and Trainer of Instructors, NLP Master Practitioner, Ericksonian Hypnotherapy Master Practitioner

This is no ordinary Firewalk either, Oona, our instructor, views the firewalk as a magical interaction with the element of Fire, one of the most dramatic examples of spellcraft (or personal change, or sacred ceremony, depending on the theme/belief set people are comfortable with) it is possible to experience, where in the space of 3 hours participants not only find, hone and commit to their energetic outcome, but also break through emotional and mental barriers, and discover their ability to focus their energy and achieve something they had considered terrifying, or impossible, through engaging with the Fire’s transformational power.

Mhara Starling is a native Welsh speaker, born in North Wales. She is a Swynwraig, a Welsh folk Witch, and author of Welsh Witchcraft.

Regular speaker at pagan events and has mentored witches for over 20 years. He facilitates The Wickham Coven, The Wild Witchcraft Conference and holds an MA in Religious Studies

BARBARA MEIKLEJOHN-FREE is a Celebrity Witch and known as The Highland Seer. She is a High Priestess and author of 10 oracle decks & 6 books to date. She is a hereditary, eclectic and solitary witch who was initiated into the Craft when she was just 16 years old.

Barbara is a bestselling, award-wining author, teacher, advocate and protector of the great Earth-centred traditions. She has taught mediumship, trans-mediumship and shamanism at Arthur Findlay College, Edinburgh College and the College of Psychic Studies, London.

Barbara draws on her extensive work with indigenous cultures from around the world, and weaves this together with a deep understanding and wisdom of the ancient landscape of her own Pagan heritage. She hosts rites, rituals and ceremonies across the world and is considered the UK’s best-loved custodian of ancient ways.

FLAVIA KATE PETERS is a Celebrity Witch, High Priestess and best selling author of 10 oracle decks & 7 books to date. Recognised as the UK’s leading elemental witchcraft expert she is a teacher of natural & ancient magick. Flavia Kate trains others through her magickal professional certification courses at the College of Psychic Studies, London, and is a regular Presenter on the Mind Body Spirit & Pagan circuits. Flavia is both a Scent and Moon Priestess, working medium and clairvoyant, whose television appearances include Celebrity Haunted Hotel, Lightworker’s Guide to the Galaxy, along with various guest slots for BBC Radio. She regularly graces the pages of Spirit and Destiny, FAE, Witchcraft & Wicca magazines. Her authentic approach and authentic expertise makes her a most sought-after wisdom keeper. Her mission is to keep the magick of the Old Ways alive!

Laura Daligan is an artist, witch, tarot reader, teacher, fire dancer and one of the original ‘YouTube Witches’. Witchcraft consultant for the British Museum and studying a Masters in Viking Studies.

Moira Hodgkinson is a witch and author with over thirty years of experience in the craft both as a solitary witch and in coven settings, and is a guest speaker and workshop leader at pagan festivals and events.

Stephanie is a Wiccan High Priestess and a wand making expert, she has been running wand workshops for many years at Witchfest

The Wand Workshop is a practical session that allows you to create your own wand with the benefit of expert tuition. All materials are provided and you can take your wand home with you as a memento of the day.

Writer, speaker, events organiser, charity volunteer and community group leader, Hæðni Norn has been an active pagan within the community for nearly 20 years. Hæðni dedicated her practice to the Vanir and has been a working priestess for them since. Speaking at events and running workshops across the country, Hæðni realised that there really wasn’t a structured organisation for Vanic followers, something she seeks to change. Above all else, Hæðni believes that being Heathen is about community and family. She does not believe in gatekeeping or place significant importance on genetics or things like skin colour.

Diane is best known as an author, writer, speaker, event organiser and co-owner of Veneficia Publications, Ginger Fyre Press, and Highschool Horror, as well as the longstanding Arlahes of Clan Dolmen

Jenny is a Solitary Pagan Witch, who has written for Witchcraft and Wicca Magazine and contributes to Children of Artemis often. She is also a co-host of the podcast Witching Around

Priestess for 40+ years. The UK Coordinator for LifeRites and Senior teacher on the LifeRites Foundation Course. Trustee of Pagan Seminary, Pagan Chaplain and Author.

Raegan Shanti is an eclectic Pagan witch, specialising in the use of dance and movement for magical purposes and the intersection of Hinduism and Western Paganism

An author and researcher committed to studying folklore and the esoteric since the late 90’s. In addition to her published works, she has also consulted on exhibitions and her research has been integrated into artists projects. Vikki lives in the rural New Forest with her young son, hens, horses and one spirit cat.

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