Basecamp 2017 sign

Basecamp Friends of the Earth's environmental festival

Basecamp is taking a break in 2019 but will be back in 2020. Watch this space.

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What is Basecamp?

Basecamp is Friends of the Earth's annual environmental festival. It runs for 3 days and is set in the heart of the stunning Peak District.

Discover a mix of training sessions, talks, creative workshops and great entertainment.

Whether you’re a seasoned campaigner looking to meet allies, or new to activism and want to gain key skills, Basecamp is the place to go to take action, make connections and build resilience.

Earthmover awards take place each year at Basecamp. Supported by players of People's Postcode Lottery , the awards celebrate grassroots activism across the country.

Some Earthmovers winners are from Friends of the Earth local groups, others are from outside organisations.

Check out the 2018 Earthmovers.

The theme for Basecamp in 2018 was getting on track to keep global temperature rise below 1.5 degrees Celsius. The programme offered a range of challenging sessions, panels and speakers looking at this issue over the weekend.

The weekend was also packed with great entertainment, meditation, yoga, art workshops and so much more.


My first Basecamp experience

Greg Pike was so amazed by his first Basecamp experience that he signed straight up for the next one.

He'd never been to anything like it before – but by the end of it he'd made new friends, found someone he'd met in his youth and joined his local Manchester group.

Here's what Greg loved about Basecamp.

Children and families

Basecamp is the most family-friendly activist gathering in the UK.

We have a full programme of activities for children aged 3 and over, with qualified and DBS-checked staff. And first-aiders are on site. You can attend Basecamp sessions all day, safe in the knowledge that your children are looked after and having a great time.

All children's activities happen around the the main site so you will be able to find them easily at any time. Or you can drop them off in the morning and pick them up at supper time.