Information

The Giving Tree Festival is an immersive theatre and music festival dedicated to creating sustainable zero waste gatherings.

At The Giving Tree, every person continuously influences and creates the story. Music and visual art come together in harmonious synergy and lifts our consciousness to dimensions yet not explored.

We would love for festival goers to not only be spectators but part of the show. Our aim is to attract all kinds of creative minds in finding the best solutions for a better future for all events and Mother Earth.

Location

The Giving Tree Festival site is located approximately 1 hour from London, in the countryside near Great Gaddesden in Hertfordshire. Exact location and address will be is now available to all ticket holders and to new ticket buyers. We are you kindly not to share this information.

Driving routes:
The most direct route to the event site is via M1 Junction 8 or M25 Junction 20, and then via A41 through the centre of Hemel Hempstead and to the festival site.

 

Nearest Rail stations:

  • Hemel Hempstead (From London Euston)
  • Harpenden (From Themes Link St Pancras)

we are supplying a free shuttle service from Hemel Hempstead Rail Station to the event site (details below).

Gate Access times

The Site opens to guests and performers at 12:00 on Friday 30/08/2019 and is open for camping until Monday 02/09/2019 12:00

 

Entry Times:

  • Friday 30/08/2019 (12:00-22:00)
  • Saturday 31/08/2019 (11:00-22:00)
  • Sunday 1/09/2019 (08:00-13:00)

Exit Times:

  • Gates will be in operation to leave and return during Entry times.
  • Any leave outside of Entry Times will not be allowed a return.
  • Gates will be operating a no return from 13:00 on Sunday 01/09/2019
Transport

Driving routes:
The most direct route to the event site is via M1 Junction 8 or M25 Junction 20, and then via A41 through the centre of Hemel Hempstead and to the festival site.

 

Nearest Rail stations:

  • Hemel Hempstead (From London Euston)
  • Harpenden (From Themes Link St Pancras)

we are supplying a free shuttle service from Hemel Hempstead Rail Station to the event site (details below).

 

We encourage carpooling and there will be a £5 charge for people who bring a car with two people or less.

 

Taxis to the event site

Taxis are available directly from Harpenden Rail Station, or Hemel Hempstead Rail Station.

We will have a drop and collection zone, off street, at our gate.

 

Shuttle Bus Service

As part of our commitment to reducing our Carbon footprint, we are supplying a free shuttle service from Hemel Hempstead Rail Station to the event site.

This shuttle is in operation as listed below and is subject to pre-booking via the info@thegivingtreefestival.co.uk email address.

Please note this shuttle is offered to our paying guests, and is not artist exclusive transport. At Peak times a waiting times may be increased due to demand.

 

Shuttle Bus Service Times from Hemel Hempstead Station:

 

Friday

  • 13:30
  • 17:30
  • 19:00
  • 20:00

Saturday

  • 09:00
  • 11:00
  • 13:00
  • 17:00
  • 20:00


Sunday

  • 09:30
  • 15:30
  • 17:00
Accessibility

Site

The Giving Tree Festival takes place on beautiful largely flat farmland in Hertforshire. There are no steps, but there are some gentle slopes. We do not see access and movement being too tricky but, as with all Festivals, it can be challenging in extreme weather.

 

Layout

The distance from the accessible parking and camping area is about 200m (open from Friday 12:00 Midday) to the Festival Village entrance, Wristband Exchange and charging area is about 50m to start of camping field. The distance to the Main Stage is about 250m. Other campsites are slightly further away. There’s no vehicle movement allowed in the general campsites and cars must be parked in the designated parking area.

 

Booking Accessible Facilities & PA Tickets

Please note, you must buy your tickets and car/van pass before we can process your access requests. Space may be limited so please tell us as soon as you can. If you require the accessible camping or parking areas, or wish to apply for a PA ticket, after you have purchase your ticket and vehicle pass, please contact info@thegivingtreefestival.co.uk

Once evidence has been provided, the correct pass will be attached to your order, and will be sent. Any evidence you provide is not stored but deleted after processing.  

 

Accessible Facilities

The designated accessible camping and parking area is primarily for those who are registered disabled and in receipt of DLA, Attendance Allowance, PIP, have an Access Card or a Blue Badge*. We also can supply power for specialist medical equipment if booked in advance.

 

PA Tickets

We offer a 50% discounted Personal Assistant (PA) ticket for anyone accompanying someone who is registered disabled and is in receipt of the above* (Blue Badge is not eligible for PA ticket).

 

Disabled People who are non-registered

Our accessible facilities are primarily for those who are registered disabled (see details above). Whilst short term illnesses, recent injuries and pregnant women do not qualify, wherever possible we will do our best to make sure everyone’s Festival is as enjoyable (and comfortable) as possible. If you can’t provide the evidence listed above, you’ll be asked for alternative information to support your request and we’ll review every application on a case by case and availability basis.

 

Accessible toilets and showers

There are wheelchair/easy access toilets and showers next to the accessible campsite.  There are also accessible toilets in the Festival Village

 

Viewing platform and chairs

No platform currently assigned

 

Your arrival

Please display your vehicle pass on your dashboard, this will help our stewards direct you. All our stewards are available to provide support and information. Just make sure you remember to bring your tickets and vehicle passes with you.

 

Medical services

The medical area is in close proximity to the accessible campsite and car park. A team of paramedics and first aiders are on site during the Festival. There’s a fridge available for storing medication.

 

Assistance dogs

Assistance dogs that are registered with an organisation that is a member of Assistance Dogs UK are welcome at the Festival (we’re being specific, because other furry friends are not). Let us know if you need to bring an assistance dog by emailing info@thegivingtreefestival.co.uk

 

Strobe lighting

Laser, strobe and other lighting effects may be in use during the Festival on both stages.

 

A large-print PDF of access information will be available shortly.

Parking

We have a dedicated car parking zone, adjacent to the event sight. All your equipment and camping gear will have to be walked in on foot through the access gates.

Please take the advice of Stewards and Security teams, when accessing the parking field. Please note there may be pedestrian traffic in the parking zone.

Parking is free for cars arriving with 3 or more passengers but is charged at £5.00 (on the gate) for cars with 2 passengers or less.

Ticket Information

Where and how do I buy tickets?


Click here to buy TICKETS from EVENTBRITE >>>

Click here to buy TICKETS from ACCESS ALL AREAS >>>

 

I’ve ordered my ticket, but haven’t received it yet?

E-tickets won’t be sent out until nearer the Festival, but you should have received a confirmation email at time of booking. Please check your spam/junk email folder.

 

Can I cancel, return or get a refund on my ticket?

No. We have a strict no refund policy.  We recommend you try to pass on to a friend or family member. The giving Tree Festival do not hold a waiting list. We do not allow any re-sales on third party sites (such as Viagogo, StubHub, Gumtree etc.) 

 

Is my registration  / ticket transferrable?

Yes it is

 

The name on the registration/ticket doesn’t match the attendee. Is that okay?

Absolutely fine.

 

Do I need a separate ticket to camp?

No, camping in a tent is included in the ticket price, but you will need a pass for any vehicle you are arriving in. If you want to stay in a live-in vehicle you will need to purchase a Van pass.

 

Do I need to exchange my ticket for a wristband?

Yes. This will happen on site where your e-ticket will be scanned and exchanged at our Wristband Exchange. The wristbands are not interchangeable and should be kept on until after the Festival. No wristband means no entry.

 

Music

We have a variety of music running across two arena, the main stage is psy trance and the other stage will have a mixture of techno, house, breaks, chill out and live electronica. Check out the whole line up here >>>

Performers

The Giving Tree festival performer team presents a welcoming experience where you can get involved with the theatrics. Observe and serve up your creative contribution too. Trained in a variety of physical arts: circus, clown, butoh, mime, and dance, our performers are united like family through many years of walkabout performance. Fueled with enthusiasm and passion, their vibes will have you naturally tagging along to the immersive show. We invite you all to join in and be part of the Taika tribes, where you’ll have influence on how the story unfolds within the wonderful world of Planet Taika.

Set Times

Set times for all stages can be downloaded into your phone from this link:

https://thegivingtreefestival.co.uk/TheGivingTreeFestival2019-SetTimes.pdf

Environment

Mother Earth is in crisis, the seas filled with rubbish, creatures choke on plastic and creatures are disappearing from the ecosystem faster than ever before. We urge all travellers who have heard The Giving Tree’s call who want to join us on Taika to consider that it is a peaceful place and we have a harmonious balance among all living things. In Taika we have no plastic and we aim to leave zero waste. 

We would love for festival goers to not only be spectators but part of the show. Our aim is to attract all kinds of creative minds in finding the best solutions for a better future for all events and Mother Earth.

We care about the fate of our planet and at The Giving Tree we want to present innovative solutions to the waste most events are producing. All our staff and crew only use recycled materials to produce reusable sustainable art, costumes and structures.

For the best experience and to help us uphold our ideals please see the guidance below: 

  • Everyone is encouraged to bring reusable bottles cups and cutlery 
  • Reusable bottles and cups sold on site
  • Performers costumes made from Recycled material
  • Set built from metal and fast growing timber, it is made for reuse and to last
  • All toilets are chemical free compost toilets
  • We ask all guests to ensure any glitter brought on site (and bought in general!) is biodegradable
  • Please bring your own cups and bottles
Plastic Policy
  • There will be no plastic sold
  • Traders will be asked not to wrap their goods in plastic and not use plastic bags
  • Staff and crew will also use no plastic
Frequently Asked Questions
  • How can I get involved in volunteering at the festival?
  • I am a Trader, how do I apply to trade at the Festival?
  • Can I bring bring my pet?
    • No animals (except assistance dogs) will be allowed at the Festival site/campsite. Please see our Accessibility page for further info.
  • Can I bring bring my pet?
    • No animals (except assistance dogs) will be allowed at the Festival site/campsite. Please see our Accessibility page for further info.
  • Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?
    • If you are blessed enough to look under 25 we will challenge your age. So PLEASE bring photo ID
  • Is there parking provided?
    • Yes parking is included. In future years we will charge for cars with 3 or less people in them
  • Is there a bar area?
    • Yes there is. It runs until the stages close
  • Do I need to print my ticket or can I use my phone?
    • You’re phone is fine. We prefer this to printed.
  • Are there facilities provided on the festival site?
    • There are many, we will update as we go.
  • What should I bring to the festival?
    • Your good vibes.
  • What can’t I bring to the event?
    • Glass, Knifes and anything considered a weapon, anything considered a controlled substance under UK law.
  • Drugs
    • We are not cool with illegal drugs, legal highs or nitrous oxide. None of which are permitted anywhere on our festival site. The Festival reserves the right to search ticket holders if there is cause for suspicion. Any one caught in position of suspicious items will be handed over to the local police
  • Can I bring my own alcohol?
    • You’re welcome to bring your own alcohol to enjoy in our camping areas, but you won’t be able to bring this into the festival site itself. Remember, we have a strict no glass policy across the whole site. Cans only, and no Plastic, as per our plastic policy. Please decant all alcohol into non plastic or glass containers
  • Can I bring my own food?
    • Yes, but do look at our Food and Drink page to see all the delicious food stalls we have this year. Details will be released in the new year. 
  • Can I get cash out at the Festival?
    • Yes, we will have cash machines available on site. A transaction fee will be charged.
  • Is there any lock up service for valuables?
    • No, this year we are unable to offer this solution
  • Can I charge my phone?
    • No, this year we are unable to offer this solution
  • Is there a trash deposit?
    • No. We ask you to clean up and recycle as best you can.
  • Can I come for a day?
    • There may be the option for Sunday tickets sold on the gate, but these will be limited numbers and available on the gate only. The Gates open at 08:00 on Sunday and the info for these will be released on the web page
  • Can I have a BBQ?
    • We don’t allow any open fires, naked flames, disposable BBQs or Chinese lanterns on the campsite or in the Festival site. If your BBQ is either gas or charcoal, you can grill away!
  • Can I bring a chair?
    • Safety regulations and lack of space mean chairs and tables aren’t allowed in the main arenas (older people and disabled people can contact the Festival office in advance for to organise bringing chairs). You can have these in the campsite
  • Are there any power points available for live-in vehicles?
    • No
  • Can I put up a tent next to my motorhome?
    • No. We have separate fields for tents and live-in vehicles. We do allow a small tent to be pitched next to a caravan, but not a big family group.
  • I don’t have a tent, can I hire one?
    • Unfortunately, this year we are unable to offer this as a solution
  • I live very close to the Festival, is there a ticket scheme for me?
  • Where can I contact the organisers with any more questions?