BarnCamp 2013

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Barncamp 2013 is over now :-( But you can check out the Barncamp 2013 Media Page to find out what happened. The next BarnCamp will be taking place on 19th, 20th and 21st June 2015. Watch this space for more details soon.

Here's some documentation

BarnCamp is a low-cost rural DIY skillsharing event open to everyone, including UK activists, campaigners, people involved in social and community groups, and anybody else with an interest in technology and how to subvert it to put it to good use. All skill levels are invited and we promise that workshops are not too geeky due to our infamous nerd gag (though sometimes things slip under the radar).

The main workshop days of BarnCamp 2013 took place on the 7th, 8th & 9th June.

Workshop planning was organic and done on-site based on the amazing workshops proposed at this page and other suggestions brought by those who attended. If you've got an idea for a forthcoming event, propose it on our Mailing list or bring your idea along with you.

BarnCamp 2013 low-down



Fri 7th, Sat 8th and Sun 9th June 2013
(staying on site available between 5th to 10th, production crew from Wednesday 5th)
Venue and how to get there
BarnCamp is at Highbury Farm, Redbrook, Lower Wye Valley. Visit this page for details of how to get there.
£35 (on the gate), £32 (in advance if you pay book and pay before 1st June), concessions available upon request.
four nights camping included
breakfast, lunch and dinner from Thursday evening to Sunday afternoon included (9 meals). Food is primarily vegan with some dairy as optional extras.
Places for this year's BarnCamp have now all been filled. Sorry! You can admire our lovely on-line booking web site, but sadly no longer book.
If you're coming, then check out the BarnCamp 2013 Contact page for useful contact information.
buses from Chepstow and Monmouth, parking in Redbrook village, and on-site for live-in vehicles, hiking. Lots more information on our page about Highbury Farm. There's also a mass "bike to BarnCamp" exodus from Bristol/Chepstow to site planned for Thursday evening.
Excitement Factor
Top Notch. Go here for more info on workshops
To get involved in planning and organising BarnCamp 2013, join our Mailing List and say hello.

BarnCamp 2013 Programme

More in-depth details and notes about the current proposed workshops can be found at BarnCamp 2013 ideas scratchpad page.

Wednesday 5th June

  • Forward crew arrive on site and begin to set site up.

Thursday 6th June

  • Continue setting site up.
  • Arrive in the afternoon/evening (see getting to BarnCamp) for evening meal and campfire gathering and plenary. The bar will also be open.
  • 9pm - Evening Plenary
  • Campfire

Friday 7th June

  • 09.30-10.30 breakfast
  • 10.30-11.00 morning plenary
  • 11.15-13.30 workshops
  • 13.30-14.45 lunch
  • 15.00-19.00 workshops
  • 19.30-21.00 dinner
  • 22.00 evening film screenings and more time around the camp fire.

Saturday 8th June

  • 09.30-10.30 breakfast
  • 10.30-11.00 morning plenary
  • 11.15-13.30 workshops
  • 13.30-14.45 lunch
  • 15.00-19.00 workshops
  • 19.30-21.00 dinner
  • 22.00-late party - open mic, DJs, films, camp fire, shananigans

Sunday 9th June

  • 10.30-11.00 breakfast
  • 11.00 morning circle
  • 11.15-13.30 workshops
  • 13.30-14.45 lunch
  • 15.00-17.00 workshops
  • 17.00 onwards taking down equipment and tents and finishing cider.

Monday 10th June

  • Infrastructure crew: site take-down and leave (by around lunchtime)

Previous BarnCamps

There have been four BarnCamps so far, we had a rest in 2012:

BarnCamp 2011 - the fourth edition of our summer outing took place between 9 - 12 June 2011 in the Wye Valley. We built upon the success of the previous year, keeping the tech turned down, but also consolidating some of the new projects that hacktionlabbers are involved in, such as Be The Media and This year incorporated more off-grid technology with a repeat of the Wild Food Walk, a workshop of knot making and tools for open collaboration. Here's some photos from the event.

BarnCamp 2010 - the third edition of our summer outing took place between 11 - 13 June 2010 in the Wye Valley. Retitled BarnCamp we focused on a turning down the tech to make it an event accessible to all with workshops including how to forage for food, how to make a slingshot and the ubiquitous how to encrypt your life. Photos, video and audio from BarnCamp 2010.

BarnCamp 2009 took place between 11 - 14 June 2009 in the Wye Valley on the Wales - England border.

BarnCamp 2008 took place between 13 - 15 June 2008, click here to view a slide-show of photos from the weekend. There are more photos posted here and this exciting short video too.

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