About

THE BIG TENT FESTIVAL, which is run by our unincorporated association Holifield Camping Events,is an annual 2 day non-profit event and camp over aimed mainly at people with additional needs and learning difficulties (of all ages), their carers and families, but all are very welcome. It is set at the beautiful 32 acre Holifield Farm in Gweek, West Cornwall . 2017 will be it’s 9th year(2nd year with the name Big Tent Festival). Holifield Farm Project is also a day care centre for people with additional needs.

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If you can offer a workshop, perform, want a stall at next years event or would like more information, please see THIS PAGE

COST:  Only £30 for the 3 days including camping & parking, tickets bought on the gate on the day. Wheelchair accessible, including accessible toilets.
If you don’t want to camp, why not come for the day. Fantastic value at only £5 each for Thursday & Saturday and £10 per person for Friday, Carers FREE.

There’s a barn dance, disco, karaoke, theatre as well as many music, dance, arts and crafts workshops. Keep an eye on the programme here. There will be a campfire and camping, of course. It is a great opportunity for families and carers to network and support each other too.

All energy used on site from is from solar and wind and we keep use of disposable plastic to a minimum. The Holifield Camping Weekend Cafe serves lovely meals, cakes and drinks at a reasonable price.

We would also like to encourage both service providers and service users to network, socialise, camp over, have fun and run stalls if they wish.  We welcome any ideas and feedback – we want this event to be yours too!

Please note: NO glass and NO dogs (except guide dogs)

Photographers are present at all our events – if you do not want to be photographed or
filmed, please let us know when you arrive.

Holifield Camping Events, which runs THE BIG TENT FESTIVAL, has evolved. We are proud to have become a non-profit Social Enterprise and are looking forward to some very exciting changes. We aim to:

  • provide opportunity for people with special needs and learning difficulties, their carers and families to come together and get involved in environmentally friendly, camp over festivals – accessible to all. They will take place on Holifield Farm, Gweek at least once a year.
  • Local community, colleges and schools will be involved in workshops leading up to the events and a procession. We will enable community intergration by engaging across divisions of age, class, ability, disability and cultural backgrounds and provide opportunities for people with additional needs to perform, run stalls and be involved in the organizing and set up.
  • We will provide an opportunity to increase integrated partnerships for Carers, Service Providers, artists and community groups to network and redevelop a connection – not be isolated. There will be workshops and talks relevant to these groups.
Read our 2015 thank yous here and keep an eye out for the photos here!

For regular updates, please join our facebook page here

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About Holi-day 2013:
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Holi-day 2013 was our fifth event for people with learning disabilities and additional needs and their carers, friends, families and anyone else who fancied a jolly old time.

Wednesday the 29th of May came with incessant rain and huge heavy clouds, but as forecast by midday, the rain had stopped and the sun began to show its face…just in time for a fun filled afternoon. Los-Samba opened the event with a parade up from the entrance of the farm and their great sounds and smiley faces got us in the mood!  Shortly after them we were joined by Josh and three others from CDO Cornwall who entertained us with their amazing Capoeira performance, and afterwards Holi-Day revellers did a workshop with them.  We had the Hoola Dervish running some hula hooping workshops, whilst Victoria Knitting Fairy taught people to knit all manner of things including little mice and a family of owls and Lisa had people making snails for the Snail Race! There was a chance to bash on the drums with Greg, do some more hoola hooping, get your face painted by Martha or make a wish on a piece of fabric and weave it into a river or wishes with Sarah London. Or you could buy some lovely cakes from Choices, or beautiful ceramics & pottery from Drym Valley Centre stalls. The Snail race was a great success with prizes for both the slowest and the fastest snails. After a delicious veggie curry, courtesy of Suzy & Joe of the Holi-Day cafe we had the wonderful Jonah’s Lift and their Pirate get us all jiggling and barn dancing all over the place! The night ended with a fabulous karaoke line up and much laughter!  Those who were camping, exhausted from the busy day, headed for their tents.

On Thursday morning we woke up, greeted with more sunshine and headed to the Holi-Day cafe for eggs, bacon, coffee and tea! We did lots of dressing up and then some yoga (to work off the breakfast!) Later we were joined by Ikazuchi Taiko, who do Japanese drumming, and they blew us away with a performance. After this there was Circus School with Poppy, or Hoola hooping with the Hoola Dervish and more delicious food from the Cafe. The Red Cross were running first aid workshops, whilst Laura & Guy got everyone involved in some beautiful felting. We had a workshop with Ikazuchi Taiko and some more arts and crafts with Lisa, a Farmyard Hunt and we ended with another great performance from Ikazuchi Taiko.

Loads of hands helped with the set up and break down of the event, which is a massive job. So thanks very much to everyone who was involved and everyone who attended, of course! We hope to get more of you camping next year! 🙂

You can see a few more photos here and keep a lookout for the Holi-Day video!

To get regular updates on Holi-day, please join our facebook page here

Holi-day 2012 made the news…read the article here
Click here for photos of Holi-day 2012
Victoria Knitting fairy wrote a lovely blog about the Thursday of 2012 here
Check out Holiday 2011 photos here
Photos of 2010 Holi-day here
Photos of 2009 Holi-day here