Low impact, high participation camping
How much it costs and how to pay
Directions to camp
Family-friendly and accessible
Child Protection Policy
What to bring
Camp phone number
As a temporary community focusing on building a better community for all, the Peace News Summer Camp will be based on some of the things that are needed for a good community; encouraging participation and self-government, and minimising its impact on the planet. The camp will be renewably powered and will have running water. There will be luxurious compost toilets, straw-bale urinals and basic washing facilities.
The camp will be open from 27th to the 31st of July . If you are available to help set up the camp in the few days before it starts and tat down after it finishes, your help would be really appreciated! Please contact us to let us know.
Peace News Summer Camp is being held at Woolsey Bridge Fields, off Burston Road, near Diss. It’s a lovely site in Norfolk with lots of trees and a little stream. It’s approximately 1.5 miles NNE of Diss. Diss has regular train services and a wholefood shop. The Grid Reference of the site is TM130819. The post code is IP22 5SY (which gets you to within a quarter of a mile of the location). On online maps, the location is: 52.393500,1.129199. The fields are just to the north of this point.
Wheelchair users intending to use Diss station will need to book assistance with the train operator. There are no lifts so station staff have to assist mobility impaired customers across the track. Apparently the station is not staffed 24 hours a day and the gate for the crossing is kept locked – so do phone and book to be sure. We have been told the bus service includes some low-floor buses with easy access for pushchairs, people with mobility impairments etc.
The site is easily accessible by public transport, you can get the train either to Diss or Norwich and then catch the bus route no 1 (Simonds bus company) from Diss to Norwich or vice versa – this route goes right past the site. Please note that it is a long walk through town to the bus stop.
The timetable for route 1 is available here.
Or you could walk or cycle – it’s roughly 2.5 miles away from Diss train station.
The camp costs £20–£135 for adults & £5-£30 for Children depending on household income, under 1s get in for free. Payment can be made by cheque (made payable to ‘Peace News’ and posted to Peace News, 5 Caledonian Road, N1 9DY – please let us know how many people you’re paying for!), online (click on this link) or by credit / debit card over the phone (0207 278 3344).
Food: (three meals a day and drinks) costs £6–£12 a day for over-14s, depending on income. This year, we are only selling food tickets at the camp itself. Individual meals will also be available, or you can self-cater. Meals for under 14s paid for by donation.
Directions to camp
Here is a map to the camp site Diss, Norfolk
Veggies of Nottingham will be providing a wonderful vegan spread for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
The camp will run a licensed bar during the evening.
If you have special dietary requirements, please let us know in advance.
We aim to make the camp as accessible to those with disabilities as possible. To make sure we cater for your needs, please contact us before you come.
There will be a family tent area for those with children, a kids activities tent and loads of great outdoors things for them to do. We will also be providing child-friendly food.
Download the Child Protection Policy for the Peace News Summer Camp here.
- A tent and sleeping bag and any other equipment you may need – you don’t need to bring plates, mugs or cutlery.
- Warm, waterproof clothes and boots. It can get chilly at night!
- Wellingtons and hot water bottles (in case the weather turns!).
- Suntan lotion (in case the weather stays the same).
- A torch.
- Money for the gate and for food from Veggies. See How much it costs.
- Literature and things to share with others that may be of interest.
No dogs (except guide dogs) are allowed on site – sorry.
After experience and discussion arising from the first PN Summer Camp, we have decided to allow friendly journalists on site as long as they are clearly identified. However, if any one person feels uncomfortable with having media in a workshop the journalist will be asked to leave that workshop.
Not everyone is comfortable with being photographed – even by friendly fellow campers – especially if the photos are to be put up on the internet! Please be aware of who is in the frame and check that they don’t mind. We have an unofficial camp photographer who is documenting the camp for Peace News. Please let him know if you want to be excluded from these photos (he will announce himself at morning meetings).’
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