Hollyfield Farm near Gweek hosts eco-weekend for people with special needs

Falmouth Packet: Hollyfield Farm near Gweek hosts eco-weekend for people with special needs Hollyfield Farm near Gweek hosts eco-weekend for people with special needs

Holifield Farm near Gweek are gearing up for a big eco-weekend for people with learning disabilities and their carers and families

Holifield Camping Weekend, previously known as Holi-day, is an annual two day non-profit event and camp over, aimed at people with additional needs and learning difficulties.

Now in its sixth year, the event allows carers, families and people with additional needs a fun and supportive environment to connect with local community groups, service providers, artists, colleges and schools.

The family friendly festival will be crammed full of workshops and music, with a karaoke and disco, live barn dance and a fantastic line up showcasing the cream of local musical crop such as festival favourites Jonah’s Lift and incredible virtually mute singer Kyle Coleman.

Each evening there will be a campfire to settle down and create conversation and cohesion between camping weekenders and Saturday morning starts with wake up yoga to re energise all on site.

Twenty five years of community work and sustainable living have seen Holifield Farm improve its 32 acre organic smallholding, set in an area of outstanding natural beauty not far from the Helford River.

Funds raised through a separate annual festival later on in the year have provided the project the ability to run the entire Holifield Camping Weekend as a sustainable energy festival. With environmentalism as one of the farm's key ethos, they try to provide all energy used on site from solar, wind and biodiesel and keep use of disposable plastic to a minimum.

On site meals at The Holifield Camping Weekend Cafe will be reasonably priced and will use locally, ethically sourced food, some of which has been grown and tended on the farm itself by the trainees from the Day Centre.

The centre currently has 38 trainees attending on their own personal timetables, taking part in daily activities such as horticulture and gardening, animal care, conservation, walks, arts and crafts, all helping to give them independent life skills.

Holifield Farm owner Rob said: "We are pro-choice and pro respect, so everything at Holifield is inclusive and gives our trainees the opportunities to make choices."

Tickets can be purchased through the website or on the gates, at just £20 for a 2-day camping pass, or £10 per day without camping. Costs for support workers and carers are by donation only. Gates open on Friday 4th at 11am and will close again once everyone is packed up on Sunday morning, after a hearty breakfast at the cafe.

For more information on the weekend or to buy tickets, please see the website at www.holifieldfarmproject.co.uk/wp2/holifield-camping-weekend.

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