National gathering 2015

Another food system is possible!
National gathering to build a stronger movement for
food sovereignty in the UK,
23-26 October 2015

Eventbrite - UK food sovereignty gathering 2015 - registration

The food sovereignty movement in the UK has grown with hundreds of projects thriving across the UK. It is time to gather again, share the progress we have made over the past few years and plan for the future.

Join us for all, or part of, the four days of discussions, organising, skill sharing and action planning. There will be amazing food, visits to local projects and a chance to connect with people from all of the UK that share a passion for transforming our food systems.
When: 23-26 October 2015
Where: Hebden Bridge – Birchcliffe Centre, HX7 8DG (see accommodation and travel below)

The gathering is being organised by a group of volunteers from the broad food sovereignty movement including people from Community Centred Knowledge, the Community Food Growers Network, Food Sovereignty Sussex, Global Justice Now, Incredible Edible Todmorden, the Land Workers’ Alliance, the UK Food Group, War on Want, Wild Heart Permaculture and the Workers Educational Association.


gathering flyerHave a look at the outline programme for highlights, workshops and the broad timetable. We’re still working on detailed timings and will have the full programme available as soon as possible.

You can help promote the gathering.


Some useful places to look for accommodation in Hebden Bridge are:

The Hebden Bridget tourist information office also has some offline lists of B&B, self catering and camping that they can send to you if you email them:
[email protected]

Some budget accomodation has been block booked for the UK food sovereignty gathering, which you can book below – numbers are limited though, first come first served:

1) Hebden Bridge Hostel (please book below, not direct with the hostel) which is next door to the main venue for the gathering, the Birchcliffe Centre. Accommodation is in single-sex dorms with shared toilets and showers. Some beds are on mezzanines accessed via ladders. During the day we will be using meeting rooms in the hostel for gathering workshops and because this means many people will be going in and out, the dorm rooms will be locked so your access will be limited. Cost: £20 per night.

Eventbrite - Hostel - food sovereignty gathering accommodation

2) Crash pad accommodation – space on the floor of meeting rooms, church halls or similar. Bring your own sleeping bag, camping mat, etc. Mixed gender. Shared toilets and kitchen; may or may not be showers. Cost: £12 for the weekend.

Eventbrite - Crash pads - food sovereignty gathering accommodation

3) Tent space – the space we had organised is now fully booked. A nearby campsite is Hebden Bridge Camping.

4) Home stay with local people who have offered to host people coming to the gathering. Spare beds, caravans, floor space – it’s a mix. Some are in Todmorden and Mytholmroyd with good bus and train links to Hebden Bridge.

Eventbrite - Home stays - food sovereignty gathering accommodation


We’re trying to organise shared travel where possible. If you could help to organise transport from where you are, please contact: [email protected]


A coach has been organised, going up to Hebden Bridge on the Friday afternoon and coming back on Monday afternoon. It will pick up from the layby outside Seven Sisters train station, which is also close to Seven Sisters tube.

We have now released 10 single tickets for those who only want to travel one way.

Eventbrite - Bus from London to Food Sovereignty Gathering
The early bird cost for a return ticket is £31 with a standard price of £49 – so book early!

Single tickets in both directions cost £18


  • Friday 23 Oct 2015
  • 11:45
  • outside Seven Sisters train station


  • Monday 26 Oct 2015
  • 15:00
  • from the gathering venue, Birchcliffe Centre