The Workers’ Liberty summer camp will be on 3-5 September, near Haslemere in Surrey. Tickets are £10 unwaged, £15 low-waged/student, £25 waged. Buy them on eventbrite here.
A weekend of fires, partying, nature, good food and socialist education. In previous years we have run the camp in a farmhouse; this year, due to coronavirus, the camp will be fully outdoors, sleeping in tents only. We will have access to hot water, proper showers, and proper toilets.
Covid Safety: We will be taking various measures to ensure that the camp is Covid safe. Please take a lateral flow or PCR test before travelling to the camp. The camp will be outdoors or in well-ventilated marquees to reduce the risk of transmission.
What to bring: We will be camping, and attendees should bring their own knives, forks, bowls and mugs. If you can’t lay your hands on a tent or sleeping bag, let us know and we should be able to lend you one. There is a modern shower block with lights, hot water and proper toilets. If you can, please bring:
- a knife, fork, spoon, bowl and mug
- a wash kit and towel
- a tent, roll mat and sleeping bag
- outdoors clothes – the weather forecast is good, but take warm and waterproof clothing!
You may also want to bring:
- swimming gear
- musical instruments
- footballs, frisbees, playing cards
The site and activities: we will be camping in a large field set amid woodland with a modern shower block, a large fire pit, friendly horses in the next field, and wild swimming spots nearby. We will be enjoying good food — includeded in the ticket prices — with vegetarian and vegan options and accommodation for any special dietary requirements on request, and running a bar in the evening. There will be football, frisbee, hikes in the surrounding hills and woods, and trips to local sights, including the nearby stately home.
Draft camp agenda:The camp opens at 3pm on Friday 3 September. It closes at 3pm on Sunday 5 September.
3pm Camp opens
- Jewish Revolutionaries
- Class struggle in France
- The workers’ movement in Turkey
7pm Dinner and campfire
11am – 1pm Workshops:
- Organising the unorganised
- Where did the Labour Party come from?
- The history of the “Workers’ Olympics”
12pm – Lunch (including a short talk about space) and trips out (wild swimming, walks in the hills, and wherever else)
4pm – Activities/talks
- Sound system culture and politics (including a sound system demonstration)
- Graffiti and politics
6pm – Workshops
- Singapore: from independence to the struggles of today
- The police, state violence and state racism: a history
- COP26, Extinction Rebellion and the climate movement
8pm – Dinner and pub quiz / campfire
- The fight for democracy in Hong Kong
- Socialism and Feminism
1-2pm Plenary discussion: socialist organising against climate change
3pm Camp closes
Travel: The camp will about 7 miles, or 20 minutes’ drive, from Haslemere train station. From Friday afternoon we will be offering lifts to and from the station – call or email ahead to let us know when you are arriving. We aim to offer everyone a lift. If for some reason no lifts are running when you arrive, or if there is an emergency, consult this list of local taxi firms: https://www.thomsonlocal.com/search/taxis/lurgashall-west-sussex For transport and accessibility information contact firstname.lastname@example.org .
- A zip wire and trampolines
- A swimming pool (with a little algae), and a possible hot tub!
- Campfires (including one which is sheltered from rain if needed!) - plus marshemallows and dampers if people want
- Watching films with a projector in a big indoor space
- Rope swings, tree climbing
- Football, frisbee, volleyball, badminton. Maybe ping pong.
- Boardgames, poker etc.
- A pub quiz
- Peruse a display of our industrial bulletins
- Our bar
In the surrounding area
- Beautiful woods
- A church and graveyard
- The Mill Pond (not for swimming, for looking at wildlife)
- A pub and shop, maybe a closed down brewery
- Friendly horses to look at
- A celebrated two hours round walk to "temple of the wind"
- A four hour round walk to Fenhurst, which has a nice pub; and other possible walks
- Wild swimming (a few options)
- A mini steam railway
- A sculpture park (needs booking)
- An old castle, Cowdray Ruins, (with a paddling bit of river next to it)
- The Weald and Downland Museum
- Ropes stuff in the trees, possibly
- Possibly, a stately home
Additional stuff of more interest to children
- A play park
- Arts and craft stuff including stuff to make tealight lanterns
- A bow and arrow
- Jigsaw puzzles
- A parachute for parachute games
- Drums and similar musical instruments
- Swimming and paddling in "Sandy Bay, Midhurst", next to the ruins of a castle. Very toddler friendly swimming, very shallow. Parking very close by
Other misc. info:
- There are wheelchair accessible facilities
- While there are parking spaces, if you're with a taxi you may want dropping at the pub
- There are lots of toilets and showers, and they look good, as do the kitchens
- There are plugs, although we shouldn't overload them
- There are some bed type things for people with access needs
- The site is run by volunteers
- There are lots of spare tents and sleeping bags and stuff we can rent (at a cost - so we should try to work out beforehand)
- Football and frisbee etc. best area may be by the swimming pool
- There are enough possible fire places that the fire could be far from where people are going to sleep, for noise
- There are many marquees, we don't need to worry about places for workshops if it rains
- The bike ride from the train station is lush