Friday 22rd May 2015
4 nights

Devizes

Chippenham Folk Festival

View of Rowdeford site
We camp in the grounds of Rowdeford School, which is on the edge of Rowde village just outside Devizes.
The site opens at 4pm on Friday and runs through the May bank holiday weekend, closing at 4pm on Tuesday.
Members from the Midland Area are particularly invited to join us. The stewards for this meet can be contacted via the Wessex mobile phone on 07939 592 200.

Directions:

Rowdeford School
Rowde, Devizes, Wiltshire, SN10 2QQ
OS Ref: 173/97763

From Devizes take A342 (towards Chippenham)
Continue on A342 through Rowde, and
The school entrance is on the right

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What's on:

Ceilidhs

As this is a long meet, we will be holding two ceilidhs. These will be held on Saturday evening and Sunday evening, in the hall on site.

They will start at 7.30pm, and will feature the usual range of dancing, music, singing and other entertainment.

Note: We will be using the Sports Hall, so please bring indoor shoes without black soles and which will not mark or scratch the floor.

You can bring your own refreshments, although tea and coffee is provided in the interval.  We will also be holding a raffle to raise funds for the Wessex Area group.

Local events:

Chippenham Folk Festival

Chippenham Folk Festival is now in its 43rd successful year. Although it has seen many changes since its beginnings in Lacock all those years ago, it still retains its 'village' atmosphere, providing three and a half days packed with song, dance, workshops and dance displays.

Over 200 events and workshops take place within the town centre, turning the whole town into a giant party.

The main ceilidh and concert events take place in the beautiful park alongside the river, while practically every pub and venue in the town is used for a vast range of sessions, workshops and smaller concerts and dances. There is also a full program of childrens events, a large craft marquee, catering facilities and an open air arena in the park.

The High Street and historic Market Square are both pedestrianised, and are used throughout the weekend for busking, street theatre and processions. A huge street fair also takes place on the Monday.

Our site is about 8 miles from Chippenham, and there is a direct bus service on Saturday if you don't want to drive.

In the area:

Devizes Historic market town
Caen Hill Locks Impressive flight of 16 locks on the Kennet & Avon Canal, with a cafe (2 miles from our site)
Wadworth's Brewery In Devizes. Brewery tours and visitor centre
Wiltshire Heritage Museum Home to the best Bronze Age archaeology collections in Britain
Bowood House Spectactular display of azaleas, magnolias and rhododendrons
Lacock Lacock Abbey, Fox Talbot Museum and Village
National Trust

Our sites

Transport

There is a bus service on Friday and Saturday (APL Travel service X33) from just outside the site to Devizes (3 miles) and Chippenham (8 miles).

Shops

Devizes has a good range of useful shops, including Morrisons and Sainsbury's

Eating out

Within walking distance there are two pubs in Rowde that serve food: the George & Dragon (good but may be expensive) and the Cross Keys (a bit cheaper).