Next meet here in 2023

Friday 3rd May 2024
4 nights

Harvest Supper

May Day Weekend
with Maypole & Penny Fair

Wessex Area AGM

Maypole & Penny Fair

May Day Weekend

Booking in advance is essential for this meet.
Please send an email to info@wessexfdsg.org or call the Wessex mobile on 07340 248 577 to reserve your place.

We camp on the large field next to Tangley Parish Hall (which is actually in Wildhern).

This is a quiet site in the rural countryside about four miles north of Andover, and is a good base for exploring the surrounding area by car, by bike or on foot.

The site opens at 2pm on Friday, and closes on Sunday. The stewards for this meet can be contacted by email at info@wessexfdsg.org before the meet, or by the Wessex mobile phone on 07340 248 577 during the meet.

Site at Wildhern

What’s on

Activities at our meets this year may be changed or cancelled depending on restrictions in place for social gatherings at the time. Latest information is always available on our website.

Friday Evening

On Friday evening, the hall will be open for a get-together – a chance to chat with friends, play some music and sing some songs.

AGM & Members Meeting

The Wessex Area AGM will be held on Saturday 29th April, starting at 2pm in the hall on site, with signing in commencing at 1.30pm. Please remember your membership cards. The AGM will be followed by a Members Meeting.

This is a chance for you to have your say in how Wessex is being run, ask any questions or make suggestions for what you would like to see happen.

There are six vacancies on the committee. The retiring officers are Stella Callow, Peter Mullens, Richard Perry and Sarah Perry, all of whom are willing to stand for re-election.

If you plan to attend the AGM, please contact Mark Callow (Wessex Secretary) on secretary@wessexfdsg.org for a copy of the paperwork.

Nominations for the Committee, signed by the proposer, seconder and nominee, should be submitted to the Area Secretary before the commencement of the meeting.

Wessex Area Harvest Supper

Our annual Harvest Supper is being held on Saturday Evening in the hall on site, starting at 5.30pm.

We will provide jacket potatoes with a choice of fillings, either chilli, coronation chicken, or cheese & beans, We also ask that you bring a dessert to share with the group.

Please send an email to info@wessexfdsg.org or call the Wessex mobile on 07340 248 577 to reserve your place and make your menu choice.

Cream Tea

After the meetings are done, we are going to have a cream tea! This should be just the ticket to recover from all the valuable discussions that we had during the meetings!


We will be holding a ceilidh on Saturday evening in the hall on site, starting at about 7.30pm after we have finished supper.

We will be having two ceilidhs this weekend, on Saturday and Sunday evenings, both starting at 7.30pm in the hall on site.

These are informal evenings of folk dance interspersed with song, poetry or music. You can bring your own refreshments, although tea and coffee is provided in the interval.

Tea and coffee will be provided, but please bring your own refreshments for the evening.

Maypole Dancing and Penny Fair

On Sunday, we will have our annual “dance around the maypole to music” session, along with our Penny Fair!

The Penny Fair will take place on the field (subject to weather), so if you have some games that would be good for people to have a go at, please bring them along. Please also bring £1 per person as a donation to our charity – this is the “Penny” bit of the Penny Fair – but allows for inflation!

We will definitely have old favourites such as Horseshoes, “Guess the Sweets in the Jar, and “How Many Marbles Can You Get into an Upside Down Flowerpot with a Fork” – plus anything else that you might like to bring along.

There may also be some prizes for the absolute winners at these games!


On Monday, we will need to “dance around the maypole to music” again to unwind the maypole.

There will also be ample time for impromptu, or slightly more organised, music sessions on the field.

In the area

The Hawk Conservancy Trust

Birds of prey, including owls, vultures and eagles

Museum of the Iron Age

Tells the story of Danebury hill fort which lies to the south west of Andover

Highclere Castle

One of England’s most beautiful Victorian Castles, and the setting for “Downton Abbey”

Whitchurch Silk Mill

A working Victorian water mill


Tangley Parish Hall
SP11 0JE
OS Ref: 185/351510

  • From Andover, take A343 north to Enham Alamein
  • Go through village and after 1 mile take first left (sign Penton Mewsey)
  • In approx. 1 mile turn right (sign Wildhern)
  • In Wildhern village turn left (sign Village Hall
  • The site is approx. 100 metres on the right
  • Enter the field through the first gate, not through the car park

Local information


Tesco Express is 3 miles away in Charlton, and is open from 6am to 10pm every day.

Andover is 4 miles from the site (major supermarkets and shops).

Eating out

The Hare & Hounds and the Old Bell & Crown are both about a mile or less away.

There are many other good pubs in the area, including the Lion at Clanville.

There is also a wide range of restaurants and pubs in and around Andover to suit most tastes and pockets.


There is no regular public transport serving Wildhern.