Global Gathering is on of the biggest dance and electronic music festivals around. It has grown so large that festivals are now also held in Ukraine, Poland, Belarus, Russia and South Korea. Playing host to some of the biggest names in dance and electronic music the festival is unique every year, so you’re guaranteed a new experience! The festival brings together people from all over the globe, hence the name. This creates a truly diverse atmosphere, with everyone sharing their festival experience together.
[ When ]Friday 25th – Saturday 26th July
[ City ]Long Marston Airfield, Stratford upon Avon
[ Good For ]Music and Festival lovers
[ Weather ]Warm (British) Summer
[ Crowd ]Thousands
[ Cost ]$$
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Once you’ve gotten over your jetlag from the flight to the UK, getting to the festival itself is easy! If you’re coming from another UK city National Express coach lines provide services direct from cities all across the UK to the festival site (see http://globalgathering.com/national-express/ ). There are also shuttle busses from the train station to the festival site, with return tickets costing 5 pounds. Renting a car and driving is another option, but just remember to check your ticket includes somewhere to park, or you’ve got some where safe to leave it, a parking fine would be a definite dampener to the weekend.
Like most weekend long festivals, the best (and cheapest) way to experience the festival is to camp. Tickets can be purchased that include camping in the price, starting at 130 pounds. If camping isn’t really your thing Cloud 9 packages are available which offer slightly more upmarket accommodation, ranging from ‘Hotel Bell Tents’ which offer real mattresses, hot water showers and private toilet, phone chargers, and other creature comforts. These are available in ‘Classic’ or ‘Luxury’ with package costs ranging from 320 to 800 pounds. PodPads are also available for those interested in something a little more luxurious than a tent. These are raised wooden ‘pads’, which include real beds (none of this yoga mat business!), private toilets and showers and other home comforts. Packages costs range from 350-850 pounds (excluding festival ticket) depending on the number of people. For those who prefer to sleep with proper roof over their heads, local accommodation (hotels, hostels and B&B’s) are available in Stratford upon Avon and the surrounding areas, but remember to book early as it fills up quick.
Music festivals are a great place to meet new people and make new friends. In saying that, we all know where the mix of music, dancing, adrenalin and a few drinks can lead to, so remember to keep your condoms handy.
- Drink lots of water! There’s nothing worse than having had a few too many to drink in the sun and feeling sick.
- Remember to pack your sunscreen and hat. This is a summer festival so the sun will be out and there’s nothing worse than suffering through the second day with painful sunburn. Hats are a festival staple, and with wide brim hats being ‘in’ at the moment there’s no excuses lady’s!
- Dress sensibly. Comfortable shoes will keep you on your feet dancing for longer and clothing suitable for the weather will keep you comfortable. Short shorts and tank tops (or no tops for the guys) are great for when the suns out, but remember to carry a jacket for when the sun sets and temperatures drop.
- Keep your valuables safe. If you leave anything valuable in your tent, make sure you have a lock for it. A small bag slung across the body is a good way of keeping your valuables close and safe while still accessible.
- Designate a meeting place for if anyone gets separated from your group. There are plenty of big identifying structures so you won’t be short of options.
- Pace yourself with drinks. You don’t want to be ‘that guy or girl’ who’s throwing up their lunch at midday and misses their favourite act. Slow and steady is a better strategy than hard and fast.
Party drugs like MDMA and LSD are common at festivals, but remember that they are still illegal in the UK, with penalties for being caught in possession ranging from a heavy fine to a prison sentence.
Mixing drugs and alcohol can be a bad combination, but even when your only drinking remember to pace yourself to avoid overdosing and injury.
Keep your valuables close. Wherever there are crowds, there is the potential for things to go missing or be stolen. Keep a track of where your things are and don’t leave anything unattended. Lockers are available in the main festival and camp sites.
Like all major festivals there are medical tents throughout the festival and camping grounds. These are free of charge and the people in them are super helpful, so don’t hesitate to access one if your feeling under the weather.
The emergency number in the UK is 112
Stratford-upon-Avon GUM clinic
South Warwickshire Hospital
GUM Clinic - Sexual Health
Phone: 01926 495321 ext 5245
Monday: 9am - 12pm
Wednesday: 9am - 12pm
Thursday: 9pm - 3pm
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Sex on holiday happens. Whether planned or not, away from home we lose at least some of inhibitions and may take more risks than we would at home. This is ok, it’s what makes travelling so exciting – and just accepting it before we go is the first step to planning.
To help you get home with no more than a bruised bank account and awesome memories, here are some useful tips: