Torchlight Festival of Camping

Date: 18th - 21st August 2023
Location: Nottinghamshire

In 1921 the Club launched the National Feast of Lanterns, the members end of season camping festival.

As an event organised by member for members, its founding figures had a clear vision of what this promising new event should be. Plans were set for an uplifting celebration of the camping season and the chance to share memories and experiences of the great outdoors – the one place they all loved to be.

Every member was invited and asked to bring their voices and their instruments. Each was encouraged to decorate their tent with brightly coloured, handmade lanterns. The collective effect was spectacular and a new tradition had begun. Now, over hundred years later, Torchlight Festival of Camping carries on this magic tradition.

As with its earliest staging, and keeping the Club’s values at its heart, all who attend should feel wanted and welcome. From die-hard DA member to wide-eyed young explorer, this new event will offer everyone the chance to meet, camp, eat, dance and play in an enchanting woodland setting.

All members are invited to join us at Walesby Forest on 18th August 2023 to celebrate with a live music stage, forest light trail, festival food, outdoor activities and much more.

The show
The main music stage will be headlined by established festival performers, as well as a host of crowd-pleasing tribute acts. Torchlight will also entertain and delight with a small vintage funfair, family tipi, Club Pub and a calming wellness sanctuary in a hidden glade.

The light
At the spiritual heart of Torchlight and unique to the event, will be a magical light trail through the forest, celebrating the history of the club and the significance of its local groups and associations. It will wind its way through the trees, to an illuminated vintage camping display. And just as in 1921, attendees will be encouraged to decorate their own units with lights, making their own personal contribution to a wonderfully memorable weekend.

The feast
Torchlight will be a foodie haven, with a selection of independent food vendors in the catering village. A fully covered Festival Pub and a Quiet Bar will provide further options for families and friends to enjoy their time together.

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