Join us at Hen Harrier Fest 2022

We’re delighted to invite you to Hen Harrier Fest 2022! Let’s come together on Sunday 24 July for a celebration of our upland wildlife and beautiful birds of prey.

Our first in-person event for three years, we’re looking forward to a day of talks, activities, debates and celebration of a common cause. The day will be family friendly, with wild activities for young nature explorers. Join Wild Justice Directors Chris Packham, Ruth Tingay and Mark Avery at Adlington Hall and Gardens, Cheshire for a day to remember.

Hen Harrier Fest is a free event (donations welcome!) – but we’re asking you to register if you’d like to attend. This will help us manage things like expected numbers, loos and car parking. Please read the information below before registering!

When:

Sunday 24 July 2022.

The morning will kick off at 10:30am – with talks and entertainment throughout the day. We’ll  round off and say goodbye at 16:00.

Where:

Hen Harrier Fest is taking place at the wonderful Adlington Hall and Gardens, thanks to the incredible generosity of our host, Camilla Legh.

Address: Adlington Hall and Gardens, Adlington, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK10 4LF.

FOR CAR PARKING PLEASE NOTE:
1. There will be a road closure and diversion in place during the event. Google Maps should factor this in, and signage will be in place. See map below and please check your route before you travel.

2. Putting the Adlington Hall and Gardens postcode into a Sat Nav will take you to the incorrect entrance for this event. Please see the map below for the car park entrance, and use What Three Words for a specific location pin:

What Three Words Car Park Entrance: ///flush.ruins.evolution

Photograph: Keith Offord

What:

Hen Harrier Fest will be a varied day of talks, discussions and entertainment. We’ll come together to celebrate Hen Harriers and other birds of prey, and the wider wildlife of our uplands. We’ll have voices from across the sector talking about the issues our wildlife faces, and imagining how we might change things in the future. The day will be family-friendly, with kid’s activities, so bring everyone along!

Full line-up of speakers and talks coming soon…

Get involved: Please bring your  festive spirit to Hen Harrier Fest! Dress up, don your best Hen Harrier Suit, bring signs and banners and hats. We want to create a celebrative atmosphere so please do join in!

How much?

Hen Harrier Fest 22 is a free event!

That said, it costs us money to put on a fantastic day like this. If you feel able to, a donation to support Hen Harrier Fest would be very gratefully received. By donating, it means Wild Justice will have more money available to continue our wildlife and environmental campaign work – which you can read about here.

You can donate when you register, or on our website here.

Travel:

We’d really encourage you to travel to Hen Harrier Fest by train if possible. As environmental and wildlife campaigners, please consider rail as your first option, before resorting to bringing your car!

By Train:

The nearest station to Adlington Hall and Gardens is Adlington Station (Cheshire). Important: Make sure you are selecting Adlington in Cheshire, not Adlington in Lancashire.

The station is approximately a 5 minute walk away from Hen Harrier Fest.

Directions: Exit the train station and walk down the station approach towards London Road (A523). Turn right onto London Road, cross at the crossing and turn left onto Mill Lane. Walk down Mill lane for approximately 150metres, the entrance for Hen Harrier Fest and Adlington Hall will be on your left.

Adlington Cheshire Train Station is well connected to cities, with frequent trains on Sundays:

Manchester: 25 mins from Manchester (last train 21:28)

London: between 2 and 2hrs50 from London (last train 20:30)

Cardiff: 4hrs 26 from Cardiff (last train 19:45)

Birmingham: 1hr 30 – 2hrs from Birmingham (last train 22:00)

Glasgow: 4hrs 5 from Glasgow (last train 17:35).

By Car:

Car Parking spaces at the venue are limited. Please do come by train if you are able to. If you are travelling to Hen Harrier Fest by car, please indicate this in your registration to help us manage numbers. There will be a number of spaces reserved for Blue Badge holders, so please also let us know if you need this.

FOR CAR PARKING PLEASE NOTE: Putting the Adlington Hall and Gardens postcode into a Sat Nav will take you to the incorrect entrance for this event. Please see the map below for the car park entrance, and use What Three Words for a specific location pin.

What Three Words Car Park Entrance: ///flush.ruins.evolution

Facilities:

Toilets: Toilets will be available on the day, including 1 accessible toilet facility.

Accessibility: The event will be taking place on a grassy lawn area, with some areas of gentle gradients. Surfaced driveways and paths are located around the grounds for wheelchair, mobility scooter and pram users.

If you are driving and require an accessible parking spot, we’ve reserved several for Blue Badge holders. Please let us know this when you register.

Food: Teas, coffees, refreshments and lunch will be available to purchase at the event. Vegan options are available. Please also feel free to bring your own picnic.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Can I bring my own food? Please feel free to bring along a picnic, and plan to take your rubbish home with you!

Are dogs allowed? Well-behaved dogs on leads are welcome at Hen Harrier Fest. Please bring poo bags along with you. 

What’s the terrain like? Whilst Hen Harrier Fest is taking place on a maintained grassy surface, there are areas of gentle gradient and unevenness underfoot. Please take care whilst walking about site, and use the areas of paved driveways if you require a more even surface.

What do I need on the day? Please be prepared for the weather! Bring sun cream and appropriate clothing in the event of hot weather – shade will be limited.