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WIN a pair of adult weekend tickets to Off Grid!


Off Grid takes place near Frome from Aug 14-17.


This much loved part-festival, part-conference, part-summer camp is organised by the One Planet Community (in collaboration with Cloud Cuckoo Land and Building Man Festival). Hosted on a brand new site, the beautiful Thoulstone Park, near Frome, Off Grid it comprises of five main areas. Off Grid College offers a 12-module course in practical sustainability supported by Shift Bristol and brings together an outstanding network of local tutors and workshop facilitators over four days. Come and learn about eco-build techniques, applied permaculture and green technology.


The ‘Cloud of Unknowing’ area offers debates and Q&A sessions, in collaboration with Schumacher College & Permanent Culture Now amongst others. ‘Building Man’ is an extended 10 day design and build space, facilitated by Tin Village and Tangentfield. This part will be facilitated by experienced eco-builders while encouraging 100% participation. Meanwhile, Birthing Woman is a space for inner journeying and receptivity, featuring a cosy chai shop, a workshop space focusing on the Work That Reconnects, plus a red tent and men’s circle, wild woods bushcraft camp and storytelling children’s fire. Last but not least, Circle of Visions is a live music and performing arts venue featuring many of the UK’s best loved world music acts, including United Vibrations, Seize the Day, The Drop, Cut-A-Shine, De Fuego, Duncan Disorderly, Kidnap Alice and many more. Don’t miss The Old Tree, Off Grid’s very own brewery and pub!


All festival goers are encouraged to engage with the on-site zero waste policy, sign up for volunteer shifts in the People’s Kitchen or as a Green Steward, or simply to reduce your footprint by using transport options and Camp Light hospitality available. The crew behind Off Grid say: “Welcome to our new story of the people. Off Grid is an opportunity to breathe deeply and tread lightly. This summer, join our newly-indigenous tribe of builders, growers, healers and storytellers as we celebrate the beginning of an Age of Reunion.”


To win a pair of adult weekend tickets to Off Grid (kids go free!), just answer the following question: Numbers for Off

Grid are limited. How many people may attend in 2014? (you’ll find the answer at

First correct answer pulled on July 15 will win this very special family pass.


Please send all competition entries on a post card or a sealed envelope, along with your name, full address and phone number and email address to Off Grid Competition, The Spark, 86 Colston Street, Bristol, BS1 5BB. Competitions can also be entered online here.


Only one entry per person per competition will be accepted. Please send separate entries for each competition. Entry is open to residents of Sparkland ONLY (roughly a 50-mile radius of Bristol with the exception of employees (and their families) of The Spark, its printers and any other company associated with the competition. Entrants must be aged 18 or over.