FAQ – Space to Emerge

Frequently Asked Questions


When Is Space to Emerge?
Space to Emerge runs during the May Day bank holiday weekend.  The 2022 dates are Friday 29th April to Monday 2nd May 2022. 

Where is Space to Emerge held?
Space to Emerge is held in a 60-acre bluebell woodland overlooking Lake Windermere, close to the towns of Ulverston and Windermere in Cumbria. The woodland site is called Fellfoot Wood, and the address is Newby Bridge, Ulverston, Cumbria, LA12 8NN.

How many people come to the event?
We have just 150 tickets for sale, and around 200 people once we take into account all the people on working tickets who help run workshops, provide healing and work in our crew team. Numbers may be reduced because of the pandemic and so it may be a smaller event than usual in 2022.

When will tickets for 2022 go on sale?
Towards the end of 2021/ beginning of 2022. Sign up to our mailing list to receive early notification. You can sign up to our mailing list on our home page.

What is the latest news in relation to the impact the pandemic will have on Space to Emerge?
We have a special page covering this.
 Please click here.

I have a ticket. Is it valid for StE2022? 

Yes, we have transferred all tickets over to 2022 unless ticket holders have asked for a refund. If you would like a refund on your ticket this is still possible right up to 31st December 2021.

Is there a Space to Emerge Facebook Group?
Yes we have a Space to Emerge Facebook Group. Here there is a community of fellow travellers, some who have been to previous Space to Emerge events and others who are first timers, or not able to make it this year but are planning to come to future events. Join the group and be a part of the buzz as we warm up into Spring and our great woodland getaway.
 Here is the link.

I am interested in being a part of the Space to Emerge team - how do the working tickets operate?
There are two kinds of Working Tickets, which in exchange for your time gives you a pass to access all workshops and activities - you can either be part of our crew or a workshop facilitator. If you want to camp over you just pay for a small subsidised camping charge. More information can be found clicking here for crew  and  clicking here for workshop facilitators.  

Please note that our workshop programme is full now (as of December 2019) but we do have a few places remaining in our crew team. In exchange for your ticket, you will just have to contribute around 15 hours of your time over the weekend contributing as part of a lively core team who keep Space to Emerge running smoothly. Most of the work will be on the Friday before the weekend fully gets going. If you would like to find out more please click here for more information.

I am interested in offering healing sessions at Space to Emerge - how does this work?
There are a limited number of places for healers, who buy a ticket but then have the opportunity to earn back the cost (or more) through healing sessions. These must be applied for in advance. Click here for more information.

Are Day Tickets available?
Yes it is possible to come for just one day.
We cannot guarantee any particular workshop will run on any given day, as our programme can change, especially at short notice in the run up to the weekend. If there is a workshop you are especially interested in we recommend you come for the whole weekend.

How do I find my way to the event?
You can travel to us by car or public transport.
By car: Space to Emerge is held in the Lake District, at Fellfoot Wood, which is in Newby Bridge, 15 minutes south of Windermere. Click here for written directions by car.

By public transport: The nearest train station to Space to Emerge is Windermere, which is eight miles away.
The Number 6 bus runs directly from Windermere to Fellfoot Park and stops right next to the Space to Emerge entrance. The journey time is around 30 minutes.

At the time of writing this web page, there are three buses per day, at 11.05am, 1.35pm and 5.50pm from Windermere to Fellfoot Park at Newby Bridge. For the return journey there are two buses a day from Fellfoot Park at 1.02pm and 5.02pm. It's best to call closer to the time to check if there have been any changes to the time table. Click here for more information and for the bus timetable telephone number.

By Taxi: You can book a taxi to take you from Windermere train station to Fellfoot Wood. The cost will be around £22 for a one-way journey. The journey time is around 20 minutes. Here are some local taxis firms:Lakes Village Taxis: 01539 444055, Ambleside Taxis: 015394 88285, Windermere Taxis: 015394 42355.

Car sharing: We have a facebook page you can join. Here you can create a post requesting a lift share and see if anyone is coming the same way as you. Click here to join our Space to Emerge Facebook Group.

What are the arrival and departure times?
The gates open at 2pm on Friday 29th April. Registration is from 2pm on the Friday until 10pm.
When you arrive you will drive through the wood yard and up the hill. Park in the car park and walk up to the registration area where you will be given your map and programme. If you are camping over the weekend then you will also be given information on where you can camp.

If you are staying off-site the gates close at 11pm each night and open again at 8am the next morning.
The Closing Ceremony ends around 4pm on Monday afternoon.

Where can I stay overnight?
Off-site accommodation:
We are often contacted asking for advice on where to stay off-site. We are in the heart of the Lake District so you will not be short of options if you are looking for a comfortable B&B for the night. Try
Late Rooms, or Booking.com to find a suitable B&B close by, or contact the Tourist Information Office at Windermere.
For lower budget options you can stay in a Youth Hostel or try Air B&B
There is also:

  • A caravan park (without toilet block) 5 minutes away in Newby Bridge, Valley End caravan and camp site at fiddler hall Newby Bridge Grange over Sands, LA12 8NQ. Phone 01539531725
  • A caravan park (with toilet) in Ulverston, 20 minutes away from us. It is The Bardsea Leisure Park

Staying onsite:
If you would like to stay onsite then you need a camping ticket.

Can I park my tent near my car?
It is possible to drive within close proximity to where you are camping, so you will not have to carry your things too far. Many of the pitches are close to the track, and some of the more hidden ones are a little walk away but you will only have to carry your things a maximum of 100 meters in order to reach them. Once you are set up you will need to move your car to one of the main car parking areas, or one of the designated parking spots within the woodland. Please be prepared for not being able to leave your car close to your tent. 

Can I bring my motorhome/caravan?

If you have campervan ticket then please read this information. The site is on a steep hill rising up from Lake Windermere. We can guarantee small campervans will be able to access the site, however larger vehicles may have trouble driving up the track.

It isn't the height & width of the vehicle so much as the ground clearance in relation to the length of wheelbase and whether there is a low slung tow bar or low hung exhaust. Large commercial vehicles can access the site depending on overall ground clearance in relation to length of wheelbase as above.

We took photos of vans which have made it up the track at past events, so these might help you gauge whether yours will be OK. Click here to view them. This is the best we can do to advise you. If you are in any doubt you could always take a trip up before hand and try it out - people have done this in the past. Please contact the site owner Barry at barryhoughton@btconnect.com, 01539 531014.

The site is not suitable for caravans.

When will the workshops and activities run?
They will run across the weekend, starting at 4pm on Friday and finishing by 4pm on Monday.
You will receive a full programme for the weekend when you arrive at the check in desk.

How will I receive my ticket?
Your ticket will be emailed to you so please do ensure that you enter your best email address at the time of purchase. All you need to do is come to the reception desk when you arrive, show us the print out of your ticket, or show the ticket on your device and we will check you off our list and give you a stamp to allow you access to the event for the whole weekend.

What if I buy a ticket and then cannot come?
Tickets are non-refundable after December 31st 2021. Before this date you can contact us and ask for a refund. We will refund your ticket minus a £10 administration charge.

After this date, your ticket is transferable. If you can find someone to transfer your ticket to, you are very welcome to do so - we just need their details so we can update our register.

If you think for any reason there is a chance that you might not be able to come, or transfer your ticket to someone else, we recommend you take out insurance to cover the cost of your ticket if you find your circumstances change and you can no longer attend.

Can children come along?
Yes absolutely! We have a limited number of children's tickets available, and we have a full programme of dedicated children's activities, as well as the usual opportunity to take part in a number of the other activities such as dance, singing, drumming and crafting, and the opening and closing ceremonies and the evening entertainment. There are also 60-acres of woodland for them to play in!

To qualify for a Child Ticket, 'Children' must be between 0 and 16 years of age.

Children must be supervised at all times.

Are dogs allowed?
The site owner places a restriction on the number of dogs we are allowed, and they must be well behaved dogs.
If you would like to bring your dog, you will need to purchase a Dog Ticket.

What about food and drink?
You can choose to bring all your own food, or this year we are delighted to say that we also have a caterer serving vegan food as well as hot drinks.

Should you wish to pop out and buy supplies, there is a basic shop nearby just over a mile away, and Ulverston and Windermere are just a 20 minute drive away, both with ample restaurants and each with a supermarket.

You can buy bottled water at low cost from us at our Information Desk as there is no drinking water on site.

On the Friday evening we have a bring-and-share supper, so if you would like to be a part of this then please bring a dish to share. There will be vegans, vegetarians, celiacs and paleo diets to cater for, so just bring along something that you would enjoy eating and that overall all dietary requirements should be covered. All we ask is that if you are bringing eggs and meat, that the eggs are from free range chickens and the meat is from animals which are outdoor reared.

Alcohol is permitted on-site.

This is my first time at Space to Emerge.
Welcome! We will help you settle in to the weekend. There will be a site orientation tour late on Friday afternoon, and we have a reception area where you can go through the weekend to ask any questions from the team.

I am coming alone. Have you made any provisions for lone campers?
It is really common for people to come to Space to Emerge on their own, and we would say that you are most certainly not in the minority - probably around 25% of participants come on their own. It is all part of growing into our path, and initially we do find that we can't persuade our friends to come on these kinds of adventures with us. So coming to events like Space to Emerge is an opportunity to meet like minded people and make new friends.

So we have made provisions to help you settle and feel as comfortable as you can as quickly as you can.

We have a reserved camping area for people who are coming to this event alone and would like to camp with other lone campers. This isn't a requirement if you come on your own - you can choose to camp anywhere in the woodland, but it is an option for you if you want to camp with others who have come on their own.

Please ask about this when you come to check-in.

During the Opening Ceremony we have an activity where you can begin to meet people. Also there are lots of opportunities to chat to people through the different workshops throughout the weekend. We work really hard on inclusion, and helping people settle in, because so many people do come on their own. They are not on their own for long though!

What happens if it rains?
Fellfoot Wood is a great wet weather site. It is well drained and not muddy.

In 2021 we are not able to run workshops in the main barn. However we have three marque tents and with the sides rolled up they are well ventilated but also offer good cover in the rain. The trees also offer good cover, in particular the yew tree grove. So far, in previous years we have been very fortunate with the weather and any light rain we have had has never stopped play.

What shall I bring with me?
We will send you a full packing list in the run up to help you plan for your weekend and make sure you bring everything that you need.

What other provisions do you have for campers?
There is a shop on site where you can buy basic camping equipment such as gas stoves and camping gas. This is open at certain times during the day. Please ask at the Information Desk.

Other information
We would also like to make you aware that photos and video footage are taken at our Space to Emerge events in order to help us promote future events.