Celebrating childhood and 100 years of Summerhill School
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adventure!
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Summerhill School

founded by A.S.Neill in 1921 and still ahead of its time

Unite around equality, individuality, free play, imagination, creativity, self-discovery, wellbeing, democracy and community

We are planning many celebratory events which will take place over the coming months. To include a big online event this summer (2021), and it will culminate in our historic offline Summerhill Festival of Childhood next summer 2022 (exact dates TBC)! 

Our speakers

All participants are speakers,
all speakers are participants

Organise your own projects, workshops and collaborate with others during the festival

At the Summerhill Festival of
Childhood you will experience

thought-
provoking talks

by pioneers from all over the world

work and practice of organisations

that have a major impact within education, childrearing, community and children’s rights

amazing
performances

theatre, circus, dance, live music and arts

workshops, exhibitions and presentations

for all ages: from yoga to sculpting, theatre to messy play, crafts to music and many more

Exhibition of educational projects

connect with inspiring people and initiatives from all over the world

lots of fun activities

for adults and children

Alexander Sutherland Neill

founder of Summerhill School

Freedom means doing what you like, so long as you don’t interfere with the freedom of others.
The future of Summerhill itself may be of little import. But the Summerhill idea is of the greatest importance to humanity. New generations must be given the chance to grow in freedom. The bestowal of freedom is the bestowal of love and only love can save the world.
The function of the child is to live his own life – not the life that his anxious parents think he should live, nor a life according to the purpose of the educator who thinks he knows what is best.

Our contributors

Leaders of education meet here to promote their solutions, spread innovations and built the international community and influence

Peakhill Farm can host up to 5000 people. Children and adults alike will be able to enjoy this beautiful, comfortable open air campsite, and you’ll be able to decorate your pitches creatively too.

Transport to and from Summerhill School will be provided but for those who prefer, it is a 35-40 minute walk through beautiful British countryside with a magical twist.

This picturesque spot, just 2 miles from Summerhill School, hosts a wonderful annual musical festival, so campers will be in safe hands!

More details about the campsite, parking, food, location and festival entertainment to follow. Keep following our social media channels to stay up to date with the plans as they unfold. We look forward to seeing you there!

Peakhill Farm

2 miles from Summerhill School

FAQ

When

Here are the new official dates for next year’s Summerhill Festival of Childhood: 5-10th August 2022. 

Put it in the diary, and we look forward to lots of hugs with our friends and supporters from all corners of the world at this historic event. 

Where

Peakhill Farm https://www.peakhillfarm.co.uk/


This picturesque spot, just 2 miles from Summerhill School, hosts a wonderful annual musical festival, so campers will be in safe hands!

Peakhill Farm can host up to 5000 people. Children and adults alike will be able to enjoy this beautiful, comfortable open air campsite, and you’ll be able to decorate your pitches creatively too.

Transport to and from Summerhill School will be provided but for those who prefer to walk, it will take 35-40 minutes.

Prices

How much do the tickets cost?

Adult (18 and above)

Adult 6 Days Full Ticket – £220

Child (4-17 years)

6 Days Full Ticket – £65

Children (0-3 years) FREE

Day Tickets

Adult Day Ticket – £50

Child Day Ticket – £15

Accommodation in your own tent is included. Food is not included, but  we will have a variety of food and other vendors on site at the festival.

COVID

In the case  Festival will be impossible because of the restrictions due to  COVID-19 can I get a refund? 

In the event that the festival is postponed due to COVID-19, the good news is that the festival will just be moved to new dates. The tickets bought for the festival will automatically be rolled over to the new date.

In the meantime we are doing everything in our power to produce a wonderful event in this new post-COVID world.