Where and when is pre-camp?

Pre-camp is taking place the weekend of 29th-31st May 2020 at the Kent County Showground.

Getting to pre-camp
There is ample parking but unfortunately no public transport directly to the site (post code ME14 3JF). The nearest train station is Maidstone East. We will arrange shuttle buses from Maidstone East to the site on Friday evening and Sunday after programme has finished. If you would like to use the shuttle bus please let us know when booking.
What to expect at pre-camp?
Common Ground pre-camp is a space where everyone can learn more about what will happen at Common Ground, meet new friends from the UK and abroad, share ideas and view the site and where your village will be. See full programme below. Many sessions are run jointly by representatives from Woodcraft and IFM-SEI. The weekend also includes the Woodcraft Folk AGM / Annual Gathering.
What is the accommodation at pre-camp?
The accommodation will be camping. If this is a barrier to you attending, please do get in touch via so that we can find an alternative solution.
Who can attend?
Anyone who is interested in being part of Common Ground 2020!! All ages welcome.
How to book?
IFM-SEI members: register through IFM-SEI from 27th February 2020. Please include your arrival and departure dates and dietary requirements, so that we can host you more smoothly. If you have any questions, please contact

Woodcraft Folk members: See here.

What about visas?
You can apply for a visa from late February. The best way can be to apply for a Standard Visitor Visa with multiple entries to the UK over six months. This way the same visa will be valid for pre-camp and Common Ground. First, obtain a passport and collate your visa support documents. You can use the Visa guidance documents here.
What is the evening Programme?
We are hoping to have a disco on the Friday evening and a Ceilidh on the Saturday evening, as well as a campfire with singing. Ceilidh is an evening of traditional Scottish / Irish music and dances where people of all ages and abilities will join in! The evening programme will be open to all ages. This is a family-friendly programme with no bar serving alcohol. Participants can bring their own (max 15% ABV) if they wish.
Can I bring my children?
Children are very welcome and under 4’s can attend for free! We will have a creche available for anyone aged 10 and under. If you would like to volunteer with the creche please get in touch via If you would like to use the creche for your child, please make this clear on your booking form so that we can plan accordingly. All over 10s can take part in the main programme of the weekend.

Programme for the weekend