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AEFES is an annual, community run alternative education festival that allows people to develop and share their experiences and skills in a democratic and environmentally friendly setting.

AEFES emerged from discussions that took place in the wake of the demise of the long running home education festival, HESFES, in the spring of 2016. While most of those involved with developing AEFES have a background in the home education community the name of the festival recognises, and wishes to encompass, many other alternative forms of education.

The first AEFES took place in Bodium, East Sussex in July 2016. The festival was attended by over 250 people and, despite being organised in just three months, was an amazing success. Now in our second year, AEFES has established itself as a community of adults, teenagers and children all working in unity to create a festival where all voices can be heard, all opinions considered and where all decisions can be made in a democratic and magical setting.

AEFES is an amazing experience for people of all ages. A variety of workshops, discussions and debates take place every day followed by a full evening of entertainment. Everyone in the AEFES community is encouraged to learn and develop skills, both in terms of running workshops and getting involved in the running of the festival. AEFES also offers a platform for people attending the festival to develop their performing arts talents during the evening entertainment programme.

AEFES is a child and family friendly festival that provides a safe space for everyone who chooses to join us. AEFES want the festival to be inclusive and offers one affordable ticket price for all with the option to make an additional donation. The festival also has a green ethos and strives to promote sustainable living. Where possible we use renewable energy, environment friendly supplies and local recycling facilities.

Our code of conduct (detailed below) is based simply on common sense and mutual respect (plus a few clauses that meet the requirements of the owners of the festival site).

Code of Conduct

Only ticket holders will be admitted to AEFES.

Please wear your AEFES wristbands which will be issued on arrival. This allows us to check only people who have bought tickets and part of the community are on site. This helps ensure your safety and the safety of children.

Entering people private camping space without their consent is not permitted. Anyone caught doing this will be asked to leave.

The following items are not allowed on site for legal and safety reasons: illegal drugs, firearms, laser devices, fireworks, nitrous oxide canisters, airborne lanterns, drones or anything else that could reasonably be classed as dangerous.

There is a 5 mph speed limit on site. Please drive slowly at all times.

Small camp fires and barbecues are fine but be extra vigilant near tents and do not leave fires unattended. The cutting or damaging of trees or other property is not allowed.

Alcohol is allowed on site but only for personal consumption.

No alcohol sales will be allowed.

11 pm is quiet time. All music and noise must be stopped before 11 pm (this is a condition of the Campsite).

Parents are responsible for the supervision and welfare of their children at all times. Parents should be aware there is a pond on the site and take precautions accordingly.

Your personal belongings are your own responsibility and AEFES cannot accept liability for any loss, theft or damage to your property.

Please respect the site owners and do not enter private areas of the site outside the AEFES field.

Pets are welcome but your pet is your responsibility at all times.

Please keep dogs on a lead (even if your dog is well behaved - not everyone is comfortable with a dog running up to them) and pick up any dog mess and dispose of it responsibly.

Please ensure all rubbish is taken home or place in the recycling facilities located around the site.

Everyone must leave the site by 12 Noon on the 28th, this is a condition of hiring the site.

Ticket holders consent to filming, sound recording and photography as participants in the event. Films and recordings of the event and its participants may appear publicly and be distributed and published within the public domain.

AEFES has the right to alter or vary the programme, without notice, due to events or circumstances beyond its control, without being obliged to refund monies or exchange tickets.


You must be aged 18 or over on 21st July 2017 to come to the festival alone.

Under 18s must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

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