Summer solstice in Pendle this year will feature the Pendle Witch Camp but not a Shamania Festival.
The Pendle Witch Camp is due to be held in the field adjacent to last year’s event. Last year the events took place at Brown House Farm which is just off Giburn Old Road and this year it will be at Blacko.
The Pendle Witch Camp in 2009 will be significantly quieter than the Shamania festival of 2008. There will be no activities which require Pendle Council granting a license although organisers have not yet suggested they were facing difficulties in obtaining licenses.
There will be neither amplified music nor around-the-clock events but the Witch Camp will feature acoustic music and it is expected many of the attendees of the three-day event will remain active throughout the night.
This year the Pendle Witch Camp will run over the weekend of June 19th to the 22nd. Solstice this year will be at 5:45am on the 21st.
Adrian Lord, who will be helping to coordinate the Pendle Witch Camp, also announced that Shamania will enter suspended animation until 2010 at the earliest.
Writing on the Shamania website, he noted; “Having organised 3 Shamania Festivals, each one being slightly bigger and wetter, than its predecessor; I’m looking forward to a year without all the responsibility and hoping to do some dancing myself.”
In Pure Spirit
Have you been to either Shamania or the Pendle Witch Camp before? What was it like? Would you recommend it?
Do you think Pendle Council may have been reluctant to grant licenses this year?
Carole Ballard says
This is nice :) I was one of the instigators to organise the first witch camp in Pendle, back in the 80s, unfortunately although it was fun, it fell flat – too cold, to wet, to early in the year – not this organisation I might add, but one called the Council of Elders which many camps, like Oakleaf became successful through.
All the best