Queer Ecology Solstice Spell

Friday 21 Jun 2024 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Queer Ecology Solstice Spell in Hatfield Forest
Kirsty Badenoch with Wayward

Friday 21 June 2-4pm
Hatfield Forest, Bush End Road, Takeley, Bishop’s Stortford, Essex, CM22 6NE

Kirsty Badenoch and Wayward will be launching their new Hatfield Forest commission this month with a programme of events linking up with the National Trust’s Solstice celebrations, as part of the 100th anniversary of Hatfield Forest being gifted to the public.

Kirsty and Wayward’s project, A Common Way, looks to extend Hatfield Forest’s hundred-year-old act of care and community into today’s local landscape, harnessing the power of queer ecofeminism, an ideology that aims to break binaries and acknowledge the diversity of the natural world and humanity’s connection with it.

Come along and meet the artists, find out more about their work, and cast a spell for the forest by contributing your offerings of care to their colourful solstice alter.


  • 2-4pm free, drop-in, no booking required
  • from 5pm as part of Solstice in the Forest, a magical evening of music, food and dancing (book in advance – ticket prices apply – see below)

Solstice in the Forest
Friday 21 June 5-11pm
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Join the National Trust for a magical evening of music, food and dancing with your closest family and friends at the Forest. For one night only, immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the lakeside while the enchanting sounds of folk music provide the soundtrack to the sunset on the longest day of the year. Get closer to nature and take part in wellness activities or take the hand of a loved one and test your barn dancing skills. Suitable for all the family, Hatfield Forest is the place to be this summer solstice.

Line up: Melody Coles | The Turkey Shed Ceilidh Band | Kegs | Tin Giants | King Driscolls

Please note that tickets must be booked in advance, there will be no tickets sold on the day of the event.

Venue: Hatfield Forest, Bush End Road, Takeley, Bishop’s Stortford, Essex, CM22 6NE
Tickets: Adults £18 | Children £14 | Family tickets available

A Common Way is made possible through a co-commission from Essex Cultural Diversity Project supported by Arts Council England, in partnership with the National Trust.

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