Fireside Festival – Time to Unplug!

Fireside Festival is a strictly offline, outdoor festival bringing the UK’s digital industry together to initiate the much needed cultural shift towards healthier lifestyles. 

The event is taking place in Gambledown Farm, New Forest across two immersive days on 12-13 September with guests invited to camp or glamp overnight.

The two-day festival addresses the alarming reports that nearly 70% of people in the digital industries admit to feeling stressed by their work, with some acknowledging symptoms including headaches, anxiety attacks, sleeplessness, indigestion, continual tiredness or similar. With the term ‘fireside’ historically conveying open and friendly conversations, the fireside festival actively disregards the stigma surrounding mental health and wellbeing, and demonstrates practical, honest and safe ways for digital leaders and their teams to create a better cultural at work.

Guests have the opportunity to embrace the outdoors and pitch their own tents for as little as £50 or invite up to six people to glamp together in safari style modern tents, that sleeps 6 (2 double beds and 2 singles) and feature a kitchen, bathroom, dining & living areas for £495. Teams can expect festival-style food, drink, mindful group activities and inspiring talks from keynote speakers.

Etch Group Managing Director, Tom Frame signed on as a sponsor noting that “whilst talking about the wellbeing of your staff is important, we believe businesses like us need to actively invest in improving the culture and allow teams to unplug and get to know each other as real people, that’s why we’re sending our teams to Fireside Festival”.

Digital teams are invited to purchase tickets via Eventbrite.


Etch Group is a radical consultancy with offices across London, Southampton and Cape Town. The group promotes dedicated teams to provide consultancy and production throughout digital marketing, digital products and business design.


Chris Todhunter, Founder of Studio Republic

Chris, a sustainability ambassador, has worked in web development for longer than he cares to admit and his agency, Studio Republic, is dedicated to helping sustainable organisations and ideas succeed in order to help protect our future.

At Fireside, You will expect to get an honest and candid insight into Chris’ experience of making sustainability a realistic possibility.

Cate Murden, Founder of PUSH

Cate has experienced the extreme highs and lows of building a fast-paced career in one of the most successful media agencies and has now built a business consultancy dedicated to helping organisations reduce stress and burn-out to increase productivity.

At Fireside, Cate will share how individuals and teams within organisations can work better and ultimately help to increase productivity and overall wellbeing.

(MC) Timo Peach, Creative Director at Momo:zo

Timo is a creative director, music maker, and performer. In front of the camera and behind, his work as an artist, speaker, writer and designer explores the challenges of the human planet that are shaping different tomorrows and aims to encourage the possibilities found where art thinking meets business.


Thu, 12 Sep 2019, 16:00 - Fri, 13 Sep 2019, 09:00


Gambledown Farm,
South West

Gambledown Farm, Romsey, SO51 6JU



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