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To Celebrate our 25th anniversary we have a number of exciting events planned over 2019. Tickets are now for sale for all of our events and we would love you to join us.

Friend's 25th Anniversary Vegan Music Festival 
Jul
26
to Jul 28

Friend's 25th Anniversary Vegan Music Festival 

  • Friend Farm Animal Sanctuary (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Buy tickets now for our 25th Anniversary Vegan Music Festival

Friday July 26th - Sunday July 28th

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PRICES

Full weekend

Adults £40 online / £50 on the gate

Kids 12-16 £20

Kids 11 and under donation only

Includes tent pitch

Saturday only

Adults £20 online / £25 on the gate

Kids 12-16 £10

day tickets don’t include camping

Sunday only

Adults £12 online / £15 on the gate

Kids 12-16 £6

day tickets don’t include camping

Friend Farm Animal Sanctuary is located on a beautiful 10 acre site in rural Kent. We were established in 1994 and have given sanctuary to upward of 2000 animals in the following 25 years. We currently have approximately 200 non human animal residents including pigs, goats, sheep, cows, hens, ducks, geese, turkeys and more.

Each year our annual vegan music festival gets bigger and better! Please join us this year for our 25th year celebratory 2 day festival with live music, amazing vegan food, awesome company, outdoor camping, and glorious summer vibes.

All proceeds after costs come to Friend Farm Animal Sanctuary

You can expect

  • Amazing vegan catering onsite.

  • A lineup of awesome live music

  • A well stocked bar

  • Basic washing and toilet facilities

  • Live acts from Friday 26th 7:00 p.m. - Sunday 6:00 p.m.

  • Outdoor camping, bring your own tent

  • Sanctuary guided tour

  • Yoga and activities

  • Sanctuary merchandise for sale

  • Vegan cakes and refreshments

  • Quiet quality time with our animal residents

  • Parking onsite

Visit our FB event page for lineup updates

Note

  • Sorry no dogs allowed (except for guide dogs) to prioritise the safety of our free range rescued animals.

  • This is vegan festival, please fully respect these principles by not bringing any meat, eggs or dairy onsite.

  • Our animals are our number 1 priority. FRIEND is a large 10 acre site and the music is contained centrally away from the animals who are free-roaming as much as possible. They are able to keep a very comfortable distance throughout the weekend and remain in very peaceful areas of the sanctuary with little impact on their day to day business. The volunteers see FRIEND as the animals' home first and foremost, and a space for the musical festival second and we manage the event with their well-being prioritised

Acts include:

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JOHNNY KOWALSKI AND THE SEXY WEIRDOS www.facebook.com/sexyweirdos/

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THE DIRTY FAIRIES

www.facebook.com/thedirtyfairies.co.uk/

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RITES OF HADDA

www.facebook.com/ritesofhadda/

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CHALICE

www.facebook.com/chaliceband/

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LIBERATION DRUMMER
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THE TEN BAGS

www.facebook.com/TheTenbags/

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DISSIDENT NOIZE FACTORY www.facebook.com/dissidentnoizefactory/

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MARK SCHUBERT

www.facebook.com/phillious.williams.3

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THE SQUIFFERS

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TUPPENNY BUNTERS

www.facebook.com/Tuppennybunters

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MOBIUS LOOP

www.facebook.com/mobiusloopmusic/

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THE DUBLO

www.facebook.com/thedublo

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THE SALT DEMONS

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GILL WEST

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GEOFF MINTER

www.facebook.com/Geoffmintermusic/

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THE CUMPOSERS

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CHARLOTTE ZONE

www.charlottezone.com/

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MELINDA ORTNER

www.melindaortner.com/

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MARCUS TAYLOR

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THE FAUX PAS

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PUBLIC SPEECH

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THE MARCHING SKALETONS

www.youtube.com/watch?v=bgSXpwg-0UY

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UPPER CRUSTIES

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ANGRY

www.facebook.com/angrytruestories/

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DJ PEA SOOPA

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THE ONDINES

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…and more

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Full weekend

Adults £40 online / £50 on the gate

Kids 12-16 £20

Kids 11 and under donation only

Saturday only

Adults £20 online / £25 on the gate

Kids 12-16 £10

Sunday only

Adults £12 online / £15 on the gate

Kids 12-16 £6

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Lineup subject to change, check the Facebook event for latest updates

Friday

Bar/Acoustic Stage

7pm- 8.20pm: THE SQUIFFERS (with full light sound and trance effects )

8.30pm- 9.00pm: THE CUMPOSERS

9.10pm - 10pm: THE FAUX PAS

10pm -11pm: PUBLIC SPEECH

SATURDAY MAIN STAGE

2pm - 12.30pm: THE MARCHING SKALETONS

1.00pm - 1.40pm: EDEN AND NOELLE

2.25pm-3.10pm: CHALICE

3.45-4.25pm: MOBIUS LOOP

4.45-17.30pm: THE DIRTY FAIRIES

6pm-6.45pm: RITES OF HADA

6.45- 7.00: MARK EATON (sanctuary owner will give a talk)

7.00-7.40pm: PLATYPUS

8.10-8.50: DISSIDENT NOIZ FACTORY

9.45-11pm: JOHNNY KOWALSKI AND THE SEXY WEIRDOS

SATURDAY BAR/ACOUSTIC TENT

12.35-12.55pm: GILL WEST

1.45-2.20pm: ANGRY

3.15pm-3.45pm: THE UPPER CRUSTIES

4:15 - 4:45 pm: ASHLEY

5.30pm-6.00pm: MOTHER/M9

7.40pm- 8.10: BINGO CHERRY SCOTT

8.55pm-9.50pm: MARK SCHUBERT

11.00pm-00.00: DJ PEA SOOPA

SUNDAY MAIN STAGE

12.00pm-12.35om: THE SALT DEMONS

1.00pm- 1.40pm: DAN LYONS

2..00pm- 2.35pm: CHARLOTTE ZONE

3.10pm-3.50pm: TUPPENNY BUNTERS

4.30pm-5.20pm: TEN BAGS

6.30-7.30: WHOM BY FIRE

SUNDAY BAR/ACOUSTIC TENT

12.35pm-1pm: DAVE CAMILLE

1.30pm-2.10pm: LIBERATION DRUMMER

2.35pm-3.10pm: THE WORLDLINGS

3.50-4.30: THE SUN DOGS 

5.20pm-6.20pm: MELINDA ORTNER

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Lazy Sunday Afternoon
Aug
25
2:00 PM14:00

Lazy Sunday Afternoon

Join us for a lazy Sunday afternoon at the sanctuary and a vegan cream tea

Join us for a lazy afternoon at the sanctuary, nothing planned just a relaxing afternoon and an opportunity to get to know the animals.

  • Vegan cream tea for sale

  • Lots of cuddles

A note about parking and transport

We encourage you ideally and where possible to come by public transport and there will be ongoing lifts to and from Paddock Wood station at the start and end of the day. Lifts will be from the side of the station where trains come in from London.

If you come by car we request that when parking you remain mindful of our neighbours. Please don’t park outside our neighbour’s properties and make sure you don’t park in/or block anyone’s driveways. Also please park on the actual road rather than up on the grass verges. Thank you

For more information on getting here visit our VISIT page

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£8 on the gate

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Samhain Celebrations
Nov
3
to Nov 4

Samhain Celebrations

Help us celebrate Marks birthday at our 2019 Samhain Celebrations

Sunday November 3rd, 1:00 p.m. till late.

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The Day

Join us for an afternoon and evening of Samhain celebration. Delicious vegan food, mulled wine/cider, pagan music, a fire sculpture, carved pumpkins and more

This is what we plan:

  • A guided tour

  • Put the birds to bed 

  • Feed the pigs

  • Fire sculpture 

  • Atmospheric lighting

  • Kid friendly fancy dress optional

  • £10 on the door, (includes food and a drink)

  • Bring a bottle/donate cakes

  • Wear wellies and very warm clothing 

  • Lifts will run to and from Paddock Wood station between 1-3pm and from 7pm 

  • Donations accepted 

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Summer Solstice Sleepover Celebrations
Jun
21
to Jun 22

Summer Solstice Sleepover Celebrations

  • Friend Farm Animal Sanctuary (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Summer Solstice Celebrations

This event has now sold out

No entry on the gate

Summer Solstice Sleepover Celebrations

Please join us for a magical, midsummer gathering at Friend Farm Animal Sanctuary.

4:00 p.m. Friday 21st - 4:00 p.m. Saturday 22nd June

  • Put the birds to bed

  • Cosy and intimate party round the fire pit

  • Fire sculpture

  • Bring your own bottle

  • Smokey vegan barbecue

  • Drumming and music round the fire pit (if you play please bring your instruments with you).

  • Camping (we have rustic compost toilet facilities on site)

  • Watching the sunrise

  • Sunrise yoga and meditation

  • Letting the birds out and feed the animals

  • Breakfast and lunch included

  • Vegan donuts, teas, cakes, soft drinks, and juices for sale

  • Guided tour

  • Mini raffle

  • Friend Sanctuary merchandise for sale

  • Veggie bags to feed the animals

  • Feeding the pigs

  • Resting and relaxing

  • Spending time with the animals

  • And more…

Parking

You will be able to park on site. For information on getting here visit our VISIT page

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25th Anniversary Celebrations
May
25
10:30 AM10:30

25th Anniversary Celebrations

Please join us for a special spring open day celebrating 25 years of animal rescue

Online Tickets sold out.

Tickets available on the gate

from 5.00
Adults/Kids:
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Adults £10 (£15 on the gate)

Kids 16 and under £5

Please join us for a special spring open day celebrating 25 years of animal rescue

Friend Farm Animal Sanctuary was established in 1994 and this year we have very proudly achieved our 25th year. In our lifetime we have been able to offer a loving, caring, lifelong, no-kill, free-roaming, safe-haven to almost 2000 abandoned, abused and neglected non-human animals including a large number rescued from the meat and dairy industries.

We will be celebrating with a big open day with guided tours, a 25 prize raffle, vegan food, vegan cakes, feeding the animals, live music and lots more...

We will also unveil our new goat paddock in the afternoon and Hella, Amma, Astrid and Freya our 4 new baby goats will be graduating out the paddock on that day too to become free roaming with the big goats.

Please help us celebrate our 25th Anniversary at our first open day of the year

A note about parking and transport

We encourage you ideally and where possible to come by public transport and there will be ongoing lifts to and from Paddock Wood station at the start and end of the day. Lifts will be from the side of the station where trains come in from London.

If you come by car we request that when parking you remain mindful of our neighbours. Please don’t park outside our neighbour’s properties and make sure you don’t park in/or block anyone’s driveways. Also please park on the actual road rather than up on the grass verges. Thank you

For more information on getting here visit our VISIT page

On the Day

  • Set vegan lunch included

  • Guided tour 

  • Raffle with 25 prizes

  • Vegan cakes for sale

  • New anniversary merchandise for sale

  • Hand feed some of the animals (we provide bags of food)

  • Watch the pigs being fed

  • Goat paddock unveiling and letting the baby goats out the paddock

  • Live music

  • Opportunities to donate to the sanctuary

  • and more…

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Letting the cows out the barn
Apr
28
10:30 AM10:30

Letting the cows out the barn

Please join us for this special work party

Letting the cows out the barn has been a tradition at FRIEND since we first rescued the herd.

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Come and watch our gentle old cows stepping out the barn for spring

Over the cold winter months the cows live indoors, this protects them from the harshness of winter but also allows the land to rest and replenish itself. They then spend most of the spring, summer and autumn months enjoying the enriched grazing.

Once upon a time when the cows were young they would leap and bound when they were let out the barn giving our special work parties the joy and thrill of seeing them frolic with delight. Of course we now have a wonderful herd of grand, aged cows. Rosie will be 21 this year and the rest of the herd will all be turning 20. These days it can be a bit of an anti climax, we open the barn door and the cows amble out and start grazing, the end. It is a funny contrast to the olden days of leaping and bounding but also a wonderful reminder that we have given these amazing beings 20 years of sanctuary to grow old and live out their lives as naturally as is possible.

A note about parking and transport

We encourage you ideally and where possible to come by public transport and there will be ongoing lifts to and from Paddock Wood station at the start and end of the day. Lifts will be from the side of the station where trains come in from London.

If you come by car we request that when parking you remain mindful of our neighbours. Please don’t park outside our neighbour’s properties and make sure you don’t park in/or block anyone’s driveways. Also please park on the actual road rather than up on the grass verges. Thank you

For more information on getting here visit our VISIT page

We invite you to join us for this special volunteer day

There will be 200 tickets for sale online at £3 per person

  • Volunteer opportunities to help around the sanctuary

  • Lunch, tea and cakes for sale

  • Kids for free

  • Donation opportunities

  • Merchandise for sale

  • Lifts available from the station

  • Everyone is welcome

  • Wear your wellies and warm clothing

Day Schedule

10:30 a.m. arrival

12:00 p.m. Guided tour with Mark

12:45 p.m. Lunch

2:00 p.m Let the cows out

4:00 p.m. Close


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Nov
3
1:00 PM13:00

Halloweeeeeeeeen Barbecue

Help us celebrate Marks birthday at our halloween Barbecue

Saturday November 3rd, 1:00 p.m. start.

Join us for an afternoon and evening of spooooky sanctuary shenanigans. Picture this, dusk at the sanctuary, fairy lights, the warmth of a roaring fire on the pit, delicious vegan food, mulled wine/cider, the snoring sound of the pigs in the background, Daniel and Tomato.

This is what we plan:

  • A guided tour

  • Put the birds to bed 

  • Feed the pigs

  • Penny-for-the-guy 

  • Bonfire and fairy lights

  • Fire sculpture 

  • Kid friendly fancy dress optional

  • £10 on the door, (includes food and a drink)

  • Free entry for kids

  • Bring a bottle/donate cakes

  • Wear wellies and warm clothing 

  • Lifts will run to and from Paddock Wood station between 1-3pm and from 7pm 

  • Donations accepted 

*Taking votes now for who you'd like our penny-for-the-guy to be? Teresa May, Boris Johnson, Tony Blair, Ronald Mcdonald, Donald Trump, other suggestions?

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Last open to the public days this season Wednesday 3rd and Sunday October 7th
Oct
7
11:00 AM11:00

Last open to the public days this season Wednesday 3rd and Sunday October 7th

Last open to the public days this season Wednesday3rd and Sunday October 7th

We will then be closed for the Winter/back in Spring

Summer, Spring and Autumn you are welcome to come along for a visit to the sanctuary anytime on a Wednesday or Sunday between 11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

You will be shown round with a small guided tour a great chance to meet all the animals we have a small kitchen with snacks and a picnic area where you can relax

We close in winter so don't miss out!!!

Donations gratefully appreciated

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Open day
Sep
9
11:00 AM11:00

Open day

September family open day!

Come down to the sanctuary to visit the cows, chickens, pigs, sheep, goats, ducks, turkeys and Tommy and Daniel the dogs, as well as hang out with a bunch of vegans.

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F.R.I.E.N.D. Festival 2017
Jul
14
to Jul 16

F.R.I.E.N.D. Festival 2017

All proceeds after costs go to F.R.I.E.N.D Farmed Animal Sanctuary. This entire event is run by volunteers including equipment supplied.

Check the Facebook event for more updates: https://www.facebook.com/events/1705095583116059/

TICKETS

£25

Kids are FREE (under 16)

Pay on the gate atm watch this space.

 

 

INFO

Vegan catering onsite

Free Camping from Friday

This is a meat and dairy free festival,
please respect these principles.

Sorry no dogs allowed due to there being free range animals onsite
(guide dogs exempt)

 

SCHEDULE

Friday

Almost Acoustic Stage
18.00 Noname Trio
18.45 The Faux Pas
19.30 Illias Lintzos
20.15 O Erdboen
21.15 The Ten Bags
22.15 The Pagans

Saturday

Main Stage
12.00 DJ/Intro
12.40 The Salt Demons
13.50 The Cosmic Jerks
14.20 The Marching Skaletons
15.30 T-Bitch
16.40 Eastfield
17.50 Platypus
18.30 The Marching Skelatons
19.00 Dissident Noize Factory
20.10 Dirty Fairies
21.20 Johnny Kowalski & the Sexy Weirdos
22.40 Malarkey
 

Almost Acoustic Stage





16.10 JC
17.20 The Daylight Robberies
 

19.40 Winter
20.50 Perkie
22.10 DJ Tomana Dub

Sunday

Main Stage
11.50 The Squiffers
12.50 The Fifty-Four Plates
13.50 Rudy Warman & the Heavy Weather
15.00 Dr Zod
16.10 The Pukes
17.20 Holler For Mary


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Aug
13
12:00 PM12:00

Summer Tea Party

An open day with vegan scones and tea served.

Message from Mark:
Looking forward to this open day :) We will this time hopefully be giving tours of the rescue for we really want to tell everyone our thoughts and hopes for the future of FRIEND :) It has been a eventful year for different reasons so now i would like to make a new start for the animals and the way things are done. We do have some exciting projects in the pipeline, i will want to share some of these ideas with everybody in the hope we can become even more inclusive to the idea of sanctuary and forwarding the compassionate message, I hope you can all come along, it will be an simple informal day with teas, cakes and light snacks. This will be the last open day of the year so it is a good time to come along if you have not been before, look forward to seeing you :) xxxxx

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Hastings Vegan Fayre
Aug
6
10:30 AM10:30

Hastings Vegan Fayre

We'll have a stall at Hastings Vegan Fayre:

A wide range of stalls, gifts, food, films, cookery demonstrations, speakers, cruelty free products and music.

Come along and support your favourite charity and get to know others in this area.

Pop in for lunch, a treat and meet friends. 

Vegan for the animals, the Planet, for health, for life.

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Jade Green Vegan - Discount & FRIEND is charity of the month!
Aug
1
to Sep 4

Jade Green Vegan - Discount & FRIEND is charity of the month!

For the month of August, you can get 10% off your order at jadegreenvegan.com/shop when they enter the code 'FRIEND10' at checkout.

Furthermore, Jade has very generously made FRIEND charity of the month: for every clothing item Jade Green Vegan sells this month, £1 will be donated to FRIEND (50p donated for kids range and tote bags).

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Tattoo fundraiser
Jul
30
11:00 AM11:00

Tattoo fundraiser

Fifth Dimension Tattoo & Piercing will be creating walk-in tattoos based on vegan-themed flash drawings that Yuki, Sooz, and Miran have created. Whether you want a small "V" for Vegan, a vegetable, or a cuddly creature, 100% of your donations will go to FRIEND!

There's no need to book! Just show up! It will be a fun day to create a cycle of giving and receiving in the name of protecting and cherishing the species who share this beautiful earth with us.

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