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    The publication date for issue 289 is the 10th of December, meaning subscribers should receive their copies during the week leading up to that date. It is also available from caving suppliers such as Inglesport and Starless River, or from our new website

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Cavefest 2022 is on....

It has been decided that our annual festival will indeed go ahead this year.
Planned for the August Bank Holiday weekend,
26th - 29th August.

We are visiting our favorite venue at Crickhowell RFC and all are welcome.
Facilities include;
Camping/camper van pitches
Changing rooms & toilets
Male/Female seperate shower rooms
Fully stocked & licenced bar
Food vendors

We will update you with more information nearer the time.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

Competition list for the 2022 Festival.

1) Fancy dress. Zombie theme (Saturday night)
2) Photography (photos during Festival)
3) Knot tying.
4) Hang board Olympics
5) Treasure hunt.

Prizes for this little lot will include;
1) Caving/Climbing rope. Supplied by Spunkropes
2).Fenix headlamp. Supplied by Starless River
3) Harnesses. Supplied by Spunkropes
4) Caving equipment. Supplied by Warmbac
5) The CavefestUK camera trophy. Original 1980s camera previously owned by Martyn Farr for exploration photography.
6) T-shirts & Caps. Supplied by Spunkropes

All this Caving equipment could be yours.
Come and join the fun at this year's festival
This year we plan to bring you top quality entertainment.

We will have a 2k soundsystem stage hosted by slinky dan

5-7 pm: open mic/talks
7-11 pm: all request night you say we play

5-7pm: open mic/talks including the one and only caver Keith
7-9pm: pop and rock, requests taken, fancy dress zombie night.
9-11pm: dance nation the very best in trance, dnb, hardcore, hardtrance
11-12pm: camp fire

5-7pm: open mic/talks
7-9pm: cavers quiz £1 per person winning team takes all, prize giving
9-11pm: anything goes the final all request.

Over the weekend we will also be running competitions, hang board Olympics how long can you hold on!, photo comp best and most original photo to be posted on cavefest social media pages, knot tieing competition how well do you know your knots?, fancy dress competition best or worst dressed zombie, treasure hunt we will have a printed list of 10 locations to visit show us photos of them all and the prizes maybe yours! We would like to say thank you to our sponsors spunk ropes and starless river.

This year's festival will be slightly different we are actively encouraging people to go caving on their own or to meet people and join them caving. We are going to supply information on some of the major caves in the area such as grades and surveys and cave location so you can go explore.

There will be a beginner trip to Porth Yr ogof on the Saturday which involves water. Bring your wetsuit and wellies. Information available on the Friday evening from main tent, limited kit hire will be available.

We would like to offer the opportunity for anyone that was due to speak at hidden earth this year to speak at cave fest so we have half hour spots between 5-7 pm each day so if your interested please contact the team. This is not a normal thing for us but as there is no hidden earth this year we thought it would fill a hole.pun intended. but we could never step in the shoes of the amazing hidden earth and look forward to its return in 2023

Also onsite we will have starless river caving shop for all your caving needs, burger van for your burger fix and big breakfast needs, a fully stocked gin bar and a cavers bar with fully stocked ciders and ale and maybe the cavers number 1 beer might make an appearance

Overall we aim to make cavefest uk a cheap entertaining not for profit festival and hope you will be joining us.