Out of Africa Festival

Come join us this Summer 29th June 2024 for our first ever African festival here at Drovers. 50% Sold out so hurry and book now

Book Your Stay here

Book Your Festival Tickets here

Celebrating all things African. Most of you know we are South African. And when you come from Africa the African drum still beats strongly in your blood. When we left our corporate lives in London behind and bought Drovers Rest Farm, near Hay on wye, on the border of Herefordshire and Wales, we tapped into our African roots to add that unique touch that is us. So anyone who has visited us, knows we definitely have the African vibe.  From our luxury Safari Tents, to cooking all our feasts over the fires, just as we did in Africa. And we always have a lekker warm welcome for all our guests.

This event has a fantastic line up of artists and is set to be a real Jorl. This also brings diversity to the countryside something we are really passionate about. We will have gorgeous african street food (samoosas, roti rolls, bunny chows, boerie rolls, pap and vleis, puto arancini balls with chakalaka, melk tart, peppermint crisp tart, koeksisters to name a few),  african craft stalls too for  you to enjoy. The Sat All Day event will be from 11.00am-10.00pm with acts starting at 3.00pm Tickets are £50 pp. Our Headliner will be launching her book at this event too

Weekend accommodation with additional African activities  is available on the Farm for a 2 night minimum stay from Friday, so you can enjoy the African vibe for longer. More information below. If you are staying onsite you do not have to purchase a car parking ticket. But only 1 car is allowed per accommodation

Our line up will be revealed on our socials so be sure to follow us. If you would like to be a part of the festival get in touch if you are an artist or  African craft or market stall gatherings@droversrest.co. uk

Instagram

Facebook

Where are we?

The farm is a 16th century working organic farm. Nestled at the foothills of the Black Mountains on the border of Wales & Herefordshire, just outside the famous book-town of Hay on Wye.

  • 3 hours from London
  • 2 hours from Bristol
  • 1.5 Hour from Cardiff
  • 3 miles from Hay on wye
  • 13 miles from Hereford

Coming by train. Direct train from Paddington and then book a taxi to arrive on the farm .Taxis info below

Staying on-site

It’s always better to stay on-site. This way you can really let your hair down and fully enjoy the festivities for longer

To book click on this link. Change date to 28th of June and book for 2 nights. Once you have booked your accommodation don’t forget to book your festival tickets. And share share share. Let’s make this African Festival one to remember.

Book Your Stay here

Book Your Festival Tickets here 

The Cottages sleep 4 in 2 separate bedrooms and are £450 each for 2 nights.

The Safari tents sleep 4 people in 2 separate bedrooms and have a heatings source. A woodburner and electric blankets on the beds. £350 each for 2 nights

The Bell Tents sleep 2 -4 people and have cool showers and toilets in converted Shepherd Huts and a communal kitchen to make tea and coffee are £250 each for 2 nights

 

 

Cottages

We have 3 converted Cottages.

Drovers Cottage – sleeping 4 in 2 bedrooms, a super king and twin ensuite rooms

The Shepherds Shack – sleeping 4 in 2 bedrooms, 2 double ensuite rooms

The Cart-House – sleeping 4 in 2 bedrooms, a double and a twin with large shared bathroom

 

And Safari Tents

We have 6 Safari Tents in a beautiful wild flower meadow

These sleep 4 in 2 separate bedrooms, On a proper double bed and 2 singles. Proper mattresses, Egyptian cotton linen, towels, and duck feather duvets and pillows are provided.  Fabulous showers. They are are more like canvas cottages. Very substantial. With Lounge/Dining room, log burner and electric blankets. Click here to see more

Pop Up Bell Tent Village

We are able to put up a pop up bell tent village for extra accommodation, once our permanent accommodation is booked up. This is located in another wild flower meadow with its own cool showers and toilets in converted shepherd huts. We have 10 of these.

They sleep 2-4 in one room. Proper beds, Proper mattresses, Egyptian cotton linen, and duck feather duvets and pillows are provided. You just need to your own bring towels.  As it’s one room. This can be configured for just 2 people, so no need to share. Communal kitchen. With electricity so you can get glammed up. Click here to see more

 

Overflow Accommodation

If you didn’t manage to get into the onsite accommodation, here is our recommended accommodation list for overflow. 

Llangain Farmhouse and Barn Sleeps 10

Bullens Bank Sleeps 8

Walking distance. Call Anne Gladstone 07803 504438

Llanerch Cottage Sleeps 4

Down the road. Email Sally llanerchfarm@gmail.com

Outshot Barn Sleeps 4

Down the road Email Sally sal.budd@googlemail.com

Stable Cottage Sleeps 4

In Dorstone village. Email Selina selina@randallfox.co.uk

Westbrook Court Sleeps 19

On Hardwicke Road email stay@westbrookcourt.co.uk

The Swan

Hotel in Hay on wye

To Search other accommodation on Air BnB or Booking.com look in Dorstone or Hay on wye

Book Your Taxi Early

Make Sure to Book your Taxi to and from your accommodation early. As Uber has not hit rural areas yet and they are in limited supply. We are a green establishment and prefer guests staying off site to leave their car at their accommodation for safety reasons as well. Walk if you are close by or coming by horse or quad bike is fine by us

Hay Taxi Bus 01497 820444

Glasbury Taxis 01432 621002

A2B Taxis 01874 65 88 99

Julie’s Cabs 07899 846 592

Radnor & Kington Taxis 07831 898 361

Blue Line Taxis (from Hereford) 01432 343435

What to Bring

Drovers Rest Farm is in a rural location, as such we recommend bringing along the following.

  • The ground outside is graveled and the path to different areas on the farm can be uneven, so high heels can be tricky. Great for inside the posh barns, we recommend bringing some comfortable shoes too for outside
  • I have learnt that in the UK always bring warm clothes, umbrellas and waterproofs. A throw for the evening is great for star gazing beside the fire pits at night.
  • Bring Towels if you are staying in the Pop up bell tents (for the permanent accommodation this is provided)
  • Torches if you planning on seeing the night wild life or star gazing. Wellies or outdoor boots to walk around the farm visiting with the animals
  • Bring everything you need to get festival ready

Directions

Part of the charm is that we are off the beaten track and being located in a spectacular setting means it’s a teeny bit harder to find..  The post code does NOT get you here so do follow directions using google maps  here

Or if you use What three words flown.widely.yield. You will find brown tourist signs closer that are clearly signposted Drovers Rest. Our Lane is a no through road through the woods. Our resident buzzard does like flying low over your car, thats his way of welcoming you!

We are a green venue and limit the number of cars. So please car share as much as possible or leave your cars at your accommodation (if staying off-site) and taxi it in and out. It’s also safer for our neighbours and yourself.

The Bar

The Bar at Drovers is fully stocked with local beer, fizz, cocktails, G&Ts, wine, shots etc.

We take cash, cards and bribes!

No alcohol is to be brought to the event.

stay@droversrest.co.uk +44 (0) 7748 146862

Subscribe to our newsletter

If you would like to be the first to hear our news, special offers, wild feasts and more do subscribe to our newsletter so we can keep in touch

Subscribe Now

Subscribe to our newsletter

If you would like to be the first to hear our farm news, special offers, farm activities, wild feasts, events and more do subscribe to our newsletter so we can keep in touch

Subscribe Now
One Planet