GMB@Tolpuddle 2018

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GMB Southern Region are again inviting all GMB members around the country to join us for up to a week's camping ABSOLUTELY FREE in the Dorset countryside this July

The Tolpuddle Festival commemorates six Trade Unionists who were deported for their Union activities in 1834.  Every July thousands of people come to Tolpuddle to celebrate trade unionism and to remember the sacrifice made by the six farm workers of the village.  The festival is a popular mix of political discussion and speeches, great music to suit all tastes, entertainment for all the family and the traditional procession of banners, wreath laying and a Methodist service.

The GMB camping field has space for tents and car parking (not campers or mobile homes), and has facilities for washing, toilets and electricity and is primarily a gathering place for GMB members who wish to either enjoy a week’s free camping using the field as a base in the tranquillity of the Dorset Countryside or simply to use whilst attending the Festival on the main TUC site.

There will be entertainment on both the Friday and Saturday nights, courtesy of Banner Theatre Productions and Townsend Theatre productions with also a special guest expected.

Those wishing to attend the main TUC festival opposite will require a weekend ticket.  Tickets are available now from  Last year these sold out three weeks prior to the event, so don’t rely on getting a late ticket purchase!

GMB are at present seeking 4 volunteers in total who can commit to 2 x 5 hour volunteering roles (shifts) on any days (subject to availability) between Thursday 13th and Sunday 16th, for which full tickets for the festival will be given in return.

To book a space in the GMB camping field for the full week or just the weekend, or if you have any questions about any of the above, please send your name, GMB membership number and your contact details to