Walk in the woods around the campsite (photo courtesy J Ridge)
2020 DATE: MONDAY 7 to SUNDAY 13 SEPTEMBER
We are currently putting together a programme of activities for next year.
A live music night has been organised featuring a professional musician; there will also be an opportunity for campers to step up to the mike or play an instrument.
More details of activities will be added here.
What is Seekers?
Seekers is the name for a friendly group of people who stay for one week each year at a campsite in Farnham, Surrey (UK) called Woodlarks. The week is referred to as a ‘camp’ because people can stay in a site tent or bring one of their own. Additionally, the site offers hostel-style dormitories for those who require a more ‘glamping’ style experience!
Seekers is specifically run for people with a visual disability. Sighted people help to run it and we welcome new volunteers for next year: please get in touch using the webform below if you are interested. The event is entirely voluntary and we do not receive any funding.
What sort of things do you do during the week?
Past activities have included walks, live music, local brewery visits, daytrips to all sorts of places, classes, demonstrations and much more. The campsite features a fantastic outdoor swimming pool set in woodland: it is a very popular feature and we try to use it as much as possible.
There is a very strong social aspect to Woodlarks: life at the campsite is a true community experience and this is particularly characterised by eating (and washing up!) together. Meals are prepared in an outdoor fire-powered stove which adds a special something to the already delicious food. The week is fully catered and included in the fee.
The Farnham heathlands surround the site and we go for many walks in this area. It’s such a dramatic landscape that it was used as a location for the epic movie Gladiator.
How long has it been going for?
The holiday break at Woodlarks has been running, in one form or another, for at least three decades. The campsite has been going since the 1930s and is a very special location that generates a strong sense of community between friends old and new.
The week for people with visual impairment has been known by different names over the years: for a long time it was run under the name Alternative Vision by Sue and Jon Ridge. It is now called simply Seekers and is run by Isobell Phillips, Sean Caveille and a small team of loyal helpers.
I’m interested in volunteering
We welcome enquiries from new volunteers to help make the camp a success. Volunteers help with duties including cooking, cleaning, general site duties and, of course, acting as sighted guides. Even if you have never volunteered with something like Seekers before get in touch and find out how you may be able to help.
To get in touch with the organisers please use this form:
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