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WEA events take place throughout the year, across the country, run by WEA branches and WEA regions, including local and national events. If an event is listed here, it's open to members of the general public. This page lists WEA events but not WEA courses, which are listed on our online course search. Here you may also find fun learning-related events, which are hosted by other education organisations and individuals.


23 October 2015 (Friday)

The UK Food Sovereignty Gathering

Location: Birchcliffe Centre , Hebden Bridge, HX7 8DB

Event times: 12pm to 4pm

The second national food sovereignty gathering is happening in Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire between 23rd -26th October.

The gathering is for anyone concerned with food; health workers, community workers, food activists, allotment growers, people who use or run foodbanks, people who work in food manufacturing, dinner ladies, farmers, school garden organisers... Everyone helps to maintain our current food system, anyone is welcome who is starting to question whether our food system could be better than it currently is.

The hidden costs of our current food system are borne by people's health, by the environment, by the farming community and by our local economies (97% of the nation’s food bill is spent at the major supermarkets, and company profits do not stay in the local economy). Full article p.7

Register yourself here.

The event is free for individuals on a low income, there is help with travel expenses, and a crèche is available. Low cost accommodation is available.

If you can't get to the gathering but would still like to take part we have produced an info sheet on how to organise a community meeting about food with input from staff at WEA North East. It can be found here:


The gathering will look at themes of:

  • Agroecology and small scale food growing
  • Food justice / food poverty
  • Fixing broken food systems
  • Linking global to local
  • Challenging corporate power
  • Diversifying the food movement
  • Land

 The shape across the four days will be:

  • Friday - Welcoming individuals and food movements from across the country
  • Saturday and Sunday - workshops, skill sharing, meal sharing, action planning and much more
  • Monday - field visits and next steps

The space is being organised so that you and the networks that you are part of have an opportunity to strengthen your links and widen your knowledge. So if you have any ideas about a workshop, skillshare or session you would like to run – please propose it here.

Event hosted by: West Yorkshire

Further information:

Please email the event organisers at info@foodsovereigntynow.org.uk if you have any queries or would like further information.