Hawkwood’s Seed Festival 19-21 July 2019 Planting Big Ideas!

“This years focus is on Action, spurred on by the IPCC Report and Inspired by movements like Greta Thunberg inspired student strikes and Extinction Rebellion, we no longer have the luxury of just talking about it – this is an emergency!”

Musicians, Poets, Artists, Inspiring Eco Speakers, Movers and Shakers and YOU! Seed Festival inspires a more intimate and personal connection with our living world and our place within it.

Seed Festival – planting big ideas
is a creative partnership between
Hawkwood and Seed Idea.

Hawkwood, is a Centre For Future Thinking, providing courses, facilitating training and offering venue hire set in a beautiful location in the Cotswolds. Our vision is about creating the world we want for now and our future. We are a place that convenes people and organisations from many disciplines in support of creative endeavour, a flourishing society and a sustainable environment. Registered charity number 311767


Seed Idea exists to provide individuals, groups and business with an inspiring and engaging service through events, design, innovation and coaching. As well as their own exciting Seed projects – concerts, festivals, videos and workshops. They can support you in your artistic vision by providing you with the expertise, services or tools that you seek to make your project a reality. They have a fountain of creative ideas that help us uniquely respond to your needs. They are particularly inspired by people and projects that break the mould and are grounded in social and ecological values. They offer you a tailor-made service to best support you planting your big idea in the world.  

Hawkwood’s Rich History

Since medieval times ‘The Grove’ has been a special place
this the place where Hawkwood now stands.

An ancient sycamore tree, estimated to be over 400 years old
lost a major limb just before our first Seed Festival.
The Kogi tribe featured int he Aluna movie heard of this,
and told us this this was significant  event and a blessing for our event.

The Hawkwood estate was in the hands of the Capel family for over 200 years.
Tudor Gothic’ style built in the 1840’s after the existing Jacobean house
was severely damaged by fire.

The fresh water spring under the ancient sycamore has been pouring forth,
without ever running dry, perhaps for hundreds or even thousands of years.

Hawkwood’s Seed Festival is a collaboration between all the Artists, Speakers, Partners; Artistic Director Victoria Whelan of Seed Idea and the Hawkwood Team, particularly CEO Alicia Carey, Programme Manager Katie Lloyd-Nunn, Marketing Manager Priscilla Pabon.

Alicia Carey Hawkwood’s CEO

Under Alicia’s leadership, Hawkwood has under gone a transformational change into a thriving organisation which actively collaborates with local, regional and national partners in creating a hub for positive change and personal development.

Working cross sector and on a mission to make the world a better place she has worked tirelessly to bring people and organisations together to support projects which will make a difference to society and our planet.

Alicia strongly believes in collaboration and co-creation.  Hawkwood Centre for Future Thinking’s work has a genuine impact on thousands of people each year from many different streams of society and interests.

Victoria Whelan – Festival Producer
Founder of Seed Idea  she is a Creative Ideas Factory running online courses Igniting Change-Makers to embody their brilliance!
So they can transform their calling into a full time gig and have the Impact you long for.

She produces albums, artwork, videos and events including: Big Green Week 2015  when Bristol was European Green Capital. Launched as Executive Producer of Love The Future working with Bristol Green Capital Partnership on Healthy City Week and Partnering with TEDx Bristol with a Love the Future of Fashion Event at the Colston Hall. Dartington festivals in 2011, Tagore Festival featuring Deepak ChopraVandana Shiva and Satish Kumar. (7 days, 4 venues, 100 artists.) Also producing the first UK Social Justice festival, Interrogate. Helping deliver Home festival with Suzanne Vega. In 2012 programming Inspiration4Ability in Bristol UWE, and working on the team for Westcountry Storytelling Festival at Embercombe. 2013 saw her programming and delivering Quest 2013, Devon and Seed Festival 2013, Stroud. In 2014 she programmed 79 vents for Embercombe on the Tall Ship Kaskelot for the Big Green Week, helped with the early planning of the Natural Leaders Now Conference in London and promoted Deva Premal and Miten Concert in Bath with 900 attending. She also is Principal Pauline Quirke Performing Arts Torbay.  


Our vision is to create a better world for now and for the future. We bring together people and organisations from many backgrounds in support of creative endeavour, a flourishing community and a sustainable environment.

We deliver three exceptional programmes:

A Place to Grow – a rich and varied educational programme that welcomes high profile, exceptional leaders and tutors to run courses in the areas of arts, well-being leadership and sustainability.

A Place to Create – we provide a cultural hub in the heart of the Cotswolds supporting artistic professionals and social entrepreneurs of all ages working with local, regional and national organisations.

A Place for Conversation – we provide  a space for people to explore pressing issues for society and our environment. In collaboration with world leaders in social change, we are working to create a valuable community resource that supports bold ideas for a creative and flourishing society. 

We are committed to caring for the environment and strive to be ethical and thoughtful in all aspects of our work.

Seed Festival – Planting Big Ideas is one of our inspirational events programmed in collaboration with Seed Idea encouraging ethical living and inspiring action in support of climate justice.

So come and join us at Hawkwood!