Mead Fest

Saturday at 10:30am20th August, 2022

Young People’s Forest at MeadSlack Lane, Heanor, DE75 7GX.

About this event

Get your tickets booked early!!

This year, Mead Fest has a wide variety of music throughout the day, free activities including a climbing wall, archery and falconry displays as well as workshops and games to take part in.

There’s something for everyone including a variety of food – complete a feedback form for a money-off voucher at the food vendors.

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Thanks to the feedback received from Mead Fest 2021, this year’s event is due to be bigger and better than ever.

Please note that as this event is aimed at young people, there is no alcohol on sale. The name Mead Fest refers to the land of ‘Mead’ where the Young People’s Forest is located.

At Mead Fest in 2021, the first 20 trees for the Orchard of Hope at the Young People’s Forest were planted. This year, the tickets you buy to attend Mead Fest 22 will pay for 130 trees for the orchard, due to be planted during the next planting season. The Orchard of Hope is the Covid memorial orchard that has been planned and designed by young people involved in the Young People’s Forest Youth Forum. In total there are plans for 200 trees that over time will provide fresh, locally grown fruit as well as a space for the whole community to make use of to reflect on the impact of the  pandemic, and the progress made since.

*Any surplus funds from ticket sales, above the total required for 130 fruit trees will be invested into further work at the Young People’s Forest.

 The Young People’s Forest has received fantastic support from Pears Foundation, the Pears #iwill fund, the Veolia an Environmental Trust and Biffa Award, as well as Nationwide Building Society, local supporters and a gift left by a Woodland Trust supporter in their will. The Pears #iwill Fund is a joint investment from the National Lottery Community Fund, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and Pears Foundation, supporting the goals of the #iwill campaign.

Thank you to everyone who is supporting this wonderful project

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Event Information

Event Day Information

Mead Fest 22 is a great day out for all the family.

We have live music and entertainment throughout the day on our main stage from -

  • Ollie Hayes
  • Jude
  • Derby College Bands
  • Luna J
  • Dans Dancing Devils
  • Guest speakers
  • Kirby Frost – (ITV’s The Voice)

We also have a fantastic range of free activities on the day

  • Climbing wall
  • Tug of war
  • Archery
  • Axe throwing
  • Bungee run
  • Falconry show
  • Writing & art workshops
  • Face painting
  • Animal roadshow
  • Welly wanging
  • Big games
  • Toddler play
  • and much more..

Plenty of food & drink as well! The festival gates will open at 10.30am and close at 6pm.

Travel - How to get to the venue and find the event hub

By Car

Park at the main car park in Shipley Country Park, this is pay and display and stewards will be there to guide you to the registration point.

By Sat Nav use postcode DE75 7GX. We encourage using public transport where possible.

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Please note parking is pay and display, costs are £3 for 4 hours or £4.80 for all day. Card payment is required.

Young People's Forest

By Train

The nearest train station is at Langley Mill, approximately 3 miles from the Young People's Forest at Mead.

By Bus

From Derby - The H1 bus is direct from Derby Bus Station to Burnt House Road, Heanor. From here there is an 8 minute walk to the Young People's Forest.

Bus from Nottingham – The Rainbow One bus goes directly from Victoria Bus Station to Market Place, Heanor. From here there is a 17 minute walk to the Young People’s Forest.

Event Hub Location

The event hub location is situated around the side of the visitor centre up past the Young Peoples Forest office.


Below are our general FAQ's. Please note these apply to most events but not all. Certain questions may only relate to either running, triathlon or cycling events.

How do I know I am registered?

As soon as you register you will receive an email confirming your entry. You need a unique email address for everyone you register, so that each entrant receives confirmation and details on how to login to their profile. On the confirmation email there will be a link to create your online profile. Please keep an eye on your inbox and in your profile in the lead up to your event as we will send regular newsletters with race day info, race number details and everything you need to know for race day. Your race number will be listed on your profile the week of the event. If you entered via Find a Race or Lets Do This you will receive a confirmation email from them and then another one from us when your entry has been transferred over to our system.

Will I receive race information in the lead up to my event?

Yes we send out email updates prior to your event and you can view all event details, news and offers by logging in to your user profile.

Will I be chipped timed?

Yes all our events (unless otherwise stated) are chip timed!! Your race chip will be on your race number bib which you receive on race day and which must be secured to your outer garment to ensure the chip works correctly.

What happens if I don't receive my race email?

If you don’t receive your race emails it may be because the wrong email address was inputted or the race email went in to your junk mail so please do check your junk mail carefully! All your race information is stored in your online profile and your race number will also be listed here the week of the event. Please login to check all your information. If you have forgotten your password, login with the email you used to sign up with and then request a new password. All race day information will also be on the event page of the website and a race listing with your race number will be online the week of the event.

Can I cancel/transfer/get a refund if I can't take part?

The Fix Events cancellation/refund policy is: Up to 14 days before the event you can cancel and receive a 60% refund on your entry fees. After this point we can not offer any refunds. Up to 7 days before the event you can (i) transfer to another event or (ii) receive the equivalent amount of voucher points onto your profile for use against a future Fix event. Up to event day you can (i) transfer your place to someone else you may know who wishes to take part or (ii) do the event virtually at any time and receive your medal in the post. To do so you must email ahead of event day. Unfortunately we cannot give refunds within 14 days of the event or transfer your entry to another event within 7 days of the event as costs have been incurred for your registration and your entry fee goes towards covering these fees.

Do you have any age restrictions / can children take part?

Absolutely! We typically allow children of all ages to take part in all our events (unless specific information is given for a set event). Please note that children remain the responsibility of their parents/guardian throughout our events. If the parent/guardian is satisfied the child/children can confidently run 5k or 10k unaccompanied they may do so, with a parent/guardian remaining onsite at all times.

What do I get for taking part?

Full race chip timing with instant results at the event, a cool medal, drinks, snacks, trophies or special medal for winners and an all round highly professional and fun event to be part of.

Can I Enter a team?

Absolutely! Get as many friends, family or colleagues together and run as a team. You are not required to run together and each person will receive their own time however it's just fun to run under a team name.

Can I run with a buggy?

Yes this is typically ok for most locations however please check the run route course as some locations can be a mix of path, trail, grass so not always suitable for running with a buggy. Also please try and stay to the left as much as possible to give room for other runners. (this is allowed at running events but not triathlon, please see last faq for more info)

Can I volunteer to marshal at the event?

Absolutely! If you miss out on a place or just want to help out on the day and marshal that would be great. We need as much help as possible to ensure we can give runners the best experience possible and that includes plenty of marshals on the course, helping with registration, bag storage, water stations, handing out medals and general event support. Typical volunteer hours are from 8am until around 12pm and all volunteers will get drinks, snacks and a free entry to any Fix Event!! Please get in touch by sending an email to We would welcome you to join our team.

Can I walk / do you have a cut off time to complete the event in?

We typically have a cut off time of 1.5 hours to complete the 5k/10k races from when the event starts. 3 hours for half marathons. Walking part of a 5k event is typically fine but the 10k races are mostly for running (with a bit of walking/jogging if necessary!). If doing a virtual run you have the luxury of completing your event anytime, anywhere and for however long throughout the given event period!

Can I run with my dog/are you canicross friendly

Yes, we love too see dogs running with their owners! Please ensure your dog is on a short lead/harness and that you are careful on the course and respect other runners and park users.

Can I wear headphones?

Yes we do allow this but please note it is your responsibility to make sure you can hear what's going on around you when running, including marshals and general public. Please keep the volume at a level whereby you can hear any important announcements that may be made. (this is allowed at running events but not triathlon, please see last faq for more info)

Do I have to fundraise for the charity you are supporting?

You are not required to fundraise but if you choose to that would make a huge difference to the charity, whatever amount you raise. You can fundraise for any charity of your choice.

How do I view my race day photos?

A few teaser photos will be posted on our Facebook page the day or the day after the event: Approx 1 or 2 days post event all photographs will be available to purchase here: You can search by name or race number and purchase individual photos or as a photo bundle containing all of your race images. You can also save even more money by pre-ordering a bundle of all your race photographs prior to the event. For full details visit: and / or contact

When do online entries close/can I register on the day?

Unless the event sells out, we typically close online entries 5 days ahead of event day. We generally have on the day entries available. These are allocated on a first come, first served basis. To secure a place aim to be with us at least 45-60 minutes ahead of the first race starting. Please come to the On The Day Registration gazebo and we will get you signed up there. It is typically £20 for the 5k and £25 for the 10k in cash on the day.

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  • Adult Entry (over 21's) - £6.00

  • Kids Entry (up to 20) - £4.00

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Earlybird pricing now available. Prices increase on the 31st July - Over 21's to £10, under 21's to £5

Entries close on the 18th August, 2022. (Unless the event sells out before this time)


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