Proposed new dates
For the last couple of years, the dates for Nest have changed each time. There's a rumour going round that the dates for 2020 have been set: 25th - 31st May. This is something that has been pushed for a while by some members keen for Nest to coincide with school half term holidays. The idea is that these dates make Nest more accessible for families. There's also word that people want to push for these to dates to be set for all future Nests. While these dates are undeniably more inclusive for families, let's not book the 2021 dates until we have a good idea who they end up excluding.
Becaue of families taking holidays, travelling is a lot more expensive during half term and will impact Nestlings coming from afar. Because of parents taking time off work during half term, a lot of people aren't able to get time off from their jobs this week.
2019's dates were very popular. Having Nest the week before the May Bank holiday meant that people with full time jobs were able to stay the full weekend without using up too much holiday, as the bank holiday is a free day off work.
The new dates will inevitably have clashes with other events. Fire In The Mountain, a festival that a lot of burners are involved in, falls on the new weekend. About half of my camp's core crew are comitted to this festival and won't be able to make it to Nest.