5-6th September 2009


Bourton on Dunsmore,
CV23 9QZ,

The "Small is…" Festival takes place on 5-6th September 2009. It will be a celebration and exploration of Schumacher’s Small is Beautiful and what it means today – held in the grounds of Practical Action in Warwickshire.

The two day event will involve workshops, hands-on learning, debates, photo exhibitions and networking around topics relating to international development and the planet. There will also be kids activities, a solar cinema, music, dancing and camping amongst many other attractions! It will be attended by around 300 people made up of Practical Action staff, members of Engineers without Borders and others within the development community. This is the first event of its kind and the plans are looking really exciting – but it’s the participants that really make it special!

Participation, talks, workshops and stalls will be from Practical Action, Engineers without Borders UK, architecture sans frontieres, Developing Technologies, Garden Organic, and others to be confirmed.

Shops and Stalls: Ecoproducts, development bookstall, Organic produce and others.

Entertainment: Bands and a ceilidh at night, Schumacher films in a solar cinema, campfire stories, dawn guided walks around the countryside, yoga sessions in the morning and more.

Side-Events and Displays: A model micro-hydro scheme, activities for kids on Sustainable Design and Development, activities on art and development, the Life on the Edge Photo Exhibition, a solar demonstration system, wind turbine and more.

Food: Organic and world food cafes, free teas and coffees prepared on improved stoves and more.

Transport: Trains and buses to Rugby and Leamington Stations. Staff lift-share is arrangable from pickup points. Limited car parking is also available.

Accommodation: Camping for guests, staying in local B&Bs or with families.


Student Camping: £5 per person per day
Non-Student Camping: £10 per person per day
Day visitor - £5 per day
Invitees and helpers: Free
Children under 12 years – Free
Practical Action staff and families – Free
Parking - £10 per vehicle per day


Download brochure and poster:

"Small is.." Festival: brochure


Register interest here

Limited places are available. For more information visit Send any requests for further information to small_is at . If you wish to be a Participant, Contributor or Helper complete a registration form at

This event is being organised by Practical Action, Engineers Without Borders and Garden Organic. For further information email small_is at