At the beginning of July we went to the UK Vegan Campout festival at the National Watersports Centre in Nottingham, and had an incredible time. Unfortunately our trip was cut short due to a bad night’s sleep and Emily having a seizure in the early morning hours of Friday morning, so we left a little earlier than we had originally planned. However, the time that we were there was very special. In the afternoon after we had arrived and set up our tent we wandered over to Fiona Oakes’ stall and tent, and chatted to her for nearly two hours! Fiona Oakes owns and runs Tower Hill Stables Animal Sanctuary with her partner Martin and mum Meg, which is home to 400 animals. We have been following her on social media for a while now and are constantly inspired by her selflessness and humility.
She made the connection from a very young age, becoming a vegetarian at 3 and vegan at 6 years old. Now, she is an elite marathon runner and the holder of three guinness world records. Along the way she has overcome many challenges, including being told by doctors that she would never walk or run due to having a problem with her knee.
Afterwards we went to have some tea and decided on a donner kebab and chips from What The Pitta, which was the best vegan donner kebab and chips we’ve ever had. Inside the freshly made pitta wrap in addition to the donner pieces was iceberg lettuce, red cabbage, sliced tomatoes, a tzatziki and sweet chilli/hot sauce.
When we were done, we went to listen to James Aspey’s Q & A talk in the bootcamp marquee and when he had finished, after many times giving up and trying again in the queue, we finally persevered and got our chance to meet him and get a picture. James Aspey is an inspiring activist who travels around the world giving talks about veganism, and does so much good for the vegan cause.
Then on the Saturday, after listening to a couple of different speakers, we had some vegan fish and chips from Battered which was absolutely delicious.