Join us in the beautiful Oxfordshire countryside for a weekend of insights, entertainment, good food in inspiring company.

End of July 2017

About The Event

The Hatch DIY Weekender unites innovators and entrepreneurs in a camping event. The event is designed to forge connections, share skills, to have fun and to relax together. Our Dream, Learn, Play theme allows us to tap into all aspects of starting and growing a business. Our community of entrepreneurs and facilitators is eager to share their inspiration and insights and what they learned on their journey so far and we’re really keen to learn from you – its the DIY Weekender. Sign-up today as there’s limited spaces.
When: End of July 2017

Sign up to be the first to hear about our 2017 DIY Weekender! 


Give yourself time to stand still, pause and reflect. You can take part in Mindfulness sessions or go for a 1-2-1 walk & talk with wellbeing coach Andrea Mattis.


Give yourself an opportunity to learn from other entrepreneurs on the topics that we wrestle with. Such as how to make the transition from full-time employment to entrepreneurship, how to become more focused and productive etc.


Kick back and relax. Take a swim in the nearby river, join in the evening music sessions round the camp fire, the afternoon painting sessions or have a go at helping with the hemp harvest. Rumour has it that you might even have a chance to help build a working medieval catapult!

Workshops/ Activities

What do you really want to do next?

– Are you considering starting a business? Here’s help to create a vision for it!
– How does your vision fit into the wider dream for your life?

From Employee to Entrepreneur

– Tips on how manage holding down a FT job whilst developing your own business.
– How to make the transition without losing your sanity!


– What is ‘your why’?
– Explore the vision for your business – revisit, understand and articulate your business product/ service

Keeping focused and productive – some tips on how to…

– Keep your energy levels
– Manage distractions
– Get to know your space and how you work best

How to work with corporate sponsors

– Find out what it takes to work with a corporate sponsor for your (social) business
– How do I find and engage them

How to grow and scale your business?

– Learn proven strategies to grow and scale your business the right way?

Art and craft activities – get your hands dirty!

1:1 walk and coach sessions

Mindfulness sessions

– inspire and build, proactivity and time management

Silent disco, campfire and quiz and many more!

Meet the

















Hardwick Estate, Whitchurch-on-Thames, RG8 7RD





How can I reach the site?


How’s the accommodation?

This is camping event – please bring a tent (available from to rent from Hot showers are available on site, provided by our friends at Camplight!
Alternatively, you can arrange overnight accommodation at a B&B.


What food is included?

Food will be provided by James Clark, who runs, along with other volunteers.
Your ticket covers meals from Friday’s dinner to Sunday’s lunch. Suitable for vegetarians, vegan suitability tbc. If you have allergies, please email


Who is invited?

Entrepreneurs and innovators at every level. We are inviting all Hatch facilitators, mentors, alumni and current participants, but you are encouraged to share this invitation with anyone from your personal circle whom you think might be interested in attending. It will be £35 for a 3 day adult ticket, you can also purchase a day pass for the Saturday for £20. Kids are welcome.


What should I bring?

CLOTHING – enough for the weekend weather and activities including: rainwear, wellies, thermals for night time, swimming costume
EQUIPMENT – tent, sleeping mat, sleeping bag
MISCELLANEOUS – personal eating stuff: mug, cutlery, torch and spare batteries, notebook and pencil, musical instrument

Work with us

Call for volunteers to help host the Hatch DIY Weekender

We are particularly seeking:
Volunteer Hosts – to help with giving information, setting up or taking down workshops and activities
A trained First Aider – to offer assistance as and when needed to event attendees.

If you are able to help or know someone who can then please contact Danna for more information.

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About Hatch

Here at Hatch, we support start-ups because we’re passionate about entrepreneurship and we’re passionate about making a difference to our local communities. We’re running London’s first Community Enterprise Incubator. With over 100 entrepreneurs going through our programmes in the last 2 years, we understand that to start-up in business or social enterprise, support must be made available in those crucial first months and years.

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