Symbiosis Gathering | Pyramid Eclipse

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  • Bring plenty of sunscreen and waterproofs - and don't forget a sunhat.
  • A nice strong but snuggly rug/blanket is essential. It's great to sit on during the day and great to wrap them up in during the evening, as is plastic sheet to sit on if it gets wet.
  • A wheelbarrow, off-road wagon or other form of push/pull impromptu transportation for young children is useful. Not only can it help you cart about all that you need to cater for every child-related eventuality, it will also relieve those inevitably tired little legs. The Festival site is massive, kids will get tired and unless you are happy to carry them for a long time, you need some transport.
  • Bring pre-packed drinks in reusable bottles and canteens. 
  • Avoid a trek to the toilets in the dead of the night by bringing a bucket with a tight fitting lid (you may find it useful too!).
  • A first aid kit (with first aid cream, bandaids, wipes, insect repellant, sunscreen, etc) is essential.
  • Bring biodegradable wet wipes - they are useful for everything from your daily wash, wiping hands before eating and wiping bums. Make sure to dispose of them properly and pack them out!!
  • Pack plenty of snacks and breakfast bars. It will save on washing up, save a load of cash for better things and they also come in handy for the bedtime "I'm hungry" calls.
  • There are quieter, less crowded family camping areas for those with young children. Go to the info booth for information about these areas or check the festival site map.
  • Make a plan for being a responsible parent or guardian. Keep adult-related activities away from vicinity of children.
  • Minors and children MUST be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times while at the festival. 


  • Big crowds can be daunting for children, to avoid separating from them, give your kids the same advice you would if you were anywhere else: don't go off with strangers or anyone without telling you first. If they get lost, have them ask for help from a security guard, any Festival staff with a radio, another adult with children, or to go straight to the Information Booth or Kids Village areas.
  • It's really helpful if children have their parent's mobile number on them - write it in marker pen on your child's arm, so we can contact you, but not their name. If you don't have a phone just the name of the area you are camped in is helpful.
  • If you lose your children ask for advice at any festival area, or from any Festival official. Found kids will be taken to the Info Booth.
  • Parents and guardians should make arrangements within your group of friends and partners for someone to be supervising your children at all times, even in the Kidz Village. 
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Sunday May 20th, 2012
5:14PM - Start of eclipse
6:30PM - Maximum Eclipse
(lasting 4min 40sec)
7:36PM - End of eclipse


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