About HEFestivals

Home Education Festivals is a non profit organisation which runs home education events in the UK. Most notably they organise and run the Home Education Families’ Festival (HEFF) every summer.

Everyone at HEFestivals and those who help with the events are volunteers. There is no financial compensation beyond expenses where justified although we keep this to a minimum.


There is a volunteer based board of directors who oversee the organisation of the events and a large community of other volunteers who all help run the events.

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Ian Anderson: Ian Anderson has 3 home educated children who are now adults. He worked on the crew at Hesfes for a number of years doing sound and other general duties. In 2016 he was between jobs and able to dedicate most of his time to preparing for the first HEFF. For HEFF 2017 his primary responsibilities are festival logistics, contracts, and sales administration. So he is responsible for making sure all the marquees, showers, toilets etc. are in place, so others can fill the festival with great content.

Chloe Newby: Hi, I’m Chloe Newby. Technically I’m no longer home educated, though adulthood hasn’t changed much in terms of my daily life. I was very involved in the home ed community throughout my teen years, and intend to stay that way since I’ll probably end up home educating my own children one day. When I’m not diving head first into organising festivals at the last minute, I’m usually studying maths, tutoring kids, or hunting down research papers online.


Edward Bowden: My name is Ed and I am a Technology Consultant during the day. I was home educated for all of my secondary education and yearly home education festivals were a very important part of that. I want to see HEFF continue to grow and do it’s best to serve the home ed community.

Key Volunteers

As well as the board there is a team of volunteers including various coordinators and our wonderful event crew.


Workshop Coordinator: Wendy


Workshop Coordinator: Mark


Crew Coordinator: Hi, I am Becky. I spent most of my childhood in France where I was home educated until I was 15, when I decided to start school. I did a master’s degree in fine art and I am now figuring out what I would like to do next.
I rediscovered the English home ed community five years ago at Hesfes, and since 2016 I have organised workshops, been on the crew, and am now really happy to be coordinating crew at HEFF. I love contributing to this fantastic festival, and being part of what makes it happen!

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Photographer: Bridget

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First Aid Coordinator: Julie


Safeguarding Lead: Hi I’m Kathryn, I’m a home educating mum of three, childminder and swimming teacher. My family all love HEFF, it’s a wonderful festival where everyone is so welcoming, its one of the highlights of our home ed year. I’ve been a first aid volunteer the past few years at HEFF and I’m looking forward to being part of the team again this year.