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London MS festival

May 26 - May 28, 2023

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Festival Title: Born to Be Wild

Artistic Information

Festival title: Born to Be Wild

Festival focus: This festival will explore our relationship with the natural world, and how and why we might protect and promote green and wild spaces.

Global challenge and area of learning: Born to Be Wild

Cultural Experience: Visiting local areas of environmental interest, Hampstead Heath, Primrose Hill and a preservation project in the Kings’ Cross neighbourhood.

Story: The Mole and The Meadow

Important Information

Host Venue Address
American School in London
One Waverley Place
United Kingdom

Venue website

The event starts at 8:30am, Friday, 26th May, 2023
The event ends at 5:15pm, Sunday, 28th May 2023

Event Manager
Sophie Galton

Registration opens: Monday, 17th, March, 2023
Registration closes: Friday, 31st March 2023.

Information required in the registration forms should be collected before 17th March 2023

Travel information is required as part of the registration process. Please have travel details confirmed by the time the registration window opens.

Participants should arrive at the host school for registration by
8:30 am Friday, 26th May 2023

Participants should not plan to leave the school until after 5:15pm Sunday, 28th May 2023.

Please arrange travel accordingly.

Financial Information

Registration Fees
*Registration fees include ISTA t-shirt for all participants

Student Learners
Members: GBP £238
Non members: GBP £274
Host organisation: GBP £184 for the first 15 students and GBP £238 for each thereafter.

Educator Chaperones
Member: GBP £75
Non member: GBP £86

All participants:
Cultural Experience: GBP £10
Theatre visit: GBP £30
The host has arranged a theatre trip for Saturday 27th to Regents Park open air theatre to see ‘Once on this Island’ if you would prefer not to attend the show, please let the EC know when booking your places.

For non local participants (as needed)

  • Local Transportation (if staying at hotel): GBP £10
  • Airport/Train Station Pick-up/Drop off: GBP £10

Total cost per student learner
Local member: GBP £278
Non local member: GBP £298
Local non member: GBP £284
Non local, non member: GBP £304

Total cost per educator/chaperone
Local member: GBP £115
Non local member: GBP £135
Local non member: GBP £126
Non local, non member: GBP: £146

Please note

All registration fees and surcharges will be invoiced once the registration window has closed.

A non refundable, non-transferable deposit will be sent with the booking confirmation; this amount will be deducted from your final invoice.

The deposit will be as follows:
For bookings of 1 – 10 learners GBP £500.
For bookings of 11 – 15 learners GBP £750.
For bookings of 16 or more learners GBP £1,000.

Please refer to our event terms and conditions for details of late registration/cancellation fees.

Travel and Visas

All participants will arrive in London, United Kingdom on Thursday, 25th May 2023.

Please Note:
Participants should not plan to leave the host venue before 5:15 pm Sunday, 28th May 2023.

Some non-local organisations may choose to stay in London on Sunday evening and depart Monday morning. Please adjust hotel bookings accordingly.

By air: London Heathrow is preferred for ease of access. Gatwick, Stansted and London City may be more economical to fly into, although transportation from these smaller airports can be slightly more complicated.

By train: Major London stations include Paddington, St. Pancras International if on Eurostar. Public transportation from the train station is easy and inexpensive.Arrival information TBC

For participants
Participants are responsible for booking their own travel and securing visas for the event.

IMPORTANT: Please double check visa requirements for entering the UK as there have been changes post-Brexit.


This festival is a hotel stay model.

Please Note:

  • Hotels will need to be booked by visiting schools, a list of possible hotels nearby the school can be shared but the schools will need to contact and confirm the booking as soon as possible.
  • Airport/Station pick up/drop off and daily local transportation to the festival venue will not be provided for organisations choosing to book at a hotel other than the one recommended by the host.
  • ISTA and the host organisation will not take responsibility for any arrangements made between the organisation and the hotel.
  • Non-local organisations choosing to stay in London Sunday evening should adjust the hotel bookings to 4 nights instead of 3.

Hotel Information:

The suggested accommodation for the festival is The Generator Hostel. This is a large hostel in central London that can accommodate large groups. The hostel has been visited by the host school. Please note that no bookings are held for schools and ALL schools will need to contact The Generator directly to book for their student group. Prices are approximately £60.00 per night including breakfast.
Website for the hostel – Link here
Address for hostel – 37 Tavistock Pl, London WC1H 9SE
Phone number for hostel – 020 7388 7666

Please note, no reservation has been made at the hostel – please contact directly for rates and availability

For adult chaperones
Single rooms should be booked for 3 nights from Thursday, 25th May 2023.

For student learners
Shared rooms should be booked for 3 nights from Thursday, 25th May 2023
Hotel costs will vary during the festival dates due to the Bank Holiday weekend.


For hotel stay students and all adult chaperones

Please ensure you book breakfast at the hotel.

For all participants:

Lunch will be provided Friday, Saturday and Sunday by the host school/venue

Evening meals will be provided Friday and Saturday by the host school/venue.

If a social meal is to be part of the festival schedule for adult chaperones and ISTA artists this is costed at approximately GBP £30 per person.

Download & Forms

Please find below the relevant documentation for you to download:


Starts on Friday 26 May at 08:30
Finishes on Sunday 28 May at 17:30
(BST - British Summer Time)


American School in London
One Waverley Place
London NW8 0NP
United Kingdom

School website


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