“Convestival 2016 is now over, but what a blast! 150 volunteer managers from across the National Trust attended over the two days to experiment, invent and discover new approaches to volunteering. With 28 sessions and workshops to choose from, the opportunity to speed volunteer at Convestival’s very own take on morning gloryville and parkrun, and inspirational speakers Tom Williams, Hilary McGrady, Steven D’Souza and Lucy Gower - conditions were perfect to find that Eureka moment.

But, don’t just take our word for it – for all the best bits from Convestival 2016, see the highlights video below and be transported back to the lab.”

Convestival 2016 - highlights video.

So much of what I learned I am taking and applying to all of my work, and life - it's making me a better person, not just a better volunteer manager.

I loved the way the team involved volunteers in every aspect of Convestival. True leading by example. Amazing work guys!

 This year it really went up another gear and not only energised and inspired me but it had a real emotional impact that moved me!

 Fantastic chance to inspire, network and problem solve with equally like-minded people.

 I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who was involved and it was brilliant to have access to the whole trust team. You all have made the past couple of days fantastic, so thank you!

photographs by Gill Day and Dennis Richardson

photographs by Gill Day and Dennis Richardson