Christy Dadswell of Ripley Nurseries always dreamed of bringing the community together using the outdoor space next to the Farm Shop. Her love of the outdoors stems from growing up in rural Canada and always being outside. This passion has continued to grow and Christy has never stopped playing in the woods and running trails and ultramarathons.


Neighbour, Erika Footman an artist and touring musician found herself in the pandemic with no tours or gigs and needing an outlet for connection and creativity. Erika wanted to organise a surprise Drive-In Movie night for her husband Mark, which sparked a conversation and the collaboration between these two.

So what started as a single private event turned into creating a safe magical summer of films in the outdoors for the Surrey community.


The buzz got louder and The Hive was born.


The Hive is conveniently situated in Ripley, Surrey nestled just off the A3 and M25 about 20 minutes from SW London. On the grounds of Ripley Nurseries and Farm Shop. This magical space can be transformed to suit your outdoor event from Weddings, Retreats to one off Workshops. 

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