Planning to be at Trail Days, a celebration of backpacking and thru-hiking in Virginia along the Appalachian Trail in May, and was wondering, what are the best trekking festivals in the UK? Do many gear makers participate so that you can try their gear? Trail Days has many backpacking gear makers on hand. I thought it would be fun to combine one of the walks we've wanted to do in the UK together with a festival. Also, does Trek Lite ever plan any in-person gatherings, either independent (like Backpacking Lights Gathering of Gear Geeks organized by members) or at one of the larger festivals?