Some snapshots from The Good Life Experience: a warm goodbye to the summer. Fire smoke wafting over the fields from the numerous campfires dotted around the grounds, snatched conversations with friends, picnics on the grassy bank whilst listening to new music, children running wild, the most beautiful array of vintage military tents, cuban spiced chips, delicious coffee, and a brilliant selection of makers; Sarah Jerath ceramics and Ali Dover wraps being my two favourites. There was also an electro-harpist, a Gypsy Swing/Jazz/Blues trio, and a wonderful cuban band. Frankie ran wild by the blackberry canes, toasted hand picked sweetcorn over the fire, buried herself in hay, shrieked on the swings, played with her new friends, and had her first film camera photography lesson with her Dad. It was wonderful.
It was wonderful despite not being able to sign up to the workshops I wanted. In my mind the unique selling point of Good Life Experience is the chance to learn; there are workshops on everything from fire-building to whittling, camp fire cooking to foraging. The music is good, but with only one tent for music, with big gaps between bands, it's not the main event. Next year we need to be more organised with booking us onto the courses as they booked up on the first morning. I hope they somehow spread the bookings through the weekend next time, and I reckon a second tent of music would be good too [EDIT apparently there was more music at the Caught By The River tent which we managed to miss! And there will be even more crafts next year and a better booking system too, thank to the good life experience guys for clarifying that] Thats my tuppence on the matter. Anyway, I highly recommend this lovely festival- perfect for families and a lovely way to bid farewell to the summer, too.
Tickets were kindly gifted to us by Good Life Experience as part of Sisterhood camp.
P.P.S I hope you all enjoyed our Sunday Supplement with new features! We also made a partially crowd sourced Autumn playlist, did you listen? Link here.