My wellies are ready and I’m looking forward to Valley Fest. It is hard not to love a festival, a bubble of entertainment in a gorgeous rural setting, a chance to switch of a live in the moment. From 2nd-4th September, the South West plays host to Valley Fest, it is going to be a lovely way to end the summer. Valley Fest is about “appreciating the farm, fantastic food and dancing in a field”. Doesn’t that sound perfect? The setting is Chew Valley, a green valley with a beautiful lake, since it’s a short hop from Bristol and therefore very accessible, it adds up to something fabulous.
With an emphasis on small pop up experiences, I’m looking forward to a communal picnic and foodie delights and given the emphasis on local organic food, it should be very tasty.
Spa and wellbeing
Valley Fest has a spa and welling being area, which sounds wonderful, yoga or maybe a treatment. The chance to really relax. The area is sponsored by Weleda, maker of gorgeous natural products. All with the backdrop of acoustic sessions on a bandstand stage. Perfect, having fed my body, my mind and soul will be soothed with music and treatments. There is boutique camping, which in combination would be my ideal weekend; music, spa treatment and a belle tent with views across a lake. Bliss.
Main stage music
With two main stages featuring a range of talent guaranteed to please the crowds. The open air Lake Stage, hosting Craig Charles for a some soul and funk dance and the Stereo MC’s. After dark, the festival moves under canvas and the fairy lights come on at Tipi Valley.
Kids are very much catered for in the Run Wild area and with pizza making and bubbles. With Upfest encouraging rural street art. Upfest run Europe’s biggest street art festival, right on my doorstep, it’s a really inclusive event with loads of great stuff for kids and to see the Upfest name at another event makes me very happy.
One of my favourite things about a festival is just the hanging out on a blanket, listening to whatever is presented before me and watching the world go by with an afternoon beverage. Valley Fest make this special by adding a bonfire on Friday and Saturday evening, who doesn’t love the magical atmosphere of a big fire as darkness falls.
Have I tempted you to get a ticket for Valley Fest? With various activities for both young and old to try out, Valley fest is the place to quell your inner passion. Try out pottery or african drumming and of course, get involved in the food experience. Feeling less active and want to be roused by thought-provoking speakers? Valley Fest presents Jo Wood and Georgina Mcleod of the Soil Association. Satish Kumar; former monk and peace activist. Arthur Potts Dawson and he is all about sustainable food. I’m looking forward to hearing what they have to say.
Valley Fest raises money for Children’s hospice South West, Send a cow and other causes. This a festival with a good vibe at it’s heart.
Music is the pulse of any festival and Valley Fest has big range of bands, Check out the Valley Fest website for details.
Valley Fest Tickets
Day tickets and local discount tickets available. For families there is an inclusive weekend price of £52.00 per person (2 adult and 2 children).
Adult weekend tickets are priced at £84.00. Kids £42.00 (including booking fees). Under 6 years free.
Disclosure: I’m receiving family tickets for Valley Fest in exchange for coverage, both over the festival weekend and on this blog.