We were lucky enough to be invited along to Valley Fest this year, having done Glastonbury twice now without children – we were very excited to try a small festival with them and friends. An absolutely fab time was had, although the weather wasn’t so kind to us on the Saturday and the early hours of Sunday I spent panicking that the tent would fall over whilst hanging on to the centre pole of our bell tent for dear life! Thankfully it was fine and by 4:30am I was too tired to care and zonked out!
Valley Fest ran from the 2-4th September this year and is held by the beautiful Chew Magna Lakes, next year however it will run a month earlier from the 4th-6th August 2017 and you can already pick up earlybird tickets here.
There is a great range of things to do as well as an onsite Spa with Hot tubs! Mutiple tents selling circus supplies to sequin clothing, you can even be body painted if you fancy it!
They are all about the environment with ethical farming at heart, so all drinks are served in recyclable cups which you take back to be refilled, and on leaving you can claim a £1 refund or take them home as a momentum – like we did.
There are 6 different areas – Tipi Valley (shown above), Lake Stage, Film Field, Run Wild, Village Green and the Chew Stage. Tipi Valley had a great atmosphere, somewhere to eat, drink, dance and take in the fabulous acts all under canvas. This year they bought along Lake Stage, more of a main stage housing the bigger acts – have to say my highlight was Tankus the Henge. We were gutted we missed them at Glasto and they were definitely a big pro for us to attend! In Film Field you can watch on the big screen in a big tent. Run Wild is geared for the kids, but that’s not saying the adults can’t join in! I had a great time having a try at some circus skills and the kids loved the craft tents. making lanterns, pirate hats and eye patches and much more! I have to say we didn’t really have the chance to visit the Village Green, this is were the Spa could be found. Along with the pottery and wellbeing tents. If fabulous food and demos are your thing, then Chew Stage is were you need to be.
The Yard was host to Upfest’s creations and a fire engine busting out some tunes – we had a great time throwing some shapes here and taking in the art.
I took loads more photos, I didn’t want to post too many here – so if you want to take a look at the rest you’ll find them here.
See you next year!