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Enjoying the Good Life {Experience}

2017 09 21 0015

3 months ago

This weeks blog is a departure from the usual fayre, it doesn't feature a real wedding, provide hints and tips or showcase family photography. Instead it's about my weekend.

The Good Life Experience 

Last weekend I had the pleasure photographing The Good Life Experience in Flintshire. I first came across the The Goodlife Experience whilst flicking through The Simple Things magazine, sipping a mug of tea on a wet afternoon in my camper van. Words like campfires, books, music, and food jumped out at me from a full page advert, I was intrigued and keen to discover more about this festival. Despite shockingly bad internet I managed to get online and investigate more about this festival that promised so many things that appealed to me. 

 

The festival was the brainwave of 4 friends, Cerys Matthews, Steve Abbott, Charlie and Caroline Gladstone who wanted to create a festival like no other, celebrating the good things in life especially music, books, food and the great outdoors. The festival has a breath taking setting, camping in the grounds of Hawarden Castle, you will find tents pitched amongst the orchard and the rows of raspberries. 

Camping at the Good life experience

 

The music curated by Cerys promised to be an eclectic  mix and it certainly lived up to all expectations with choirs and  a whole range different of musical genres, up coming bands on the line up it was a feast for the ears, the enthusiasm of the performers was incredible, you could really feel their passion for their music.  The wild west hoedown on Friday evening was great fun and brought together strangers as everyone danced the night away (thank you Graham for swinging me around the dance floor!)

Cerys Matthews and Flint Male voice choir

Les Hommes

Lorette Heywood and Girl Ray

Live music at the Good Life Experience 

Speakers and authors on the line up covered a wide range of topics, many thought provoking, others educational, each one delivered with passion, I certainly learnt from each one. 

 

Food is also a big focus at the festival with mouth watering demonstrations from leading chefs, all cooked on open fires, feasts from around the world as well as many wonderful outlets catering to suit every possible taste. 

Feasts

Cookery Demos at The Good Life Experience

 

As you wander around the festival site, you will spot families and friends of all ages coming to together many accompanied with the family dog, children being children, swinging from trees, playing amongst the straw bales as well as enjoying the vintage fairground, tree climbing and partaking in numerous workshops. The schedule doesn't necessarily include all available activities and workshops, pop up classes appeared throughout  festival site, the Women’s Institute were running knitting and crochet classes as well as Tai chi workshops, I am sure there were many more.

Learning a new skill Workshops

Campfires a plenty and here you would find groups of strangers chatting like long lost friends, toasting marshmallows and keeping warm whilst enjoying one of the many live bands, accompanied by a pint or maybe a gin.

Camp fires

The General Stores\

 

Tree climbing

 

The Good life experience has a wonderful village fair feel, with plenty on offer, I can guarantee you will discover something new at this festival, a new band, a new author, a new recipe, new friends even a new skill.

Enjoying the Good Life Experience