Last weekend, Jess and I ventured to The Good Life Experience. Below we have written our own review and account of the Festival, which may help you if you are thinking of going, or you may find interesting if you’ve never heard of it! Excuse the terrible iPhone photos; we left out ‘snazzy’ camera at home.
The Good Life Experience
The Good Life Experience is a festival held in North Wales each year; the best way I can describe it is a very ‘wholesome’ weekend, full of great music, food, drink and learning opportunities. Started by Cerys Matthews, Steve Abbott and Charlie and Caroline Gladstone, it brings together everything from traditional learning to great food and drink, and most importantly gets everyone outside!
The festival is held on the Hawarden Estate in Flintshire, which holds two campsites for all festivalgoers across the weekend. Full of families and dogs, the general feel was very relaxed, and the constant buzz of children playing and parents & adults enjoying each other’s company was lovely to hear.
The campsite is very close to both the car parks and festival and so everything was very easily accessible throughout the time we were there.
The Eating and Drinking
In terms of drinking… our morning coffee was provided each day by Break Fluid, and whilst beer was on offer in each of the tents, The Draught Horse (yes, an actual horse box made into a pub!) was our favourite; their Mulled Cider is to die for.
There was something for everyone across the weekend, we didn’t take part in any workshops we have to admit, but there was everything from pottery, to weaving, to woodwork (cough cough) and more. We saw the wonderful Kate Humble do a talk, ‘How Dogs have become a man’s and woman’s best friend’ which was very informative indeed and a real highlight. We also watched part of the Canine Circus, which was as bonkers as it sounds.
One of the most interesting parts of the weekend was taking part in a Mushroom (not magic) Foraging walk through the forest on the Estate. Led by a very charming man called Roger, he taught us different species and allowed us to go foraging and bring back our yield for him to help us identify what we’d found.
I took part in some log-splitting, led by Roli Jones; going back to the more traditional methods was such a great way to learn and very interesting.
As well as the above, there were yoga classes, chocolate meditation, bow and arrow making, even a talk on 10 week-old fermented cabbages! There really was something for everyone!
As I said, throughout the weekend was the constant hum of live music in the various tents and on different stages. We enjoyed every genre imaginable, and notably The London Bulgarian Choir, Kansas Smitty’s House Band, L’Orchestre du Montplaisant, Stompin’ Dave and his Bluegrass Band, Girl Ray and more.
Overall, the weekend was brilliant and it is certainly a festival we’d love to go back to, and who knows we might even have a trade stall next year!