If you’re a regular reader, you’ll know me and my family LOVE Valley Fest with a passion. We’ve been looking forward to it for ages. Not least because it’s one of the only times in a year, aside from the odd wedding or party, where me and Mr W let our hair (and beard) down together, without the children.
Yes. Yes I am amongst those people, those people who think that festivals are more fun for adults if they don’t have their children with them.
Of course, we take them on the Sunday, and roll about, wincing through our hangovers and enjoying every last bit of the weekend and the buzz and the fun and the bands and the colour.
This year, I’m giving away two adult camping tickets for a weekend at Valley Fest, worth £110.00 each. All you have to do is leave me a comment here saying who you’d take, and the winner will be chosen at random.
You can of course add your children to the weekend for quite a small fee, and if you have adult friends who want to join you, it’s £80.00 per person for the weekend and you can buy day tickets too.
Excitingly, if you live in BS39, 40, or 41, you get a locals discount.
The festival is at Chew Valley Lake, moments from Salt n Malt (if you know where that is then you’re pretty much right there). It’s 3-5th August.
Why should we go to Valley Fest?
Great bands and DJs. Over the years we’ve enjoyed Huey Morgan curating a stage of new music, DJ Yoda, nosebleed Balkan folk, beautiful African beats, and had a full on micro-rave in the Ring O’Bells tent. I can’t wait to see the purpose built barn stage this year, one year there was this kind of Wild West Saloon stage and it was ace!
The setting. Yeah, Bristol has some lovely sunset spots, but Chew Valley Lake has the edge, I think. Add in space to lie around, communal fire pits to sit around, long and low tipi tents and hay bales, and you’ve got ultimate summer lounging, day and night.
So much for kids. Seriously, SO MUCH for kids. Even the bands seem to like the kids. The way it’s set out, you can legit lie down and watch them have fun, rather than chasing after them like a maniac with a Maclaren and a spilling pint of cider.
Tractors. You can even get one to take you from car park to site if you want. See also Hogsnorts Farming Academy, where you can all be farmers for the day.
Some familiar food truck faces, incredible feasts planned (look out for Elly Pear being there, the Midnight Feast, and all sorts of making and baking courses to try) and a lot of very good booze. We enjoyed the rum shack heavily last year, and then watched a scratch cricket match for kids organised by men in gold hot pants.
You can get back to Bristol. No buses, unless you’re up for a pretty long walk to the nearest stop, but, plenty of taxis can be booked. We got ours pretty smoothly last year, booked in advance.
There’s always been a huge eco, organic and compassionate focus, and this year is no different. No cardboard coffee cups has been added to the rules, and no bottled water will be sold, there’ll be taps instead.
You can even have a facial in a field! I think Weleda and it’s lovely therapists are going to be there again. I had one last year and felt like a strange, moist baby-skinned drunk pirate for the rest of the day, it was lush!
Look forward to seeing you, and whoever you bring, at Valley Fest.