Valley Fest takes place in the beautiful Chew Valley on the 2nd – 4th September. It was founded by Luke Hasell who wanted a festival for all the family, that made you smile until your cheeks hurt. It offers every thing from music to food and even a spa and an on-site cinema. This will be my second year attending ValleyFest and we are so excited for the chance to go again. Kindly invited by one of the main sponsors, Wyke Farms, better known for their delicious cheese! I grew up in Gillingham, just down the road from their farm in Bruton, I feel honoured to be collaborating with them on my blog.
The list of reasons to visit ValleyFest is endless, but my top 5 for this year are:
1 – Music
This years line up is the best yet, well the whole festival just keeps getting bigger and better! One of the local acts being Doreen Doreen, voted 3rd best band out of Bristol after Portishead and Massive Attack. Their covers just keep you dancing all night long. Also performing are Harry & The Gondolas, The Gin Bowlers with their gypsy style jazz, and Worm Disco Club, a collective of musicians bringing you musics from all corners of the world.
The main headliners are Stereo MC’s, Craig Charles Funk and Soul club, The Blockheads among many more. There are 2 stages at ValleyFest, the Lake Stage and Tipi Valley, nothing beats the amazing views over the lake, the unset and a cold cider in hand.
2 – A Midnight Feast
During the course of the weekend, 2 feasts will be taking place. One on the Saturday at midnight, under the stars and kept warm by the campfire. The feast boxes can be purchased in advance, see below for more details, and will contain lots of scrummy treats from Boston Tea Party, Yeo Valley and Rescue Remedies.
Then again on the Sunday there will be a huge picnic, cooked up by some of South Wests best chefs. I am talking pulled pork, scotch eggs, salads grown on the very farm, and some thing delicious from Yeo Valley to finish off.
3 – Open Air Cinema
Some thing new for this year, Bristol’s Portable Pictures will be coming along with their big screens. Showing some classics of all time, The Goonies, The Kid and Moonrise Kingdom and more. On the Sunday, festival goers are invited to dress up is the most colourful outfits complete with crazy wigs and lots of glitter to pay tribute to David Bowie whilst watching Labyrinth.
For the full film line-up and plan your weekend see here.
4 – The Village Green Spa
When you have had enough of dancing in your wellies, head over to The Village Green Spa, sponsored by Weleda. Take a dip in a steaming hot tub, take a warm shower and wash away all the festival mud. You can even try a Gong Bath, a yoga session plus a variety of beauty treatments that will leave you renewed and energised ready for another night of partying.
5 – Letting The Kids Run Wild
I can’t emphasis enough how family friendly this festival is. There is so much for children to do, head over to the “Run Wild” area where the kids can learn circus skills, wildlife hunts, arts & crafts, puppet shows and they even get to toast marshmallows over a campfire, so my kids have given it a big thumbs up.
This year Valley Fest is supporting Children’s Hospice South West, Above & Beyond, Send a Cow, and The Good Will Cause.
Ticket Prices (Available here)
Adult Weekend (age 16 ) £84.00
Kids Weekend (age 15 and Under) £42.00
Nippers Weekend (under 6 Years) £0.00
Parking Weekend £8.40
Midnight Feast Voucher £5.25
Sunday Valley Family Picnic Voucher – Adult £9.45
Sunday Valley Family Picnic Voucher – Child £6.30
Disclaimer: I am receiving a family ticket in return for reviewing and sharing information about ValleyFest. Photographs copyright of Dan Croft