Last year was the very first The Good Life Experience festival. A weekend in September where we got back to basics, learnt new crafts, made new friends and danced the night away. It was utterly brilliant – all courtesy of the Gladstones and Cerys Matthews.
We camped with friends old and new, the kids ran wild, enjoying the free fairground rides, scoffing candy floss and lighting fires in the woods.
I enrolled in a spoon carving workshop with the brilliant EJ of Hatchet + Bear. In those two hours I learned the skills to transform a branch into a beautiful spoon. Hooked evermore on whittling.
During the weekend, we chatted with friends, met brilliant people. Learnt skills like restoring axe heads, cooking outdoors, and delicious recipes from Bill Grainger and Tom Herbert. Plus we indulged in great food, vintage shopping from Pedlars and then dancing the night away to foot stomping bands.
The Good Life Experience is an all round enriching experience, with the focus on learning, and loving life. We can’t wait to return this year.
This year is set to be even better! With the line up already looking awesome…
Food demonstrations by:
THOMASINA MIERS; DELICIOUSLY ELLA; BILL GRANGER; TOM HERBERT, THE FABULOUS BAKER BROTHERS; ALFRED CARY, CARBECUE; KOTLICH OUTDOOR KITCHEN; BUTCHERY DISPLAYS
GENEVIEVE TAYLOR, HOW TO EAT OUTSIDE; COFFEE MASTER CLASS; SAUSAGE MAKING COURSES; CRAFT BEER TENT; BEERBODS; VIC NORTH, CAMPFIRE BAKERY; TIN CUP WHISKEY TENT; SPEAKEASY TENT
The great outdoors:
BEN FOGLE & THE BRITISH SKILLS TENT; BEST MADE CO. TENT, ALL THE WAY FROM NEW YORK CITY; L’EROICA BRITANNIA; HATCHET + BEAR; NATURAL NAVIGATOR TRISTAN GOOLEY; STAR GAZING; ROGER PHILLIPS, CAMPFIRE MUSHROOM MAN; LEATHER WORKING; CAMPFIRE COOKING DISPLAYS; CAMPFIRE BUTCHERY DISPLAYS; AXE THROWING; ARCHERY; BUSHCRAFT.
For your pleasure:
A VINTAGE FAIRGROUND; YOGA INSTRUCTION; TAI CHI DEMONSTRATIONS; BROMLEY’S BARBERSHOP; KNOT TYING; LEATHER WORKING ALBAM’S GREAT BRITISH CRAFT TENT
PEDLARS VINTAGE MARKET; ANTHONY ORAM; HUGH MILLER FURNITURE; THE MAGNIFICENT HOUND; BRUNCH & SUNDAY ROAST; KATE SAMUELS ENAMEL DESIGN; BOOK SHOP;
PRINT TRUCK; ROCK N ROLL CAFE; ABSEILING; CLIMBING WALL; CHILDREN’S PLAY
There is more still to be announced including the Music line-up which Cerys Matthews personally curates.
Fancy coming? I am sure you do! Well The Good Life Experience as kindly giving away TWO adult weekend tickets to one Littlegreenshed reader. All you need to do is complete the rafflecopter widget below to enter. Winner will be announced on Saturday 28th March! Good luck!
Lou Archell, a writer, photographer, stylist and founder of Littlegreenshed. A UK lifestyle & travel blog
Lou is also a busy mum of two amazing boys and the founder of Sisterhood Camp – an annual creative retreat for recharging and empowering brilliant ladies, Lou is passionate about supporting and inspiring others whether through her workshops, writing, photography or lifestyle hacks.