This September, we’ll be eeking out one last family weekend before the kids settle into a new school year. The Good Life Experience is now in its third year. You may remember last years post. Barely a week passes without mention of a story or memory from one of the previous festivals pops up in our family conversations. That time we watched that guy skin a rabbit. That time Tomasina Miers passed us a black Mexican chilli to sniff. That time Charlie lit the fire with Ziggy using a piece of fluff and a fire steel. The kids love the experience as they form quick new friendships and stretch their boundaries. They also get to practice their whittling and den building skills, and have free access to fair ground rides all weekend. But why ride the Helter Skelter, when you can beat mum and dad at Axe throwing, instead?
For a festival, the site is pretty compact. You can easily walk from one end to the other in about 10 minutes, and there are showers and 4G. The main marquee has a bar, straw bales and an intimate stage for Speakers, Bands and Dramatics. The onsite farm shop serves masses of great quality local and healthy produce, and doubles as a climbing wall. Charlie likes to point out every Landrover and Quad bike he spots – and we all agree that the beaten up long wheelbase one would be just perfect for us.
Two years ago, I watched Best Made Co demonstrate the restoration of an Axe. Then I had hands-on instruction in a group of six, learning to restore the edge on a retired felling Axe from the Hawarden Estate. My boys have had hands-on Smores instruction from genuine American ladies several times at the festival (and on other adventures), but they love to play ignorant each time they catch the smell of toasted Marshmallows, and dive into the mix. And that’s what is so great about The Good Life Experience. There is a wealth of enthusiasm for independent traders, resurgent crafts, live music, fresh food, fun, watching the world go by, meeting people and learning through demonstration and joining in. I’m a firm believer that if someone else can do it, surely I can too? Instagram and the internet are crammed to bursting with people learning to get closer to nature, or people just making up their own life with their own rules. By the end of the summer I’m usually pretty excited about the onset of Autumn, and a weekend at the Hawarden Estate inspiring way to start it off.
The Good Life Experience
16th – 18th September 2016
Want to join us at this years festival? Well, The Good Life Experience are kindly giving away a PAIR of Adult festival/camping tickets worth £198. To enter please use the rafflecopter widget below. Winners will be announced on Tuesday 17th May. Good Luck.