Last weekend we had our second festival experience of the year. This time a local one, at Valley Fest just outside of Bristol. Set in farmland over looking Chew Valley Lake the location was utterly magical, the lake and rolling Mendip hills behind.
Valley Fest started back in 2014, and although I had heard of it, I had never been until now. What was I thinking? This bijou festival has everything we need. Music, great local food, fun activities and the best bit only 20 minutes away from home.
We arrived Saturday morning, deciding not to camp as our own beds weren’t far away. Once through the gates we jumped on a tractor which took us up to the festival in style. YUP we are in the West Country my luvlies, and this is how you do festivalling here.
Once inside, the view from the top was magical. Full view of the lake below, glistening in the sun. Music was pumping from the main stage where Zumba classes were happening and such a great family vibe.
One whiff of a food stall and my three are always starving. And with so much to choose from too. Macaroni Cheese from the Yeo Valley tent or a veggie burger and even wood fired pizza and halloumi fries! YUM.
If you are after a something a bit more fancy, then there are the feasts. Brunch and Dinner options all cooked by fantastic local chefs, including Michelin Star chef Josh Eggleton of Pony and Trap. Next year, I’m booking myself in for that. Sorry kids!
Activities are everywhere, from the cookery demonstrations, to Aardman model making. Massage in the Weleda tent, which I received a wonderful facial. Circus skills, Zumba class, Yoga and more.
If you fancy chilling with a craft ale in the field, then that is also a good idea. Watch the world go by. I love nothing more than people watching a festival. A pint and some food and I’m happy. Oh and sequins are a must! Don’t worry if you don’t own any, there are plenty of shopping tents so you can glam up for a night of dancing.
We loved it. The kids discovered their friends were there, bonus. We went with our family – thank you Valley Fest!
Tickets for 2020 are on sale now. Early bird tickets are: Adult £99 Kids £20 (excluding booking fee).
See you in the Valley next year!
Chew Valley Lake
Collaboration Note: We were kindly invited to Valley Fest for the purpose of this review. All words, thoughts and images are my own. Thank you for supporting the posts that make this blog possible.