Shimmying until sundown while sprinkled in glitter was the order of the day at Valley Fest last weekend. The bands were rocking, the sun was shining and the food was scrummy – here’s our top 5 reasons why we loved Valley Fest 2017…

Valley Fest 2017

Image - cider overlooking the lake and firepit at Valley Fest 2017, credit Angharad Paull

Crack-a-lacking organic food

The Community Farm, where Valley Fest is held, is a community-owned social enterprise, growing and selling organic food through a box delivery service. Founder, Luke Hasell is passionate about connecting people with where their food comes from and so there is a huge emphasis on good quality fodder. Valley Fest is the UK’s only completely organic food festival and there were delicious, communal spreads – a midnight feast and Sunday picnic -  to sign up for. Bristol’s celebrity chef, Josh Eggleton (owner of the nearby Salt & Malt and Pony & Trap) was on hand to cook up a storm on the Sunday picnic.  Wash it all down with some good ol’ West Country cider.

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Luke Hasell

Image - Luke Hasell, Valley Fest

Family-friendly

Festivals don’t come much more family-friendly than this. Youngsters and their parents were well catered for with a huge craft tent filled with crowns to assemble, a castle to paint, shakers to make and wellies to adorn with shimmering paper. There’s also a children’s parade, much hula-hooping, circus tricks, hobby horsing, real life animals, vintage tractors, swing boat rides, bed time stories and a DJ booth in a fire engine (plus tons more)!

Valley Fest

Image - animals at Valley Fest

Beautiful views

Valley Fest takes place in a rather lovely part of the world, just south of Bristol. Everything starts off pretty nicely in the car park – a green field next to a quintessential English landscape of crops, sky and trees – before heading up a track to the top of a hill. Here is the ultimate treat and the festival’s dreamy backdrop – a jaw-dropping view over Chew Valley Lake and the green Mendip hills.

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Valley Fest

Image - Valley Fest, credit Tom Brooman

Music and atmosphere

We’re all after a bit of peace and love at a festival and Valley Fest’s atmosphere is positively brimming with sunshiney vibes. Relaxed as you like, people loll on cushions under VW van canopies, while bubbles dance on the breeze (to the excitement of many a little’un), toddlers totter to jungle grooves in twinkly tipis while young and old boogie to the beats on the hillside.

Animals

Valley Fest

Image - cow by Sophie Long, credit Angharad Paull

Anywhere whose mascot is a sparkly gold cow with bauble earrings and neon pink hooves is a winner in our book. There are also real farm animals to look at - much less glittery, but immeasurably cuter –a huge hit with kids, who ran rings around them on hay bales for most of the day. Bristol artist Sophie Long was also onsite painting eye-catching fluro cows to make the place even prettier.

We’ll be eagerly awaiting the 2018 instalment – be sure to do the same!

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Valley Fest

Images - fields next to Valley Fest, Somerset, credit Angharad Paull

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