I am not a good camper these days, so despite the wine, I was a bit cold and grumpy on the Friday evening, especially as it took ages for us to light our bbq and eat some dinner. I find that basic things I take for granted are a mission when camping, such as putting one's contact lenses in. I was also incredibly tired after two days of intense training through work, and so I went to bed a bit sulky. In the morning, I felt a bit more enthusiasm for a festival, and although it was a chilly start, it was sunny, and warmed up nicely in the afternoon. The classic cars on display on the Saturday were wonderful to see and cheered me up no end! We had lots of nice chats with the owners, and the husband-to-be purchased a vintage coat for £3 off one of them.
There was an incredible array of vintage stalls, and we spent hours rummaging through them. There were a few moments of temptation, but quite a lot of the stalls were fairly pricey so we both came away empty handed. I managed to find the In Retrospect magazine stall so that I could say hello in person to Mat and Ava but I never did find Mim. How I missed her fabulous flaming-red beehive I wonder! All that walking around is thirsty work, so we stopped for a drink on a hay-bale. I was forced to drink prosecco out of a plastic cup and we had a few cheeky nips of a good single malt to keep our stamina up. After a little mid-afternoon bbq back at the tent, we headed back in for the evening's entertainment.
I wore a blouse and matching headscarf from the Seamstress of Bloomsbury. It's a replacement blouse as I had some issues with the last one I purchased, but I will tell you more about that and their wonderful customer service in another blog post. I also wore my Bernie Dexter jeans, the new silver space brogues (they were £2 so I wasn't worried about getting them muddy or wet!), and some new cateye sunglasses that I picked up at the Cardiff vintage event last week.
I liked a lot of the entertainment, really enjoying My Favourite Things (the trio of ladies in red pictured above) and having a good bop around to The Obscuritones later that evening. There was one act earlier in the day that I didn't think was up to standard, and I enjoyed complaining about it. I know it's only a relatively new festival, so I suppose they're still finding their feet a bit with the entertainment side of things.
We didn't stick around on the Sunday - it had rained hard during the night and we awoke to a pond in a section of our tent, so we just packed up and headed back home so that we could enjoy getting clean, dry and warm. The comforts of home cannot be put into words after two nights in a field.
Overall, the festival is really not bad value at all for £30 a head. If you like vintage shopping, it's worth coming, and if you like classic cars, it's super for that. There's quite a laid back and friendly vibe, and I appreciate a slower pace these days, so I didn't mind that all the entertainment finished at midnight. I'm not sure I would camp again, because I have decided I'm too old for that, but I would come again as a day visitor and perhaps find a nice hotel close by to stay in. I'm actually doing just that later in the year for another festival, as I'm going there with my Mother, who hasn't camped since the 1980s.
Have I tempted you to give this little festival a go? Are your camping days done??
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