Win a family weekend ticket to Valley Fest!
I love the idea of dancing the night away to some live music in a giant tipi and the next day soothing my hangover, er I mean, having a therapeutic dip, in a lakeside hot tub. Valley Fest, a three-day, family-friendly ‘love the land’ festival up on the shores of Chew Valley Lake in the Mendips (Fri 2-Sun 4 Sept) must be the perfect way of rounding off the summer. And guess what? I’ve got a free family weekend ticket worth £200 – that’s for two adults and two children – for the whole weekend, including camping on what must be one of the country’s most beautiful campsites, to give away to one of you lucky Mudsters.
The festival, which is non-commercial, takes place on a working organic farm. There’s music (The Blockheads, Stereo MCs, Craig Charles and more), fab food cooked by the South West’s best chefs, campfires, outdoor cinema, street art, green living as well as a luxury spa and well-being area – where you’ll find those lakeside hot tubs.
There’s live music on the Lake Stage including The Blockheads and the Stereo MCs on Saturday; Craig Charles and Hannah Williams headlining on Sunday – and there’s a Sing-a-long-a Sound of Music, too.
The Village Green is dedicated to festival pampering, with yoga, holistic therapies and luxury beauty treatments, a ‘gong bath’ (sound ‘massage’ for body and mind – but of course, you knew that), live music and performance, talks and workshops. Nearby you can chill out, grab the open mic or take part in a Gong Fu tea ceremony in Zutopia or discover more about energy and sustainability in the Green Energy tipi.
Bristol’s Portable Pictures bring the big screen to the Film Field, with 80s cult movie, The Goonies, David Bowie’s Labyrinth (wear wigs and stardust-inspired outfits), Chaplin’s first film The Kid plus various other full-length movies and shorts.
Younger festival goers can ‘Run Wild’ with circus skills, graffiti art, craft sessions, puppet shows or just toast marshmallows over an open fire.
The Chew Stage is all about food, with cooking demos from top West Country chefs (heuvos rancheros, organic salads, trout ceviche, the perfect Scotch egg), butchers, farmers and local producers. There’s a midnight feast planned for Saturday night and a communal Sunday Lunch on a huge picnic blanket. As darkness falls, Tipi Valley lights up so head inside for live bands, cocktails, wines, beers – and possibly more cocktails – under canvas.
You can come for the day or stay for the weekend. Camp in your tent or camper van or hire a luxury bell tents or gypsy bowtop caravan. Day tickets : adult £47.50 Sat/£36 Sun/weekend £84; child (15 and under) £26.25 Sat/£21 Sun/£42 weekend; kids under 6 go free. A family weekend ticket with 2 adults and children costs £200 and includes camping and entry to the festival from Friday afternoon until Sunday.
Right then, I’ve got that family ticket ready and waiting to give away, so you’re probably wondering…
HOW TO ENTER!
Couldn’t be easier. All you need to do is this…
- Sign up to my newsletter. You MUST complete this step, even if you’re already subscribed to the blog or you will not be entered into the competition.
- That’s it! Just sign up and you’re entered.
I’ll pull a winner out of my hat at 6pm on Wednesday 31 August