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Big Night In ~ Enjoy Gardenbury festival

This weekend I’ve been enjoying watching all the bands and soaking up the atmosphere of Glastonbury. But I’m not forking out for a ticket, I’m not travelling 200 miles and I’m not hanging around in a muddy field. I’ve created my own mini-festival experience in the comfort of my own home – well… garden!

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Luckily enough most of UK festivals are being broadcast on TV and radio this year, and in truth, I can’t afford to spend a small fortune on attending the festival itself. I can however afford to buy a few essentials in order to join in with the festival experience at home. So my pals and I have taken the radio outside and as long as the weather says fine, we’ll be able to continue soaking up the Glasto atmosphere in the garden.

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This is not only a money-saving idea, but it’s super-convenient and much more enjoyable (my cats are there, for a start!):

  • I don’t have to stand on tiptoes in a massive sweaty crowd to watch my favourite bands – I’ve got a front-row view in front of the TV.
  • No massive queues for pongy porta-loos - I’ve got a clean, flushing toilet just indoors and I honestly saw an inflatable crocodile floating in the long-drop loos at the last festival I went to.
  • If I get hungry or thirsty I can easily get hold of any food or drink I want from the kitchen (or my picnic hamper!), without having to lose my place in the crowd, lose my friends or lose a pocketful of cash buying from pricey catering vendors.
  • I can warm up inside my home and carry on enjoying the festival if it turns cold or starts to rain, rather than shivering in the rain getting muddy.
  • I can wash at any time and won’t have to scrub mud-splattered skin, detangle dreadlocks or wash stinky clothes for hours after my weekend at Gardenbury.

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So I’d say that enjoying festivals at home is a great idea. Okay, okay, I know it’s not quite the same, but maybe it’s the way forward people like me – I was more than a little miffed when my tent got slashed last time I went to a festival and I really don’t like getting dirty or – more importantly – having a kink in my fringe and no hair straighteners to sort it out!

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So here’s what I did in order to get the festival experience at home and maybe you can recreate this big night in for yourself:

  • You need shelter – from both the rain and the sun, so I put up my tent in the garden and filled it with a comfy airbed, sleeping bag and cushions for catching forty-winks in between performances. If you’re feeling particularly keen, maybe camp out over night, but I’m planning to head back indoors to my comfy bed tonight!
  • Without the festival itself, you’re just a person hanging around in their garden, so bring out the radio, TV, laptop or iPad and enjoy performances by your favourite bands out in the open air.

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  • Food and drink is essential, so gather together festie classics such as pot-noodles, breakfast bars, packets of crisps and hotdogs and enjoy a drop of cider in your plastic Latitude cup, like I did!
  • You’ll probably need a BBQ or camping stove to cook up your food (or you could just nip indoors!) and I’ve got a small BBQ that doubles as a fire pit, so I can keep warm and toast marshmallows as the sun goes down.
  • Dress up in your festival finest and don’t forget your waterproof mac and wellies, just in case you have to splash across the grass on your way to the loo indoors.
  • To get a bit of a chilled-out festival ambience going, I’ve got some solar-powered fairy lights and a couple of citronella candles to keep the bugs at bay.
  • Most importantly, you need company – so invite over your other cash-strapped festival fans and share the fun with them!

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My photographs from Preston @Guild2012

I was lucky enough to be in Preston during the town’s Guild celebrations. This once-every-twenty-years event included performances, art, processions, fireworks and music over a two-week period and here’s my snaps of the town centre and Avenham & Miller parks:


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V-Festival is tuning up as we speak! Festival fashion for fairies

The famous V-Festival is starting today and thousands of festival-goers have packed their best festival fashion looks for the weekend – which is forecast to be hot and sunny – great news for the audience, who can finally leave their wellies at home! But of course, fashionistas still need to be prepared with a few fancy dress items to jazz up their festival wardrobe – when else can you run around a field wearing fairy wings?? Check out www.TutusWingsandPrettyThings.com for festival fashion inspiration!

 


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A UK-wide Cider Festival at Wetherspoons – what’s your favourite cider?

The annual cider festival is currently running in every Wetherspoons pub in the UK and this is the last weekend to celebrate lovely British ciders. I had stopped for a cheeky drink in my local Wetherspoons this week and was pleasantly surprised by the festival – a massive selection of ciders and it cost only 1.99 for three 1/3 pint ciders so that I could ‘taste’ a few and choose my favourites.

Even though there are loads of fruity and spicy flavours to choose from, there really was no contest; my favourite cider was ‘Sundown’ – just like apple juice and dangerously easy drinking at 7%! The cider festival finishes this Sunday so pick up your tasting menu in your nearest Wetherspoons and head out to the beer garden to enjoy a cider in the sunshine :) And please get in touch to let me know your favourite cider!


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Mamma Mia! Here I go again..! My outdoor cinema experience :)

This past weekend I went to a fabulous event – an open-air cinema screening of Mamma Mia! As part of the Ip-Art Festival a massive screen had been erected in the park and the evening kicked off with an exciting session of music videos on the screen followed by the main feature once everyone had arrived. The festival was charging ‘normal’ cinema prices for tickets and it was a very well-organized event, with ice-cream and doughnut vendors and even a caterer selling dinner. However, I’d gone with my mum & my friend so we’d come prepared with pick’n’mix sweeties, nuts, popcorn and drinks laid out on our picnic blanket. (Incidentally it was particularly noteworthy popcorn – it was salted and sweet popcorn from Tesco – the best snack I’ve ever tasted!)

 

We were very lucky with the weather. It was forecast that rain would begin pretty much when the film began but it stayed sunny for the entire evening and was even still warm after dark, so it was the perfect setting for a film set in the Mediterranean and the (mainly female!) crowd had a great time, getting up to dance to the songs and singing along at every opportunity. By the time the last three songs were on screen everyone was up and dancing in the park, from Take a Chance, through to Waterloo on the credits, and it was a fantastic party atmosphere!

Mum really enjoyed herself and I’d never experienced an outdoor cinema before but it’s definitely something I will repeat in the future. I know there are many outdoor screenings in parks around the country and as long as the weather is good, I’d definitely recommend it for a fun, relaxed night out. Please let me know your experiences of outdoor cinema, what did you see and where? And how was it?