Valley Fest Review

Valley Fest Ania Shrimpton

Another Valley Fest, and with it an abundance of hilarious pictures, tired legs, big yawns and many happy memories. Once again Valley Fest served up a plentiful helping of great music, amazing food and a wonderfully relaxed atmosphere for all ages in an absolutely stunning setting!

This year was the biggest yet… but was it the best? Well, we missed the crazy farmers on their buggy, the wooden boat swings, and the night-time fire jugglers. All were highlights (maybe even signature moments) of previous Valley Fests however, saying that, there were other new acts, fairground rides and loads of activities to keep it fresh this year.

The Yard and the family camping being moved closer together probably wasn’t the best move – by night, the Yard unleashed the awesome Arcadia bug, and hosted top DJs playing ‘big boss tunes deep into the night’. It was a fabulous spectacle with pyrotechnics, light shows and of course the banging beats, but despite ear defenders, few children were able to outlast Cockney Nutjob and others who played until two o’clock in the morning.

The festival advertises itself as “the best-tasting music festival in the South West” and I really can’t argue – the food this year was astonishingly good! The festival was filled with amazing smells and gorgeous flavours, and kids were able to spend their Sunday morning making and eating delicious pizzas in a stone baked oven completely free of charge! Indian street food served in generous portions and with an even bigger smile, wholesome burgers, tasty pasta dishes and plenty of fresh and organic produce everywhere you looked. We tried most places, but our favourite was The Monmouth Table which served tapas that were out of this world – a reasonably-priced fine dining experience with paper plates and rustic surroundings!

As always, the food was not only great value, but there were freebies to be had – ice-creams, fresh fruit, pizza making, pickling classes and even the occasional kid’s meal from a street food stall.

Valley Fest Razorlight Ania Shrimpton

Razorlight at Valley Fest: Ania Shrimpton

I’ve always loved the diverse musical lineup at Valley Fest. With multiple venues across the festival there’s something for someone, and we’ve invariably walked away with new names added to our playlists! This year was no different, with some of Valley Fest’s biggest names yet. I’m sad to say that I had retired to the tent with my son before the Leftfield DJ set began at 1am, but I adored chilling, dancing and singing along to Basement Jaxx, Razorlight and Tom Odell.

So, how did it stack up? This was our third Valley Fest and each year both my seven-year-old son and I make new friends, have new experiences, find new music and have a ball.  Make no mistake, this is a fabulous weekend and a fabulous way to spend time with your little ones and with good friends (whether old or new)!

The ticket price includes organic freebies, a pitch for the tent, family entertainment, classic tunes, incredible views, kids’ art activities, wholesome lectures, yoga classes, oodles of fresh air fun, hot showers and plenty of toilet paper. What more do people expect for £145 per ticket (or less if you book in advance)? Early bird tickets for 2020 are on sale now for just £99!

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