Valley Fest is West Country wildness at its best – make sure you arrive hungry, writes Keri Beckingham
Set to return for its fifth year, Valley Fest will see Basement Jaxx (DJ set), Razorlight and Tom Odell performing next to the Chew Valley Lake from Friday 2–Sunday 4 August.
Held on an organic working farm and spread across one gently sloping lakeside meadow, the event is perfect for food lovers and first-time festival goers, as well as young and maturing families – no long treks across site and plenty of activities for everyone here!
New developments this year include the Tuck Inn, which will be housed in the iconic tipis and will include a packed programme of talks, tastings and regionally sourced tapas cooked by Annie Coplestone of The Monmouth Table, Moro, River Cottage and River Café fame. The Artisan Market will be stuffed with butchers, bakers and plenty of cheesemakers – expect treats, beats and plenty to eat! Plus some of Somerset’s culinary heroes and heroines, such as Josh Eggleton and Rob Howell, will be cooking up a storm each night in the form of feasts, which can be booked in advance.
Festivalgoers can have tours of the neighbouring Community Farm, get involved in food and farming workshops, learn how to roll sushi, make kimchi, and also join the hugely popular bee and wildlife walks.
Luke Hasell set up the festival in 2014 in honour of his parents who both died within a short time of each other. Last year, Valley Fest raised £14,479.15 for Teenage Cancer Trust, and the money raised from this year’s event will help to ensure that young people in the South West don’t have to face cancer alone.
Weekend tickets with camping cost £156.60 for adults, £59.40 for 13–17-year- olds, £37.80 for 6–12-year-olds, £27 for 3–5-year-olds and £5.40 for 0–3-year-olds, including booking fee.
For more information and to book tickets, visit: valleyfest.co.uk