I am rather late to the whole festival thing but I’m glad to say that I’m catching up after going to my first festival with the family last weekend. Cornbury Festival is held not far from me in the heart of the Cotswolds and I was invited to spend the day at the Cornbury Festival to review and enjoy it courtesy of Higgidy. As we drove through the sprawling countryside I challenged the children to find the tent and as we rounded one corner suddenly the festival spread out in front of us. Parking was plentiful, well organised and not far from the action.
As we arrived we were immediately struck by the chilled out relaxed feeling. Campers were stirring and helping themselves to breakfast in various eateries. I looked for Higgidy and quickly spotted them, they had promised me enough pies to eat all day and they didn’t disappoint! We started the day with their morning offer which was a box containing some sausage rolls and a coffee. We found a spot in the sunshine and began planning our day.
After breakfast we headed towards the children’s area where my little folk (including my 19 yr old brother) joined in with some circus skills. Erin was wearing her tutu which was frequently complimented throughout the day – if you can’t rock a tutu at a festival I’m not sure where you can!
Once I’d dragged Dylan and Erin away from the circus skills workshop they both found other activities they were drawn to and all I kept hearing was can we come back to this bit. There was so much on offer for them to do.
We were then invited to have a drink with Higgidy and some of the other main sponsors and meet Hugh Philimore the man behind the event. I was then excited to hear the line up for the afternoon included Seal and Joss Stone. The weather was also getting brighter and warmer which was a bonus. The VIP tent was a great place to chill out, read the paper and take aa break for the outside. The facilities in there were great too with flushing loos and comfy seating.
After a return trip to the children’s area we decided to grab our lunch pies from Higgidy and find a spot to sit for the afternoon set. The pies on offer were delicious and I couldn’t decide what to go for! Higgidy are a great match for this relaxed festival as their have a strong ethos which features patience, hand made and good quality – the same can be said for the festival!!
With a good spot in view of the main stage (there are are three stages) we settled for the afternoon. Seal blew me away and was just the perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon.
By the time the set finished the sun was shining and the grass area was full of people relaxing and I had no intention of leaving. The day was a great way to spend time with the family in a relaxed setting. The older children were able to roam free and experience new things whilst adults sank a beer or Gin or Tonic and switched off from the daily pressures of life. Camping was able in two areas as there was a quiet area for families in addition to the main camping. Next year I would love to visit again to camp and experience all that Cornbury Festival has to offer.
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I’d like to thank Higgidy for having us as their guests to write this Cornbury Festival Review- please do invite us back next year!