It's a very long time since I've been to a music festival, and I've never been to a folk one, so wasn't sure what to expect at The Cambridge Folk festival! Arrived at Cambridge , at the campsite at Coldham's Common with our friends D and K with Little Em and their lovely campervan Dora. Camp was made, boundaries and territory set, then the beer was opened!
You may remember I was starting my Festival Granny Stripe blanket here and it came out of the packing quite quickly!
There were such an abundance of flags to mark out where each camp was, so that they could be found in the dark, later when either walking back from the festival, or in the night with our torch wandering back from the toilet facilities!!
The organisation for the event is fantastic, buses running from the campsite to the actual Arena area at Cherry Hinton Hall. Catering for kiddiwinkles (play areas, storytellers, foody bits, creche, activities galore), adults (music, food, beer, cider, music, food, beer, cider!) and even retail therapy with an abundance of incense, kaftan''s, musical instruments, and many other clothing and jewelry stalls.
Impromptu musicians playing… such a happy sunny feeling about it all.
It was lovely to wander around on Thursday, when it wasn't quite so busy, and OH BOY, did it get busy!
We set camp at the arena near the main stage (see above), with our chairs, and blanket and sat in the blistering sunshine, chatting, relaxing, listening to music and drinking cider, ginger beer and beer. Quite a lot of falafal was consumed too!
And let the crochet begin…
We had an amazing frst night Lucy Rose was beautiful, lovely and amazingly shy! Her music is so new and interesting and I loved being in my own little world singing along in the stage 2 arena. A lovely way to end our first day, before snuggling into my sleeping bag and dreaming of bacon butties!! Yum.
Day two, had a similar feel: lots of crochet, Crabbies, falafel and greek wraps which were lush! I had a lovely quiet interval in the afternoon listening to some amazing storytellers in the duck pond area of the site, Little Em and I munched on marshmallows and absorbed the wonderment of the children's faces as they listened to tales of dragon's, princesses, princes, evil witches and good kings. Amazingly they are all oral stories and well acted out some of them, many drama students do a turn here and I was amazed how intriguing they were, in story and how animated they made the captivating stories. No chance of falling asleep…. I wanted to know the endings!
However E, (who by the way I was loving spending mum and grown up boy time with) had obviously enjoyed his ciders, having tried a number of the varieties on offer!
The levellers were my favourite act to see and I wasn't dissappointed AT ALL!! Took me back to my sixth form days and days of being 17 again! Aaaahhhhhhhh…
and of course more of Festival Blanket completed during the day…
I did get many admiring glances and comments, when packing up at the end of the day, the guy in the next 'camp' asked me if I'd finished it yet, when I replied no, he did say it looked complicated!! I'm loving making this blanket, it grows quickly and I love how the colours are rainbow-like but not in a rainbow.
They compliment each other so well. Anyway, sleeping bag beckoned once more…
On day three the weather forecast was ominous: having had 100% sunshine, very, very, hot sunshine, we were promised some rain later!
And it rained and rained … just when we were waiting for my other highlight K.T. Tunstall. I only got a bit of "Suddenly I see.." sung and the heavens opened…
and of course you do what every self respecting festival or open air concert-goer does…. yes you put on a large coloured carrier bag type thingy poncho!!! Tres attractive!!
End of day three, but this time hot chocolate, marshmallows and brownies in the tent were calling. The whole family and our good friends enjoyed the rainy, wet, squelchy ride and wlak back to the camp, knowing that something warm, chocolatey and friendly was waiting.
Finally….. on the last day we had another gloriously sunny day, The Mavericks on Headline and more storytellers, magic shows, duck pond adventures and crocheting. The festival was great, the entertainment fabulous and overall the weather did us proud, us Brits!!
I'd like to go again next year, it' the 50th anniversary, so I think there'll be some amazingly awesome music, sights, sounds and stories.
The thought of camping in a field, sitting in a field and being around soooo many crowds and people for the whole festival, had I must admit seemed daunting and I wasn't sure how I would feel. Smelly, grubby, tired and in big need of a hairwash? OH YES!!! but content, happy and so lucky to have the amazing family ad friends to share the experience with…. as that bank card company say… PRICELESS!!
Part 2 of our little family holiday coming soon… Roman Holiday… see you soon.:o)xx