In search of The Good Life Experience

What’s that shining, golden orb in the sky?

I *think* it might be the sun but, it’s been such a long since I last saw it, I can’t be totally sure.

The breeze feels warm today; we’ve thrown open the windows and the stale, winter fug that has been occupying the rooms of our little cottage, has silently escaped and been replaced by fresh, sweetly scented, spring air.

Finally.

Spring is here.

Just a shame it couldn’t have arrived last weekend, when we really needed it.

We went on a whistle-stop tour of the New Forest in Dolly; four nights on the Black Knowl caravan site with some of our bests.

Spring was also invited to join us but I think it missed the memo.

Our mini-break consisted of boggy walks, crazy golf and a daytrip to Beaulieu Motor Museum; accompanied by incessant, drizzly rain and grey skies. Plus some very, waterlogged wellies.

Regardless of the inclement conditions, we still had fun.

Plus, there’s something rather lovely about lying in a warm and cosy caravan, listening to the rain jumping and tapping on the roof above you.

It made me think of festival season; predominantly last year’s trip to Camp Bestival when it rained and rained.

And Glastonbury in 2015 when, it poured so much, the weight of the water collapsed our caravan awning.

True story.

And, wet weather aside, it made me excited for this summer’s adventures.

We’ve got a few festivals pencilled in the diary but the one I’m most looking forward to is one we’ve never been to before.

The Good Life Experience

Touting itself as ‘a weekend of discovery’, The Good Life Experience is the brainchild of two husband and wife teams; Cerys Matthews (remember Mulder and Scully?) and Steve ‘Abbo’ Abbott, together with Charlie and Caroline Gladstone, who founded Pedlars (one of my very favourite homeware shops).

The premise was to create an environment that celebrated the good old days; simple food and homespun crafts, music and the written word.

A chance to reconnect with nature and our fellow man.

Now, in it’s 5th year, the festival has grown bigger and better with every event — whilst still managing to maintain it’s original wholesome ethic — and boasts everything from campfire cooking sessions to craft workshops.

It sounds idyllic.

Thomasina Miers at The Good Life Experience

Image courtesy of Bruce Stanley

Campfire Cooking at The Good Life Experience

Image courtesy of Jonathan Cherry

Feasting at The Good Life Experience

Image courtesy of Jonathan Cherry

Feasting at The Good Life Experience

Image courtesy of Jonathan Cherry

Nestling in Flintshire, North Wales, the Good Life Experience is set on the Hawarden Estate, overlooked by a castle on a lake.

This September — 14th to 16th — we can leave the real world for a few days and try our hands at silver jewellery making or calligraphy.

Learn the art of foraging or smokehouse cooking, whilst accompanied by a soundtrack of music or poetry.

Castle at The Good Life Experience

Image courtesy of Andrew Lai

The lake at The Good Life Experience

Image courtesy of Rachel Kay

Painting and craft at The Good Life Experience

Image courtesy of Jonathan Cherry

Fire-making at The Good Life Experience

Image courtesy of Jonathan Cherry

Helter Skelter at The Good Life Experience

Image courtesy of Jonathan Cherry

Bunting at The Good Life Experience

Image courtesy of Simon Shoulders

Live music at The Good Life Experience

Image courtesy of Paul Johnson

Walking back to camp at The Good Life Experience

Image courtesy of Rachel Kay

Night time at The Good Life Experience

Image courtesy of Phil Roberts Jones

Good Times and Dungarees

I was obsessed by The Good Life when I was a child.

Tom and Barbara Good with their home allotment; chickens, goats and simple living. 

I was utterly captivated by them (not to mention Felicity Kendall’s dungarees).

It’s no surprise that, as an adult, I’m striving to recreate the same kind of life for myself. Dungarees and all.

Tom and Barbara’s Surbiton-based idyll, combined with a real-life festival, sounds right up my street.

Plus, the idea of leaving the fast-paced digital world behind for a while (even if it is just for a long weekend); to kick back and enjoy some good simple fun with my friends and family — or indeed — a bunch of likeminded strangers, sounds very lovely indeed.

Let the good times roll.

Good times at The Good Life Experience

Image courtesy of Capture This Moment

We’re so excited to be going along to The Good Life Experience this September (14th-16th September 2018) and I’m already planning which workshops I’d like to do — arm knitting and pom-pom making here I come!!

Early bird tickets are available right now and if you use the special code ‘CARO’, you’ll be treated to 10% off the total cost.

Click the link for ticket sales — I hope to see you there!

Caro Davies

Caro Davies art directed fashion and interiors before leaving the world of design to pursue a career in social media. She can now be found chasing the light — and two small twin boys.

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2 Comments

  1. 16th April 2018 / 10:04 am

    Wonderful photos. The good life experience is something i’d definitely like to get my teeth into!
    Debs @ tiger-mint.com

    • 16th April 2018 / 7:39 pm

      It sounds amazing doesn’t it? :) I love the thought of trying my hand at arm knitting — whilst at a festival!!! Such a fab concept — I’m so looking forward to it! :)

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