The Good Life Experience festival 2014

The Good Life Experience: A festival curated by Cerys Matthews

The Good Life Experience festival 2014

It’s ALL over the frooooooont page! Cerys Matthews of ex-Catatonia fame has co-curated a cool new festival, happening in September.

If Bear Grylls, Adam Richman (off Man Vs Food) and, er, Gwyneth Paltrow set up  a festival together, this would be it.

The Good Life Experience is a unique festival dedicated to celebrating the great outdoors, where you can:

Learn to throw and axe or fire an arrow… cook on a campfire with Tom Herbert of The Fabulous Baker Brothers… abseil… learn how to cook with Bill Granger… eat some spectacular British food… learn how to make sausages or skin a rabbit (sure)… discover your new favourite beer… dance to the best gypsy and folk bands…. take time out with some yoga… learn bushcraft.

As Cerys explains:

The Good Life festival is not your average festival. It was designed to offer people the chance to learn and experience new things they’d never tried before, from throwing axes to seeing a gypsy band play live and learning how to dance, do yoga, abseil and cook on a campfire, all on the same day.

The festival will offer the best of the great outdoors, music, culture and food in a magical setting surrounded by woodland against the backdrop of a stunning historic castle.

The Good Life Experience festival 2014

The Good Life Experience festival 2014
The music acts are somewhat alternative (what, no Lily Allen/The Killers?), but sound super cool, from gypsy concert band Paprika, folk band the CC Smugglers through to harpist Georgia Ruth.

World famous international chef, Bill Granger will showcase some of his best loved recipes, while Channel 4 favourite, Tom Herbert of The Fabulous Baker Brothers, will unlock the trade secrets of baking and how to cook pizza on a camp fire (NECESSARY LIFE SKILL).

There’ll be loads of food and activities celebrating the local community with produce sourced from within 30 miles of the grounds, homemade cakes, and fruit and vegetables grown in the estate orchard.

The one day festival on Saturday, September 20, takes places at Harwarden Estate in Flintshire. Tickets are £45 for adults, £22.50 for under 16s and free for children under six. You can pitch up in the campsite at £15 for one night and £20 for two nights. Which you’ll no doubt want to do, with your new-found camping SKILLZ.

For more information or to buy tickets, visit

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