Escape London: For the August Bank Holiday

25 Aug

Right then city dwellers and adventure lovers, the last Bank Holiday weekend before Christmas (weep) is almost upon us and we’re simply spoilt for long-weekend adventure choice.  Loads of us will opt to remain on the thudding streets of London, bouncing to the beats emanating from the Notting Hill Carnival.  Still more will be dancing away on the sodden grass at SW4 and as always, there are events galore along Southbank and all over London.  However, you’re reading this because the 3 day weekend presents you with a rather lovely opportunity to escape the confines of the City and bask in pastures green.  That’s what I’m doing.  Here’s how:

Saturday morning see’s us depart for the rather wonderful sounding Wyndstock Festival, down on the South Coast in the New Forest.  We have been promised, amongst other things, outdoor hot tubs, food served by candlelight under the stars, wild swimming, croquet, live music and DJ’s and (for those too posh for bog-standard camping)…GLAMPING.

I’ve not witnessed this festival before, but it comes HIGHLY recommended by friends who attended her twin event at the start of the Summer.  I’ll be back with a review  next week.  Please see:  http://www.wyndstock.com/about-wyndstock/ for additional info.

After breakfast (generously included in the ticket price of £80), we’ll be headed further North into Hampshire, specifically the charming market town of Alresford for a beer festival in the neighbouring village of Cheriton.  An annual event for die-hard Ale and Cider enthusiasts and locals who love a boogie, this is a brilliantly traditional beer celebration, complete with sticky floors, Pogues tribute bands and a curry tent to help wash down the furry Ale.  Held at the famous Flower Pots (who have their own highly regarded, award winning brewery http://www.flowerpots.f2s.com/beers.html) the setting is perfect, surrounded by miles of open countryside and a huge marquee in the garden this event is a heady mix of strong local alcohol, spicy food and crazy dancing.  Again, there’ll be a review (possibly fuzzy review) early next week!

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