It is festival season... I love festival season, but am not going to any big festivals this year, so thought I'd share the last festival I went to. Our weekend at Somersault started with putting our tents up in the drizzle and drinking cans of cider in our tent porch. Through the night the rain poured non-stop. We woke up to still pouring rain in the morning, even heavier than it was the night before, it was crazy! I do love a good festival but constant rain is definitely not as fun as basking in the sunshine through the day... we eventually decided to brave it and walked from our tents along the straw covered path (that a tractor had been covering all morning to try and control the mud situation) into the festival and found a chai tent for a warm mug of spicy tea!
Luckily for us the weather drastically improved and we did end up basking in the sunshine in the afternoon! Somersault is a lovely small family festival in North Devon with only 2 stages and a forest party. It was all very civilised with some seriously good food stalls serving garlic mushrooms, crepes, homemade pizzas, posh hotdogs. There was even a sit down banquet four course meal that you could have pre-booked each day hosted by River cottage, Fifteen Cornwall and Valentine Warner. As well as the amazing food on offer they had a raft of outdoor activities that you could sign up for including surfing, coasteering, paddle boarding, mountain biking, rock climbing, yoga classes, wild swimming and archery.
The music was amazing too! We got to see Laura Marling, Imelda May, The Shires, Passenger, Lucy Rose, Bombay Bicycle Club (who are one of Chris and my all-time favourite bands and were amazing!!!) and Jeremy Loops, who I had never heard of but turned out to be a brilliant act from Cape Town and is now one of my favourite bands! There were a whole bunch of smaller bands I had never heard of who turned out to be really good... one of my favourite things about festivals is finding new music you haven't heard before!
On the Sunday it poured with rain again which was such a shame! We packed up our tent in the rain, watched a bit of passenger, had some food and headed home exhausted and totally ready for a shower and clean bed!
Somersault have had a break but look like they are returning again next year! If you fancy a small family friendly festival with amazing food, stalls with fresh handmade flower crowns and a party in a forest check it out!