Daylesford festival celebrates 'Summer of Love'
By David Wood
Where: Daylesford near Kingham, Gloucestershire, GL56 0YG
When: Saturday, June 8, 10am to 5pm
The Daylesford Summer Festival has fast become the highlight of the year at the organic farm in the Cotswolds.
This year's Summer Festival theme is "Summer of Love" and Daylesford invites the guests to wear 1960s fancy dress, flowers in the hair and celebrate the arrival of summer.
Expect much-loved Daylesford classic activities with a touch of 1960s carefree happiness, colour and fun.
Now in its tenth consecutive year, the Daylesford Summer Festival sees the organic farm come to life with stalls, workshops, debates, crafts, dog show, singing, dancing and, of course, an array of delicious food. Come and celebrate peace, freedom, love, unity and of course, nature.
Highlights include cookery school demonstrations, wellness talks, guest artisans and makers with workshops, best fancy-dress competition, performers and live music.
There will also be floral crown workshops, garlands, bandanas and vintage clothing, along with rare and heritage breeds, farm machinery and activities, a dog show, vintage car show, old-fashioned fairground rides, market garden tours and tastings and foraging tours.
Also expect 60s themed food, fire pits and the Summer of Love bar.
As always there will be plenty of activities for youngsters throughout the festival - carousel and swing boat rides in the Market Garden, retro 1960s games, floral crown making, face painting and ride-on mini JCBs.
For keen cooks, young and old, our competition tent will be as lively as ever. Judged by Rose Prince and Daylesford's founder, Carole Bamford, enter a range of 1960s classic categories: Best Summer of Love cake; best peace bread; best wobbly blancmange; best pork pie; best homemade fudge and, of course, best fancy-dress outfit.
Every year the Cookery School throws its doors open for a series of demonstrations, with plenty of tasters along the way.
Daylesford's Market Garden and working farm will be alive with activities such as sheepshearing demonstrations, bushcraft with WildWise, talks from the senior farm manager, garden tours and tastings as well as the chance to meet organically reared, heritage cattle, sheep, hens and chicks. There will also be foraging expeditions, exploring the wilds of the Daylesford estate.
The Dairy Barn will be transformed, playing host to a series of interactive artisan and craft workshops, all celebrating the summer of love and giving you the chance to work with guest artisans.
The Heritage Orchard will be home to Bamford Wellbeing Tent running a series of talks and workshops centred in wellness, nourishment and making time for self-care and reflection.
The Vintage Car Showcase will be back in style, with the 'Summer of Love' vintage car concourse outside the farmshop, featuring classic motors. Don't miss the 3pm award for 'Car I would most like to take home'.
To keep the festival spirit going, they will have a variety of live music for maximum jollity!
The festival is free to attend, parking is £5 per car on the day (mini buses & coaches by special arrangement). Everyone is welcome but Daylesford asks guests to register online at the Daylesford website to give an idea of numbers.
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