Goren Festival Family Music Festival
“A small un-commercialised music festival, with a laid back atmosphere. Perfect for families with younger children where everyone can relax and unwind surrounded by beautiful countryside.”
As the nights draw in again, I am looking back wistfully at the lovely weekend we spent at Goren Festival which take place in East Devon during early July.
So – what can you expect at Goren Festival?
Starting at the begining – like most festivals you can’t park very close, so be prepared to make a couple of trips with your gear if you are camping.
Fortunately there was transport provided.
What’s On Offer – it’s a mini version of the bigger festivals.
For me that was a plus point.
A Huge Range of Music
Local Bar and Food
Camping or Glamping
Free Range Children
A Relaxed Laid Back Atmosphere
A Handful of Craft and Trade Stalls
Live Music – Grace Gillan and Jake Miller performing with Jess McCallister
Great Fun for the Children – Organised as well as Free Range Activities
To Camp or Not To Camp
We were extremely lucky with the weather making camping a great choice for the weekend. If you go with a small group you can easily pitch up together in the meadow. Facilities are basic – portaloos and a cold water tap. However you can upgrade to glamping which was provided by Devon Belle Tents and looked lovely.
There was not a huge amount of food on offer at the festival compared to some, so you may want to take some extra supplies.
There was a bacon butty van open in the mornings (which sadly I missed in the first day when we needed it!) and some meals and snacks provided from the farmhouse. The Rusty Pig had a food van for the afternoons and evenings which was very nice, Lemon Jelli offered coffee and pancakes and Branscombe Brewery provided the bar.
Take a look at my little video of the festival.
What’s On Offer
There was a range of live music on Friday night and all day Saturday with a great headline band that got everyone up dancing.
During the day you can chill out, wander the meadows and relax. Children can play free range, there was a fun run organised, story telling, circus skills and a toddler zone which also doubled as kids disco.
We enjoyed the giant space dome shows (planetarium) which whisked us into space on the shuttle. They were put on by Space Odyssey and was really fun and interesting for all ages.
There were nature walks and a fun portrait area with picture frames and dressing up clothes.
Being less commercial than most festivals there were not lots of trade stalls, just a few nice ones.
Plan For Next Year
The date for Goren Festival next year has been set for Friday 29th and Saturday 30th June (camp overnight Saturday and head home on the Sunday) . It is held in the Blackdown Hills, near Axminster in East Devon. If you want to find out more about the location in advance you can head along to one of their Open Meadow Days which are run as part of the National Garden Scheme from June – you can enjoy a guided walk round the gorgeous wild flower meadows and beautiful the scenery.
Money raised during the festival is shared to various charities and the entrance price is very reasonable.
Interested to know about other Festivals? We are hoping to go back to Goren Farm as well as Livestock near Tewkesbury next year and I’ve also got Beautiful Days in my line up – I’m delighted my girls have found they enjoy festivals as much as me!
Do you and your family enjoy festivals – let me know your favourite as I can feel a summer of fun coming along next year!