So the day began hot and sunny. This time prepared for it and did the suncream before leaving home. On site about 11:30am after a lot of faffing about remembering things; but still managed to forget my phone…..
We walked straight up to the Avalon Cafe where Rain’s friends were playing. They’re called The Drystones and were fab. Played folky tunes with a good dancey beat and really got the crowd going. Very impressed and also cool that I saw them in my daughter’s school play before they were famous!
Sat in the shade and chilled for a while, and then went on the big blue helter skelter. Scary climing up – it’s a proper vintage (a polite way of putting it) fairground attraction and I wasn’t convinced of its health and safety credentials. Slid down surprisingly fast too! Then fell over standing up infront of the watching queue – bit embarrassing. Browsed the stalls in the Avalon field and bought a gorgeous dress by Rumplstiltskin in the Speaking Tree tent. Also bought a lovely pocket belt from Devi.
It started to rain gently.
Hungry, so ate an expensive, but delicious chocolate cupcake in the West Holts field, and the rest of the family ate from the free range Burgers, Fries & Bacon Baps place further along. Small burgers for £6, but large chips for £2. After that the family split up and I went off on my own to explore the craft field.
It started to rain a lot.
Determined to do a crafty workshop this year, but didn’t really fancy much. I really want to try nuno felting, but the woman running that one wanted to stop for the day. Annoyed. However, the whole area was much better run this year and impressed with the amount of different things to try. If anyone knows when the nuno felting in the marquee is running, please let me know.
Also far fewer travellers with very little to offer were there this time, so I think they’d been vetted a little more closely. (I wonder if the same is true of the Green Futures field. I’ll check it out at some point.) I may go back and try woodturning a bowl.
Had a peek at the unfairground before wandering slowly back; stopping at Pilton Pasta to eat a carbonara under an umbrella. £5 for a very decent and filling meal and proceeds go to a local hospice, which is even better. Find it at the roadside between Glebeland and Pilton Palais.
Had hoped to do the nightlife today, but didn’t feel like it in the rain, so went home about 6:30pm. Hope the weather does get better as the kids stayed to meet up with friends.