The Good Life Experience 2016

I’ve just returned from a great weekend with my family at The Good Life Experience near Chester and couldn’t wait to share some event photography of this wonderful family festival.

The Good Life Experience was founded in 2014 by four friends Cerys Matthews, Steve Abbott and Charlie & Caroline Gladstone, and they’ve created a festival that is genuinely different and based around themes of self sufficiency, the great outdoors and getting back to basics. It’s full of the great activities ranging from live music, guest speakers, art & craft workshops, swing & lindy hop dancing, to vintage fairs, archery, axe throwing, forge kitchenware, bushcraft and pottery making, to name but a few.

The highlights of the weekend for myself were listening to Ben Fogle talk about his travels and adventures, Jeremy Vine describing his broadcasting highlights, and the amazing Swing Patrol dance class… now I’ve got the bug!!!

It was also lovely watching my son be inspired by David Setter’s Doodle Planet workshop and DJ78 with his 1930’s wind up gramophones, and great to see him joining in the ukulele workshop, having a go at archery and getting so excited by the vintage heater skelter and the simpler pleasures in life. Not a computer in sight… Pure bliss 🙂

Ben Fogle and his labrador Storm at The Good Life Experience

Ben Fogle and his labrador Storm

Jeremy Vine at The Good Life Experience

Jeremy Vine from BBC Radio 2

Ben Fogle is an English adventurer, author, broadcaster and writer, best known for his presenting roles with Channel 5, BBC and ITV which makes event photography

Guest speaker Ben Fogle is an English adventurer, author, broadcaster and writer, best known for his presenting roles with Channel 5, BBC and ITV

Black Cow Saloon at The Good Life Experience Festival

Black Cow Saloon ‘The Spirit of The West’ with live music will take you through the day and night featuring the Saloon Blue Grass house band with rockin’ blues, finger pickin’, boogie woogie and barrel house from guest players and balladeers.

Caught By The River at The Good Life Experience Festival

Caught By The River Caught featured contributions from writers, artists, musicians and like-minded thinkers and many more…

Golden Bear Belts at The Good Life Experience Festival

Golden Bear Belts at The Good Life Experience

The Black Cow Saloon and The Golden Bear Belts at The Good Life Experience Festival 2016

The Black Cow Saloon and The Golden Bear Belts at The Good Life Experience

Spoon Carving, Axe Paddle Bushcraft and Bow Making and Shop and Workshops at The Good Life Experience Festival 2016

Spoon Carving, Axe Paddle Bushcraft and Bow Making Shop and Workshops

The Swing Patrol with live music by The Shirt Tail Stompers at The Good Life Experience

Swing Patrol is a community of dancers passionately spreading the joy of the Lindy Hop, Blues, Charleston and Balboa dances, giving demonstrations and involving the whole family in a fabulous energetic dance class to live music by The Shirt Tail Stompers playing the big band sounds.

The Swing Patrol with live music by The Shirt Tail Stompers at The Good Life Experience 2016, ideal event photography

Swing Patrol with live music by The Shirt Tail Stompers at The Good Life Experience 2016

The Swing Patrol with live music by The Shirt Tail Stompers at The Good Life Experience 2016

Swing Patrol with live music by The Shirt Tail Stompers at The Good Life Experience 2016

Helter Skelter and vintage fair at The Good Life Experience Festival 2016

Vintage Helter Skelter nearly 100 years old

'Alex Pole Ironwork' and 'Forge Kitchen' at The Good Life Experience Festival 2016

‘Alex Pole Ironwork’ alongside his new kitchenware range ‘Forge Kitchen’ running demos which include traditional nail making, how to forge a forging knife, spoon making and bottle openers

Archery at The Good Life Experience Festival 2016

Archery at The Good Life Experience Festival

Axe Throwing at The Good Life Experience Festival 2016

Axe Throwing at The Good Life Experience Festival

Ukulele workshop at The Good Life Experience Festival 2016

Ukulele workshop at The Good Life Experience Festival

Axe Demonstrations and workshops at The Good Life Experience Festival 2016

Axe Demonstrations and Workshops

A festival goer at at The Good Life Experience Festival 2016

A festival goer at at The Good Life Experience Festival

David Setter of 'DoodlePlanet' at The Good Life Experience

David Setter, AKA DoodlePlanet is an illustrator and painter based in North Wales. He draws inspiration from the beauty of the surrounding landscape. His commercial illustration has been utilised by Jaguar Landrover, Siemens, 02, Plusnet, London Olympics 2012 and many more. David held workshops throughout the weekend and he really inspired my son by drawing simple doodles and making them into recognisable drawings.

Festival goers at at The Good Life Experience 2016, ideal event photography

Festival goers at at The Good Life Experience

Corn fields at The Good Life Experience, Portrait Photography

Photo in the corn fields on our way to the vintage fair, I couldn’t resist the golden hour as the light was so beautiful for portrait photography

Live music at The Black Cow Saloon at The Good Life Experience Festival 2016

Live music at The Black Cow Saloon

Live music at The Black Cow Saloon at The Good Life Experience Festival 2016

Live music at The Black Cow Saloon at The Good Life Experience Festival

The Coracle Society at The Good Life Experience Festival 2016, Event Photography

The Coracle Society creating fun events and games for the festival goers at The Good Life Experience Festival 2016

THE W.I. at The Good Life Experience Festival 2016

The W.I. Co-hosted by Rising Roses & Seven Hills Women’s Institutes, a collection of crafty WI members from across the country. If you’re not a crafter yet, you can learn the art of yarning to craft twiddle muffs to be donated to Dementia patients in the NHS – a cause very close to the WI’s heart.

The W.I. at The Good Life Experience Festival 2016

The W.I. hosting a series of Pop-Up Knit and Natter sessions over the festival weekend, and also makes idyllic event photography

Allpress Coffee Roasters at The Good Life Experience Festival 2016

Allpress Coffee Roasters at The Good Life Experience Festival 2016

Ben Fogle with Storm his labrador at The Good Life Experience Festival 2016

Ben Fogle with Storm his labrador on his way to give a guest talk in The Main Stage.

Information Point and children play area at The Good Life Experience Festival 2016

Information Point and children play area at The Good Life Experience Festival 2016

The Market Place at The Good Life Experience Festival 2016

The Market Place at The Good Life Experience Festival 2016

Woodcraft Workshops at The Good Life Experience Festival 2016

Woodcraft Workshops

Festival Goers amongst the many craft workshop tents

Festival Goers amongst the many art and craft workshop tents

Ben Fogle in The Main Stand, talking about his adventures and his latest book Land Rovers at The Good Life Experience Festival 2016

Ben Fogle in The Main Stand, talking about his adventures and his latest book Land Rovers

Pumpkin Carving at The Good Life Experience Festival 2016

Pumpkin Carving

Ukulele workshop at The Good Life Experience Festival 2016

Ukulele workshop at The Good Life Experience Festival 2016

Camping in the grounds with the impressive backdrop of Hawarden Old Castle at The Good Life Experience Festival 2016

Camping in the grounds with the impressive backdrop of Hawarden Old Castle

Canvas bell tents at The Good Life Experience Festival 2016

Canvas bell tents, complete with up to 4 or six camp beds, lamps and groundsheet, the tent campsite is close to the main arena and has the impressive backdrop of Hawarden Old Castle. There is also a facility for camper vans and caravans to pitch up to stay for the full weekend and enjoy the festival.

DJ78 at The Good Life Experience Festival 2016

Using a pair of 1930’s HMV wind-up gramophones and an eclectic collection of vintage shellac records, DJ78 provides a unique musical accompaniment to any gathering without compromising the art of conversation. Looking dapper in his vintage suits, DJ78 takes great pride in introducing the modern world to the crackly sounds of yesteryear. My son was so impressed, on our return it lead to us getting our record player down from the loft and dusting off our old vinyl records, another new experience from the weekend and this stimulates the curious minds of children in this digital age.