The Good Life Experience 2019 at Hawarden Estate

Chris Horkan
The Good Life Experience
Vic Phillips

The Good Life Experience at Hawarden Estate, 12–15 September 2019, from £119 - Book now

Now in its sixth year, The Good Life Experience returns to Flintshire in Wales from the 12th to 15th of September 2019.

Set in the shadow of two castles on the Hawarden Estate, 15 minutes drive from Chester, last year’s eclectic line-up featured musicians from across the world, co-curated by BBC 6 Music DJ Cerys Matthews. With a music programme featuring live performances by Gwenno, Bill Ryder-Jones, Darren Hayman, Willy Vlautin, Erland Cooper and Seamus Fogarty, while Norman Jay, Trevor Nelson and Greg Wilson headed up the DJ roster.

As well as hosting most of the festival’s music line-up, its regular Caught by the River stage welcomed The Slits’ Viv Albertine in conversation with Jude Rogers, plus travel writer Joe Minihane, Heavenly Recordings’ DJ arm Heavenly Jukebox and the stage’s poet-in-residence, Will Burns.

The Good Life Experience is big of food too: its campfire cooking sessions includeded showcases by River Cottage head chef Gill Meller, TOAST co-founder Jessica Seaton, forager Roger Phillips and Norwegian cook Signe Johansen, who is author of How to Hygge.

Elsewhere, the three-day event featured a free 1930s fairground plus dozens of activities such as axe-throwing, fire-walking, mass singalongs and plenty of ‘How to’ talks.

The festival – which was set up by friends Cerys Matthews, Steve Abbott and Charlie and Caroline Gladstone – is suitable for all ages – with free entry for under 12s, and dogs also welcome.

The Good Life Experience at Hawarden Estate

12–15 September 2019
From £119

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