The Good Life Experience 2018 at Hawarden Estate

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Chris Horkan, Music Editor
The Good Life Experience
Vic Phillips

The Good Life Experience at Hawarden Estate, 14–16 September 2018, from £119 - Book now

Now in its fifth year, The Good Life Experience returns to Flintshire in Wales this September.

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

As well as hosting most of the festival’s music line-up, its regular Caught by the River stage will welcome 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 includes 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 features 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.

Creative Tourist readers can enjoy 10% off Early Bird ticket prices – use the code CREATIVE10 at the link below.

The Good Life Experience at Hawarden Estate

14–16 September 2018
From £119