This year we are making an effort to get out and enjoy the summer as much as possible. We have planned activities or mini breaks away for all our weekends off from weddings between now and winter 🤣 the first of these planned mini breaks was to camp at Larmer Tree Festival in Wiltshire last weekend. The festival is held in Larmer Tree Gardens in the heart of Cranborne Chase, an area of outstanding natural beauty on the Wiltshire/ Dorset border.
One of the things I loved the most about the festival is their focus on the environment. Festivals and large scale events (weddings too!) can be incredibly wasteful unless action is taken beforehand to counter this. Larmer Tree do their bit to eliminate single-use plastics wherever possible. The organisers ask festival goers to bring their own reusable cups, plates, cutlery and bottles to use. All bars onsite used recycled cups (which were to be recycled once again after the event) too! There were no single-use plastic bottles available at the festival but there were plenty of water taps everywhere. FRANK Water were also on hand to encourage everyone to use reusable bottles and with a wristband you could have as much filtered chilled water as you wanted 💙 the fab Bristol based charity do great work to provide clean safe drinking water and sanitation to communities in rural India and Nepal. The festival also recycles as much of the waste created as possible and any material that can’t be recycled is baled for waste energy production, so that nothing goes to landfill :)
The main reason I wanted to go to Larmer Tree Festival was to see Kate Tempest headline the main stage on the Saturday night. I’m a big fan and it was such a profound experience seeing her perform live. Kate’s new album is super emotional and more personal than previous work but it still retains poignant observations about society, human emotions and her compassion for the planet. Her set definitely made me shed a tear or two! Have a listen to her album here :)
The festival was a super fun experience and perfect for families. There were so many activities from slacklining, a silent disco held in the woods after sunset, yoga, pottery, meditation, macrame to woodland crafts, calligraphy and much more.
I would definitely recommend the festival if you’re looking for somewhere fun to go with friends or family next year.
Larmer Tree Gardens also do weddings! We would love to document a wedding here, it’s so beautiful 😍