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Didn’t we have a lovely time at Lakefest!

PUBLISHED: 18:07 21 August 2013 | UPDATED: 12:38 11 September 2013

Rosie has fun at Lakefest

Rosie has fun at Lakefest

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Cotswold Life’s Rosemary Henderson enjoys a fun- and music-packed weekend at Gloucestershire’s fabulous Lakefest

Romany caravans at LakefestRomany caravans at Lakefest

I arrived on Friday evening and, as far as festivals go, didn’t have too long at all to wait in the queue to get in, due to the excellent organisation.

The campsite was nice and close to the car park which meant I didn’t have to walk far, struggling on my own with my bags, tent and camping gear. Some of my fellow festival-goers cleverly decided to take advantage of the horse & cart taxi service to the campsite which was available to ferry their belongings to their choice of place to pitch their tent at a small price.

I soon came across a convenient place to pitch my tent for the weekend ready for my husband’s arrival later on that evening (clever him!), and found some very friendly festival-goers to help me erect our four-birth tent.

There were ample very clean toilets and several shower blocks, which I was not expecting; although the showers didn’t always work or run with hot water.

The Indigo Kings performing at LakefestThe Indigo Kings performing at Lakefest

Having looked around the festival I found it had a very relaxed and friendly atmosphere, with lots of families and groups of friends choosing to spend their long weekend in the stunning surroundings of Croft Farm with world-class music.

First thing was to grab a boozy drink from one of the bars… what should I have: Pimm’s, Old Rosie, ginger beer? Old Rosie it had to be! I was lost for choice for food that evening – Thai, fish & chips and even a selection of vegetarian dishes which, after speaking to the festival goers, the greatest feedback was regarding the wonderful vegetarian selections of food available.

This year Lakefest had a record 3,500-plus attendance – approx 40% increase from last year – and supported several fantastic charities including Stay Strong, G3 Rooftop Housing and Winston’s Wish, the leading childhood bereavement charity and the largest provider of services to bereaved families in the UK. Winston’s Wish managed to raise £460 and granted three very special wishes for the festival goers. The first wish was won by a group of three boys who wished to go zorbing on the lake, the second was for the lucky winner to meet the Levellers, and the third wish was to meet with Chas & Dave!

Friday’s headline band was Ocean Colour Scene who where amazing, and also I must make a special mention to Missing Andy. The Levellers headlined on Saturday and were nicely warmed up by The Roving Crows who got the crowd up and dancing. Sunday Chas & Dave headlined followed by a very colourful fireworks display giving a fitting end to what was a truly wonderful festival.

Gary and Rosie Henderson at Lakefest 2013Gary and Rosie Henderson at Lakefest 2013

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Rosemary visited Lakefest on August 9-11 at Croft Farm Waterpark, Bredons Hardwick, near Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire. To be added to the mailing list for next year’s event visit www.lakefest2014.co.uk

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