So I’ve literally just got back from my Bank Holiday weekend at Camper Calling Festival 2017, which was an amazing three-day experience. It’s been a long while since I’ve headed off to a festival, and especially one which involves camping, so I was super excited!
Luckily, the great British weather was on our side, as we were greeted with glorious sunshine for the entire time we were there. When camping, it’s exactly what you need – many a time I’ve headed off on a camping trip in the ‘Summer’ but its ended up pouring down with rain.
For camping, we pitched up in the quieter Woodland Hill area, which was a lovely area to just sit outside, make campsite BBQ’s, drink wine and chill out in the sun. There were two main stages at the Camper Calling setup, in which we could hear the music lightly from our camping site, and as all bands and live acts ended around 10.45, it wasn’t like a hardcore, noisy festival where you would struggle to sleep!
So what else did Camper Calling have to offer? To start with, the festival ‘lived’ amongst the grounds of Ragley Hall, in Alcester, Warwickshire. Ragley Hall itself is a gorgeous, huge Grade 1 listed mansion, which is the ancestral seat of the Hertford family for over 300 years. It is set in thousands of acres of its own estate overlooking the unspoiled Warwickshire countryside.
Festival passes allow you to fully explore the landscaped gardens and woodlands, discover the unique mansion and enjoy the well views from high up. We had a little walk around the house and it was truly phenomenal – the family apparently live upstairs, whilst the public can tour around the ground floor. They also use the house for luxury weddings and premium events, which I can understand why as it really is stunning.
The bands and singers which headlined and were key for me over the 3-day event included Artful Dodger (by far the best!) Lightening Seeds, Lucy Spraggan, Reef, Space and Thrill Collins – a super cool band who did cover versions of garage and rap medleys. They really livened it up and got the crowd dancing!
As you can see, I embraced the true ‘camping’ life, which I actually enjoy from time to time! We were lucky it was so warm in the day, although at night, the temperature did drop a little, which meant bringing out the puffy camping blankets and throw-overs…
One of my favourite aspects of Camper Calling was the whole festival vibe setup, including all the incredible independent food and drink vans, the shops, the stalls, the activities, the events and various entertainment dotted around.
I have to admit when I’m in this kind of outdoorsy type festival mode I always hope to see some unique fortune tellers and psychic reading huts where you can find some of the country’s top psychics and clairvoyants. I love nipping into them and having my future told, whether read via tarot cards, palm or pure medium-ship!
As it’s a family festival, children and adults alike could enjoy lakeside activities such as kayaking and rowing, a fun filled circus play area and hula hopping grounds, ukulele lessons and African dancing, and not forgetting holistic therapies on site too! I was very tempted to get a 15-minute massage booked it, but ended up sitting on my camping chair drinking gin and tonic and eating rather delicious food instead!
Talking of food, there was everything from cake and tea vans, curry huts, thai stalls, smokey BBQ’s and even a specialist pie place. For drinks, they had a cocktail bar with a roof terrace, a ‘fizzy flutes’ prosecco stand, a dedicated gin bar, and of course, all your comforting tea and coffee vans.
I enjoyed a delicious mild potato curry with Pakistan rice on my first evening, which was so tasty and creamy. The second night I was naughtier, piling a plate high with nachos, chips, chilli, cheese, mayo, chipotle and guacamole. Yummmmm!
The entire weekend was the perfect set up for the young, the old, the babies, the music lovers, the foodies and alike. The weather gave it that extra touch, in which we were incredibly lucky!
Thank you Camper Calling 2017 for hosting such a fantastic festival event. I’ll be back next year…