To us living a Good Life involves more than a small dose of wild adventure in The Great Outdoors. By the end of the weekend children and adults alike may be verging on the feral, but always so much the better for it!
Adventures large and small take place across the festival site. You'll find axe throwing and archery along the shoreline of The Lake, foraging hunts in the woods, stargazing at The Old Castle, wild swimming beside our Victorian Boat House, and fire walking... for the brave.
So, what’s on for thrill seekers at TGLE 2019?
AXE THROWING /
WILD SWIMMING /
FIRE WALKING /
WILD COOKING /
AND MUCH MORE
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Free to all. We’ve been lobbing axes at The Good Life since the very beginning. And long before that too! The humble axe and the historic Hawarden Estate go back a long way, with former resident, and four-time Prime Minister William Ewart Gladstone using axes to relax.
Free to all. Roll up and take your best shot. You'll draw back your bow on the site of "Wales' most beautiful cricket pitch" and fire towards the targets as Hawarden Old Castle stands guard on the horizon.
WILD SWIMMING WITH VIVIENNE RICKMAN-POOLE
Wild Swimming expert, and friend of TGLE, Vivienne Rickman-Poole will return to The Lake to lead swims, encourage creativity and keep the lakeside campfire stoked all weekend long.
As part of our programme of new/interesting/dangerous pastimes/sports at The Good Life Experience we are excited to announce the return Fire Walking for this year. Guests will be able to learn and practice this amazing ancient, mind-boggling activity.
You can book your spot now here. Or book on the day.
New to TGLE 2019, we’re thrilled to welcome flying trapeze to this year’s line-up. Find it on the cricket pitch, in front of Hawarden Castle Pavilion, and test your circus skills in small groups (8-10) over 40 minute sessions.
Book on the day. £12.50 per person.
We think we might, might, just be the only festival in Britain that will offer abseiling from a 13th Century castle. Yes really. Head up the hill towards Hawarden Old Castle for the very best view of The Good Life Experience as you dangle from the 750 year-old-walls of this castle os national importance.
Book on the day.
Head down to our beautiful lake, and Victorian Boat House, to find out the schedule and sign-up for sessions throughout the day. The schedule will alternate between wild swimming and canoeing.
sTARGAZING + MOONGAZING
Join Lia Leendertz as she returns to TGLE in 2019 for a talk and -skies being clear- an awe-inspiring stargazing session. We’ll stand on the hill beside The Old Castle, which -happily- faces east in order to defend past inhabitants from raids across the Welsh/English border. This outlook offers a great big sky, and incredible views of the stars within it.
The Hawarden Estate boasts thousands of acres of working farmland, but dig a little deeper and you'll find woodlands teeming with wild garlic, berries, and -in September- hundreds of incredibly varied mushrooms. We'll have chefs and experts on site so you can learn what's good, and what's not.
Our team of world famous chefs will once again take to the campfire to cook up a storm in front of hundreds of hungry spectators. Elsewhere, Chris Roberts and Damian Clisby will be laying on feasts, featuring ingredients cooked over open flame. And for limited numbers there'll be s'mores sessions hosted by the brilliant Pump Street Chocolate. Remember to source a good stick from the woods!
The Good Life Experience is unique in its openness and friendliness. There are fences and security, of course. But there are few other festivals that encourage guests to genuinely explore the site: the hills, the woods, the village, The Old Castle, the farmland. Bring the dog!