WHEN TO ARRIVE
Campsites will be open from 4pm on Thursday 14th September, and the festival itself will be open from 2pm on Friday 15th September. There will be stuff to do if you arrive early, see below.
The postcode of the festival site is CH5 3FB, the address is Hawarden Estate Farm Shop, Chester Road, Flintshire, CH5 3FB. (Link to google maps)
There are two carparks, A and B, which will be signposted once you reach the site. If you have already bought your car park pass you will receive a car park sticker with your tickets which will let you know which one to use. Car Park A is closest to the Racetrack Campsite, A, and B is closest to the Castle Campsite, B, if you have not prebooked you can buy your ticket on the gate of Car Park B, tickets are £10 per car (cash only please) for the weekend.
CAMPER VANS + CARAVANS
You will be sent a campervan/caravan ticket with your other tickets this will direct you to either the Cricket Pitch (postcode CH5 3PB) or Scout Camp (postcode CH5 3PJ). Both will be signposted and must be approached from B5125. You will be asked to show your Camper Van ticket on arrival.
Camp sites open at 4pm on Thursday. On arrival at your campsite we will give you a rubbish bag. Please fill this with your rubbish. All waste is sorted for recycling after the event. Our aim is to leave no trace of the festival on the Estate, and we need your help to do this!
No fires are allowed in the campsites, and strictly no flames at all inside tents, but you are welcome to use a camping stove or a barbecue that is raised off the ground outside your tent. Please make use of the metal bin in each campsite for the safe disposal of BBQs.
We love dogs and are unique, we think, in welcoming them to our festival. We know how many of you have chosen us for this reason. So, to make this work, please observe the following common sense rules. Clean up after your dogs and keep them on a lead at all times. Please don’t bring dogs into any of the music tents after 7pm; in previous years some dogs have become over excited by the crowds and the music, so we ask that they now enjoy the acts from outside. Head this way for further dog information.
SIGN UP SYSTEM FOR CLASSES
This year we are trying to create a system of sign ups that is fair for everyone. And so, at 2pm on Friday and 10am and 2pm on Saturday and Sunday, each craftsperson will open their book to the next few sessions’ participants. This will operate on a first-come-first-served basis but it will not be possible to sign up for an afternoon session in the morning.
There are a number of other things going on for those who arrive early on Friday:
1. Hawarden Old Castle will be open to all festival goers from 9.30-11.30am. Hawarden Old Castle is a Grade I listed medieval castle and its oldest fortifications date back to the Iron Age. It's a special place, and only open to the public on a handful of days a year, so this is an opportunity not to be missed! Please be warned that the paths up to the Old Castle are fairly steep.
2. There will be three guided tours of Gladstone's Library with Library Warden Peter Francis at 11am, 12pm and 1pm. Places are limited to 20 per tour and it will be a first come, first served basis. Gladstone's Library is Britain's finest residential library, and its only Prime Ministerial library. It was founded by the great Victorian statesman himself and, following his death in 1898, became the national memorial to his life and work as well as one of the few Grade I-listed buildings in North Wales. If you haven't visited before, this is a great opportunity.
3. Freedom Brewery are hosting a lunchtime beer tasting event at The Glynne Arms. Book your table for lunch on 01244 569988. Freedom Brewery, the original craft lager brewers, have been brewing a wide range of unique lagers since 1995. Originally London based, the team moved up north to Staffordshire in the quest for better water and sustainable brewing. Now set on a private estate of rolling countryside and access to their own private spring water source, they continue to innovate with flavour and process. We can't wait to welcome the team to the festival this year.
[Please note, if you are a Super Early Bird Ticket holder and bought your ticket on or before 2nd November, you will have received an email regarding your exclusive Friday events. If you have not received this, please contact email@example.com].
We are all hoping for amazing weather this Good Life Experience. But it might be wet, so come prepared. Please also remember that our festival comes in mid-September and that it can be quite cold at night. So, remember to pack cosy sleeping bags and blankets. We’ve put together a kit list of things that we think you might need here.
Head to the lost children point within the Welfare tent. We strongly recommend that you show your children where this is when you arrive. We will have sharpies available at the entrance, please write your name + phone number on your child's wrist band so that we can reunite you easily!
THE FARM SHOP
Charlie and Caroline’s multi award winning Farm Shop is here to serve you throughout the festival with a fully stocked food hall, deli and exciting café menu. If you are staying on Sunday night, please note that the Farm Shop will close at 6pm, so either head to The Glynne Arms in the village for supper (it is advised to book in advance), or buy your supper in the Farm Shop before 6pm. Opening times: Friday 2pm - 2am, Saturday 8am - 2am, Sunday 8am - 6pm.
Our programme is in the final edits and will be available in advance of the festival. We will send it out via our email newsletter, so keep you eye out. Physical copies will be available on site at the info point and from bars, and from the Farm Shop in the week before the festival.
This year we are upping our game and taking big steps towards going plastic free. Our own food outlets will not use plastic and we are hoping to encourage other vendors to do the same. We will have water outlets on each bar and enamel beakers available to buy or borrow for the weekend with a deposit, but we encourage you to bring your own reusable water bottle for the weekend. Help us towards our end goal of becoming a plastic free festival!