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!

So, what’s on for thrill seekers at TGLE 2019?

Axe Throwing + Archery

Photo by Heather Birnie

Photo by Heather Birnie

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 (and their tree-felling ability) to relax.

Festival co-founder Charlie Gladstone, the current resident of Hawarden Castle, talked about his families relationship with axes on Radio 4.

Fire Walking


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. Are we the first festival in Britain to offer this? Maybe.

£15. Booking will be available online before the festival. Final spots may be open on the day.

Wild Swimming with Vivienne Rickman-Poole

Photo by Department Two

Photo by Department Two

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.

Viv is an artist, educator and outdoor swimmer who has lived in the mountains of Snowdonia for 15 years. Her project #swimsnowdonia was listed amongst 'The 10 most inspiring adventures' in The Guardian and has been the focus of several short films including a music video for the band Elbow. Her film 'Afterglow' won Best Woman in Adventure Gold Award at Sheffield Adventure Film Festival.

Stargazing + Moongazing with Lia Leendertz

Photo by Department Two

Photo by Department Two

Join Lia as she returns to TGLE in 2019 for a talk and -skies being clear- an awe-inspiring stargazing session.

There will be an evening talk based around your almanac and the coincidental full moon we’ll have during the festival. This will be all take place outside (of course!); so it will be magical and intimate.

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.

Canoeing + Wild Swimming

Photo by Department Two

Photo by Department Two

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, with axe throwing and archery running along the shoreline.


Photo by Department Two

Photo by Department Two

Tickets to The Good Life Experience are on sale now! You can head to TGLE for two or three nights of The Good Life. Or you can head here for the day and night of Saturday. Camp or stay off-site, book a glamping pitch or bring the campervan. The choice is yours.

At the heart of it all there are two simple aims; to create something truly unique and to do things really, really well.

Head to Hawarden this September 12-15th and become a guardian of the good times.

Tom Cronk