Festival Fever

Pics from our fab weekend at The Great Estate - Cornwall's coolest new festival

The sun was shining and the glitter was flying last weekend at Cornwall’s coolest new festival, The Great Estate. Here are some of our favourite pics (ours and official) and a little debrief from the weekend, to give you a teaser for next year. Don’t miss it!

A winding woodland path hung with flags, books and picture frames.

There were tethered hot air balloon rides on offer and watching the thing get off the ground was quite the sport.

Photo by Mike Searle

Little groups of flamingos, cleaners and suffragettes were on hand with a little roaming theatre to amuse us as we lay in the grass.

There were loads of great food trucks helping festival goers refuel before the evening, including local faves Craftworks, Thyme and Tide and Deli Pops.

My son was really taken by this gorgeous family, especially Daddy’s glittery beard and eyebrows (sorry he kept papping you but I think this one’s a keeper). x

Photo by Lewis Harrison Pinder

Camel racing! Now there’s something you don’t see every day.

The best eats of the weekend, if you wanted to make an occasion of it, were served up in this charming, ramshackle old shed by Wild Wine Club, who hosted feasts on Friday and Saturday night and Sunday lunch.

Even the chefs look like rock stars round here.

The beautifully rustic Wild Wine Club feast table.

Smiley happy people

Turns out inflating a hot air balloon is quite a process

Festival campsites don’t get prettier than this one, surrounded by the ancient trees of Scorrier Estate.

Photo by Lewis Harrison Pinder

Photo by Lewis Harrison Pinder

One of the incredible light displays on Scorrier House by artist Rupert Newman.

THE MUDDY VERDICT:

This gorgeous Cornish festival fused music, art, food, comedy and fashion and attracted over 13,000 festival goers as well as headline acts Echo and the Bunnymen, Craig Charles Funk and Soul Show and Dr Meaker. We loved it for its quirk, colour and creativity – there were surprises round every corner.

Also on the mainstage across the weekend was the brilliant Showhawke Duo who covered everything from Queen (we loved that!) to Tiësto with their unique guitar skills.

But it was the quirky touches and incredible location that really made the weekend. From eyebrow-raising acrobatic performances in Madame Wong’s House of Wrong, to Camel Racing and roaming ‘street’ performers dressed as flamingoes. And for it all to be sited on this incredibly beautiful old estate was just perfect – even the fairly long walk from the car park was a pleasure. It also felt nicely local – we ran into lots of people we knew and have heard people chatting about it loads since but it’s definitely special enough to draw an out-of-county audience too.

There was lots to keep the kids busy – I’d say it’s especially good if your children are five or over. Older ones loved the silent disco and the inflatable playground was a big hit with our eldest.

Festival organiser Ben Hall said: “It was an incredible feeling opening the gates to The Great Estate at weekend. It has been four years in the making but well worth the wait and Scorrier House was the perfect location. When guests entered the grounds of the festival you could see their reaction, it was priceless. We can’t wait to get planning next year’s event and start conjuring up more magical happenings.”

Well – we’ll see you there! I didn’t hit the gin garden or chill in the Sanctuary this year, which really ought to be put right.

www.greatestatefestival.co.uk

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