Tuesday, July 12, 2005

The Cornbury Music Festival 2005

What a fab weekend. Sarah and I headed off to deepest Oxfordshire for the poshest music festival in Christendom - Cornbury! We arrived on Friday night in the dark so I had my first experience of trying to put a tent up by torchlight. But hey, we managed it. My brownies had also given me a flashing heart to hang outside the tent which proved invaluable when looking for the tent in the dark.

We spent the first night in the campsite chillout bar and got chatting with fellow festival goers and the Oxfam volunteers. Headed back to the tent at closing time (2am).

We didn't quite know what to expect from the festival but woke up on Saturday morning in lovely sunshine. Sarah was delighted to discover Waitrose on the campsite itself and bought breakfast there. We pottered a bit and eventually got ready to go down to the festival itself. The setting was the lovely Cornbury Park courtesy of Lord and Lady Rotherwick. We pottered some more and read the papers whilst waiting for the music to start.

We checked out the usual festival type stalls and marvelled at the gorgeous tent that was the Waitrose mini supermarket, bar and chillout space (for cardholders obviously). Yes the picture here is the Waitrose tent.

Highlights of the weekend were the weather - brilliant sunshine the whole weekend; Bonnie Tyler - she was fantastic and got the crowd going; Joe Cocker - obviously; the tea and home made cakes tent run by the ladies of the village raising money for their local primary school; the Ukelele Orchestra of Great Britain (utter brilliance especially when enjoyed with a cup of tea and home made cakes in the sun on a Sunday afternoon); the local children doing their carnival parade; hot air balloons at dusk; Steve Harley doing 'Come up and See Me'; veggie fajitas; making friends.

Highly recommend.