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The Good Life Experience

Chris Roberts

We were delighted to be invited to attend this years Good life Experience, festival of culture, food and the great outdoors set in Flintshire, North Wales.  The family festival is the brain child of Cerys Matthews and Charlie & Caroline Gladstone. Charlie had recently shared his essentials with us and we were looking forward to meeting him in person.

The Good Life Experience is right up our street, with fantastic food and drink, lots of music, spoken work and plenty of craft and design. The weekend looked to be really fun, especially with Public Service Broadcasting headlining Saturday night but what most excited us was the lineup of amazing brands that would be attending.  Lots of companies we’ve admired for a while that we were really looking forward to meeting.

There was of course Pedlars, one of the many great ventures founded by Charlie and Caroline, with their awesome selection of vintage products from the UK and Europe.

We were delighted to meet Abigail Whyte from Ernest Journal; a beautiful publication that we’ve been subscribed to since getting our hands on copy of issue 1. We love what they do and hope to collaborate together soon.

Poler Stuff were there and from all indications were extremely popular, selling out of most their stock by late Saturday afternoon.  I had a great chat with Myles Hutchins who heads up Polar’s Uk and French divisions, and finally got to have a close look at their Defender roof rack tent. What a piece of kit!

We were also made up to see Best Made Co with their premium axes and beautiful range of enamel wears, perfect for those who love camping.

Some of the other highlights of the weekend were meeting Fern and Arron from Courage and Progress who were the lucky winners of our ticket give away. Printing our own postcard on Nick Hands bicycle mounted printing press, and seeing our friend Hugh Miller who was teaching furniture-making skills.  Hugh is off to Japan to visit some of the countries amazing makers and we’re every excited to be having him guest blogging while he’s away.

The Good Life Experience really is a festival for the whole family, even your dog. Everywhere your turn there was people smiling, children playing in hay bales and groups of friends sharing food and drinks around a campfire. Well done to all involved for creating what has to be the friendliest festival we’ve ever attended.

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