Members: The Good Life Experience


The Good Life Experience takes place at Hawarden Estate, Flintshire, North East Wales, from 16-18 September. It is a feel-good festival with a difference. Now in its third year and co-founded by singer, broadcaster and author Cerys Matthews with Pedlars founders Charlie and Caroline Gladstone, The Good Life Experience draws the best of literature festivals, music festivals and food festivals into one outside event: it’s all about passion and discovery. Cerys has hand-picked a fantastic music line-up, from Romanian gypsy band Fanfare Ciocarlia, to DJ Gilles Peterson. The Campfire Cooking Sessions will see a host of celebrity chefs, from Thomasina Miers to Bill Granger demonstrating their skills over the campfire. There is a strong aspect of craft running through the weekend and this year there will be 40 makers: blacksmiths, potters, boat builders, weavers, mosaic makers, printers, axe specialists and more. The festival combines contemporary and heritage, inviting visitors to engage, in a modern way, with objects that have been around for thousands of years. All of the makers run hands-on activities, giving visitors the chance to invest some time and effort to make something. Almost all activities are included in the ticket price, from axe throwing to spoon carving, and there are free rides all weekend at the 1930s vintage fairground.