Best little family festival

Hello nature

“Goodbye technology, hello nature.”

On Saturday morning I was in the midst of dappled green light in a beautiful wood, listening to dance music through headphones, whilst watching my youngest son play in the stream with two new friends.

Trill Summer Festival, 1-5 August 2012, is the best little festival for families I’ve ever been to. For the kids there’s bushcraft, raft-building, high-wire climbing and lake-swimming. For crafty folks, there’s willow weaving, felt making, chocolate cooking, postcard printing, paint spinning and lantern making.

Chilling at Trill

Chilling at Trill

Little ones enjoyed face painting, kids’ massage, campfire story-telling, a Troll Treasure Hunt and rides on the pony and trap.

Flowers at Trill Farm

Ash, who runs the market garden at Trill Farm

For muscially minded, there were impromptu acoustic music sessions, drumming classes, singing in harmonies, a ceilidh, and a silent disco – the bit where you get to wear headphones and dance in the woods.

Trill Summer Festival

Tree listening at Trill

There’s also the most amazing yoga platform in the trees. I can only describe the experience of practising here as like being in a 3D bubble of green translucence – to the sound of birdsong, steam trickles and, sometimes – this being England, rain on the canvas canopy above your head.

And whenever you feel hungry, there is truly delicious home-cooked and home-grown food on sale in the cafe: feasts of vegetables and salads, sprinkled with edible flowers and sometimes accompanied by home-cured venison or local cheese.


Learning to light a fiew without matches

On Saturday night we paraded through the woods carrying our home-made lanterns and gathered round the lake to watch as a fire sculpture took light.

It’s all the brainchild of Romy Fraser, who founded Neal’s Yard Remedies in 1981. She and her team have established the 300-acre organic farm and educational centre here at Trill Farm close to the Jurasic Coast in Devon.

Yoga in the woods

Yoga in the woods

As well as being a working farm and vegetable garden, the Trill Trust runs all sorts of courses throughout the year. I’m hoping to take a yoga retreat there in 2013 – and I will definitely be back for their next  summer festival.


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