Chew Valley hosts Valley Fest in September
Chew Valley hosts Valley Fest in September
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Summer’s not over…Valley Fest is yet to come

Just back from your holidays and feel a bit flat?  Never fear, there is one more big party to come for the Chew Valley area.

In the rolling hills of the Mendips, on the North Shore of Chew Valley Lake, sits the Community Farm, an organic farm that plays host to a weekend-long festival that has bands, food, films and even a spa area.

On Friday September 2 the farm will burst into life and the music and dancing will keep going all the way until Sunday night.  The headline acts are BBC 6 Music’s Craig Charles, 1990s indie dance stars Stereo MC’s and British music legends The Blockheads.

Get funky with Craig Charles's funk and soul band
Get funky with Craig Charles’s funk and soul band

Also on the bill are Bristol live legends Doreen Doreen, DJ Ruben Robinson, Worm Disco Club, The 45’s, Sheelanagig, My Baby, London Afrobeat Collective and many more.

Food will play a huge part in the festival. As the clock strikes twelve on Saturday night there will be a midnight feast including amaretto hot chocolate and plenty of other naughty treats.  On Sunday there will be a communal Sunday lunch with blankets spread out across the Village Green with top chefs such as Josh Eggleton from the Pony and Trap.

The brainchild of BBC farmer of the year and organic champion Luke Hasell who returned to the Chew Valley area to farm the same land that had been in his family for generations after the death of his father. When his mother also died, he decided to take up her passion for fundraising and the idea of a festival was born.

Valley Fest is an event with a strong message.  “I think the ethos of Valley Fest is what makes it different to other festivals,” said Luke. “I just want to share the land that mum and dad left behind and it’s this communal spirit that is at the heart of Valley Fest.

“What also makes Valley Fest unique is the location. We’re in an absolutely stunning part of the county on Chew Valley Lake. Then there’s obviously the food and the farm. Being on an organic farm really allows us to spread the word about organic farming and what that means.

Enjoy the stunning views over the Mendips and camp at Valley Fest
Enjoy the stunning views over the Mendips and camp at Valley Fest

Valley Fest tickets can be bought as day tickets or for the whole weekend.  Weekend adult tickets cost £80 with children under 16 paying £40 and children under 6 going free. A family weekend ticket with two adults and children is £200.

Adult Saturday only tickets are £47, Sunday adult tickets are £36.  Tickets include camping for full details: www.valleyfest.co.uk