North Wales festival The Good Life has announced its dates for this September; set up by Radio 6 DJ and singer Cerys Matthers the three-day event features literature, music, craft and design
The event will run for 15-17 September at the Hawarden estate in Flintshire, once the country home of Gladstone.
This year’s line up includes Children’s Laureate Michael Rosen, Frank Cottrell-Boyce and India Knight plus BBC Wildlife presenter Kate Humble, songwriter Michael Head, Masterchef winner and Wahaca founder Thomasina Miers.
The Dylan Thomas Mobile Book Shop will be on site with 'its unmatched collection of miscellanea and vintage literary goodness' whilst 'The Do Book Company hosts the Do Tent. Founders Clare and David Hieatt set out to bring the Do-ers of the world together - the movers and shakers, the disrupters and the change-makers- and ask them to tell their stories, to inspire others to go out into the world and DO, too. Five of their authors will speak and give master classes.'
Other activities at the event, now in its fourth year, include strict meter bardic poetry (cynghannedd) workshops run by Gwyneth Glyn and Twm Morys, cider making, authentic Appalachian country dance lessons, abseiling, axe throwing, foraging, forging, bow and arrow making, fermenting and wild swimming in the estate’s lake.
Forty artisan makers will be on site and giving demonstrations and classes, including Manhattan axe makers Best Made Co, Australia’s Motorbike specialists Deus ex Machina, London publishers The Do Book Company, Northumbria’s Hepple Gin, Brecon’s Hang Fire Smokehouse, Sheffield’s acclaimed knife maker Michael May and the renowned Earl of East London candle pourers.
Co-founder Charlie Gladstone said: "The founders focus on absolute excellence across the weekend, making sure that they select every single thing on site personally, from the gin to the blacksmith, from the rope makers to the headliner performers."
Matthews added: "Value to me is not measured in terms of material wealth but in experiences. We started the Good Life Experience so that memories can be made, whether that's climbing a 100 year old oak tree or discovering a new act."