I had the pleasure of spending the last two weekends at the Pink Moon Camping Retreat on Umberslade Farm in Tamworth-in-Arden (just outside of Birmingham).
A new wave of festivalling?
I had the pleasure of spending the last two weekends at the Pink Moon Camping Retreat on Umberslade Farm in Tamworth-in-Arden (just outside of Birmingham). It is a series of eight weekend retreats run by the Lunar Festival team, clearly stating on all publicity that it is NOT a festival. Extremely well thought out and executed. You pay for a large pitch which can accommodate two households of up to 6 people. The space was massive, and it allowed for not only two tents but an outdoor living and play space. There was a crew of us who attended and having four pitches between us all in a great big square felt very spacious indeed. Whilst it was NOT a festival, it still had that spontaneous and creative feel about it and what a joy to arrive in the blazing sun and be allocated a space for your weekend home. I do love festivals and have done for the past twenty odd years. The worst part for me though has always been lugging all your stuff in and out and on arrival aimlessly walking for what seems like forever and then resigning yourself to a pitch on a slope. So, this was a welcome addition, that and the car park being extremely close to the camping field.
The next delight was the news of your pitch having their very own lockable portaloo. Toilets at festivals are always a talking point and I have had many memorable and enjoyable interactions in toilet queues over the years and whilst it is all part of the fun, a personal toilet rocked.
There was no amplified music or stages, instead acoustic music round the campfire and a couple of musicians playing outside some funky, cut down the cross-section caravans. When it came to showering each pitch bought a token and had access to a cubicle. After use, the whole cubicle was sanitised for the next group. A shower at a festival is always a winner and stepping into a clean one was a cherry on top.
Obviously you don’t have the huge line ups, the dance tents and the workshops but it didn’t matter a jot as it was so wonderful to be able to step out of the controlled environment we are in right now, that said you could easily maintain a social distance and there was hand sanitiser all around. The chance to meet new people, sit under the magic moonlight, enjoy the great outdoors, and hear laughter and music ripple through the air felt all the sweeter after the last few months.
I am intrigued to see how things develop in the festival world post covid-19 and hope that there are many more opportunities to safely come together and dance barefoot in the grass. With or without a private loo!
Two visits in and I am keen to grab a third before the season is over.