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The Good Life Experience festival of food, music, craft and the great outdoors, is co-founded by BBC presenter Cerys Matthews, and some 5000 visitors will come together at Hawarden Castle to camp (either in their own tent or in a bell tent in front of the castle) and enjoy the festival this September.

The festival brings together everything Cerys, and her co-founders Charlie and Caroline Gladstone, who own the Hawarden Castle estate, believe consititues a good life – it’s hugely outdoorsy, with craft, campfire cooking, foraging walks….. and also has music, great food and a good dose of literature and talks by the likes of Ben Fogle.

We’ve had boom and bust, mindless consumption and enforced austerity. And interesting things have come out of that austerity; a retreat to values and fashions that seem to encapsulate simpler times, the good old days. We’ve found ourselves yearning for the more honest and straightforward world enjoyed by our parents and grandparents. Superficially, this has meant that bicycles and baking, beards and tweed, vintage style and gardening are now more popular than ever; on a deeper level it has meant that millions of people are returning to craft as a source of solace and comfort, that more people than ever want to get outdoors, to discover and consume things that are made with passion by small business. And that people are trying to discover what makes them truly happy.

At its core this movement can best be defined, perhaps, as The Search for The Good Life; a life that’s fulfilled and considered, yes, but is also fun and values the things that matter…. family, friends, a real connection with The Great Outdoors, books, proper food and drink, discovery, music that comes from the soul, great books, craft. All the things that don’t cost a great deal but that make life richer, more rewarding and better fun.

Find out more at the The Good Life Experience festival website