Every year, in August, we host the Big Chill festival using the deer park. Its a very popular mid sized family festival with many side shows and events. There is quite a bit to post about the festival, both past ones and the next one on August 7th, 8th and 9th 2009.

So maybe the headline facts and figures as a start?

Who plays at Big Chill?

Well, there is lots of variety. Last year, 2008, our headline artist was Leonard Cohen who provided a wonderful finale. However, there is plenty of variety and other performers included Roots Manuva and Roisin Murphy. The full list for 2008 is here.

These photographs of Leonard Cohen and Roisin Murphy are courtesy of Alan Davies and Dan Goodfellow respectively.

What else is there at the festival?

Well in 2008 we had the Art Trail, which was a mixture of storytelling, theatre and games all interwoven within the marvelous Eastnor landscape.

Then there is Body and Soul which is created within their own enchanted garden. They offer a wide range of activities from massages through pottery , laughter workshops, pilates and yoga.

There was a Victorian fair with carousel rides and plenty of helpers all dressed up in period costume.

New in 2008 were

The Big Warm.…basically bonfires and story telling around the lake

A moonlit picture house…….or outdoor cinema after dark

A comedy tent and a family playground specifically for small children.

So all in all there was plenty to see and do in 2008. There will be more postings, both about what you can see and do as well as news for 2009.

Have fun 🙂