From the 2nd to 5th August we attended a festival that is new to us, but one that is known to many.
The Big Green Gathering was formed in 1994 and held in Somerset until its forced closure in 2009. It can now be found in Chepstow under new management and without the 'Big'.
The location certainly has enough room to grow, but at present the licence is for a festival of upto 4999 people. It remains to be seen if it will continue to grow to the size of the original Big Green Gatherings, but we wish it all the success.
The spacious grounds around the now largely ruined Piercefield House can be seen in the photo below.
Workshops involving most types of traditional craft have and will always be of interest to us and this festival allowed me to join a simple spoon carving workshop. I am not overly impressed with my first attempt and doubt the spoon will see any use, but I plan on improving in the future. Other workshops that interested me were metalwork and stonework, slowly slowly I hope to have a bash at these traditional skills.
The new regular site of Piercefield Park in Chepstow, Monmouthshire is a really beautiful part of the world with plenty of acres to grow and interesting walks. Nature is all around with rather mixed woodland, ruined buildings and caves nearby. Situated along the Wye river and valley it is acclaimed as an area of outstanding natural beauty.
For more information about Green Gathering, please follow the link to their website.