The second year of The Great Estate Festival delivers another rambunctious event.
If you have never been to a festival before and would like to dip your toe in the water, then this festival is a great place to start. It is more refined than some festivals, with well-maintained, picturesque spots for camping and decent loos. It is also an ideal festival for families; the atmosphere is friendly, relaxed and safe.
Having loved the first Great Estate Festival, we were eager to return in 2018 to see what changes were in store. We were met with the usual chilled-out vibe as we arrived on site, driving through the wooded area to reach the campervan field. You can’t help but feel enchanted as you drive in; this is such a unique setting for a festival. One of the main draws for this second Great Estate Festival was the headlining act of The Charlatans. They certainly put on a barnstorming performance of incredible hits and were a real hit with the crowd.
Set in the beautiful environs of Scorrier House, you couldn’t ask for a more relaxing hideaway for a weekend. The production of this festival is superb with mobiles made from vintage frames, delicate fabric, glistening disco balls and coloured lights adorning the trees as you enter the festival site.
Beneath its beautiful exterior, The Great Estate has an inspiring array of attractions and acts at its core. Our favourites for the weekend were the electrifying acts on the main stage (which had been moved to a much more spacious open-air location this year), the emerging talent on the BBC introducing stage, the comedy tent and the fantastic jousting performances.
There is so much going on that we really do encourage you to make a weekend of The Great Estate Festival. If you are going with kids, there is plenty on offer with various craft tents and workshops. You can also purchase a wristband (£8 per child) for all day entry to an area of vast inflatables. Admittedly, this would have been better if it could have been included in the ticket price, but it did work well as the whole area is fenced off so we felt confident to sit on the grass outside and take a while to chill out while our kids wore themselves out! There were also many workshops for kids on offer, such as foraging and den building. These were timetabled throughout the day, so there is always something going on. A firm favourite with our kids was the silent disco. This took place in a hideaway setting amongst the trees, with coloured lights and smoke machines adding to the magic.
The Great Estate, once again, played host to Kernow Springs with its massage tents and wood-fired hot tubs. A great place to escape the hubbub of the festival for an hour or two. There were also regular yoga classes timetabled in a spacious bell tent in a quiet area of the site.
The Great Estate Festival is a fantastic getaway in a striking setting. It’s a charming festival with a varied crowd. We saw predominately familes but there were also some groups of young people and some who had clearly made their pilgrimage to see The Charlatans. The Great Estate is an ideal festival for families who love camping and want to combine this with music, culture and entertainment.