So the weekend’s arrived and you’ve decided not to have a quiet one afterall? Do you fancy yourself attempting to catch some rays in front of a stage in a field full of likeminded individuals? Well one Pitch recommendation is Valley Fest, located in Chew Magna. Starting this Friday September 2 and running through until Sunday, with over 50 acts, some of the best UK street artists and food made by top-quality chefs, all in an incredible lakeside setting – Valley Fest has all the ingredients needed to finish off your summer in style.

Practice your finest rain dance at the festival’s opening ceremony – a giant bonfire and African drums, which we hope won’t be stunted by the unfortunate promise of a soggy weekend from the spiteful weatherman.

Valley Fest is about appreciating the farm, fantastic fresh food and dancing in a field. Get ON my land!

Headlined by BBC 6 Music’s Craig Charles, the Stereo MCs and The Blockheads the festival is hosting some very worthwhile acts, however, festival organiser and organic farm owner Luke Hassell says the festival is also about spreading the message of healthy and sustainable eating; and with top chefs like BBC regular Josh Eggleton staging food demos and contributing to a mass picnic on Sunday, it’s easy to see where Luke’s second passion lies. Something else to mention for the foodies out there is Saturday’s midnight feast.

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Valley Fest is also aimed at those looking for a family friendly festival; with its own Run Wild zone where the young’uns can let off steam, learn about their farm surroundings and generally run riot without danger. There’s also a Film Field which will be showing a mixture of family favourites with some more adult stuff throughout the weekend.

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For some ticket holders (read: tired parents/party-ers) the most attractive area will be the spa and wellbeing area where you can take advantage of massages, facials, and even a hot tub. Be sure to bring your swimming trunks, and have a mid-festival relax for a break from the standard festivities.

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Valley Fest takes place between September 2-4, and is located just outside of Bristol, in Chew Magna. Prices are £80 for weekend tickets, or you can head down for just the day for a very reasonable £40. Children under six go free. For full details see the Valley Fest website.