What better way to round off a perfect Cornish summer than to attend the perfect Cornish festival?
So, this is exactly what we did. We were very kindly invited to come along to the 6th annual Little Orchard Cider & Music Festival. Now, being a proper Cornish girl with a strong love of cider, I was ecstatic about the prospect.
Even though we knew all about this three day event that takes place every September, Stu and I were yet to actually go. Upon arrival, the festival atmosphere was quickly felt with festoon lights and colourful flags adorning the path right into the heart of Healey’s Cyder Farm grounds.
As we walked through between the apple laden tress and into the main area it was clear to see the actual scale of the festival, which, is well hidden from the road.
It was much grander than we expected, with three stages and a huge array of delicious food venders and of course the impressive Cornish Cyder Bar (there were beers and spirits too). I was in cider heaven, such a wide variety of different types of ciders to choose from. My favourite was the good old Cornish Rattler but I tried some new ciders like the Mango Cider from Bearded Brewery.
The first day was filled with exploring all the quirky areas, such as the Zen Den holding yoga classes and the Bear Grylls academy teaching wilderness survival skills. As we walked round there was loads to see and get involved in from getting a birds eye view of the festival on the Ferris wheel to taking part in circus workshops.
The main event for us on the Friday was seeing the Somerset Scrumpy drinking band, The Wurzels. Who, as expected, stole the hearts of the crowd by singing their most famous tracks such as “Blackbird” and “Combine harvester.” This was followed up by the headline act, the awesome Hayseed Dixie, a bluegrass rock band from Tennessee, USA.
^^ The Wurzels
^^ Hayseed Dixie
Day two was a fun filled day which included watching teams competing in the Welly Wanging and the Apple Bobbing. The atmosphere was buzzing.
^^ Photo Credit: Little Orchard Cider @ Music Festival 2018 –Lewis Harrison Pinder
Everyone seemed to be entranced by the festival spirit with wacky costumes and glitter everywhere you looked. It truly was lovely to see a relaxed family vibe as well with lots of children getting involved in everything the festival had to offer.
We loved that there was so much to see and do. We found the funky grandma’s very funny, who were spotted walking around interacting with the crowds one minute and the next they were sofa racing.
^^ Photo Credit : Little Orchard Cider @ Music Festival 2018 –Lewis Harrison Pinder
You could even hop upon a tractor ride and take a guided tour through the Cyder farm’s orchards or head over to the farm and see how cider is made and bottled.
^^ Photo Credit :Little Orchard Cider @ Music Festival 2018 –Lewis Harrison Pinder
A hidden gem that wasn’t to be missed was the Grandmas funky wardrobe. Obscured by blouses and bras, you walk through the wardrobe door in to a secret bar. Here you could enjoy cocktails in cups and saucers whilst listening to the resident DJ.
For any foodies out there you wouldn’t be disappointed. There was so much to choose from within the festival grounds or for that unique touch, you could buy a ticket to attend the wild wine club where you can enjoy a banquet of food and specially selected accompanying wines. We weren’t able to go this time around but is definitely something we would like to try out next year.
^^ Photo credit : Little Orchard Cider @ Music Festival 2018 –Lewis Harrison Pinder
We thoroughly enjoyed the BBC Introducing Stage that showcased up and coming acts throughout the weekend. It was a varied spectrum of music genres but we were both impressed with a lot of the acts that we saw there.
Over on the Mainstage, the Saturday night headline act was The Fratellis, who didn’t disappoint. Performing their hit songs including “Chelsea dagger” and “Whistle for the choir.” The crowd went wild and the atmosphere was electric. After a very enjoyable Fratellis performance we ventured into the orchards to finish off the night in the silent disco amongst the smoke and illuminated trees.
^^ The Fratellis
The last day was filled with more cider drinking (despite the tiredness), watching the annual pig racing and touring the cider farm.
The weather had been on our side up until this point but unfortunately the rain came in. It didn’t dampen spirits but it did mean the festival goers crowded in under the canopies of the stages to take refuge.
This caused it to be pretty intimate and was a good laugh. The whole festival was rounded up by the exceptional band 3 Daft Monkeys, who headlined the Main Stage.
We would definitely recommend the Little Orchard Cider and Music Festival to anyone who enjoys live music, beautiful food and of course cider! You won’t be disappointed that’s for sure.
Head over to their website today to book you early bird tickets for 2019.
- We were given complimentary media passes for the purpose of a review as always all opinions are our own. All photography is Love Kernow Photography unless individually photo credited.