We made it into the official album looking like the glorious two headed hindu goddess of afternoon lake swims...
A bit of a late post about a very special week♥
Sometime at the beginning on July my friend, the flame haired Oriel, rang me saying that she had somehow wangled us a stall doing glitter face-painting at The Secret Garden Party. I had never been before and this was the first year that I has actually purchased a ticket already... but it was worth sacrificing that for the experience.
So in the space of a week (some of which I was at Larmer Tree Festival frantically trying to sort out our glitter orders on dodgy wifi on my phone) we managed to sort out all our stock and find a way to transport all out gear to the festival; this somehow included a vintage dressing table, signs, mirrors, antique chairs and of course jars and jars of glitter! It was a miracle!
OUR GORGEOUS FIRST CUSTOMERS
It was amazing to have our first proper stall but very hard work especially as we were keen not to miss out on any fun in the evenings... there definitely wasn't much sleeping that week. We worked solidly throughout every day but we were blessed with stupidly gorgeous weather all week and we did manage to sneak some morning swims in the gorgeous lake situated in the middle of the festival.
Like all of the very best festivals Secret Garden Party is full of hidden surprises and unexpected treats. For example next to where we were working there was a massive field of sunflowers which you could find your way into through the back of a portaloo! There was also a recreation of Narnia, which was an ice rink you could only get to by finding the secret entrance - a wardrobe of course. Sadly I never found it! I also missed two of the biggest 'events' at SGP; the humoungous paint fight in front of the main stage and the Saturday night spectacle, which is apparently the. best. firework. display. ever.
HEADDRESS GROUP ORDER!
I did manage to see some bits though on my extensive nighttime adventures! I loved the Christmas bar (tinsel, mistletoe and cheesy pop), the dodgems (simple pleasures) and the relaxed Small World stage. Secret Garden Party also boasts some really great site art, something you'll know I like if you've read any of my other festival posts, and the site itself is beautiful; as well as the main lake there are other water features and I wooded area (where the badgers live...).
On the last day we thought we would treat ourselves and we did something that we would never usually do at a festival.... We got our hair washed, blow dried and styled by the lovely people from Radio London, who were based in the salon with us. I literally cannot tell how amazing it was after five days of working with only tap showers and dry shampoo! That night we finished early and watched the big burn, which is when they set fire to the sculpture in the middle of the lake (this year it was the emerald city to go with the Wizard of Oz theme) to the soundtrack of Fat Freddy's Drop whilst also watching an amazing aerobatic display in the sky.
MONDAY MORNING IN A SECRET WOODLAND HIDEAWAY ♥
After the festival we didn't go home straight away but stayed for a few lovely days sunbathing, swimming and distributing the tonne of marshmallows and popcorn that we had been given by some production crew on Sunday (as I said Secret Garden Party is full of weird and wonderful surprises!).
BRYONY FOUND A COSTUME!
HAVING A LITTLE NAP
The journey home was not that well planned however, and was a leetle bit cramped with five in the car as well as all of our camping gear, but my dear friend Juby and his car Charlena made sure that we made it home ready for boomtown a coupla weekends afterwards!
Here's a little bit of rare footage for you ;) Have any of you been to Secret Garden Party? I hope I'll be back next year!