Memorable times

I recently filled in a survey for the Wilderness Festival team Always a good idea to get feedback form people that attend your events, especially if you then act on them.


One of the questions made me pause and think, ‘What was your most memorable moment at Wilderness?’


Not ‘what did you like most?’ or ‘what was the worst bit?’ but the most memorable. The thing that sticks in your mind, that festival moment (or moments) that you look back on. And there were a few.

Sitting in our camp chairs listening to Sam Smith in the rain was one, it bucketed it down, Sam apologised as though it was his fault, and humbly and sweetly thanked us for staying despite the weather. My chair broke and my ‘waterproof’ blanket leaked so I got a wet bum. But it was lovely anyway. Memorable.

One morning we wandered onto the site for breakfast and stumbled into a cinema screen showing of Singing in the Rain, it was a hot sunny day (did I mention the weather was WEIRD!) and we lay in the shade of an oak tree and watched a movie while I drank cocktails. Bliss.

On the Sunday DD was desperate to skate at the roller disco (she really loves the roller disco) and so I sat drinking Ginger Brewskys made by the lovely friendly lady at the Monkey Shoulder bar, while listening to various bands and gospel choirs. Relaxing.


We sat at the ‘post office’ and made silly postcards to have delivered to random strangers on site by the Wilderness Post Office team. Fun.

Did you go to any festivals this year? Cast your mind back, what is your most memorable moment.?

Guess who went to the New Forest to camp in the rain?

Yes it was I!

Well I didn't plan on the rain. Neither did my brother and his 2 daughters, or my own daughter. We all thought it would be a repeat of last years August trip away (to the same campsite) full of chilled beer, crabbing by the beach and sunny days. Warm evenings round the camp fire making smores and lunchtimes in friendly pubs.

Due to the weather it turned into wet days, soggy camp fires and the discovery that the (expensive) Coleman Event Shelter is not strictly waterproof.

We were glad to have the event shelter though. I think without it we might have given up and gone home! It really rained. A Lot. Luckily we had planned a day at Splashdown which the girls loved, and we did manage a couple of evenings of dry enough weather to toast a marshmallow or two.

empty cava bottle by the campfire

One of us got smashed a tad tipsy on cava one evening. I'll leave you to guess who.

We took the ferry to the Isle of Wight and had a fun, if damp, day out via bus to the Amazon World which was excellent, loads of animals in nice surroundings, though like most things I guess it would have looked even better in sunshine.

Ferry trip
tortoise sex
Tortoise orgy
cheeky gecko
baby meerkat
Baby Meerkat

We even squeezed in some crab fishing (a favourite passtime on a sunny day - a less fun one on a chilly day)

And we were at the right place at the right time to take a picture of the biggest fish this fisherman had caught to date!

fisherman with large sea bass catch of the day
Catch of the Day

I think this will be the last camp of the season, though I could be tempted to take the tent out again locally for a weekend maybe. It seems so final to put the tents back in the loft.

You'll be pleased to hear that no tents leaked. And we had so much fun we are planning a week on the Isle of Wight (under canvas) next year!

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