Some people throw themselves into festival season by heading straight to Glastonbury... I however prefer to ease my way into it and this weekend Sunderland Live held Sunderland Festival at Herrington Country Park. It's a family festival with open air movies, live music and most importantly interactive sporting and arts and crafts activities. This year was also an extra special year as the city celebrated turning 21!
So Friday night, I grabbed my hunters and headed to Herrington with one of Sunderland Live's photographers Zoe for an evening of delicious food, mugs of hot chocolate in front of Mamma Mia and a hike up to Penshaw Monument. There's something really satisfying about seeing hundreds of people really enjoying themselves, dancing and singing along to the movie. It was a great night and really set everyone up for the next day!
Saturday saw the newest element to the festival introduced, The Rally Experience - to support Sunderland's bid to host a rally and I have to say it was excellent. I turned up early Saturday morning to be told I was lucky enough to have been chosen to go in one of the cars! Naturally I did what any sane person would do and went straight to loo! The lovely rally organisers kitted me up and helped me into the car and before I knew it, it was over. Butterflies and giggles is the only way I can describe it but Miles, my driver can chauffeur me around any time he likes!
Sports day was the theme for Saturday and there was every kind of sport imaginable to try. When I was younger I hated sports day at school because I never knew what I was good at. This would have been perfect for me because you had the chance to try everything from boxing to gymnastics to archery without any peer pressure. I'm not even going to attempt to list everything that was available. The big screen was showing the 1973 FA Cup Final for the rest of the day so I grabbed a cup of tea and watched everyone cheer Sunderland on (even though we already knew the result)!
I was lucky enough to be in charge of some competitions for Sunderland Live's North East Live tickets and after the match, I got to make two peoples day by surprising them with tickets. After successfully making two people very happy I headed home after a long day ready for Sunday.
I woke up early on Sunday with the sun streaming in my windows. Sunday was a much more relaxed day featuring a day of live music and arts and crafts. As with sports day, all the arts and crafts were available to get involved with so from making kites to wind charms there was all sorts to keep people entertained. A fantastic line up of bands was organised by The Bunker and I spent most of my day chilling out by the big rug before heading to the funfair later on in the day... someone had to test it out didn't they!
At the end of Sunday, it was kind of a sad feeling taking down feather flags and beginning the clear up but it made me really excited for the summer. I've got ambitious plans to attend lots of festivals but I really want to go to Leeds festival this year. Did you go to Sunderland Festival and are you heading to any others? Let me know in the comments if you are!