Last year there were so many amazing new events in the North East that sadly due to work commitments I never got the chance to write about. Thankfully a few of them are coming back this year so I thought rather than writing about my experience the second time round, I’d share it now so you can go check them out yourselves! The only slight issue I’m going to have is that quite a lot of my photographs are currently trapped on my old laptop so you’re going to have to imagine for now!
Hardwick Live took place for the first time ever last year and I was over the moon to hear it was returning this September. Now this isn’t your normal festival experience, last year my Mom and I had a full on traditional afternoon tea while listening to Alison Moyet grace the main stage. For those who had a bigger appetite beautiful tents turned into restaurants and served up British favourites such as Shepherds Pie and all of course while in the grounds of Hardwick country estate. Champagne was flowing for those who weren’t driving (I always pull the short straw) along with hot air balloon rides and tucked away in the trees was another mini stage with dance music.
It was an absolutely lovely way to spend a day with my Mom. My brother and his friends also headed along for the day and joined us for our afternoon tea. Looking at the photo of Hardwick Hall, you probably wouldn’t ever imagine this could turn into a festival site but it did and it worked really well! This year’s event sees Adam Ant and The Jacksons (YES Michael’s brothers) take to the stage, plus many others. It’s not your average line up but it’s not your average festival either. I throughly recommend a visit and make sure you get yourself an afternoon tea too!