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9:30 am Family History Sessions @ Thatch... @ Thatcham library
Family History Sessions @ Thatch... @ Thatcham library
Feb 15 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Family History Sessions @ Thatcham Library @ Thatcham library | England | United Kingdom
Family History Sessions Friday mornings at Thatcham Library. Free practical advice from the Berkshire Family History Society. To book a session, please contact the library: 01635 866049 http://info.westberks.gov.uk/article/30286 Twitter: https://twitter.com/WBerksLibraries Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/newburylibrary/
9:30 am Monkey Mayhem @ The Beacon
Monkey Mayhem @ The Beacon
Feb 15 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Monkey Mayhem @ The Beacon | England | United Kingdom
Pre-school stay and play session with bouncy castle and ball pit. Buy tickets on the door – no booking required.   Dates Every Monday & Friday (except Bank Holidays). Price £3.70 per child or £5.70[...]
9:30 am Shefford Craft Group @ Great Shefford Village Hall
Shefford Craft Group @ Great Shefford Village Hall
Feb 15 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Shefford Craft Group @ Great Shefford Village Hall | Great Shefford | England | United Kingdom
Everyone welcome regardless of ability to these friendly and informal sessions. If you have something you’re working on, bring it along – or just turn up and expect to be inspired by the things that[...]
9:30 am Wantage Country Market @ Vale & Downland Museum
Wantage Country Market @ Vale & Downland Museum
Feb 15 @ 9:30 am – 10:45 am
Wantage Country Market @ Vale & Downland Museum | England | United Kingdom
Come along to this lovely country market if you are free on Friday morning and you will find wonderful chutneys, marmalades, cards, cakes and plants to buy.  Take the opportunity to meet up with a[...]
10:00 am Craft & Chat @ Hungerford Library @ Hungerford Library
Craft & Chat @ Hungerford Library @ Hungerford Library
Feb 15 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Craft & Chat @ Hungerford Library @ Hungerford Library | England | United Kingdom
Craft & Chat Every Friday. 10.00am-12.00pm at Hungerford Library. Drop in and bring any craft with you. For more information, please contact the library. Twitter: https://twitter.com/WBerksLibraries Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/newburylibrary/ http://info.westberks.gov.uk/article/30282
10:30 am Family History Sessions @ Newbur... @ Newbury Library
Family History Sessions @ Newbur... @ Newbury Library
Feb 15 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Family History Sessions @ Newbury Library @ Newbury Library | England | United Kingdom
Family History Sessions Friday mornings at Newbury Library. Free practical advice from the Berkshire Family History Society. To book a session, please contact the library: 01635 519900 Twitter: https://twitter.com/WBerksLibraries Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/newburylibrary/ http://info.westberks.gov.uk/article/30251
10:45 am Play Bridge @ Theale Library @ Theale Library
Play Bridge @ Theale Library @ Theale Library
Feb 15 @ 10:45 am – 12:45 pm
Play Bridge @ Theale Library @ Theale Library | Theale | England | United Kingdom
Play Bridge Beginners and experienced players welcome, every Friday, 10.45am-12.45pm at Theale Library. No need to book, just drop in. For more information, please contact the library. Twitter: https://twitter.com/WBerksLibraries Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/newburylibrary/ http://info.westberks.gov.uk/article/30287  
11:00 am Rhymetime @ Lambourn Library @ Lambourn Library
Rhymetime @ Lambourn Library @ Lambourn Library
Feb 15 @ 11:00 am – 11:30 am
Rhymetime @ Lambourn Library @ Lambourn Library | Lambourn | England | United Kingdom
Rhymetime For 0-4 years, Fridays 11.00-11.30am, term time only at Lambourn Library. For more information, please contact the library. Twitter: https://twitter.com/WBerksLibraries Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/newburylibrary/ http://info.westberks.gov.uk/article/30283
11:00 am Storytime @ Newbury Library @ Newbury Library
Storytime @ Newbury Library @ Newbury Library
Feb 15 @ 11:00 am – 11:30 am
Storytime @ Newbury Library @ Newbury Library | England | United Kingdom
Storytime for 3 to 5 years Every Friday, 11.00-11.30am at Newbury Library SPECIAL CHRISTMAS STORYTIME – 7th & 14th DECEMBER! For more information, please contact the library. Twitter: https://twitter.com/WBerksLibraries Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/newburylibrary/ http://info.westberks.gov.uk/article/30251
1:30 pm Knit, Knot & Natter @ Vale & Downland Museum
Knit, Knot & Natter @ Vale & Downland Museum
Feb 15 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Knit, Knot & Natter @ Vale & Downland Museum | England | United Kingdom
Join the Museum Craft Group every 3rd Friday of the month at 1:30pm in the Museum Cafe.  Bring your own craft project or take tuition from one of the members.  It is free to attend,[...]

How to Rock a Festival in Your Fifties…

Have you reached your half century, or beyond, without ever going to a festival?  Do you feel like that particular ship has sailed and festivals are for someone younger, cooler, Kate Moss?

Well maybe it’s time you had a rethink?  If you gain nothing else from the experience, and trust me you will, the psychological benefits of singing en masse will be enough.

As a bona fide music nut, borderline obsessive, I’ve attended many hundreds of concerts; some very cool (Miles Davis at the tender age of 14), some cool in an idiosyncratic way (Kid Creole and The Coconuts), but it took me until the age of 46 to embark upon my first festival, and what a festival it was!

I was six months into a new relationship and rather rashly agreed to accompany my new beau, now husband, to the Isle of Wight Festival in order to spend four days in a tent surrounded by fifty thousand other people.  What could possibly go wrong? 

After leaving home on Thursday morning and spending 22 hours in a car (the festival organisers closed the site on the first night due to mudslides) we finally made it onto the site at 7am Friday. 

The weather soon perked up and, even though we were wading in mud most of the time, we went on to have the most incredible weekend; thanks mainly to Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam, Tom Petty, Noel Gallagher and Madness to name but a few.

We were lucky the first year managing to find a mud-free field in general camping with affable neighbours. The second year in general camping proved to be far less fragrant.  I won’t go into details in case it puts you off your breakfast/lunch/dinner!

When it came to year three we opted for a glamping field complete with hot showers and posh flushing loos (there’s only so much roughing-it a girl can take). June 2018 was our sixth IOW Festival in a row and we’ve already booked for next year!

There are a multitude of great festivals throughout the UK (and beyond) catering for all age groups and tastes in music.  Go online, pick one you fancy and go for it!  Whether you’re forty or seventy it’s never too late to rock a festival.

 

 

       TOPS TIPS FOR ROCKING A FESTIVAL

  • Try to avoid general camping unless you want to spend your weekend crammed in with the, mostly single, 18-30 rowdy unwashed
  • If you want to take your own tent choose a glamping field with decent loos, showers, plenty of space & like-minded people
  • There is a lot of walking & schlepping of gear so invest in, or borrow, a sack truck or some other means of transporting your kit from the car (festivals do have Sherpas for hire if you can’t face transporting your own kit)
  • Don’t fancy taking your own tent?  There are plenty of other options from tepees to yurts, pods to camper vans
  • Check for any early-bird ticket discounts & deals on camping (and ferry crossings if applicable)
  • Pack for all eventualities: wipes, hand sanitizer, sun cream, weather-appropriate clothing, wellies, earplugs, sleep mask & a loo roll or two 
  • Take your own wine, beer, booze for those neighbourly drinks outside your tent, but do not take glass bottles
  • Do prepare to leave the real world behind
  • Do have enormous fun
  • Do expect to be shattered for the entire week following the festival
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