A sustainable shindig in the Cornish sun
Organisers of Cornwall's homegrown fundraiser festival, Holifair, are pleased to reveal that the majority of the energy for this year's event will be from renewable sources.
Green is the colour of the sparkling corn in the morning. And in one of Cornwall's areas of outstanding natural beauty, this year it's also the colour of a family friendly festival set within the grounds of Holifield Farm Project. From humble beginnings as a barn dance with a hot tub, Holifield festival is now in its 7th year and is set to be meaner, greener and cleaner than ever before.
The 2014 line up is the biggest yet; including electronic masters The Egg; festival favourites 3 Daft Monkeys; Jazz World lovelies Mankala and Cornwall's own 8 piece reggae outfit Back Beat Soundsystem. The drummer from The Egg alone is worth the ticket price, with his duracell-bunny like stamina, whilst Holifair aficionados Tim and Athene from frenetic folk outfit 3 Daft Monkeys look forward to introducing their son Arlo to the family focused fun.
With over 30 live acts in total, the weekend offers music to suit all tastes as well as an on-site bar with reduced plastic policy; cabaret; barn dance; talks; a dance tent and walkabout acts. Families can benefit from the dedicated kids area; storytelling; craft and wellbeing area; a valley view fire pit with spoken word and workshops for a variety of ages. Holifield's Zelda School will hold a jumble sale to raise funds for a sister school in mid-Cornwall; ensuring all bases are covered for all age groups attending. As a forest school, they have a unique philosophy which ticket holders can enquire about.
The power of the music will be matched by a range of renewable energy sources: solar panels harnessing sunshine; a wind turbine capturing the Cornish sea-breeze and flower-powered biodiesel. Having initiated the fundraising element, the organisers hope to harness finances to improve the sustainability for next year.
Holifair's holistic approach to sustainability doesn't stop at energy. Recycling facilities and composting toilets keep waste to a minimum, and the event organisers provide lists of public transport and car-sharing opportunities for festival goers to go even greener.
With tickets for this all round family festival; set within the stunning Helford estuary costing just £60 per adult and £10 per child for the whole weekend including camping, it's an affordable small festival of around 3000 revellers. Local sustainable food stalls abound and a friendly, supportive environment make this slice of Cornish life a great choice for a lower key family getaway.
Gates open 11am to 9pm each day.
Please see www.holifair.co.uk for more details
HOLIFIELD FARM PROJECT
Bonallack Lane Gweek, Helston, Cornwall, TR12 6UJ www.holifair.co.uk
Tel: 01326 221017 Mobile: 07973 268437
VAT Registration no. 526 7654 22
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