We were so sad to miss the Festival’s Opening Weekend (Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 June} which was an in-depth look at the seven types of love with talks, debates, workshops, readings and performances. Highlights included writer and founding faculty member of The School of Life, Roman Krznaric, talking about the Different Varieties of Love; Dr Bettany Hughes and Professor Angie Hobbs discussing the nature and power of erotic love; and a Flirtology workshop with social social anthropologist Jean Smith.
Dr Bettany Hughes, said: “I’m fascinated by the millennia-long history of the power of love from the Bronze Age to the present day. We can learn a huge amount from the Ancient Greeks and in particular, Socrates. For him, Love has a purpose. It is the life force, the desire to do, to be, to think. It is the thing that makes us feel great about the world, and therefore makes us be great in it.”
The whole site has been transformed with love-themed exhibitions and installations including Sliding Gate, a series of play slides by Sean Griffiths of Modern Architect (previously of architecture firm FAT), which symbolise the ups and downs of family life and the strong bonds between families; Love Flags by Turner Prize nominee Mark Titchner using the seven colours of the rainbow, signifying the peace and gay pride movements, which fly from the Royal Festival Hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall roofs, and the Jubilee Gardens flagpole; the Tunnel of Love by disability arts organisation Heart n Soul, a multi-media and sensory installation with vibrating floors, mirrors, love-songs soundtrack, which pays homage to the cheeky, flirty Tunnels of Love of yesteryear; Siege Weapons Of Love by Zoe Walker and Neil Bromwich, giant bright pink inflatable cannons and a tank inviting visitors to make love not war, which is part of their Friendly Frontier Peace Campaign; and Pragma Tree: Growing Together, a playful installation by The Edible Bus Stop including a large tree, symbolising Pragma, a love that is enduring, patient and strong, and seating.
'Tis the season... and a cool way to get married...
We are entering the season of the festival but you don't have to get married at Glastonbury (pictured above) to have a festival style wedding - a 'Wedstival'. We've chosen our favourite 'festival' venues from across the country and we can guarantee that Great Aunt Bertie will be relieved that she isn't having to use a chemical toilet....
South Farm on the Cambridgeshire / Hertfordshire borders is a delightful place. Set in 20 acres of landscaped grounds and beautiful gardens surrounded by a smallholding, the main house adjoins a courtyard of lovingly restored timber framed barns (pictured below), granaries and stables. Not only that, they have a number of enchanting Romany Caravans or camping in one of our paddocks. How lovely does that sound?
A bit further north is the glorious Whetstone Gorse, set in the beautiful Leicestershire countryside, in the south of Leicester. A working farm, Whetstone Gorse offers a wide range of leisure and event facilities, including camping. Pictured below is their beautiful gardens.
If you want your first wedding dance to be special...
These days, the first dance has become a special moment in most people's weddings. The trend started several years ago when an American couple uploaded their rather surprising and unique first dance which started with Unchained Melody and segued into a fantastically choreographed version of I Like Big Butts (much to the surprise of their guests and all who saw it because as we know this then went viral!). Since then many couples turn to professional choreographers to treat their family and friends to a bit of a show on their big day. If you're thinking of doing this you ideally need a venue with a sprung dance
Last weekend we went to a really cool wedding in South London - our dear friends Zeb and Cat (currently on honeymoon now!). Everything at their wedding was amazing but we were particularly blown away by jazz trio Ukairo3. They sang a whole range of stuff made famous by the jazz greats - Dinah Washington, Aretha Franklin, Ella Fitzgerald, and Billie Holiday to name but a few - and covering songs by the likes of Cole Porter and Gershwin. Vocalist Anna has the most lovely, velvety voice, and