Despite the troubled weather, festival season is upon us. Get those wellies out, I think you might need them.

We’re on countdown to Camp Bestival which has now become a firm annual fixture in the Willingham calendar. This will be our fourth year, and whilst the numbers swell significantly year on year, making it more daunting for littles ones, it is still amazing that it all happens just a few miles down the road at Lulworth Castle. And therefore it would be rude not to.

I can’t believe we are more than half way through the year already. Before we know it, we’ll be heading off to Lymington for my husband’s, Gary, own festival, Windfest Re-Tuned on 14-16 September which sees its first time as a fully- fledged camping three-dayer after 13 years at Sandbanks. A serious amount of work is going into making this a very special festival unlike any other in the UK (and there are a LOT of festivals!). We also reckon the summer is bound to come late and we’ll be enjoying balmy evenings come September.

What will the new-look Windfest be like? Well, try to envisage an intimate, Bohemian boutique family-friendly festival with an action sports core, a quality music line up, bars, comedy, great local wholesome food, silent discos, glamping in yurts and bell tents for the Boden mummies, and literally acres for running around freely in safety, flying kites, riding bikes, yoga and heaps of other sports to try, on and off the water. All set around the beautiful backdrop of the 18th century Pylewell House and centuries old oak trees. We are pleased that Wave 105 FM were keen to be Windfest’s radio partner with Magners and Red Bull also pledging their commercial support. So watch this space for more news as it comes…..or go to www.windfest.co.uk for latest updates and to purchase tickets.

It’s funny how some years seem to attract ‘themes’ of experiences. Already in 2012 I have been to two major motorsport events – and as much as I love my VW Beetle Convertible – I am really not a petrol head. As a gift to Gary for his 40th birthday, I organised a trip to Monaco for the F1 Grand Prix. We did, what would be relatively termed, the ‘cheap seats’ (stay in Nice, train to Monaco and Grandstand tickets) but I wouldn’t have changed a thing.

To be honest a lot of it went over my head; I wore a pair of foam ear plugs AND my 8-year-old’s bright green ear defenders – good loud music is one thing but I wasn’t prepared to come back with tinnitus caused by fast cars! Not knowing any sign language I couldn’t hear a thing to ask what was going on but just had to jump up in excitement when everyone else did. What made the trip for me was getting on the guest list to the Red Bull Energy Station party. And those guys really know how to throw one; Seb Fontaine on the decks, free bar all night (boy did I pay for that – Vodka Red Bull hangovers are evil especially when mixed with motor racing), professional dancers, gold toilets, and an electric atmosphere set off by the twinkling lights of the superyachts in the marina and the Monaco hills around us. Amazing.

My second motorsport event was Goodwood Festival of Speed. Again, we were surrounded by the great and good of the motor industry, past, present and future. It was fun for people watching; grown men excited like small boys staring for hours at expanses of metal. I gravitated to the bandstand to listen to the live jazz surrounded by some lovely old classic cars and with the Red Arrows performing overhead. Another good day.
On the motoring theme, and for my blatant plug of the month, I’m going to big up our fab client, Breeze Volkswagen and the brand new version of the Volkswagen Beetle which was recently launched. At Liz Lean PR we’ve been busy organising journalists reviews of the new Bug and so far it’s going down very well indeed. The downside for me however is that it makes my lovely three year old Beetle ‘so last season’!

Well, enough of my rambling. Grab every chance you can for that special experience and try a new event, sport or activity which you’d never considered being ‘your thing’. You just might surprise yourself!

Bests,
Liz