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Really Wild Festival

01 Aug

The bravery of the organisers moving from their well-established date in September to the 29th – 30 July certainly seemed to have paid off. They were able to take advantage of the children off school and more holiday makers. Not sure if the Fri/Sat worked bteer than the normal Sat/Sun, taking into account ‘changeover day’ but sure we’ll get attendance figures in due course.

There were lots of signs advertising the event on my drive in and I’m aware that many of these signs have been out for weeks. Forward planning and well done to this team, who also managed to give the event plenty of advertising support, including local radio.

I arrived on Saturday and was pleased to see people queuing to get in. Friendly stewards and a free programme got my visit off to a great start. The even was blessed this year with reasonable weather the rain stayed away which gave the visitors chances to partake in the huge variety of outside activities that were on offer. I did hear some grumbles that a lot of outside activities had to be paid for but the pig racing was certainly free as were the gundog training demos and the sheepdog and duck demos, the birds of prey, the alpacas and the kitchen demos too. But they’d certainly got a packed programme on both days.

There were lots of lots of tables and chairs and a great chance for families to take-a-break and friends to catch up and enjoy the great food and drink available. The festival carried on into Saturday evening with a music event and not sure if that was the reason for the outside bar, just wondered how much trade it took from the drink producers in the food tent. Anyway it didn’t stop me paying my, what is getting to be a regular visit to Ralph’s Cider – but with so much seating outside it was a temptation I could not resist!!! We met up with friends later and tempted them with the wonderful range of ice-creams that Cowpots had on offer, talk about being spoilt for flavour choice, we settled for a delicious strawberries and cream, a chocolate, a vanilla and one of my favourites, crème caramel crunch – gosh it was gorgeous. If you see Cowpots ice-cream on sale, it is certainly one to try and I’m sure you’ll love it.

As always the producers gave me mixed trading reports, but hopefully by the end of the day they’d made some reasonable money. This event is always very friendly and the layout in the food tent seemed to work better this year. It was quite a humid weekend and as you’d expect often rather warm in the tents, it’s impossible to get the temperature right – that’s for sure.

 
 

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  1. brill

    August 1, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    good report – good festival
    worth going to even though you had to pay to go in lots to do for free and fab food

     
  2. brian

    August 1, 2011 at 11:04 pm

    The 7th year was certainly the best year so far. So much to do and see. Still a few (very few) visitors who think they should not pay to get into the event. How do they think such an event is financed other by the exhibitors and visitors? All the organisers and helpers are volunteers and don’t take a penny and donations are later made to local groups and charities. That’s what The Really Wild Community Interest Company is all about!

     
  3. admin

    August 2, 2011 at 8:13 am

    The problem is Jo Public tend not to think
    Unless they’ve been involved in helping at events like this, thye’ve no idea of the huge amount of work and effort that goes into putting a show like this on. They will be clueless on costs and time involved and how many people are needed to do a variety of jobs to get the event up and running
    Although you can’t please all the people all the time – I think you managed to please most of them.

     
  4. holidaymaker

    August 2, 2011 at 8:41 am

    we had a copy of Welsh Country magazine in our holiday cottage. Great bonus to have that and beinbg a foodie I loved it and read a write-up about really wild in there. Not sure the kids would be that interested but they were. We visited on Saturday and never been to anything like that before
    Of course I’d prefer not to pay to get in, but life is not free and it wasn’t pricey. Once in, it was brilliant the kids had a really wild time and were shattered when we got back to the cottage! Yipppee!!!!!!!! There was so much for them to do. They loved the animals and the climbing wall, they’ve never been on one of those before either,
    the food on offer was fantastic we certainly stocked up for a few days. It was a great festival, value for money it friendly people. What more do you need? It was a great start to our holiday but the kids want to go back to really wild this weekend too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

     
  5. reallywildjulia

    August 3, 2011 at 6:17 am

    Lovely comment from ‘Holidaymaker’. It is similar to many others that we have had verbally & by email. All are gratefully appreciated by the committee who spend inordinate amounts of time all year slogging away to put on a better show each time. I loved this tale though and apologise for not having the stamina to do it again this weekend for their kids!!!
    However I hope they come again and will promise to say hello to us?

     
  6. fan

    August 8, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    I’m a fan of this event
    it’s friendly, with lots to do and the food selection is very good
    I take the point about an entrance fee but there was a lot to do for free too – it must cost a fortune to run this festival for 2 days.
    and at least at this one there are lots of humans in ‘yellow jackets’ that can answer your questions and are always so pleasant