We are already counting down the days to our favourite event of the year, our Summer Festival. This year, for the first time, our festival has a theme: The Summer of Love – 1967.
We are inviting guests to wear flowers in your hair, come in 1960s fancy dress and celebrate the arrival of summer – slowing down and taking time to appreciate all that we have with friends and family in the surroundings of our beautiful Cotswolds Farm.
Here is a taster of what to expect on the day – much-loved Daylesford classics all with a touch of 1960s carefree happiness, colour and fun. Join us to celebrate peace, freedom, love, unity and of course, nature.
DATE: Saturday 8th June 2019
LOCATION: Daylesford near Kingham, Gloucestershire, GL56 0YG
Free to attend, parking is £5 per vehicle on the day (mini buses and coaches by special arrangement). If you are planning to attend, please do register below to give us an idea of numbers and help us prepare.
Registrations are now closed
Food & Drink
A love for sharing seasonal, organic food and produce is always at the heart of our Summer Festival. From delicious Daylesford breakfast, lunch or afternoon tea in our Farmshop, The Trough, The Old Spot & The Legbar, to tastes of the 1960s served from our own Airstream and Shepherd’s Huts, there will be organic feasts and treats to satisfy everyone.
In the Market Garden our Asado-style firepits will have been lit the previous night and barbecues will be going strong, showcasing outdoor cookery and alfresco eating. While the ‘Summer of Love Bar’ and Bottoms up bar will be serving botanical summer cocktails and rosé from our sister estate, Chateau Léoube.
Our Producers Market will be returning for its second year, where our most loved artisan producers will be gathered with our favourite organic produce. From charcuterie to chutney, breads and cheese, this is the place to go to satisfy hungry tums, trying delicious samples from our Creamery, Bakery, Smokehouse and Market Garden, or to stock up on our award-winning organic products to take home.
As always there will be plenty of activities for youngsters throughout the festival – vintage carousel and swing boat rides in our Market Garden, retro 1960s games, floral craft, face painting and our ride-on mini JCBs. We are also welcoming My Baba who are hosting a Children’s Den with special guest Pop Up and Play and the Lucas Jet Performing Circus. In the competition tent, children can enter our rainbow cake baking contest and of course, enter the family dog into Lily’s Kitchen Dog Show. Knickerbocker glories, wobbly jellies, ice creams of the era will be tempting treats to resist!
For keen cooks, young and old, our competition tent will be as lively as ever. Judged by Rose Prince and our founder, Carole Bamford, enter a range of 1960s classic categories: Best Summer of Love cake; best peace bread; best wobbly blancmange; best pork pie; best homemade fudge and of course, best fancy dress outfit!
To enter please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and chosen category.
For more information about the different categories, click here.
demonstrations & book signings
In the Market Garden the Cookery School will also be hosting guest chefs in our always popular and lively Daylesford Demonstration tent. We are delighted to be welcoming the following guests:
- 11.15am: Lindsey Bareham
- 12.20pm: Alexandra Dudley
- 1.45pm: Eve Kalinik
- 3.00pm: Antonina Parker
- 4.15pm: Thomasina Miers
We are delighted to be welcoming Alice Bamford and Ann Eysenring to the Summer Festival this year where they will be holding a one-off booking signing for One Gun Ranch, Malibu: Biodynamic recipes for vibrant living. Make your way to the Daylesford Workshop, where copies of the book will be available all day.
Every year our Cookery School throws its doors open for a series of demonstrations, with plenty of tasters along the way. This time creating dishes inspired by the Summer of Love – come and learn how to make the Perfect Hollandaise, Steak Diane, Prawn Cocktail, Chicken á la King and most fun of all – homemade Pop Tarts!
- 11am The perfect hollandaise
- 12pm Steak Diane
- 1pm Cocktail party canapés & prawn cocktail
- 2pm Pop tarts
- 3pm Chicken á la King
Farm & Fields
Our Market Garden and working farm will be alive with activities such as sheepshearing demonstrations, bushcraft with WildWise, talks from our Senior Farm Manager, garden tours and tastings as well as the chance to meet our organically reared, heritage cattle, sheep, hens and chicks. There will also be foraging expeditions, exploring the wilds of the Daylesford estate.
Our Dairy Barn will be transformed, playing host to a series of interactive artisan and craft workshops, all celebrating the summer of love and giving you the chance to work with some of our favourite guest artisans, Molly Mahon, Willow Crossley, Dickon Morris and Eva Nemeth. Try your hand at block-printing, fabric making or spoon carving and browse stalls of vintage clothing, vinyl records and antique brocante.
the bamford wellbeing tent
The Heritage Orchard will be home to our Bamford Wellbeing Tent running a series of talks and workshops centred in wellness, nourishment and making time for self-care and reflection. With nutrition talks, a panel on organic beauty, crystal healing and stretching workshops this is the place to go chill out and take a step back. Retreat to the Bamford Haybarn and enjoy calming music over Seedlip mocktails in the garden, massages and sound-healing, as well as mini facials, massages and beauty treatments. Bamford will also be hosting Children’s bandana block printing classes to inspire the next generation of artisans.