It was lucky for us that the weather decided to have a brief pause from all the rain and wind on Saturday as we had day tickets to Wychwood Music Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse. Instead of monotonous drizzle we were treated to a lovely sunny day - perfect weather for a family day out.
I didn't know what to expect at Wychwood as I hadn't been to a festival for years. All I knew about it was that it was 'family friendly' and that Hawkwind were playing before the headliners, James. My previous festival CV comprises chilled out folk festivals like Cropredy and boozy, boisterous rock festivals where the mosh-pit is an absolute no-go area!
Wychwood turned out to be smaller than I had expected and was one of the most sanitary festivals I've ever been to! Even the toilets were clean, which was a shocker as I usually avoid those chemical loos as much as possible.
We arrived just in time to see Doctor and the Medics play; the last time I saw them was in a pub in Oxford in the late 80s! They played a great set of cover versions, but it was Hawkwind we were really looking forward to. After a wait for them to complete their soundcheck, Hawkwind launched into their set and they didn't disappoint with a mix of old classics and new songs.
Armed with some ear defenders for Monkeychild, we made our way down to the front and enjoyed the Hawkind experience complete with with dancers who Monkeychild enjoyed watching.
All in all, we had a great day out. Everyone was very friendly and the food stalls were brilliant; especially the churros and chocolate sold from a classic Citroen van - I can highly recommend these, they're very moreish!
If the guest list for next year turns out to be as good as this year's, I think we might be making a return visit.