January is the quietest month in the garden… But just because it looks quiet doesn’t mean that nothing is happening.” So said Rosalie Muller Wright of the Daily Gardener.
We’d echo that.
It may look quiet from where you’re standing but it’s all go go go at Valley Fest HQ. From headliner bookings to festival layout plans and artist submissions, we’ve got our heads down and feet tapping.
Owing to a bumper Christmas, we’ve now sold out of tier 1 tickets. Limited tier 2 tickets will be on sale on 24th February, along with some smoking-hot news. Put it in your diary if you haven’t got your ticket. And stay tuned for next month’s update. It’s BIG.
You, no doubt, have heard of Veganuary but have you heard of Regenuary? It stands for ‘Regenerative January’ – a campaign to celebrate regenerative agriculture, which is a way of farming that regenerates nature and stores carbon in our soils.
Luke (Valley Fest Founder) has farmed this way for a very long time. If you’d like to read more about the 5 pillars of regenerative farming check out this article, which helps to explain why food grown in this way tastes so good.
The truth is meat and dairy get a lot of stick. But not all meat and dairy are created equal. If it’s produced using regenerative methods, where the soil is valued for all its magical properties, then it’s not comparable to that which isn’t.
For example: did you know that soils store more carbon than the atmosphere, and all of the world’s plants and forests combined? It’s staggering. So it’s crucial we do what we can to improve our soils and their capacity to store carbon. Healthy soils are also intrinsic to growing healthy food. As such, our health is fundamentally linked to the health of our soils.
So we continue to spread our love-of-soil message and encourage you to eat tasty food that’s keeping the planet cool.
Artist submissions closing
Talking of cool, we’ve had a fantastic response from musicians, DJs and singers who’d like to perform at Valley Fest this year. Now there are a few days left before the closing deadline, which is January 31st. Check out the Get Involved in Music page. And if you’re interested in performing, please complete the artist application.
We only have a few slots.
Food trader applications opening soon
Next month, we’re going to be looking for the tastiest traders in the South West. Those who have some flair and plenty of soul! By that we really mean have an ethical and sustainable approach to producing or making food.
So if you’ve eaten a fantastic fritter or a beautiful burrito, then let your favourite street food trader know we want to hear from them next month.
Keep an eye on our social media channels and on our Get Involved pages.
Accessibility Camping Update
We recognised that this area needed improving after last year. We’re planning a new location next to the festival field. You’ll be able to drive right to the campsite. And you’ll find much-improved facilities, including an accessible shower and a dedicated campsite manager.
We know that some of you will require help from a carer or personal assistant (PA). And we offer free Carer/PA tickets to those who are assisting someone. To see if you meet the criteria to apply for a carer/PA ticket, or disabled parking/camping, please check out our accessibility page.
Applications for accessible camping need to be made before July 4th.
Do let us know how you get on, we want everyone to enjoy the weekend to the max!