Green Man Festival 2016 – Crickhowell, Powys

This was the 14th Green Man – my sixth time to the festival. Nestled in a valley overlooking some beautiful mountains (right behind the Mountain Stage being Table Mountain – a lovely walk, if you’re ever there with time to spare), Green Man is constantly listed as one of the UK’s best medium-sized festivals. The location is gorgeous, the line up usually stellar, and while it pretty much always rains, as long as you’ve got waterproofs, you’re guaranteed a good time.

Crowds of people sat down in a field overlooking a stage
The Mountain Stage

 

 

I’m a big fan of Green Man Festival. Obviously it helps that it’s only about an hour drive from my house, but it’s also usually a really lovely weekend.

A sculpture of a Green Man
The Green Man. He gets burned on Sunday after the headliners
White yurts and bunting in a field
The Nature Nurture healing fields
A campfire with people sitting around it
Night time camp fire
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The Far Out / After Dark tent 
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Inside Chai Wallahs, where we spent most of the weekend escaping the mud and jigging about to ska and reggae
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There are a whole load of interactive craft tents, where you can watch crafts people at work
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They have the best cups – you pay £1 and then get your own Green Man cup, with stackable handles so you can hold multiple pints of Growler, their house brew!

Needless to say the festival site was absolutely spotless – they have endless patrols of litter people wandering around picking up any litter, plus with cups costing £1 people are much more careful about dropping used ones on the floor.

I kept mine – it’s a lovely reminder of the festival back at home every time I want to grab a glass of water 🙂

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There’s loads for kids to do, including big ones!

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Sparkles Hoop Troop in full glory

We splashed out and booked ourselves into the Bathing Under the Sky wood-burner heated hot tubs. I did the same last year, and loved it. It’s a bit pricey, but really worth it if you can afford it. It’s especially nice when it rains – look at the rainbows you can see!

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Bathing Under the Sky at Green Man – double rainbow!

Although the line up wasn’t that great this year compared to others (in my eyes anyway) we still had a total blast. The early bird tickets have already sold out, but keep your eyes on the Green Man website for when general sale tickets go up for 2017 – it’s their 15th birthday, and they’ve hinted there’s a lot planned for it!

Green Man Festival website

Bathing Under the Sky – Green Man

Green Man Festival
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Crickhowell, Powys
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