Awesome Things To Do In August
It’s the summer holidays AND the sun is shining! A rare combination indeed. So this August, we’re looking forward to making the most of the sunshine, and will be heading out doors to explore what quirky and extraordinary events and experiences we have in easy reach.
So with that in mind, here are some awesome places to explore this month. >>
Boomtown emerged onto the UK festival scene in 2009 with a handful of punters at a 1000 capacity event. The festival is like no other in that over the last 9 years the organisers have woven an intricate story into the experience, with each year marking a new chapter, and this year the story evolves into a dark dystopian future, where the city is run by an evil corporation. Fake news is rife, making the truth hard to come by, you could say it’s a black mirror onto the world at large. The organisers put equal importance into set design as they do into the music line up, creating a fully immersive experience. The site has expanded to a whole city with 60,000 ‘citizens’ making it their home on Matterley Estate near Winchester, experiencing different zones taking them back into the past, fast forward to the future, and across a host of alternative realities. There is a dystopian nuclear power plant, bohemian circus, and the fast, technology fuelled metropolis of Downtown.
This year, headliners include Gorillaz, Limp Bizkit, Jimmy Cliff and Morcheeba, plus over 200 other acts across 27 main stages, 9 theatrical districts and forest parties.
“Those in attendance can expect to be taken on a journey of live and electronic music around the UK underground, via global stars and grassroots talent from over 50 countries across the world. Those of any age, young and a little less young, first timers or Boomtown stalwarts, there is something for everyone.”
– Boomtown Organisers
Boomtown is one of the UKs truly independent festivals, and prides itself on it’s growing success without corporate investment and sponsorship, meaning it can continue to do more to give back to the communities around the festival site. It gives life changing funds to local charities and the 2017 festival raised £116k for charity, with local charities benefiting including Street Reach in Winchester that helps disadvantaged and vulnerable young people.
Conservation and environmental impact are key to the planning of the festival. Matterley Estate is part of the South Downs National Park, and the organisers work with Natural England to make sure the area is impacted as little as possible by the festival. Alongside this, the festival sustainability policy makes sure the environment is embedded into the core of the event production. This year, the festival is participating in the greener festival awards, which assess areas such as waste, power, water, local ecosystems and transport, and they pledge to reduce their green house has emissions by 50% by 2025.
We are really excited to be returning to Boomtown this year for Chapter 10 on 9th to 12th August. This is a truly unique, independent festival just an hour away from Oxford. You can see what we discovered at the festival in my Boomtown 2017 review. If you fancy joining us there this year, there are still tickets available from Boomtown.
Explore The Bristol Indie Scene
Only a couple of hours down the M4, Bristol is a mecca for indie fans. So if you’re looking for an indie road trip adventure this month, this is for you! Check out Albatross Cafe for botanical vibes and pottery handmade in Oxford by Jericho Studio Pottery, stop for tapas at family run Paco Tapas, and grab a local beer from Small Bar. On top of that, a day exploring the indies of Gloucester Road is always time well spent.
We’re really looking forward to exploring more of Bristol this month, so if you have any indie recommendations, leave us a comment below!
An Afternoon At Aston Pottery
For an indie road trip a little closer to home, visit Aston Pottery just outside of Bampton on the edge of the Cotswolds. This lovely independent business started as a small production pottery, and over the years has grown into a gorgeous site housing a gift shop, cafe and beautiful gardens, bursting with an abundance of dahlias in every hue.