BY KATIE - MYGREENPOD, 14 Aug '15

Two new festivals are making their way up this summer’s must-see listings – here’s why

It wouldn’t be a real summer without a few decent festivals – and this year there are two new kids on the block.

This August, RAW FEST and Valley Fest will offer two very different experiences with a focus on good, healthy fun. Here’s what to expect.

Valley Fest

festivals1When: 28-30 August
Where: Chew Valley, Somerset
Cost: Adult weekend ticket: £120 (includes camping)
More: valleyfest.co.uk

Valley Fest is the real deal – what else would you expect of a festival launched by Luke Hasell, finalist in BBC Food and Farming’s Outstanding Farmer of the Year 2014?

Valley Fest is all about the family, all about fun and all about the land. For three days over the August bank holiday weekend, an organic farm in the heart of the Chew Valley, Somerset, will be transformed into a family-run festival that celebrates all things good.

We’ve got hold of a limited number of weekend tickets to Valley Fest at a discounted price of £75 (usually £120). Visit valleyfest.co.uk and enter code ‘POD75’ at the checkout to redeem the offer!

This is an organic festival – from the ground up. If you want to get your chops round a famous Story burger, there’s every chance its ingredients grew up on the land beneath your wellies.

There’s not going to be any commercial nonsense – on the stage or on your plate – and your kids won’t be pestering you to buy gimmicky junk because, well, there won’t be any for sale.

There will be something for all ages and interests – whether you (or your kids) want to get your face painted, take a balloon ride over the beautiful Somerset countryside, learn break dance and circus skills, brush up on your yoga, take in some art, eat some top-notch locally sourced food or just dance like nobody’s watching.

Like the Big Daddy festivals, Valley Fest will be a jam-packed extravaganza of all-round entertainment – and you’ll be able to celebrate everything you love about a great family day out without having to avoid the things you don’t.

Huey Morgan from The Fun Lovin’ Criminals will headline on Saturday night and a host of glitzy cabaret acts, DJs, speakers and artists will make this a weekend to remember. We think this festival will put Chew Valley on the summer circuit for a long time to come.

Visit valleyfest.co.uk for lineup and ticket details.

RAW FEST

festivals3When: 14-16 August
Where: New Forest, Hampshire
Cost: Adult weekend ticket: £150 (includes camping)
More: rawfest.co

A festival free from drugs, alcohol and junk food is being introduced to the UK as a very different kind of festival experience. RAW FEST (don’t be fooled by the name) is already being dubbed ‘the UK’s healthiest clean-living festival’.

Organisers are promising a three-day ‘decompression party from your every day life’, and a safe haven for all ages to relax, learn, play and be creatively adventurous.

The retreat and festival will include lectures, workshops, creative live arts, music, performance, conscious film, grass games, bonfires, organic vegan and raw foods, a market bazaar shopping area, healing, massage, a pampering village, arts and crafts and lots more.

All the events are geared around consciousness, wellness and holistic, sustainable living. Russell James, Xochi Balfour: The Naturalista, Joel Gazdar of Wild Food Café and many others will be giving talks on how to live a vibrant life through organic, live foods and healthy lifestyle choices and practices.

The time at RAW FEST is about sharing information, sparking conversation and inspiring change within an open forum environment.

It’s a chance to unplug from city life and get a massage, take a nap, eat vibrant food, explore, engage in a fun activity or just relax and enjoy!

Visit rawfest.co to find out more about the festival.

More information on Valley Fest can be found here. RAW FEST info can be found here.