We haven’t made it to any festivals so far this year, so it was a real treat to be invited along to the White Stuff Get-Together last weekend, as part of the company’s 30th celebrations at WoWo campsite in Sussex. Not only was it another fleeting chance for us to get back to nature and stay in a shepherd’s hut for the first time, I also got to catch up with a couple of blogger friends over a bit of Prosecco! Here are some photos from the weekend.
Isn’t that hut just the sweetest? We loved it: about the same size as a caravan but oozing with rustic charm, it managed to fit the five of us comfortably due to the 3-berth bunk and the futon sofa that converted to a surprisingly comfortable bed. We even had a toilet (although you did have to give it a bit of welly in order to pump/flush it!). The best bit was it was situated right next to a little brook so the kids immediately stripped off to go in and try the rope swing / paddle and suddenly it all felt very Swallows & Amazons / childhood unplugged which is always a good thing!
Meanwhile, Greig and I tucked into a yummy mezze lunch delivered to our hut before I wandered over to have a lovely Indian head massage I’d booked in for. Sitting in the cool, quiet of the woods, having my tensions smoothed away was just what I needed after the long journey down. It was worth it though, the White Stuff gang were so friendly and kind the whole time, we felt spoilt rotten. Then we wandered over to the main Village area where the central tepee was ready for the various bands to strike up later in the evening. There were some great activities for the kids too – my lot thought the Punch & Judy show was hilarious and loved the donkeys, face painting and kite-making, not forgetting wonderful Wilma the Morris Minor sweetie stall on wheels!! We even managed to cram the five of us into a horse box cum photo booth for some silly pictures too.
Later in the evening, we were treated to some great entertainment and a gorgeous curry made by COOK. While the kids played I had a good catch up with Erica and Nat – lovely ladies both! We agreed how nice it was to be invited to an event where we could bring our partners and kids and really get stuck in as a family. The music was great (I love a bit of reggae) and our two oldest kids went off for an organised ‘night walk’ to look for nature, which they loved. After a long, hot, fun-filled day we were all a bit shattered and somehow my kids allowed us to sleep in until 10am the next day (result!). We woke to rain but also a delivery of delicious sourdough bread and honey which wasn’t a bad way to start the day before we said all our goodbyes and headed off.
WoWo campsite is sooo good (I was really impressed with the set up and facilities there) which offers camping as well as yurts and huts. They also organised all the workshops for the kids which were excellent so I hope we manage to get back there some time.
By the way, my outfit for the day was c/o the wonderful White Stuff folks (of course). Here are the details in case you’d like to know: Dress / jacket / scarf / bag – it was far too hot for most of these items but you can see the jacket and the bag on my instagram!
A massive thanks to the White Stuff team for all their kindness and generosity – we really appreciated it – and happy 30th birthday!!