Wilderness Festival with Bicester Village
This weekend I was lucky enough to be invited along to experience Wilderness Festival for the first time, in collaboration with Bicester Village. Trying to decide what to wear for each day of a festival can be tricky business, but when you've got somewhere like Bicester Village to go at, everything will be A-okay!
I had quite a successful trip to Bicester to find my outfits. I came home with a fine knit cami dress and a chunky lace up front top both from Sandro, some incredible black and gold sandals from Marni, a real man repelling shoe- ask me if I care! and the best Celine sunglasses I've ever come across.
We started our trip by checking into the Malmaison in Oxford, a really beautiful setting just 40 minutes outside of the festival. Thank goodness for comfortable beds!
Excited and ready for our first night, we headed to a press dinner at the festival which was a banquet hosted by Skye Gyngell of Spring in London, a beautiful three course menu set up in a gorgeous tent decked out with plenty of blooms and whimsical acessories. We spent the rest of the night dancing in The Valley and having so much fun! Festivals always bring out the best in people, I feel, there's this vibe of being carefree and I don't know about you but it's one of the chances I get to really let my hair down, I guess it's kind of like a holiday. You're away from work and the responsibility of day-to-day life, so I always adore going.
Day 2 began with a full English breakfast, as standard I think! and we headed in to explore for a full day and night. There is honestly so much to do and see at Wilderness. Including the lake….everyone was in the lake! I think it reached temperatures of around 26 degrees and it felt quite hot, I just wished I'd remembered my bikini. We popped along to a talk by Pukka herbs which discussed personality types and how some traits can be calmed and managed with different herbs and I came away with tea that calms a fiery worrier! Brilliant! There was a whole area dedicated to wellness; including yoga, massage and nutrition.
We also went along to the Deliciously Ella x Mae Deli pop up and later to her newest collaboration with Neal's Yard, which was hosted in the most incredible flower garden.
There's always time for champagne, right? So we made sure we had a pit stop at the Laurent-Perrier tent, fully equipped with pastel pink deck chairs overlooking the lake.
Food was high up on our priority list so we delved into a couple of post of Mac n Cheese, very, very willingly! The sheer volume of food trucks there was incredible, we were absolutely spoiled for choice.
Thankfully, in between our busy day of exploring I got to see Tourist play, who I adore, and that pretty much made my day.
We ended the night in The Valley again, which was one of the coolest set ups for a dance night ever. Slap bang in the middle of a valley, neon signs everywhere and filled with people who were dancing their socks off. and generally very happy to be there.
Wilderness was incredible and I cannot thank Bicester Village enough for having me.