Festival season is coming up, and if food and drink surrounded by nature, along with talks, music and entertainment – all in nature right here in Warwickshire – then I’ve got something for you.
ALSO Festival takes place at Compton Verney from 14th-16th July, with 300 events and 14 stages set in the Capability Brown landscaped surroundings.
The festival, which celebrates its 10-year anniversary this year, was founded by Helen Bagnall, who passionately believes that coming together to go wild in the wild has no downside when it comes to living the best life – an ethos reflected throughout the festival.
This year ALSO will include everything from comedy to immersive experiences, talks, fantastic food and drink events and family-friendly programming. The festival is famed line-up that spotlights some of the world’s most renowned academics and experts, speakers, dreamers, believers, performers, foodies and more, delivering a thought-provoking programme in a unique site.
ALSO collaborates with the UK’s best experts, authors and speakers, including Jeremey Deller, Jeffrey Boakye, Jess Phillips, Nimco Ali, Claudia Hammond, Professor Catherine Loveday among many others.
Comedy will include shows from Sara Pascoe, Celya Ab, Robin Ince, Alexis Dubus and Marcel Lucont, while bands and artists will include K.O.G, Love Itoya, Get the Water, Juliet Russell, Honey Moon, Le Boom, Later Youth.
And so to the food. ALSO specialises in adventures in food curated by established chefs, restaurateurs, diverse founders and cutting-edge producers in a wild setting. Offerings will include seafood and oyster bar Winkle Picker, Chef Danny Jack and Hailee Kukura demoing dishes from their The Van Life Cookbook, Honest Supper Club cooking up vegan feasts, coffee with The Crafty Boys as well as whisky and wine tasting opportunities.
Founder Helen Bagnall, who is also Artistic Director, said: “ALSO is the next generation of festivals, immersive, truly experiential, with ideas threaded through everything we do, we make it effortless for our guests to engage with ideas running wild through having a unique and extraordinary festival weekend.
“Reaching this 10-year milestone for ALSO is a dream come true, and we feel it’s the perfect time for us all to experience ‘Re-Enchantment’ together, which is our theme for 2023.
“So to celebrate we will be creating a weekend unlike any other, a chance to enmesh ourselves with nature for a fabulously fun, immersive, experiential weekend of ideas running wild. Grab the gang and let’s go ALSO.”
Tickets are now available on the official website and weekend tickets start from £130 for adults and £60 for children.