Easter is upon us, the sun is shining and with that our thoughts turn to planning for the long balmy days ahead. What better way to make the most of the good weather than to experience both the arts and the great outdoors. Outside installations and festivals large and small are now part of the cultural landscape, and camping is a fun way to get in touch with nature. So, start booking now….
Wayne Hemingway’s Vintage festival brings together the ‘Best of British’ for one glamorous weekend of culture and glamping, celebrating the music, fashion, film, art, design and food of the 1920s to 1980s. Beginning in 2010 in Goodwood and last year in London, Vintage 2012 is back in the countryside at the grand stately home of Boughton Estate.With acts as diverse as Mike Flowers Pop and The Damned, boutique camping and everyone glammed up in vintage togs, this is proof that the days of days of pitching up in a muddy field with a sweaty sleeping-bag, a cold can of beans have gone.
Boughton House, Northamptonshire When: 13-15 July 2012
A celebration of the arts and outdoors in the wilds of England from the creators of Lovebox and Secret Garden Party. The award-winning Wilderness brings together music, food, debate and talks, late night parties, outdoor pursuits and theatre. The Old Vic Tunnels, Stornoway and Intelligence Squared are just some of the acts and events taking place on the stunning Cornbury Estate on Oxfordshire. Camping is self-sufficient, boutique or camper-van in either the deer park, woods or by the lakes and all come with hot showers, drinking water and baby changing.
Cornbury Park estate, Oxfordshire, 10-12 August 2012
Tate St Ives
For many, a British break can only mean one destination : Cornwall. To get both creativity and character head to St Ives for the Tate, cool bars and cafes, small, indie galleries and shops, not forgetting the open beaches and spectacular sunsets. And for sleeping under the stars and one of the best holiday parks in Cornwall, the Ayr Holiday Park is just a five minute stroll from the town centre, organised, professional and with amazing showers!
A laid-back festival that began with just 17 paying punters Port Eliot now attracts the brightest talent from literature, fashion, music, performance and the visual arts. Very much about experimenting and the creative process, anything can happen at this magical gathering. And they’ve laid on all manner of boutique camping, from airstreams and yurts to bell tents and gypsy caravans.
Port Eliot, 19- 22 July, St Germans, Cornwall
Yorkshire Sculpture Park
With the ethos ‘great art for everyone’ Yorkshire Sculpture Park is an international centre for modern and contemporary sculpture. It explores the relationship between art and nature, dissolving the barriers between the public and art. With eloquent and engaging exhibitions, it’s outdoor art at its best. This spring Joan Miro.
Continue the natural vibe, with camping at nearby Highfield House, Clough Road, Flockton, Wakefield, WF4 4AQ, 01924 840124
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