SOMERSAULT, 17 – 21 July 2014
SOMERSAULT FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES FULL PROGRAMME FOR THE 5 DAY SUMMERCAMP IN NORTH DEVON COMMUNION MUSIC WILL HOST THE SECOND STAGE AS WELL AS A RANGE OF ACTIVITES RUNNING LATE INTO THE NIGHT
LONG TABLE FEASTS WILL BE ON OFFER FROM PITT CUE CO., FIFTEEN CORNWALL, OUTLAW’S FISH KITCHEN AND THE ETHICUREAN
ACTIVITIES AVAILABLE ON AND OFF SITE INCLUDE WILD WELLBEING (YOGA, MASSAGE, FACIALS, TRAPEZE YOGA & MORE), THEATRE, EXMOOR EXCURSIONS AND SEASIDE TRIPS (SURFING, CANOEING, ROCK CLIMBING & MORE)
Somersault is a five-day summer camp of music, adventure & outdoor living in the heart of the South West, located at the beautiful Castle Hill estate just half an hour from both the North Devon coast and Exmoor. The world famous Jack Johnson and local hero Ben Howard will headline the weekend of music.
A full programme of activities has been revealed for the five-day summer camp – from theatre performances to surfing courses to trapeze yoga!
Communion Music – the label and promotions company founded by Mumford and Sons’ Ben Lovett, Bear’s Den’s Kev Jones and producer Ian Grimble, and home to headliner Ben Howard – will host Somersault’s second stage. Sat beside the river that runs through the Somersault site, it will include a canvas-tented whiskey and ale bar, a dining area serving ribs and smoked meats, a record store and more. They will offer up a finely tuned weekend of communal experiences – from great live music, to late night guest DJs, and everything in between.
As well as a late night offering from Communion Music, revellers who want to carry on into the night can enjoy late night Forest Parties. Tucked into a glade across the river from the arena and enclosed by ancient trees, this will be an area that combines the natural beauty of the site with one of the best party and club teams in the South West.
Bearded Kitten will also be bringing their unique breed of mayhem to the Somersault arena this summer. The award-winning team are set to create an area packed full of pandemonium to enlighten everyone’s Somersault stay.
Long Table Feasts will form the centre piece of the food offering at Somersault, available at dinner time on Thursday and for lunch and dinner Friday to Sunday (Campfire Feasts will be ticketed separately). The Long Table Feasts will be four courses and provided by a different restaurant each day. Fifteen Cornwall, Nathan Outlaw, Pitt Cue Co. and The Ethicurean will be cooking up a storm on the Somersault campfire each bringing their own unique flavour to North Devon.
Tom Adams, head chef at Pitt Cue Co. said:
“We’re super excited about doing a long table feast at Somersault. The whole ethos of the event is fantastic and despite the fact we have been farming pigs in Cornwall and sourcing almost all our produce from in & around the farm we have never actually done any event in the South West so that desperately needs changing! The long table feasts seem like the perfect showcase for all the incredible produce and farming to be found in the South West and we hope we can help do that in some way.”
Alongside the long table feasts there will be a variety of other food and drink options. Fashion designer and vintage fanatic Pearl Lowe hosts a gypsy tea party with fortunetellers, psychics and a dressing up theme. As well as Pearl’s vintage stall from her own wardrobe, Frome’s legendary Lark Vintage will be on site with a range of frocks, suits, jewellery for men, women and children. During a tea of sandwiches, cakes and scones folk punk Cornish band Crowns will play an acoustic set which will be followed by a vintage fashion show compered by Pearl Lowe.
She said “There is a very nostalgic feel to somersault, it reminds me of childhood summer holidays with trips to the beach and cooking over campfires. I am really looking forward to being involved.”
There is also a pop-up pub on site serving craft ales and ciders, delicious home-cooked and locally sourced food, The Shallowford Arms have channeled the very best of what a traditional inn should be.
A whole host of Wild Wellbeing will be on offer, a tented retreat and commune of calm, it’s the curative quarter to the Somersault experience. A variety of skilled therapists from Devon and beyond, yoga teachers from YeoTown and London, fitness gurus and freelance healers will be providing a plethora of options. These will include; yoga workshops, wild fitness and barefoot runs, facials and massages and a juice and herbal tea bar.
A wide variety of Exmoor Excursions and Seaside Trips will be on offer at Somersault giving festival goers the opportunity to not waste a minute and enjoy a packed itinerary. Options include; surfing, coasteering, paddleboarding and coastal rafting with Croyde Surf School; canoeing, rock climbing and mountain biking with Exmoor Adventures; power kiting with Kitemare and Team Players as well as falconry. Seaside Trips and Exmoor Excursions will only be available to people who have bought Long Weekend tickets – i.e not Single Day ticket holders (including those who have bought an Overnight Camping option) and all of the trips and excursions will leave the campsite at fixed times. Excursions and trips are ticketed separately.
Embracing the essence of Somersault, the Kids Camp area will set children’s imaginations wild with a host of fun and creative activities and performances. Daytimes will be filled with arts and crafts, interactive installations, wildlife walks, face painting, fancy dress and lots more! As night falls there will be campfire songs and storytelling. It’s not just little ones who can get involved with arts and crafts everyone can take part in An afternoon of sculpture, a chat-while-you-knit tea party or a sawdust-filled afternoon of camp building. With everything from pottery to photography, traditional printmaking to experimental painting – and more being announced every day – Somersault has something to tempt every budding talent.
Full line up for the weekend of world-class music is as follows:
Amadou & Mariam
Half Moon Run
Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars
Catfish and the Bottlemen
Hiss Golden Messenger
Somersault’s charity partner is Surfers Against Sewage.
Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) is an environmental charity protecting the UK’s oceans, waves and beaches for all to enjoy safely and sustainably, via community action, campaigning, volunteering, conservation, education and scientific research.
Established in 1990 by a group of passionate, local surfers and beach lovers in the picturesque north coast villages of St Agnes and Porthtowan, the organisation swiftly created a national movement calling for improved water quality UK-wide.
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