As the Nicky Noodles On Tour kicks off, I thought I’d get my writing cap on and tell everyone about my beautiful adventure at Blissfields the first festival of the season and boy did I love being back in a field.
There’s no greater joy in rocking up on a field after a 6hour drive (in the blistering sun and traffic), to then be greeted with hugs, smiles and warm welcomes as I join the Angel Gardens team for another year of festival fun.
Over the past 8 years I’ve worked with Angel Gardens on and off squeezing in festivals wherever I can in the summer but in recent years I’ve had to step back and build up my own business
(wonder what that could be?) but as I greeted the team (old and new) felt like only yesterday since I last joined my festival family in a field full of love and hugs, music and laughter.
The scariest part was looking at all the angel gardens crew children and seeing how much they have grown and how they have become their own little people, beautiful independent unique little people.
My magic moment of the weekend was on the very last day when I let the crew kids get their own back by attacking me with face painting, a precious moment I’ll never forget!
Many people think festivals aren’t a place for children but I couldn’t disagree more (as long as you pick the right ones) It’s a wonderful atmosphere where kids can play safely learn about diversity and the kindness of others, It’s an atmosphere words can not do justice. I still remember my first festival at 16 and just being shocked by how friendly and kind everyone around you is and that feeling of belonging.
While setting up I got badly sunburnt which set me up to hide from the sun at every given moment in my true vampire form. I’m not very up to date on music and I only knew one band over the weekend Electro Swing Circus (check them out they’re amazing!) I sang and danced so much the I lost my voice on day 1 oops!. Generally, at festivals, I choose to spend most of my time with the Angel Gardens crew singing songs around the campfire, pitching in with the activities and being part of the family, that to me, is what’s important.
Overall Blissfields was quieter to some of the other festivals I have been to in the past, being run on Thurs/Friday/Sat means there less young children about as it’s still in the school term but I still got to make lots of children and adults happy with colourful festival face paint magic. Here are some of my favourite face painting pics from the weekend…
My top 3 tips to survive any festival
Stock up on instant NOODLES! – an absolute necessity, in my opinion.
- Pack a spare Loo roll or pack of tissues – just in case the portaloos are empty
Don’t forget to wear sunscreen!!! Sunburn hurts a lot and the shade is your best friend
Big shout-outs to…
- Third Eye Signs – for making my wonderful new display boards and doing such an amazing job
- Angel Gardens – for giving me this wonderful opportunity
- Faery Floss – for being my neighbours and for the lush free candy floss that would fly into my tent while painting, so delicious!
- And of course my brilliant team Artycat Jenny and Caragh – Party Faces London
Please click on their names and check out their pages!
Don’t forget your Love, Hugs, Likes and Shares, See you soon!
Xx- Nicky Noodles -xX