Walking along the path through a Lincolnshire forest, illuminated by fairy lights, towards the entrance of Lost Village Festival is like stepping into another world. A mysterious, magical world where woodland librarians perform acrobatic tricks, sequin-clad revellers dance amongst the trees and if rain clouds existed here, they’d probably shower you with glitter instead of raindrops.
Falling on the August bank holiday weekend, Lincolnshire’s Lost Village is a music festival with a unique immersive twist. At just over an hour’s train ride from London’s Kings Cross and easily accessible from the Noth of the UK, it’s easy to find your way to the site in the English countryside. It’s also easy to loose yourself there.
Get fully immersed
Various stages and themed areas are scattered through the festival’s fields and deep in the forest, which is also roamed by roving actors offering an interactive experience.
Throughout the course of the festival you’ll stumble upon live performances and gradually get to know the different characters as the storyline unravels. Speak to them to gather clues and work out the mystery for yourself.
Move your feet to the beat
No music festival would be complete without music. There’s a full schedule of artists and DJs on tap to keep you shimmying through the night.
Club nights take over forest dance floors where you can dance through the trees and in hay-strewn tents from the moment you wake up until 2am to a mix of house, disco, funk, EDM and even a bit of cheese.
Feed your face and your soul
Gourmet food trucks will stop your stomach rumbling after burning off all those calories dancing. But be warned that the food trucks don’t sell drinks, not even water. You’re best off filling your bottle at the water points as queuing at the busy bars when you’re dehydrated is not ideal.
A range of therapies is on offer around the Lake of Tranquility. Get a reflexology massage, bathe in a wooden hot tub or practice yoga in the serene setting. Wellness and positive talks take place in the Curious Minds tent, or if self-healing isn’t your thing, you can go laugh about all in the comedy tent.
You can also bring out your creative side with a choice of workshops, from dream catcher weaving to headdress making classes.
Tip: if you want a hot tub or massage book as early as possible – they run at of slots quickly
Lost Village lodgings
You can opt for Boutique Camping where you’ll find luxury yurts with beds (yes, actually beds!) and even bedside tables, as well as fancy toilets and lots of showers meaning that the queues are quick to pass.
Slumming it in a tent is also fun if you’ve got your festival camping technique down to a tee. The party continues here after the bars close as groups of campers cluster around their friends’ stereos. The campsite also looks onto a free range chicken farm in the distance, which I’m pleased to say looks very spacious with happy-looking chickens running around.
Tip: alcohol is allowed in the campsite but not in the main Festival area where door staff will search you. They’re very thorough with the searching.
What to wear
This year featured lots of swimwear layered with flowing, sheer dresses and maxi skirts made of long fringing for girls, as well as flared trousers. Guys opted for colourful ensembles and capes.
Think the Spice Girls raiding their childhood dressing up box, crossed with a hint of vintage showgirl and ’70s disco – all with an extra sprinkling of glitter.
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