*There is an asterisk with this – ‘you’ in this instance means any women who identify as being in the queer spectrum OR anyone who loves being around these types of women!
On Sunday my wife and I went to L Fest at Uttoxeter racecourse. It is something I have wanted to go to for yeeeeaaarrsss and something that I don’t think the wife hadn’t heard of before (she calls herself a bad lesbian, which isn’t all true!) Due to having other commitments over the weekend, we could only do a day visit on the Sunday, which meant we spent as much time travelling there and back as we did actually being there! We went because I wanted to get an idea of what it was like, so had a better idea of whether it was going to be a good place to trade at next year. WE BLOODY LOVED IT!
L Fest first started in 2011…I thought it was earlier than that because it feels like I have been missing out on it for longer than that! It is a music, comedy and arts festival which spans over the course of 3 days and 3 nights and pretty much everyone camps or glamps there. They have different venues within the area and have a whole creative area too (wife made a dream catcher!) with a cinema then there is live music in another tent and workshops in another and then another building houses all things art-associated, including talks.
When we arrived there, it immediately felt like the most perfect lesbian haven! There was an atmosphere of happiness and contentment and…comfortability. Funny word, but that is what it was like. The festival welcomes families and pets…my there were a lot of dogs…and puts it in a good sized area within the racecourse. It isn’t so big that it is overwhelming, it is easy to get around but isn’t so small that you don’t have anywhere else to go. The activities, workshops and performances are abundant – enough to keep you busy…and everyone is so chilled and friendly!!
I bumped into a couple of the traders that I had met at Gloucester Pride back in June, who were trading up at L Fest – one of which had chosen to trade through me telling them about it, was lovely to see them there We chatted about their experiences there as traders and I learned what to do and what not to do, very handy! They seemed really HAPPY too! I want to give them a shout out – firstly there is:
The Honey Pot (Helen and Rachel) – it is all handmade jewellery at amazing prices, I bought some lovely purple earrings for only £3.50! Here is their website – www.thehoneypotgifts.com They will be trading at Pride Cymru on August the 15th too and staying with us so that they can (maybe possibly) get drunk!
The other business is Slamsister Designs – some great lesbian-focussed cards designed by lesbians for lesbians. Emma designs the cards whilst Sandy works on the PR side. These are unique cards and they have a great array to choose from – so much better than the one or two ‘token gay cards’ you will find in any supermarket or most card shops. Here is their website –www.slamsisterdesigns.com
I also had a really great chat with the amazing Naomi – an old friend – who runs Ultimate Planet with her wife Katie – it started as Planet London, listing all current events for gay women in London, but is now growing further to cover more of the UK. I am going to be writing some content for them soon, which is a very exciting thing to be a part of! There may be a Planet Cardiff coming up soon too if we collaborate correctly She showed me the teaser trailer for ‘She’s In London’ which will be the first UK Lesbian webseries! Here is their website – www.ultimate-planet.com
The amazing Kinky Monkey were there too (who gave me my amazing prize that I won at the Erotic Trade Show a few weeks ago!) Kinky Monkey make the amazing leather harnesses that I sell, I love working with them!
So along with the catching up and chatting, I also took part in a lesbian arm wrestling contest and I lost my round I used to be awesome at arm wrestling! The first thing we did when we got there was go to the Sex Academy that Diva were hosting and I shall write about that in a separate blog post after I have finished this! We popped our heads in to see some great music performances, including a string band that were playing string versions of some popular music, I also met an erotic reader who was having a sexy pyjama party later on that evening…gutted I missed out on that!
I still need to decide on whether I want to go there next year as a punter or a trader, or to maybe do some workshops, but I will definitely be there and I extend my hand to all of you queer ladies out there who want to join me! As I have been writing this post I have been listening to an interview with the festival organiser Cindy Edwards and I have fallen even more in love with this organisation – please take the time to watch this and see how amazing this woman is.
They have a party in December and a festival over in Spain too!
My next blog will be out soon about the sex academy hosted by Diva.