Thank you to Beyond The Border for providing us with weekend tickets for the purpose of this review
Last weekend it was gloriously sunny and we spent a wonderful couple of days at the Beyond The Border International Storytelling Festival at St Donats Castle. It was their 25th birthday celebration and we were looking forward to seeing what was going on there as we had never been before.
We arrived at lunchtime and were completely stunned with the beautiful grounds at St Donats. We set up a picnic and just relaxed into the atmosphere before having a little wander around to see what the festival had to offer.
There were different areas to the festival, an area of stalls where you could browse handmade clothes, books and things like that. There was a family area with a stage tent and a storytelling tent, an area with food stalls and a tent and other areas for the ‘grown up’ author talks and readings.
We basically just hung around the family area, chilling out in the sun and playing with The Flying Seagulls circus equipment and listening to the acts on the small tent stage. There was face painting and the children were really happy and content to submerse themselves in the atmosphere and enjoy what was going on.
Hubby enjoyed some delicious food from the food stalls, the children enjoyed crepes and ice creams and I was pleased to see plenty of vegan options too.
The only thing I was disappointed about was that I didn’t make it to any of the adult storytelling sessions or author talks, mainly because we were all so content sitting out in the sun watching the children having fun that I didn’t want to leave them! Can’t complain about that really!
Apparently this year’s festival was a lot smaller than it usually is and I can’t wait to go back next year to see it in it’s full glory. We did bump into a couple of blogging friends there too, Laura from SideStreet Style and Kelly from Kelly Allen Writes. Do go and read Kelly’s review of the festival on her blog too.
We made a little video of our weekend, give it a watch if you want to see more of the festival.