Set from location to location in location, it is no surprise that the OneWorld festival has become an absolute favourite of mine. It has always been very special to me and my mother. We love coming there; we’ve been coming for four years now. How did we hear about the festival?
It was recommended to us by one of our family friends, who’ve attended the festival a year before us. So, we decided to try it and since then, we’ve never looked back. My mother, and I have had wonderful times and amazing memories. Every year, OneWorld have never failed to disappoint us and this year, the festival did it again.
OneWorld celebrated its twentieth anniversary and what a celebration it was. They had more guests, as well as teachers; a full pantomime of The Wizard of Oz, certificate presentations for teachers, who have been attending the festival for twenty years and visitors were treated to more, new lessons that have been added to the 2015 programme. We had a blast; the entertainment was fantastic. We had live bands, open mic nights and camp fire events. There was wonderful vibe and I felt there was a sense of community. These parties and gatherings were enjoyable – I danced with many old, and new friends and strangers. I had a lovely time and will never forget those wonderful times. As well as partying all night, the festival will not leave you alone with boredom in the day time too. There is plenty to do and I loved this year’s programme, full of regular and extra lessons. I didn’t attend all of them, but the ones I did go to were interesting. Very interesting. I’ve attended many lessons, including Pilates, Morning Yoga and Creating an Art Journal. However, my favourite lessons were the Improvisational Comedy and Musical Improvisational Comedy. Although there both for adults only, I really, really had a ball. The group were very kind, sweet and funny; we played a lot of improvisational games, and activities and we put on a lot of shows. One for the Cabaret, which took place on the second last night and on a Open Mic night. The show was a wonderful turnout. We had large, full audiences (the children enjoyed them, especially they were allowed to participate, suggesting ideas for our improvisational performances). Also, we had a lot of amazing, talented comedic actors who have delivered the shows to perfection. Without them, the festival wouldn’t have the shows and classes I would regularly participate, attend and enjoy.
Brymore Academy, where the festival took place this year (2015)
Every year, the festival travels to different locations all over the world. I’ve never travelled aboard with the festival, but I love them within the UK. Most of them are in boarding schools, in the middle of the great, British countryside. This year’s festival was located at Brymore Academy in Cannington, Somerset; a farming, boarding school for boys. It is a stunning location, with beautiful farmland and outstanding landscapes around the school grounds. It also has a swimming pool, heated by solar panels, but go and swim when it’s sunny. I’ve tired swimming when it’s cloudy and it wasn’t a pleasant experience. However, swimming in the beautiful sunshine will be a different experience; I would recommend it, especially if you have children. It’ll be best for them, in case they’ll catch a cold or two. Despite the temperatures, the pool is completely safe and fun for all ages.
I’m not sure about the accommodation within the school grounds as we stayed in a twin bedroom (complete with an en-suite) at the Malt Shovel Inn. The staff, at the time, had agreed to lend some of their rooms to the festival’s visitors. And it was wonderful; simply wonderful. Our room was very clean and the staff were very generous of cleaning and reorganising our room while my mother and I were at the festival. Before we returned home, mother and I had breakfast at the Inn. Our meals were top-notch; mother had poach eggs on toast and I had a Full English (minus the sausage, toast and baked beans). The service was brilliant too; the owners even had a dog there, who was so good and had been really good company. We really enjoyed our stay; it has been an absolute pleasure.
The Malt Shovel Inn, where I stayed with my mother.
Although we had one day at the Inn for a meal, mother and I had the food at the festival, for most of the holiday. Decided volunteers and chiefs have certainly put a lot of effort to create fabulous meals. At breakfast, lunch and dinner, visitors, teachers and volunteers are treated to alternative and macrobiotic meals. Each meal is delicately prepared and suited everyone’s taste, whether you have food allergies (like me), or a huge fan of one or both meals. I would highly recommend the macrobiotic food throughout an entire week; it will change your life.
Overall, I give OneWorld a thousand out of ten because of the beautiful surroundings (although, the locations may change within the next year or a couple), amazing entertainment, outstanding food, excellent accommodation and a week, full of excitement and guaranteed fun. If you want a festival with everything, then adventure to OneWorld next summer.
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