This is a little late, but I wanted to share this with you anyway because it happens every year. To be honest I have ever heard of this event before and I really didn't know what to expect. So when I got the invitation to go, I was a little hesitant... but I am so glad I went. The House Festival is a one day outdoor event taking place at Marble Hill House in Richmond.
I have not been to many festivals but I imagined extortionate prices for food and drinks and any extras, however I was pleasantly surprised to find it was all FREE! Once inside the Festival all your food, drink and entertainment is included. Marble Hill House's grounds were be filled with market stalls offering a summer feast including oysters, lobsters, hog roast and homemade pizzas, and there were be plenty of bars.
Needless to say everyone was in a jolly mood, but they were so fun and friendly - people would just talk to you, just to be nice. The sun were shining and line up was pretty cool, with likes of Dizzee Rascal, Jake Bugg, Paloma Faith, Sam Smith, Kelis and more!
This festival seemed quite clean and slightly more 'up market' then the muddy skankiness of Glastonbury, even the toilets clean and well presented. There are plenty places is sit, chill and enjoy, so no need to stand around until your feet hurt..
The money raised from the House Festival go towards the English Heritage Foundation which helps with the maintenance and upkeep of Marble Hill. The money also goes to the War Child charity; which helps to support vulnerable children whose lives had been torn apart by war. Tickets for this event tend to sell out rapidly, so keep you eyes peeled for next year.