Things to Do and See

The Good Life Experience

14-15-16 September 2018

A festival of fun and discovery with music, food, books, talks, workshops and The Great Outdoors!

Bring your family, bring your dogs and come and join us on the Hawarden Estate for a festival like no other. A weekend of fun and discovery, with music, books, food and The Great Outdoors co-founded by Farm Shop founders Charlie and Caroline Gladstone with broadcaster and singer Cerys Matthews and her husband Steve ‘Abbo’ Abbott.

The music and poetry programme is entirely hand-picked by Cerys and Steve and last year festival goers enjoyed a mix of the very best music with everything from Canadians Gordie Mackeeman + His Rhythm Boys to Saturday night headliners Romanian Gypsy band Fanfare Ciocarlia –which Cerys has described as her favourite live performance of all time- poets John Cooper Clarke +  Mike Garry (with his band), The Booka Brass Band from Dublin, Mari Samuelsen + The 12 Ensemble’s performance of Max Richter’s Vivaldi Recomposed,  Cerys herself and many more.

On top of the music, there were some wonderful speakers lined up, including adventurer Ben Fogle, broadcaster Jeremy Vine and multi-award winning author Michael Morpurgo. There was an exciting array of world class chefs, all of whom were challenged to cook over the campfire, from Bill Granger, to Thomasina Miers, Valentine Warner, Welsh barbecuers Hang Fire Smokehouse, Fabulous Baker Tom Herbert, forager Roger Phillips and so many more.

As founders of homewares brand Pedlars, the Farm Shop and award-winning pub The Glynne Arms, Charlie and Caroline Gladstone know something about hosting a brilliant party. Together with, Cerys and Steve they have created an atmosphere of warmth and inclusion for all ages. Join the party this year for a weekend celebrating family, friends, dogs, music, talks, adventure, workshops, good food and good drink and The Great Outdoors. There will be around 40 workshops with traditional craftspeople for all ages, from spoon carving to paddle making, henna art, blacksmithing, axe workshops and more. Almost all these workshops and other activities are free, including axe throwing, archery, tree climbing, tai chi and abseiling to name just a few. And last but not least there is a wonderful 1930s Vintage Fairground, where all rides are free, running all weekend.

12-17 YRS FROM £41
0-11 YRS FREE!

For more information please visit The Good Life Experience.

The Weekend Market Place

Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10am-4pm we welcome a fantastic gang of small businesses to our Market Place at the Hawarden Estate Farm Shop. The Market Place is full of all kinds of goods and produce from sellers all over North Wales and the North West, from wild garlic pesto, to decorated cakes, to jewellery, antiques and more. It’s located outside the Farm Shop by our Smoke Shack!

We’re looking for new Market Place traders – join us! There cost is £15 per stall per weekend, £10 of which will be refundable on completion of the agreed weekend. Our traditional counter stalls with canvas side walls and built in table can accommodate one or two traders. For more information contact


Adventure Play + Nature Trail

Our traditional wooden play fort is an effective and fun way to keep children occupied for an hour or two. Clambering and sliding over its struts and platforms, they can let their imagination roam freely as they conjure up soldiers, pirates, dragons and mountaineering adventurers. The fort was designed by local craftsmen – L & P Woodmasters. 2016 saw the arrival of our exciting wooden adventure playground, rope swing and outdoor ping pong, which makes for excellent entertainment for children of all ages. So grab a takeaway coffee and watch your children run wild!

Next up the Nature Trail! The Farm Shop is surrounded by 25 acres of its own fields, orchards and woodlands, through which we have signposted a mile-long nature trail. It’s a 40-minute walk if you take a questionnaire to do en route, and you will need wellington boots (not suitable for a buggy). We have devised two sets of questions, which you can pick up from the Farm Shop before you venture out. One is aimed at the under-fives, which includes a scavenger hunt (find a piece of ivy or a feather; draw a picture of your favourite animal etc) and one for children of six and over.

In spring, find snowdrops and bluebells; in summer count the bird species; and in autumn identify the bugs rooting around under the deciduous. An ideal way to spend time with your young children or grandchildren, helping to open their eyes to the delights of the natural world.