WHITTLE + FEAST this Friday πŸ”₯

This Friday, 26th September, join us to Whittle + Feast.


Whittle + Feast is a collaborative event by hosted by Jwrnal, The Whittlings and Fodder Lass as part of a programme of events from Taste North East Wales to celebrate the best food and drink local to North East Wales.

Carve a spoon under the expert guidance of David and then use it to enjoy a traditional Welsh cawl cooked on an open fire.

There will be pine needle tea, hot Barti Ddu rum, roast Hawarden Estate squash sprinkled with Caerphilly cheese and a traditional PGI Welsh Lamb and root vegetable cawl with a swig of Hafod Brewing Co. ale to wash it all down.

We'll be cosying up around the fire in the Hawarden Estate Farm Shop's Tin Shed for this intimate event of learning, making and sharing great food.

Tickets cost Β£40 per person including your own spoon to keep forever, supper, a hot dram and pine needle tea. Join us!


Our street food style menu this weekend for GWLEDD | FEAST

We are counting down the days til GLWEDD | FEAST, our partnership event with Cywain. Our outdoor market stalls will be full of gins, jams, ales, salad, cider, kefir and lots more all made in the local area. We'll have crazy golf, yoga, children's activities and an Arty Party Pop-Up too as well as demonstrations and tastings up in the Tin Shed.

In addition, we'll be completely switching up our usual cafΓ© menu offering some seriously tasty street food throughout the day as well as a BBQ from 4pmon Saturday and Midday on Sunday. There'll be plenty of covered outdoor seating in anticipation of some wet weather. We'll be cooking rain or shine, so join us!

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Meet the producers for GWLEDD | FEAST πŸ”₯


We are excited to announce the line-up for GWLEDD | FEAST; our partnership event with Cywain, to celebrate the amazing food and drink producers local to us here in North East Wales. The market stalls will be full to the brim of exciting producers, there will be tastings, demonstrations and workshops throughout the day up in the Tin Shed as well as an Arty Party pop-up, crazy golf, yoga and hula hooping.

We’ll be lighting up the barbecue on both Saturday and Sunday for a feast, with music and dancing - if you want to.

So, without further ado let’s meet the producers;

Cariad Gin. Lixwm

Artisan gin handcrafted in the Clwydian Range.


The Little Fudge Company. Chirk

Fresh Fudge (and a few other foods) hand-made in the mountains of Wales


Rachels Vegan Cakes. Bwlchgwyn

Cakes and bakes homemade in Rachel’s kitchen, with no gluten but all the flavour.


Doughnutology. Summerhill

No strangers to the Farm Shop are Doughtnutology, by far the BEST doughnuts we have ever tasted.


Hafod Brewing. Mold

Once a one-barrel brewery now handcrafting up to 50 traditional ales from their two sites in Mold.


The Gourmet Mushroom Loggerheads.

A range of gourmet mushrooms and grow-your-own kits from Loggerheads.


Ffrith Farm Kefir. Cilcain

Kefir, a live milk drink that’s good for your gut. From a heard of Cain Alpine Goats living in Cilcain.


Mug Run Coffee. Rhyl

Small batches coffee roasters run by Tom and Aisha.


Mostyn Kitchen Garden. Mostyn

Jams, chutneys and preserves grown and produced for the community within a walled kitchen garden in Flint.


Shlizzy. Llandyrnog

Shlizzy infuse quality spirits with fruit grow on their farm and honey from our bees in Llandyrnog.


Jaspels Craft Cider. Anglesey

Welsh Cider Made In The Most Northerly Part of Wales.


Pupcakes. Wrexham

Hand baked healthy treats for your dog.


Mountain Produce. Minera

Salad leaves and edible flowers grown in the Minera Mountains.


Sabor de Amor. Wrexham

Spanish gourmet food blending modern and traditional gastronomy made in Wrexham.


Rosie’s Triple D Cider. Llandegla

Farm pressed cider made on the Llandegla Moors.


The Bao Revolution. Pen-y-ffordd

Sherry’s tasty bar buns made with fresh ingredient, always.


Argoed Aipieries. Mold

Local honey from local bees.


This weeks Butcher's Club discount πŸ—


This week get 10% off our butcher's chicken breast with your loyalty card. All of our chicken is sourced locally and comes highly recommended by our Head Butcher John - and he knows his stuff.

John and the team have a variety of marinades and are happy to prepare by request.

If you haven’t got your loyalty card, please pop in and ask us for one. It’s simple - you get a great deal each week!

If you’re planning a big BBQ soon, then put your order in early with our Butchers. Let them take the load off.

Work for us at The Good Life Experience πŸ’₯


We need you!

We have a number of paid roles available during 10 - 15 September 2019 during The Good Life Experience.

If you would like to apply for any of the following roles, please send your CV directly to sarah@hawardenestate.co.uk clearly stating in the subject line which role you are applying for.

All roles are paid. Shift patterns will vary with more information given on application. All applicants must be 18+ by 10.09.2019 and must be available between -and inclusive of- 10 - 15 September 2019.


Minibus Drivers + companions.

We are looking for a number of drivers with a full minibus license to transport guests, artists and VIP’s to and from Chester station, the Hawarden Castle Grounds and various hotel locations nearby to Hawarden.

This is a role perfectly suited to a couple or pair who can happily work together; one to drive and one to communicate between the festival logistics staff throughout the trips.

Those applying individually will be paired with another volunteer for the role. Knowledge of the area is desirable although non-essential. 


Front of House Staff

We are proud to have world-class chefs cooking for up to 60 people at at a time during our Feasts. Which make up a huge part of The Good Life Experience. Therefore, we are looking for a teams to provide excellent front of house service throughout each scheduled event.

We are looking for confident, enthusiastic and hardworking individuals to represent our brand and give the festival goers the best experience possible in this customer-facing role.


Bar Staff

We love to party and what would a festival be without booze? Although we do not consider our event to be a boozy one, with over 3000 guests it is essential that our bars are run to high standard by a team of confident and competent individuals. Shift patterns will vary but with the nature of any bar work, applicants must be hardworking and able to act as a positive representative of our brand and any given time of day or night. We want our guests to have the best experience possible in this customer-facing role.


Feast Supervisor

Feasts at The Good Life Experience are a hugely important part of our event and we are proud to have world-class chefs cooking for our guests during these ticketed events. Feasts take place in the Hawarden Castle Pavilion and can seat up to 60 guests per time. It is essential that the Feasts run to time, to plan and that each chef and diner has the best experience possible. We are looking for an individual who is highly organised to supervise each Feast. The chosen applicant will be the main point of contact throughout these scheduled events and will manage the waiting on team.


Food Liaison Assistant

We are looking for a highly organised individual to act as a support assistant for our Food Manager. This includes sourcing and organising ingredients for multiple food-based events across the site during the event.


Kitchen Porters

A vital and hugely important member of the team is the Kitchen Porter. We are looking for a hardworking individual to get stuck in up at the Hawarden Castle Pavilion kitchen to ensure the Feasts run smoothly.



We rely on a brilliant team of stewards to ensure The Good Life Experience runs as smoothly as possible. We are looking for a number of individuals who are helpful, cheerful and confident to act as a representative of the brand in the customer facing role. 

We need you! Work for us at The Good Life Experience πŸ’₯


We are looking for a;

Personal Assistant to the Events Manager for The Good Life Experience Festival 2019


Now - 1st August . P/T 3 days

1st August - 25th September. F/T

Β£8.50 per hour


We are looking for a Personal Assistant to the Events Manager for The Good Life Experience Festival 2019.

It is essential for you to be have an excellent telephone manner, to be a good email communicator and to be a new best friend to the office cockapoo - Wilf.

Main duties of the role are to assist with the administration of:

Food vendors // Bars // Market Place // Makers Row // Activities // Marquees // Power // Furniture // Security

This is an β€˜office-based role’ within the Castle Grounds, Hawarden. Aka, not your average office. Steps away from private gardens and orchards to roam when the going-gets-tough and an endless supply of cake; this can be a high-pressured time of year.

Collectively, we have 5 years experience running large scale events such as The Good Life Experience; we know a thing or two. This is a brilliant opportunity to learn, get involved and to play a huge part in making this years’ event the best yet. Being a small, hardworking team we are looking for someone to fit right in, to take ownership of the role and work closely with Vicky, our Events Manager/Queen of logistics.

Please submit your interest to vicky@hawardenestate.co.uk ASAP!

Please note it is essential you are available during the 12-15th September for the event itself.