On the basis that it’s always good to checkout something new, Andy Salt and family, did a recce of the Big Church Day Out event this year, to see what it had to offer. The event is held over two days, but you can go to one or both of the days, and camp onsite too. Wiston House is one of the world's leading centres for the discussion of key international policy issues, except for a couple of days in May each year, when it turns into a top music festival. A cross between Green Belt and New Wine, it was an inspiring day, for the whole family. What’s special about the Big Church Day Out, is the chilled out atmosphere. Everyone is warm and friendly, and the event organisers are right on top of everything.
The weather on 30 May was warm and sunny, the setting could have been out of a BBC period drama, and the music was awesome. With this combination, you know this “celebration of all that is good”, was meant to be.
But there was something for all musical tastes, with three stages giving a blend of choice. A more mellow mood was set near the tea tent by the house. Listening to the classics played by the Kings Chamber Orchestra, whilst the children played in the toddler gym. Ideal for young families. If you’re more mature, then the anticipation of a cream tea alongside Wiston House and it’s historical church should certainly be something to savour. Just enough time to see the outdoor play in the magnificent grounds, if you get your skates on.
Youth and children were well catered for, and there were a lot of them at the event. This gave it vibrant upbeat feel. Climbing walls, bouncy castles, stunt kite flying and toddler gym were just a few of the attractions on offer.Music aside, this was a great opportunity to take a closer look at the history behind Wiston manor (which includes Wilton house and Wiston church). It is mentioned in Domesday Book.
Overall, the Big Church Day Out was excellent, and I would highly recommend it as an annual event in anyone’s calendar. Whatever age, or time of life, the event has it all. From 11am – 10pm, there is plenty of time to browse around the stalls, visit a favourite eatery or two, and still rock (or chill) to the world class bands. You know what really is the icing on the cake, is this venue is 1 hour 20 minutes away from St Paul’s. You can attend the Sunday service, and still have plenty of time to head on over. See you there in 2011!
Checkout the photo album to get more of a flavour of the event…..