Hurst Dub Fest 2016

Soon after our wonderful trip to Port Eynon, it was time for our first festival of the season; Hurst Dub Fest at Hurst View campsite in the New Forest.

It’s a show not far from where we live, so no big journeys needed. I was really looking forward to this one, as we’d been to Dorset Dub Fest the year before and in my mind this was going to be similar.

We parked up alongside the Portsea Island Dubbers and shortly after, some PKW members parked nearby as well.

On Friday night, we enjoyed a few drinks around the campfire while the bands were playing nearby, and plenty of people were going off for a boogie in the party field.

The next day was a slightly more sedate affair, with a walk around the nature reserve and a BBQ. We also went to see the bands and I discovered the amazing Pimm’s deal they had on at the bar. Although it wasn’t meant to be, as somehow, a seagull managed to poop right into my glass of Pimm’s… Unfortunate but also very funny.

It was a good weekend, but the show lacked a little bit of atmosphere. I think it was because the site was very big, and vans were parked all over the place leaving big empty spaces. The stalls were good, but there were only a few there.

By Sunday the weather had turned, and we left fairly early for a slow trip through the lovely forest villages, and back home to dry out. We love Lymington and always stop at Stephen Lees’ gallery to look his beautiful creations. We have some of his work at home, and this time we decided the van needed some as well, so we got some place mats and coasters.

It was a good weekend but I’m not sure I’d be in a hurry to do that show again. Maybe… We’ll see next year.

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