Colin Crosby Heritage Tours

Thoroughly Enjoyed Green Belt Festival

I spent the Bank Holiday weekend at Green Belt , a Christian festival held annually at Cheltenham Racecourse.

My wife Anne had been with friends for the last few years, and felt that I might enjoy it. In previous years I was always busy anyway over that weekend, but this year I avoided other committements so that I was able to go.

We went with a group of friends, and I had my first ever experience of sleeping in a tent, having had the potentially embarrassing experience of not having the faintest idea of how to help erect the tents.

The festival is excellent. At all times there are several things going on in different parts of the site - music performances, talks, services, comedy. A really wide range, and of course there were cafes, shops and displays as well.

I watched a number of performances. These included Sixpence None the Richer, Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip, Shlomo and the Vocal Orchestra and the superb Duke Special.

Among the talks that I attended were a couple by the writer Iain Sinclair, with whom I had a chat, and I watched a sort of game show hosted by Simon Mayo, involving not only "Spot the Vicar", but also "Spot the Atheist".

The Church Times had a marquee with a caption contest. Yes, I did contribute some.

All in all, I was delighted by an excellent weekend, and am already looking forward to next year.