The Village Pump Festival
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The festival is beside a river just outside of Trowbridge in a venue of hilly fields. Arriving on the Wednesday we are amongst the earliest campers and choose our spot though there is no shade available for the tent. The car can be parked under shade across a fire break so we set up. Andrew sets off to do a reccy of the festival while I settle down in the sunshine and read my book. I am picking up more of a tan than I have ever had due to not having to be indoors 5 1/2 days a week selling tyres! In fact I overdose on the sun on my feet and my sandals leave ovals of red skin on my feet where I failed to put sun cream on. Our field has a row of about 15 Portaloos but showers are not visible.
Thursday we set off on what we think is a walk that Lorna suggested. There is ANOTHER castle nearby and we go around that and into a field marked public footpath. Beautiful brown cows watch us between munches and we follow the river along to the style at the end of the field. Climbing over the style we see more notices on the fence advising that there is a bull in the field ( great! spotted him on the way back) and that otters live in the river! We scour the river bank on the way back hoping to glimpse an otter but sadly, nothing spotted.
Although we have found 3 showers for the whole camp site I decide that I would prefer not to join the queues and and the lack of privacy and have basin washes in our tent. Need my hair cut so go into Trowbridge and find a barber shop that will wash and cut my hair for £17, thanks to the advice from the lady in the sweet shop or it would have been double that in a hairdresser's salon! Our neighbours are an interesting mix as always.
We get treated to some fabulous acts and they include WatersonCarthy (with Liza Carthy and Tim van Eyck), Waterboys, Suzzanne Vega and Show of Hands. As SOH finish with their new song to be realeased as a single they explain that they have a film crew with them who are making a song video to promote the single.