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If you are a regular reader of Discover you may remember that last year I bought classic VW campervan – completely out of character as I am a real “Princess and the Pea”. Well, it was a great success; I’ve woken up to views you can only get from wild camping, I’ve survived being wifi-free for more than two days and made many, new friends (still don’t get the waving at other campervan drivers!). The successful trial persuaded me to upgrade so I sadly say goodbye to “Jesse” (for sale … anyone?) and will be taking a younger (still 15 years old) “Annie” to many of the music events listed in our Special Feature on Summer Festivals (see page 27). If you’ve ever sold an old faithful car you’ll understand

my feeling of betrayal in trading Jesse in for a younger model but I now have a toilet .. yeah! Out with Old, in with the New – Hang On! Yes, it’s often cheaper these days to replace a worn or broken gadget for new but before you do it’s really worth using a few websites and apps where you can buy and sell just about anything that’s used or not wanted; gumtree, freecycle, preloved, ebay. I helped furnish my daughter’s first rented flat entirely from gumtree! Or why not try to fix it yourself at a local Repair Café such as featured on page 12 – what a great idea! Editor

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And it’s not just the younger generation who may need help. As people are living longer, it’s not uncommon to find individuals in their 60s and 70s supporting their elderly parents, sometimes with full-time care. While it’s natural to want to help, it’s unwise to ignore the fact that age is creeping up on us. Unfortunately, as we age we become more vulnerable to the effects of stress: a recent study by Harvard Medical School has reported that when we are stressed, the part of the brain that processes emotions such as fear and anger triggers the release of white blood cells. These cells, used by the body to fight disease and injury, can cause inflammation that can eventually leads to angina, heart attacks and strokes if the stress is allowed to continue. Other potentially harmful hormones, equally damaging in the long term, are also released during stressful episodes. è


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By Tania Houston The music scene is a vibrant and important part of UK culture, and the summer festival season is the exciting showcase for the best of our new and established artists. If you’ve never been to a festival however, you might think that what you’ve seen of Glastonbury epitomises the reason you don’t go: lots of mud and a huge drunk crowd of mostly twenty-somethings. Let me enlighten you! I am – shall we say - a ‘more mature’ music fan and I promise you that there is something on offer for almost every age, music taste and budget. There are festivals for party animals and for families; for teens and baby boomers; for day trippers and weekenders; in other words, for anyone that likes the idea of having fun with a bit of music involved. These pages give you some help with where to start and a more information about some of the ones I know a bit about.

How do I choose?

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There are several things to consider when planning your summer festival diary. Most of the events could be said to be suitable for anyone. Very few don’t accept children. But try to find out who the organisers are really targeting and match yourself with those. 1 You have a tight budget. Aim for the one-day only gigs, and make the most of anything free or very low cost and local. Look at: Beggars Fair, Alresford Festival 2 You have young children. Does the website say children are ‘accepted’ or ‘welcomed’ – there’s a world of difference. Look at: Camp Bestival, Victorious

3 You have tweenagers/ teenagers. They need keeping an eye on, but they want to spend the time with their friends, not you. Day events are ideal for this as it gives them a bit of freedom, but stops it getting out of hand. Look at: Common People, Victorious. 4 You are over 40, child-free and want Radio 2/Breeze FM type music. The retro festivals are best for you. Look at: Wickham Festival, Let’s Rock and some of the artists at the Isle of Wight Festival.

5 You are an adult with no ties and really into music and/ or fun and dancing. Aim for something meant for grownups and chart watchers. Look at: Common People, Reading Festival. 6 You are an adult with no ties and want a full entertainment program e.g. talks and activity. Plenty on offer and we’d recommend Blissfields (local), Cornbury and Secret Garden Party.

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A weekend AwAy On your doorstep is great, but it doesn’t feel like a holiday if you can nip back home at a moment’s notice. What’s needed is bit of distance (but not too much) and definitely a complete change of scene. From June to August, these ones will cram as much into three days as a fortnight in Magaluf. SeCret GArden pArty 20-23 July, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire

Credit: Louise Roberts Wildfire Adventure CAmp 16-17-18 June somewhere in Kent Wildfire is the place to go to bring out your inner Bear Grylls. Billed as Half Adventure Camp, Half Music Festival, this is two days/ three nights of activities and music. There is some extreme stuff in there – Zorbing, obstacle course, sword skills – but also wood whittling, macramé, and fire lighting amongst the 80 activities on offer. It’s adults only, so you really won’t be running around unless you want to and – bliss mobile phones are discouraged. Winner of Best New Festival and Best Small Festival, it’ll be a memory making weekend. www.campwildfire.co.uk

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Whilst this is very much a music festival, it is equally a huge weekend outdoor party. Some really exciting musicians, side shows, talks, fancy dress, fireworks and more, you will have just the best time ever. It has been announced this will be the last time it runs having been around for 13 years so I guess all good things…, but ‘SGP’ fans are determined to make a truly memorable sendoff. This is a great example of a ‘don’t think you are too old’ type of event. Yes, there will be more under 40s than over, but the relaxed environment means that anyone, young/old, slim/fat, straight/gay, normal or a bit quirky is equally welcome. For a break from the big, bad world, it’s just 3 hours’ journey to pure Credit: Max Miechowski hedonism. www.secretgardenparty.com

WilderneSS feStivAl 3-6 August, Cornbury park, Oxfordshire Into August and school holidays, so a festival that truly offers something for everyone. Not every family is universally into the same music, or indeed into music at all. Wilderness offers a grand buffet of activities, where even the hardest to please will admit they had fun. Music – Grace Jones and Two Door Cinema Club for starters. Talks, poetry, debate, theatre, games, workshops, outdoor activity, wellbeing and dining experiences. Topped off with plenty of entertainment for children (because if they aren’t enjoying it, neither are you). www.wildernessfestival.com


on The doorstep So maybe you like the idea, but just don’t want to commit yourself to spending a lot of time at one or blowing the budget just trying the idea out. viCtOriOuS 25-27 Aug, Southsea

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AlreSfOrd feStivAl 8 July, Alresford

A retro festival, so if you are of the right age, you will have grown up with these acts. There’s just one stage at the front, but the day is as much about the socialising as it is about the music. Because everyone knows the lyrics, people singing and dancing at their ‘base’ is the norm, and that base is picnic blankets, chairs, picnics and plenty to drink. Headliners include Tony Hadley (ex Spandau Ballet).

Family friendly, several stages and – because it’s for charity – bargain tickets. You won’t know most of the bands, but that doesn’t mean there’s a lack of talent. Several stages, bouncy castles and camping on the Saturday night if you want it, or the option of a bus to and from Winchester station.

Victorious is unique in its truly universal appeal. It has a dedicated entertainment area for children, Rita Ora and Olly Murs for the teens and Madness and Stereophonics for the ‘non-teens’. Being a flat site it’s good for parents with buggies and elderly or disabled. And with bargain price day tickets (adults £30, age 5-15 £8) and a good train service to Southsea, well what’s not to like? victoriousfestival.co.uk

Two big ones There are two big all weekenders in this area which need a budget and some stamina to attend. BliSSfieldS 6-8 July, Winchester

BOOmtOWn 10-13 August, Winchester

Several of the Discover team went to this one last year and loved it. Blissfields has become a little gem on the festival circuit and whilst it’s never going to be a Reading, Glastonbury or Isle of Wight sized event, it has pulled loads of established names in the past such as Bastille and Mumford and Sons. An illicit journey to the Hidden Hedge at night – a party in its own right - is a must to sample the bohemian delights of fire dancers, acrobats and trapeze artists. A wonderful festival experience on a smaller scale. blissfields,co.uk

Talking of stamina, Boomtown is built around Winchester’s Matterley Bowl so bear in mind there’s a very steep hill to negotiate several times a day. This one certainly has plenty of music, but that’s not really what it’s about. Rather it’s ‘theatre’ with amazing temporary cities across the site including The Wild West, Trenchtown and China Town. The days are fairly quiet but at night Boomtown comes alive. boomtown.co.uk.

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bigger fesTivAls If what interests you is the big name chart artists - either have been, are or will be - then these are the ones to go to all within around an hour’s drive. Many will have camping, including motorhomes, and late night entertainment too. Typically these events are better for adults, but Camp Bestival is a definite exception, being very family focused.

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Cornbury Festival Nr Oxford

Bryan Adams, Kaiser Chiefs, Jools Holland, so something for every age. Very child friendly. cornburyfestival.com

Tom Odell, Sean Paul & Becky Hill just 3 of the names in this chart-topping day festival. southampton.commonpeople.net

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Upton House Festival, Poole

Three very different nights: Classical, 80s and Superstar (with Michael Bolton). uptonhousemusicfestival.co.uk

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Isle of Wight Festival Newport

Rod Stewart, Clean Bandit, The Pretenders. Kidzone although it’s term time. isleofwightfestival.com

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Wild Life Festival Brighton

Jess Glynne, Rag’n’Bone Man, Zara Larsson, really for over 16s. No camping but coach available. wildlifefestival.com

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Let’s Rock Southampton

Curious Arts Festival Lymington

Tom Odell and Izzy Bizu headline. Also talks, poetry and comedy. Unusually, accepts dogs. curiousartsfestival.com

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Camp Bestival Lulworth

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Weyfest Farnham

Jools Holland and Alison Moyet headline. At an outdoor rural museum, they are the polite festival without mud, and you may see daleks!

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Reading & Leeds Festival, Reading

Muse, Eminen, Kasabian it’s all about seeing the biggest names, very little in the way of other activities. readingfestival.com

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Victorious Portsmouth

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End of the Road Blandford

Loads of family entertainment but doesn’t skimp on the music inc Madness, Louisa Johnson, Mark Ronson. campbestival.net

Friendly but serious about music. Good food and drink, art installations. endoftheroadfestival.com

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Wickham Festival Wickham

KT Tunstall and 10CC headline. Tends to attract older audience, camper chairs welcome! wickhamfestival.co.uk

Bestival Lulworth

Pet Shop Boys, Circa Waves, Prince Tribute. Make the most of the last big one of the year; other activities offered. bestival.net


sMaller fesTivAls These ones are music festivals, but very affordable, family friendly and will generally offer other activities too.

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Vicky Park Festival Netley

Day of music and entertainment. hants.gov.uk/rvcp-vpf

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Christchurch Festival, Christchurch

Music headlined by Blackwater County. Dance groups and other entertainment. christchurchfestival.co.uk

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New Forest Folk Festival Brockenhurst

Folk music festival, with music workshops and singarounds. Families welcome. newforestfolkfestival.co.uk

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Beggars Fair Romsey

Held in various venues throughout the town, both indoor and out. beggarsfair.org.uk

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Lowde Fest Nr Hook

Charity music festival with fun fair. lowdefest.com

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One Live Guildford

One day event headlined by Darkness & Melanie C. Charity so inexpensive tickets. onelivefestival.co.uk

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The Pig Brockenhurst

Hosted by the Pig Hotel, good music and excellent food! smokedanduncut.com

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Jurassic Fields Bridport

Over 40 acts, many of them local. Very family friendly. jurassicfields.com

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Wonky Donk Festival Nr Poole

Roots Revival with local band Trav Cats headlining. Search wonkydonk on FaceBook

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Mela Festival Southampton

Music & dance from South Asia and around the world. Free. southamptonmela.com

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Milford Arts & Music Milford on Sea

Various music and arts attractions. Free. milfordfestival.org.uk

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JerkJam Festival Fareham

Day of music, children’s attractions and food. jerkjam.co.uk

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Lime Wood Lyndhurst

Hosted by the Pig Hotel, good music and and excellent food! smokedanduncut.com

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FestivALL Southampton

Alesha Dixon headlines. Comedy, 80s dance music. Cheap! www.festiv-all.co.uk

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Tribute event with covers of Blondie, Bon Jovi, Arctic Monkeys. fakefestivals.co.uk

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Graze Festival nr Winchester

Music, cooking demos and children’s entertainment. grazefestival.com

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Mexican Solimar risks everything to start a new life in America, but as an illegal immigrant she has few rights. When she’s thrown into a detention centre, her son is placed in foster care. Kavya is an American-Indian chef desperate for a child. When she’s given Solimar’s toddler to care for it seems like a dream come true. One boy – two mothers, both of whom will do everything in their power in order to keep him. An emotional rollercoaster of a read, this looks set to become one of this year’s bestsellers.

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here next to me.” Nigel’s gushing immediately raising my hackles as Sarah coquettishly played with her hair and plonked down next to him. “Now, here is our answer paper, here’s a little pen.” “Nigel, she’s not six.” “You leave Nigel alone, he’s only being kind. Now, what are we going to call ourselves?” “How about Team Sarah?” beamed Nigel. “No, no. Team Nigel, I insist,” beamed Sarah. Smarmy Nigel was getting on my wick. “Listen, never mind the name - who’s going to the bar?”

“How did you know about - listen, she’s - I’m not - err.”

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Defeated, I trudged forlornly to the bar. Slouching over the worn mahogany I waited for the elegant curves of our new barmaid to appear. But Fat Frank waddled into view, wiping his hands on a towel.

“It’s the pub quiz. Me and Nigel are having a stab at the jackpot. And it’s a roll over - seventy quid!” “Well if you hang on a moment I’ll come with you. Three heads are better than two.” Resistance being useless, I acquiesced, knowing that Nigel would be pleased, carrying as he did the tiniest of torches for my betrothed. “Sarah! What a lovely surprise! Sit yourself down

“What’ll you have Tom?” I flicked my eyes around Frank’s considerable girth. “Where’s Diane?” “Oh it’s her night off. Hey, who’s that on your table giggling at Nigel’s jokes?” “That Frank, is my wife.” “Punching above our weight are we, Thomas?” Ignoring the boorish comment, I returned laden with refreshments and settled down for the contest. Quizmaster Barry, in his annoying nasal whine, began with his pre-quiz announcements. “Now everyone - no Googling phones away please. Right, off we go. Question one - in what year did women get the vote?” Triumphantly, I grabbed the paper and scrawled down the

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answer. My other two teammates peered down at the date. There then ensued a bun fight that would have embarrassed Jeremy Paxman. Dates and events flew around the table as The Bellringers on table three (pens down, arms folded) sat smugly, nursing their drinks. On went the questions (and the arguments) until eventually the quiz ended and we all swapped papers. The Bellringers had our question paper. I glared over as they gurned and squinted at our scribblings, as though they were unreadable. Barry read out the answers. “Question one. Women got the vote in…1928.” Sarah glared at me. “I told you Nigel was right!” Shamefully I buried my face into my pint. Then Barry collated the scores and announced, “We have a draw! Team Sarah and the Bellringers are both on 42 points. Can the captains come up for the tie breaker?” Without any consultation I marched up to Barry, to be joined by my rival. Like two prize fighters, we stared each other out. The room fell silent. I felt my heartbeat thumping in my ears. “OK, first to answer wins the jackpot. In the children’s TV programme

Trumpton, how many firemen were there?” My mind desperately flashed back to my youth. “Seven!” I shouted. My opponent yelled, “Six.” Victorious, I beamed over at our table. Then, catastrophe - Barry handed over the money to the Bellringers. “What are you doing?” “They’ve won. Six is the correct answer.” Incandescent, I protested. But Barry was not for moving. Closing his eyes he said, “Pugh, Pugh, Barney McGrew, Cuthbert, Dibble, Grub. Six. Sorry Tom. You lost.” Burning with injustice I got in Barry’s face and hissed. “And Captain Flack is SEVEN!” Barry reddened and, mumbling something about the rules, scuttled away.  Sarah was unimpressed. “Well, if you’d been a little better clued up about women’s suff rage instead of women’s bodies - or Trumpton Firemen for that matter - we would now be £73.50 to the good.” Sometimes life (and quizzes) can be so unfair. (And it is seven - Google it).

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THE LAST OF THE WILD CHICKENS

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Vinny burst through the door of the community centre. “You’ll never guess what’s on top of the bike shed!”

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“I wonder where it’s come from,” Eunice said, her eyes searching the rest of the roof. “Someone round here must keep chickens.” “Perhaps it’s been living wild,” Vinny said. “A chicken wouldn’t last five minutes in the wild.” “Well they had to live in the wild originally,” Vinny answered. “This might be the last of the wild chickens.” “We’ll have to get it down,” Eunice said irritably, reminded, more than ever, how annoying Vinny could be. “We can’t lock up and leave it there. Can you reach up and grab it?” “I’m not sure.” Vinny looked worried. “I’ve never held a bird before.”


Eunice did not find this at all surprising. The bird ruffled her wings and stared at them indignantly. “Just grab her firmly around her sides,” Eunice said. “I’ll go and phone the caretaker to see if he knows who she belongs to.” Eunice went back into the community hall and paced up and down. She needed time to think. Within moments Vinny popped his head around the door. “Mystery solved!” he said cheerfully. “This lady walked into the car park and asked if I’d seen her chicken.” “Who was it?” Eunice hoped her ordeal was finally over. “Someone from the village,” Vinny said. “She said chickens can fly, they’re just not very good at it. Apparently this one’s always trying to escape.” “So it wasn’t a wild chicken then?” Eunice smirked.

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HAMBLE SWIM SCHOOL Hamble Swim School, based at Hamble Sports Complex prides itself on having a whole-family approach offering lessons from beginners all the way to pre-competition. Ranging in age from 6 weeks old all the way to 60 years plus. The Swim School offers affordable swimming lessons to all ages and abilities to the local community and surrounding areas. Following Parent and baby lessons, the youngest members of the Swim School are the tadpoles at 3 – 5 years old. Children can then stay within the programme passing through beginners, improvers, intermediates and challenge classes all the way through to pre-competition. Adult, senior and additional needs lessons are also provided for all abilities with teachers who have high levels of experience and specialised training. Hamble Swim School places importance foremost on having a good technique in all strokes following the Swimming Teachers Association’s learn to swim program. Swimming lessons run every day of the week to try and meet the needs of all who would like the opportunity to learn to swim. All teachers are fully qualified, highly trained and continuously undergoing staff training and professional development. Alongside this the whole teaching team strive to provide a supportive and caring environment for students to grow and develop. It is this unique environment that allows students to not only improve their swimming ability, but also grow in personal confidence and be proud of their achievements. The best example of this ethos is shown in the number of teachers who used to be students themselves!

Recently the swim school celebrated the achievements of Joshua Hibberd, Southern Water Swimmer of the Year. Deborah, Joshua and family had a lovely day out at the presentation ceremony. Well done Joshua a fantastic achievement! Hamble Swim School is also a prominent site for swimming teacher training courses, tutored by their National Tutor with courses running throughout the year. With the swim school in its final term before its summer break all the staff at Hamble Sports Complex would like to wish all who currently swim and their new students for next term a safe and happy summer whether you are in the water or not! Swim School/Summer Holiday Crash Courses managed by Deborah Quinn Scoggins Swim School Manager Hamble Sports Complex 02380452321 dquinn-scoggins@hamblesportscomplex.com

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