Pictured: Ben Howard headlines brand new Somersault Festival in July Bored of the traditional jam-packed, litter-strewn, mud-drenched music festival? A brand new West Country festival launched today promising to deliver something entirely new. Set in the spectacular North Devon estate Castle Hill (think rolling Jane Austen parkland, follies, bridges, a meandering stream) and with the spirit of a summer camp, the aptly named Somersault (17-21 July) re-presents the festival as holiday.
For alongside the music (stellar line ups including Jack Johnson and Ben Howard headlining) there will be surfing, kakaying, coasteering, yoga, sculpture workshops, photography tutorials, cook-offs and campfire feasts. Rise to morning yoga from experts Yeotown, drink kickass cocktails in vibey, vintagey bars, dine by candlelight on local produce transformed by world class chefs, watch midnight performances in unusual outdoor locations. Somersault is billing itself as a 5 day experiential feast to feed body and soul. From the creators of Wilderness, the award winning Oxfordshire festival, Somersault combines arts and music with an upbeat, outdoorsy vibe and the tagline "lungs full, eyes wide open." Making the most of its unique West Country location just half an hour from both the beautiful North Devon coastline and Exmoor, during the day there will be field trips covering all bases from surfing, sailing, canoeoing, paddleboarding to riding, hiking, rock climbing and mountain biking. On site there will be whole villages offering everything from food to craft to wellbeing - think hot yoga, experimental painting workshops and artisan bread making. Nothing cliched at this dynamic rethink of the festival experience. There's boutique glamping planned too in yurts, airstreams, horse drawn gypsy caravans and treehouses. Festival organisers Tim Harvey and John Empson said: "We wanted to offer a completely new kind of summer festival experience - a five day summer camp that allows people to break out into the surrounding landscape and no longer be hemmed in to one event site. It's been a painstaking process but we are delighted to announce two world-class headliners in our inaugural year both of whom supported the concept right from the start." Patrons Jack Johnson and Ben Howard are both avid surfers and environmentalists and Somersault will reflect their green and ethical beliefs right across the site with Surfers Against Sewage as the nominated charity. Jack Johnson said: "I love surfing. So playing a show in the South West is the perfect situation. Somersault sounds like the perfect festival." Find tickets for Somersault here, with early bird deals