SATURDAY 13th. AUGUST 2016
The Radford Mill Festival of Rhythm & Blues takes place on Radford Mill Farm in Timsbury near to Bath. It is a really picturesque area featuring traditional English gardens and plants and a pretty little river. It is a lovely relaxing area to stroll around and enjoy between bands; particularly in the sunshine. The newly extended Somerset Coal Canal also runs along the farm.
The Bands perform under a large marquee which has the sides lifted for exterior visibility. (Should it rain, then everybody could move under cover). The Marquee itself is set in a natural amphitheatre which enables the audience to sit outside and enjoy the music if they want. There is good visibility of the bands and the audibility is excellent, so it wasn’t a surprise at our first event to find that nearly everybody was basking in the sun outside until it got a little darker and cooler. Those brave souls who still wanted to be outside, were warmed by a large log camp fire which added to the atmosphere as the sun went down.
There are camping facilities at the site, so those of you who like a drink or two can stay overnight. In fact if people prefer, they can come on the previous Friday and stay for two or three nights. It is only £5 per person per night extra to camp. Many people took advantage of this and were able to enjoy the famous Radford Mill Big Breakfast the next day.
The inspiring World Heritage City of Bath is just up the road for those planning a short break around the event.
The food is all freshly homemade with visibility of the kitchens so you can see it being cooked. It is absolutely delicious and uses all home grown organic farm produce wherever possible. It is also economically priced. It is worth coming down for the food alone.
There are plenty of drink options from the bar, including real ales, ciders, freshly squeezed juices even Pimms Cocktails served in the jug.