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It’s nearly the end of this summer’s festival season. But there is one left…if you aren’t at London Fashion Week over the weekend, then I suggest you head on down to Dorset for Hemstock, a one day “festival on the farm” on Saturday the 17th Sept, at West Chelborough, near Dorchester, in Dorset.

In particular because the organisers are giving the proceeds to two charities: the Mondo Foundation, and Prostate Cancer Research.

In their own words: “From midday we intend to cook up a musical storm on the main stage by fusing eclectic flavours from Electro Swing, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Rock n Roll, Blues, Folk, Roots and Reggae.

As well as musicians and tents there will be stand up comedy, recitals from well known Poets & Authors infused with scrumptious local foods and cider. All this will take us right up to our grand finale, the headline act, followed by an outstanding fireworks display over the festival site.”

There is a fashion connection too: Alice Temperley’s father, Julian Temperley, with more than 50 years of experience of making cider will be keeping the bars flowing with cold, dry and medium local ciders as well as hot and spicy blends. Not to mention his famous cider cocktails.

I should ‘fess up to my personal connection: my father is  Chairman of the Trustees of the Mondo Foundation, which does sterling work, funding education and livelihood projects, particularly in Nepal, Darjeeling and Tanzania, and nearly 90% of funds raised goes direct to the projects. It also offers a range of low cost opportunities for those taking a career break to acquire to use and acquire new interpersonal skills working with projects. There’s more info here

Tickets £47, £440 for furnished yurt hire

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Brilliant! I didn’t know Alice Temperley’s father was in the cider trade! Dying to try now — I love a good cider! Have fun at the fête!


I have a bottle of his cider brandy in my cupboard right now. It’s delicious.

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