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Fell in love with everything!
Too far for us to move to :(
In a nutshell
Perfect country village to live in
We chose to spend the weekend in Tenterden because we found out that the annual Folk Festival would take place there on that weekend. We had never been to such a festival in England before, and it was all new and exciting for us.
The main event took place on Saturday: 1600 Morris men and women converged on the small town, and High Street shone with colorful costumes and resonated with rhythmic, simple melodies played on concertina, flute and fiddle, an odd trombone, and of course drums, drums everywhere. The Morrismen performed their dances and acts in every street corner, the atmosphere was simply great. Between acts they also gathered in local pubs and sang drinking songs while eating and drinking.
At 15:00 a procession with all the Morrismen groups set out from the War Memorial and paraded with music and dancing down High Street.
In addition, from Thursday until Sunday there were many folk music performances in several venues around town, mainly pubs. Most of these were free and encouraged active participation of the audience. It was wonderful to sit in a pub lounge with a group of amateur singers and a master of ceremony, who invited one after the other to sing a song for everyone. I learnt many new-old songs and made new friends.
If you like folk music, you will love tht Tenterden festival!
Written Oct 12, 2012
Luggage and bags: Luggage with wheels is always a good idea, wherever you are travelling.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Whether snowy/wet/sunny/warm or cold weather, layer your clothing.
Wear thermal underwear (these are easily bought at the local clothing shops), with warm leggings and a top under a toasty jacket for the cold. I have my trusty grey duffle coat, plus a white snow jacket for this type of weather, and they are a godsend!
Wear flat shoes that have a good grip, as when it is snowing, and afterwards, when it is sludge, it's really difficult to walk and keep your balance!
Always remember to bring a cap/hat that covers your head and neck for when it gets hot, as well as sunglasses.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sunscreen (Factor 35 is the minimum factor I use, no matter what the weather is), headache tablets and usual little things like some plasters for blisters, cotton wool, germolene etc.
Photo Equipment: Your camera, with charger, and a EUROPEAN plug extension.
Miscellaneous: Have a map of the area handy, plus a local bird, flower and tree book. For this you also need a pair of good quality binoculars
Written Jun 10, 2007