Books, beats and Pimms

Photos by Michael Bowles

"The grounds are epic, tumbling from the country house down to a river over which a Brunel viaduct carries the hourly train from Penzance to Paddington. The 5,000 attendees are a bizarre blend of Brighton hipsters, old Etonians and the chattering classes. They lap up cheffy tales from Angela Hartnett, actor Dominic West’s anecdotes of paragliding in India, the schoolboy enthusiasm of the Cloud Appreciation Society’s Gavin Pretor-Pinney and Jessica Hynes’ screenplay centred around the arrival of electrickery in an early twentieth century Women’s Institute. Yoga features on the schedule, as is an early morning, teeth chattering bout of wild swimming, but it’s the music stages we’re here for."

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