I’ve just got back from my favourite weekend of the year so far. It was at 2000 Trees!! Not my first festival, but the first camping festival I’ve ever been to by myself.
I’d been excited for months but didn’t really know what to expect. All of my worries faded quickly with how relaxed the atmosphere was – I’d have happily stayed there another few days (yes, even with virtually no signal).
It’s a hugely underrated festival for any fans of rock music. So whether you have or haven’t heard of it, here’s what I thought of 2000 Trees – the pros and cons!
I’ve got to start with my highlight of the whole weekend, the silent disco.
Ohhhhhh myyyyyyy, that was so much fun!! I didn’t go and check out the disco at the main stage because I was having too much of a good time in The Cave. Everyone was dancing away and screaming the lyrics to a bunch of classics until 3am. I bloody loved it.
There were 2 ice cream stalls but unfortunately I only tried out one. Mainly because it was in a super cute retro van and there was always a long queue for it, so that means it’s gotta be good, right?! Hell yes. I had a double scooped honeycomb and vanilla in a waffle cone and it was heaven.
The double scoop cost £4.50, which I felt was a decent price considering how much I enjoyed it. It was the rest of the food on offer that I felt was a bit expensive. I understand that the festival has to make profit, especially considering we were allowed to take our own alcohol. But a pizza cost £11, and even when they’d ran out of mushrooms, so my ham & mushroom pizza was just ham, it still cost the same. Maybe I’m just tight with my money (it has been said).
2000 Trees was a cashless festival so all money was spent through our wristbands. When I first read about that, it worried me a lot. There seem to be many more negatives than positives to having money on your wrist. But it was the only option, so I had to deal with my doubts.
Now I’ve spent a whole weekend using the cashless system, I wanna use it more!! It was such an easy and safe way to purchase everything over the weekend. Just think contactless but with a little card on your wrist instead, where they show you your balance after every purchase.
The only negative of the system is that it costs £1 to get your unspent money refunded off the wristband. I think that’s pretty darn cheeky. But as I’ve already said, that might just be me being tight with money again.
With only a short walk between stages, I thought the layout of the area was great!
The only negative was that ‘The Cave’ tent was right next to the Acoustic Village so the noise interfered massively. I found it hard to hear people play acoustically when there was a band on at The Cave.
Even one of the musicians said a sound check happening was off putting, which is totally understandable. A tiiiiiiny move would solve that problem, so hopefully it’ll be better for the musicians and spectators in the acoustic village next year!!
But it was so easy to access everything so after wandering round with a map on the Thursday, I knew exactly where everything was. Which is super good for me because I could get lost in my own house.
As soon as you left the tent space, you were in the main area. I pitched my tent up right at the back of the field as it felt like ~ sort of ~ the best spot. It was really busy already when I got there on the Thursday afternoon, so there wasn’t much tent space elsewhere tbh.
It was a long walk to the festival from my tent, and I was closer to the portaloos than I would have liked, but those weren’t enough to piss me off, hah. Luckily I had a nice flat patch of grass so my tent was in a good position. I noticed a lot of tents down by the Forest Sessions on a huuuuuuuuge hill. I don’t know how anyone slept in those, but I’m guessing that was the only space they could find… If I’m right, that’s a bit of a shame!! Hopefully next year they can fix some of the space issues.
All in all, 2000 Trees Festival was bloody brilliant!
One I would definitely recommend if you’re into rock music. There was a huge variety of artists so there was always something new to discover.
And it wasn’t just music. There was plenty more to do – even crazy golf!! One that I didn’t try out unfortunately, playing a game of golf is one of the few things I’d feel stupid doing alone lol.
But I think if I’d have been brave enough, someone would’ve welcomed me. It’s the most friendliest festival I’ve ever been too. There was no worries about chatting to anyone. There was such a relaxed atmosphere, which is always nice when you’re on your own. I hate alone being at events that aren’t welcoming, but 2000 Trees was the complete opposite to that.
I’m this (finger and thumb are seconds away from touching) close to getting a ticket for next year.
If you want to see more of the 2000 Trees experience, check out my lil highlights video on my YouTube Channel, or right here!!