Barefoot goes back to basics
With yoga, t'ai chi and arts and crafts, there is a summer festival offering a mellow alternative to the chaos of muddy fields, pounding guitars and late nights of some of the bigger events.
Barefoot Festival, which was founded seven years ago, takes place in the grounds of Prestwold Hall, Loughborough, from July 26 to 29.
Visitors are encouraged to take along their own instruments, costumes and dancing scarves to get into the swing of the event.
This year's festival will not be as big as previous years, due to several of the organising team taking time out to have babies, but backers said there was still a wide variety of events organised for the whole weekend.
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Organiser and founder Louisa Darling said the aim was to go back to basics.
"It's still going to be awesome," she said.
"Last year's Barefoot Festival was a great success and we were blessed with great weather – we had one of the only weekends of sunshine.
"This year we decided to have a fallow year – a little bit like when Glastonbury Festival takes a year off.
"However, we will still hold a Barefoot Camp due to popular demand.
"People told us they couldn't face a whole year without the festival and so we felt we had to oblige.
"We plan to have a bar with real ales and cocktails, a couple of specially selected bands and DJs.
"We'll be toasting marshmallows around the campfire and counting shooting stars in the evening.
"At Barefoot, we always say the headliner is you – so everyone is encouraged to bring along guitars, drums, hula hoops and hip scarves.
"Dancing barefoot in the sunshine is what it's all about."
Louisa said the festival was gaining more fans every year.
"We've gathered a loyal following of people who return year after year," she said.
"We had a lot of new faces last year and so many people said they wished they had known about it before.
"It's been a proper little hidden secret, passed on by word of mouth, but we want that to change and get more people in to the magic that is Barefoot."
Louisa said volunteers were wanted to help out and musicians to take part.
"We like to support lovely Leicester so if you're local then even better," she said.
Tickets for Barefoot Festival are £30 for the three nights.
The event is open to families and children of all ages, with under-fives getting in free.
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