Festival season is in full swing and with the weather hotting up, it's the perfect time to get in on the action. And where better to go than a festival with a heated swimming pool!
Set in an idyllic landscape just 40 minutes from London, Standon Calling offers the ultimate festival experience with a winning line up and a vast choice of off stage fun. Gracing the main stage this year are the likes of Basement Jaxx, Dandy Warhols, Little Dragon, The Horrors and The Magic numbers.
There’s more to this festival than the music, however, and in celebration of its tenth birthday this year, it will offer its widest selection of activities yet.
Here's our top ten things to do at Standon Calling:
1. A dip in the outdoor heated swimming pool is a must – Standon is the only British festival where you can take a warm dip in the great outdoors. Situated next to the lawn of the 16th-Century manor house, the pool is open every day, 9am-6pm, and has qualified life guards on hand.
2. Take a Trapeze lesson. Gorilla Circus are returning to the festival this summer. Anyone with a taste for adventure can sample the high life with the daily 'Short Triumph Fly' sessions that cost just £7 each with no pre-booking necessary. The more ambitious can learn the skills and techniques of flying trapeze with an adrenaline-pumping one-and-half hour class, where beginners learn basic tricks on low bars before working their way up to being caught by an instructor on a separate swinging bar. Tickets need to be booked in advance and cost £35.
3. Stay in a bell tent. These gorgeous tents are perfect to enjoy the festival in style. Check-in with Hotel Bell Tent and you have access to the high end loos and hot showers. It also grants access to a lounge with phone-charging facilities and a pamper tent which offers guests a dedicated space where they can get ready, complete with lit up Hollywood mirrors, chairs and hairdryers and straighteners. Tents are available for two-six people and prices start at £360.
4. Get involved with Standon's famous fancy dress parade. This year's theme has been announced as 'A Town of Two Faces' and it will be incorporated throughout the whole festival giving a Wild West Town with a twist. There's a prize for the best-dressed and a fabulous parade on the Saturday.
5. Women can get themselves checked out. As a longstanding friend of the festival the breast cancer awareness charity CoppaFeel! Is on hand. Dedicated to eradicating the late detection of breast cancer the Boob Team will be on hand all weekend, teaching people what to look for.
6. Get your hair done at the Blue Tit pop up salon. They will be offering a styling service providing everything from tribal hair chalk prints to effortlessly cool braids, with a bit of glitter thrown in as well. They will have two expert staff from their salons on hand at all times. Styling will take around 20mins and will be £15.
7. Dance till dawn in the Cowshed. The festival nightclub hosts a whole horde of DJ's and performers including Sink The Pink – an unmissable gang of beautiful boys, girls and drag queens. They promise to fill the stage with more colour, glamour and energy than Lady Gaga, Queen and Kylie combined.
8. Tickle your taste buds with a selection of the most appetising street food vendors from London and beyond. There’s something here for everyone, including comforting mac and cheese from Anna Mae's, a hearty pie and mash from Barnaby Sykes, award-winning Mexican street food from the Flaming Cactus, or a vegan dish from the Bhangra Bus.
9. Rockaoke! If you have dreams of being a rock star, head to the Clock Tower and take to the stage. You'll have your own four-piece band supporting you and a big crowd cheering you on. The best of the weekend's singers will get to perform on the Main Stage on the Sunday.
10. Last but most certainly not least, head to the stages and get lost in music. The main stage will be hosting the headliners but there are plenty of other areas to check out. The Lawn Stage is a firm favourite with festival regulars. In the past this intimate stage has welcomed a whole host of prestigious acts including Willy Mason, Laura Marling and Mumford & Sons. For 2015, in keeping with this year's theme A Town Of Two Faces, The Lawn Stage will be taking on the guise of The Last Dance Saloon, and the stage's tenth anniversary line-up promises to live up to its reputation of providing the audience with the chance to see breakthrough acts in a unique setting.
The boutique festival takes place at Standon Lordship, near Ware, from Friday, 31 July 31 to Sunday, 2 August. Tickets can be purchased from standon-calling.com//information/tickets