Saturday afternoon we were lucky enough to dodge the rain showers and bask in glorious sunshine at the cultural Rudyard Lake arts festival "A day at the lake".
As mentioned in my previous post, A Day At The Lake is a weekend celebrating 100 years at Rudyard Lake, Staffordshire.
As soon as we arrived we were greeted by the sight of a gigantic retro style helter skelter, swing boats and children (and even a few adults) having a go at hula hooping. As we carried on past the lake the mister spotted a real ale bar converted out of the back of a vintage van and couldn't resist a cheeky pint of chocolate stout, whilst I headed straight to the street food area. Here I was spoilt for choice and if you're a big foodie like I am, could have quite happily spent the whole day grazing. From paella to hog roast, pizza to crepes, to hot dogs, toast and popcorn! There's something for all ages.
After lunch we headed up to the treacle market, which had traveled over from Macclesfield. The marquee was filled with stalls selling locally produced artisan goods and vintage homeware. I'd like to give a special mention to Bonkers Clutterbucks and their unique, intricate dioramas. If you get a chance please check out their page
After the Treacle Market we grabbed a coffee and took in some of the performances. The jugglers and a live performance from Gaby Young & Other Animals were our favourite acts and judging by reactions certainly put a smile on everyone's faces. Unfortunately we didn't get to see the tightrope walk act but we heard it was very good!
All in all we really enjoyed the day. If you're planning on visiting the event I would recommend you check the timetable in case there's a particular act you'd like to see. We would have really liked to have seen the tightrope walk but we'd just missed it by an hour and the next show wasn't for another four hours. Also it's worth noting that although this is an outdoor event dogs are not permitted. As dog owners ourselves we found this a little disappointing, however with large crowds and lots of small children we can see why the decision was made. If you're planning on visiting we hope you enjoy A Day At The Lake as much as we did and we've got our fingers crossed the sun makes an appearance,