The sell-out Winterwell festival of 2013 saw the opulent surroundings of Aynhoe Park in the Cotswolds transformed into what Time Out rather marvellously described as an “adult playground”. Guests were transported back to the Roaring 20s, with the help of a suitably debonair 1920s dress code that those in attendance embraced to superb effect. In the year that the much-anticipated film remake of The Great Gatsby was released, we put on a show that we’re sure even Jay Gatsby himself would have approved of.
Somewhere between music festival and Downton Abbey set, this riotous celebration featured eccentric Winterwellian entertainment staples including ferret racing, a croquet tournament, hide and seek and umbrella jousting. As always, fine dining was an integral part of the proceedings, with a smorgasbord of gourmet food and cocktails and – just to accentuate the decadence – a pyramid of Champagne glasses.
On the musical menu, guests were treated to an unexpectedly colourful range of genres including swing jazz, electro-swing, boogie, traditional rhythm and blues and even a gospel choir. The line-up featured artists including Bad Zuke, Count Sizzle, The Boom Brothers, Rabbit Foot Spasm Band and Lou Young and the dancing went on until 4am. That’s how it’s done at Winterwell.