‘One of the best things to do in the world’ on our doorstep

Joanne Harris, whose novel Chocolat became an award-winning film, will be at the Also Festival in Compton Verney

Joanne Harris, whose novel Chocolat became an award-winning film, will be at the Also Festival in Compton Verney

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Leading writers, academics and experts are coming to Compton Verney from June 19 to 21 for a festival designed to make people think.

The Also festival promises to help visitors discover how to live better through its philosophy breakfasts, understand the way they eat and connect more fully with nature.

The event welcomes Chocolat author Joanne Harris , offers the chance for everyone to sing at its Rockaoke session and enjoy our closing party with superstar DJ Greg Wilson.

Supervised wild swimming takes place twice a day, while food will be served by the likes of The Black Cab Coffee Co and Vogue’s favourite discovery Nina, with a Great Indian Food Feast on the Saturday night.

The children can go on a bat walk and learn to DJ, dance bhangra, hoopercise or even how to knit an egg cosy in one of the many special workshops.

Also is the annual festival run by Salon London, the ‘interactive cultural event’ that showcases specialists from the world of science, arts and psychology, voted by GQ magazine as number 6 in the Best Things to do in the World in 2014.

Weekend tickets start at £75 and cost £170 for a family of four (including camping). There are a limited number of luxury bell tents in its Hotel Safari for £320. Day tickets are also available at £35.

Visit http://also-festival.com to book.