British day festival: Strawberries & Creem 2017

Credit: Strawberries and Creem Gallery
Strawberries and Creem Gallery/Creative Commons
Credit: Strawberries and Creem Gallery

If you are going on a trip to Europe, a British festival has to be on your list of must-sees. Look no further than Strawberries & Creem.

Credit: Strawberries and Creem Gallery

Credit: Strawberries & Creem Gallery

S&C is a day festival set on Haggis Farm near Cambridge, a city 50 miles north of London. It’s timed with the end of Cambridge University’s finals, so you’re guaranteed a great crowd of party-goers.

In 2014, S&C began as a garden party with a capacity for a thousand people. The founders, all Cambridge University students, have tried to double it each year. This year, 10,000 people attended, with some major British headliners including Wiley, J Hus and Shaggy.

Credit: Strawberries & Creem Gallery

Credit: Strawberries & Creem Gallery

Grime, house and rap are not the only things on the menu; there’s fantastic street food, great atmosphere and a f*ckload of beer. There are multiple stages offering a variety of music and the crowds range from mellow to moshy. S&C has something to tickle everyone’s fancy. Keep your eyes peeled for 2018, which is promised to be even bigger and better.

The sunset made everyone look twice as jazzy

The sunset made everyone look twice as jazzy.

A handy tip: if you buy a beer, your cup is a $2 deposit. So if you collect enough cups that people have littered on the ground, you’ll get free beers for you and your friends. You can see from our facial expressions and the dribble on my brother’s T-shirt that we found copious cups on the ground.

Me and my brother in the crowd reppin' Cal

Me and my brother in the crowd reppin’ UC Berkeley. (You can’t see in the picture but that’s a UC Berkeley hat.)

S&C tickets = $45

Train tickets (return) = $15

For more info: www.strawberriesandcreem.com

India Clare chronicles her overseas adventures this summer. Contact India Clare at [email protected].