Last weekend James and I decided to go to the Pole World Festival in Bristol. It’s a long old way away from us, but luckily we managed to combine the journey with seeing family – it made the 12 hours of driving more worth while!
It was lovely to see family and friends, but we did wonder if the journey to Pole World Festival would be worth it.
We had no idea what to expect as the event is now only two years old. But we’re always happy to take a gamble and find out more!
I was super excited to have booked in workshops with Lisette Krol who I just love, and Shane Godliman who I’ve not worked with before. Other than those workshops, I wasn’t too sure what the day would hold!
We walked in shortly before 10am where Bendy Kate was presenting ice breaker games on the main stage. We were given our little goodie bags and pretty much walked straight into the X Pole aerial playground – where I spent a lot of my day. I have to say, this was just so much fun. It was amazing to try out their new and upcoming products including LyraPole and the X-FLY Flying Pole.
I had my workshop with Lisette which was just as incredible as I knew it would be – and made a new pole buddy (hey Tink!)
After that we went around the vendors area and checked out all of the goodies – and shopped of course!
We decided to sit near the cafe (we were hungry after all that driving!) but it was a perfect spot to be able to see what was going on at the stage – including Sarah Scott’s talk and a Q&A with all of the amazing polers.
Workshops and Performances
After lunch I had my workshop with Shame Godliman which was flip-tastic, shortly before being able to catch most of the mini Weird and Wonderful performances on the stage. I walked in on beautiful ladies in gas masks just owning it.
After the show we went to the X Pole aerial playground (it was all in the same giant room) to play again.
Pole at the Proms was up next with all of the amazing polers coming from their workshops to perform in a brilliant show.
I really enjoyed the Pole World Festival. For me two workshops was plenty as I was just so tired from the drive (or should I say mostly passenger seat driving!) and there was lots going on to watch and do.
There were free workshops that were snapped up straight away, so I didn’t get a chance to do them but again I think I would have been too tired. There was also free seminars on throughout the day.
It’s really nice to go to a pole event that runs smoothly and on time, in one location where all of your favourite pole stars are just wandering around.
Check out the video above to see more 😀
Looking forward to next year.