You should know from reading this blog how much we love festivals. Music festivals, food festivals and literature festivals are high up on my list of favourite places to be. Recently we were invited to attend this years Wychwood Festival.
This is a new festival for us to attend but it’s actually been running for 11 years and previous years reviews make it sound more than a little awesome.
Sometimes this guy even shows up:
Soul and funk maestro Craig Charles is back by popular demand, armed with an extensive collection of dance floor hits to raise the beats and bass of the Big Top attracting thousands of Wychwood revellers to dance the Sunday away. Excited to be invited back, Craig comments, “We Play funk & We Play Soul, 3rd Year back at Wychwood Festival’s Big Top, lets have it!”. Saturday’s Big Top invites another legendary DJ to take to the stage with Andy Kershaw. The much lauded DJ started his broadcasting career at Radio One in 1985 where he presented for 15 years delivering an incredibly eclectic range of music inviting dance fans to enjoy his irresistible tunes that span Soukouss to salsa, roots reggae to Rai, Soca to South African Township Jive.”
CBBC favourites Dick and Dom have reigned supreme on television becoming pan-generational household names. Entertaining children and parents up and down the country for the past seventeen years with their unstoppable range of comedy sketch shows and silliness they are now the most recognisable children’s television presenters. The pair are responsible for the BAFTA-award-winning Dick and Dom in da Bungalow and BAFTA nominated Diddy Movies as well as authors in their own right with Slightly Naughty But Very Silly Words and the hilarious new handbook Whoopee Book of Practical Jokes. The dynamic duo head up Wychwood’s very own Children’s Literature Festival in association with Waterstones, with an interactive show. The rest of the programme will be coming soon.
London based promoters Smashing Blouse who take the reigns of the The Big Top, have announced their second wave of artists. Famous for showcasing the best in up-and-coming artists, previous years have seen Bipolar Sunshine, Wolf Alice and Kyla La Grange all perform Wychwood. This year Ghostpoet and Fickle Friends will be joined by Black Honey, Ted Zed, Jamie T’s tour support, Palace and Zane Lowe’s future radio of 2015, Demob Happy.
You know all this and ahem.. A few little names you may have heard of such as UB40 and The Proclaimers..
As well as.. camping AND glamping options. Great food options such as wood fired pizzas, higgidy pies, ice cream and of course Real Ale.
There is also the Booktrust which offer rhyme time and story sessions and the wildly popular Headphone Disco.
It sounds and looks like there is something for everyone.
Wychwood Festival returns to Cheltenham Racecourse from 29th to 31st May 2015. Weekend tickets are priced at just £129 for adults, £104 for concessions, £62 for 10-15 year olds, £22 for 5-9 year olds and under 5 free. Day tickets are available from £42 for adults, £32 for concessions, £22 for 10-15 year olds and £10 for 5-9 year olds and under 5 free. All tickets and more information is available from www.wychwoodfestival.com