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Wilderness Festival (Andrew Whitton)
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Wilderness Festival
Wilderness Festival
Wilderness Festival (Sebastian Barros)
Sebastian Barros
Wilderness Festival (Andrew Whitton)
Andrew Whitton
Wilderness Festival

This escapist weekender in Oxfordshire is consistently one of the UK’s best festivals

The ever-magical August getaway returns for its sixth year in Oxfordshire. Wilderness’s music bills have got better and better over the years, but Wilderness isn't just about great sounds: from outdoor theatre to talks and debates, horse riding to yurt-building, a lakeside spa and even long table banquets with leading chefs, this is much more than a music festival. Book now if you want in: it’s always a sell-out affair.

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A great escape from London during the Summer. One of the closer festivals to get to (the first year we manged to drive home late on the Sunday evening within about an hour).

Daytime- so much amazing food on offer, seriously not a ropy burger in site. In fact even the drinks stands are freshly made juices (ahem- it was actually quite hard to find a little red ambulance (can of coke) when the hangover called, but I'll forgive that).

The Village Hall is where its at if you're lost, in need of cheering up or just like general cheese and silliness- get a lavender ceremony if offered, surprisingly refreshing! The site itself is so beautiful the days are very relaxing- fresh water swimming or lounging under gorgeous trees, its easy to pass the time.

Nightime- Though music hasn't been the strongest in previous years they seem to be upping their game year on year- Bjork is obviously a big steal for 2015. However it can be hard to find the dancing fun after the stages close, the valley has a great atmosphere but not great sound quality. The southern style bar played honky tonk and blues and was a better shot.

There is lots here to spend your money on- banquets (£75 pp- I've been to the Polpo one twice, worth every penny but a bit of a sting on top of a ticket) and Spas (around £30 pp- again so worth it but it's starting to add up)... My advice would be to choose one of the added extras and take the hit- then fill up on a few of the free activities- headdress making, cooking workshops, cricket with bearded kittens- plan in advance to get the most out of it. Another pro tip for saving money- its one of the last remaining festivals you can take your tent booze and food into the arena space with- so plan around that for a least one money saving day if you can!

Its a fantastic weekend- go!