Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire, OX7 3DG
Weekend camping tickets £143.50 + £8 booking fee
This is it, festival pick number three! So far we’ve had Love Supreme Jazz Festival in Glynde, and Port Eliot Festival in St Germans, Cornwall. Now we head to Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire, to enter the wild and wonderful world of the Wilderness Festival.
Paradise Found. The words flash up on the screen in front of me as I enter the festival’s website. The words have been designed on to a backdrop of Lilly pads floating in a lake, the lake that ticket holders will soon get to swim in. Today the website flashes ‘Fewer than 200 tickets left, Folks’ and ‘One day to go’ (The festival’s crack website team have been on the pulse of the website and social media, so let’s give them a big hand for that). The lake is one step closer, and so is the paradise that is Wilderness Festival.
Each night in the Valley there will be a different fancy dress theme. Friday night will see the late night revellers change into a costume for Altered States. Saturday will be Disco Renaissance and Sunday will have you lost in The Cosmos. On the Saturday evening the tradition throughout the festival is for all Wilderness participants to adorn their faces with a mask, for the masked party. As the sun lowers itself in the sky, keep your eyes open for The Animal Stampede. Organised by the Artful Badger at 7pm on the Saturday evening animals of all varieties will storm through the festival. Sign up for free, get your mask made and join in the madness.
You may be reading this and thinking, “but where’s the music?” Do not fret, as there will be music day and night on different stages and areas. There will be live music by well-known names such as Joan As Police Woman, Sam Smith, Jessie Ware, London Grammar and Burt Bacharach. Burt Bacharach? Yes! Burt Bacharach. There will also be sounds to take you into the early hours of the morning with the Late Night Revelry part of the programme, featuring tunes from Eats Everything, Zero 7, Whit Mink and Horse Meat Disco.
Everywhere you look there will be performances in front of you, beside you and above you! There will be the Debating Halls and Literary Arts supported by the Huffington Post, The School of Life and the Book Slam. Don’t expect to take it easy as there will always be something for you to do; Horse riding, wild swimming, The Chap Olympics, but if you insist on relaxing then take yourself to the sanctuary for some pampering.