This year the Wychwood Festival will be 10 years old. If you’ve no idea what the Wychwood Festival is and you’re thinking of paying a visit this year then read on. It’s famous for its lively, friendly atmosphere and receives thousands of visitors each year.
Wychwood is a music festival with much more than just music; it also has comedy, cinema and workshops. This isn’t just a festival for the under 20’s, this is a festival that caters to families of all ages and sizes.
10 year anniversary
It started in 2004/05 and has gone from strength to strength. Rather than just provide music, the organisers fell upon the idea of providing a more eclectic experience for visitors with a variety of different acts and activities that would appeal to old and young.
It quickly became a success nationally and now it’s one of the most popular music festivals in the UK. This year’s line-up promises to be every bit as exciting as previous ones with The Stranglers, Bad Manners,The Boomtown Rats, Newton Faulkner among many others. There’s Paul Tonkinson, Philip Ardagh and The Gaslight Troubadours. There are exhibits from the Roald Dahl Museum and plenty of workshops to keep everyone happy.
The Festival is held on Cheltenham Racecourse which has its own fine history going back as far as the 19th century. The first organised race was held in 1815. It’s a big event that attracts thousands of visitors, and while you’re there you can visit the Wychwood Festival.
A celebration of life
The Festival itself is the perfect beginning to a summer of festivals across the UK. The desire to celebrate life is clear whether you’re there to listen to music, take part in yoga, or workshop, or simply to listen to some of the comedy acts on offer.
The BoomTown Rats reunion tour continues with an appearance at the Wychwood Festival on the 1st June. Wolf Alice will also headline on Sunday night. What’s also exciting is the fact that Graham Gouldman, founder of 10cc, will bring his “Heart Full of Songs” tour to the festival combining hits from his days with 10cc and new songs from his new album.
For children with a love of books the Kids Literature festival should provide them with plenty to keep them busy. The Literature Festival Tent will have plenty of writers and illustrators with activities based on ideas and themes covered.
The Roald Dahl Museum comes to Wychwood and it’s not their first visit. There are storytelling sessions with Revolting Rhymes and Dirty Beasts. There are themed activities to celebrate Charlie and the Chocolate Factory where you can create cards and sweets to rival the chocolate factory itself. Their story telling really does bring Dahl’s famous stories to life.
Most children will remember the Horrible Science series of books and Tony de Saulles brings his workshops to Wychwood. He’s had many of his illustrations published in numerous books and certainly knows what he’s talking about.
Comedy is brought to Wychwood visitors by Gary Delaney, Paul Tonkinson and Wes Zaharuk so there’s plenty to keep people entertained if they prefer a little comedy in between the music. Overall this is one festival that’s family friendly with entertainment that covers not only different interests, but different ages. One thing is guaranteed when you visit Wychwood Festival, you’ll never be bored.
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