Wychwood Festival

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Wychwood Festival, is a family friendly three-day event which takes place annually at Cheltenham Racecourse, Glouscetershire.

Hosting a variety of indie and folk acts, Wychwood also offers a broad range of entertainment for all ages from comedy and cinema to various workshops. Wychwood is a festival not only of music, but crammed full of other things for the 7,500 attendees to see and do.

Rumours

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Lineup

2013: The Human League, Kate Nash, The Beat, The Other Tribe, Craig Charles, John Otway and many more.

Vibe

Wychwood Festival prides itself in being a family friendly event with an intimate and thrilling atmosphere.

The various workshops are created to entertain both parents and child, with the various choices including mask making, bracelet making, hula skirts, monster making and graffiti art.

  • “You can go to festivals all over the world but none will be quite as homely as Wychwood” - The Independent
  • “Wychwood boasts picturesque location and family-friendly menu and has shown smart foresight with their bookings, which has included the Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy and Little Boots.” - The Times
  • Highly regarded, family-friendly, mini Glastonbury” - The Word Magazine

Stages and other entertainment

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Weather

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Location

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Local Information

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Travel

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Accommodation

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Camping

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Site Information

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Food and drink

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Trading

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Trivia

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Past lineups

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Rumours

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Lineup

2013: The Human League, The Beat, Ukulele Orchestra Of Great Britain and many more.

Vibe

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Stages and other entertainment

Main Stage Arena, The Big Top, Workshop areas, Global Trade Village and Healing Gardens, and the Campsite which is a short distance from the Festival Village on ‘centre course’.

As Wychwood Festival is very family orientated, there are many other activities going on.

These include workshops for children of all ages, adult workshops, seminars, guest speakers and a music based quiz, healing Gardens offering a range of massage and holistic treatments, walkabout circus performers and street theatre, a children’s Literature Festival, and activities from the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre.

Tickets

Weekend Festival Tickets:

  • Weekend Adult: £115
  • Weekend Disabled 2 for 1: £115
  • Weekend Youth/Concession: £55
  • Weekend 5-9 Year Old: £15
  • Under 5: FREE (but ticketed)

Day Festival Tickets:

  • Friday Adult: £37
  • Friday Youth/Concession: £24
  • Friday 10 -15 Year Old: £20
  • Friday 5 - 9 Year Old: £10
  • Under 5: FREE (but ticketed)

  • Saturday Adult: £53

  • Saturday Youth/Concession: £40
  • Saturday 10 -15 Year Old: £20
  • Saturday 5 - 9 Year Old: £10
  • Under 5: FREE (but ticketed)

  • Sunday Adult: £43

  • Sunday Youth/Concession: £30
  • Sunday 10 -15 Year Old: £20
  • Sunday 5 - 9 Year Old: £10
  • Under 5: FREE (but ticketed)

Booking Fees: Credit/Debit Card (per paid ticket): £2 , Cheque/PO: FREE, Postage & Recorded Delivery: £3

Camping Passes (Weekend):

  • Adult Weekend: £20
  • Adult Weekend in Campervan/Caravan/Live in Vehicle: £35
  • Weekend Youth/Concession Weekend: £10
  • Under 16 Weekend: FREE

Camping Passes (Day):

  • Adult Day: £10
  • Adult Day in Live in Vehicle: £15
  • Youth/Concession Day: £5
  • Under 16 Day: FREE

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Local Information

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Travel

By coach: National Express runs coaches to Cheltenham that arrives at the Royal Well Bus Station. These services are available from most major cities, including Bristol, Birmingham, Cardiff and London.

By train: Cheltenham Spa is the nearest train station. There are direct services from London Paddington, Bristol, Birmingham, Swindon, Cardiff, Plymouth, Manchester, Leeds, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

By bus: Buses run regularly from the town centre, the bus station and the railway station direct to the racecourse. The bus leaves every 10 minutes during the day and between 10 minutes and every hour in the evenings from Monday to Saturday. The services run hourly on Sundays.

By bike: Cycling is a cheap and environmentally friendly way to get to us. There are 52 secure bicycle parks next to the Centaur and the Best mate enclosure entrances to the racecourse.

By car: Situated at junctions 10, 11 and 11a of the M5, Cheltenham lies within the main motorway network in easy reach of London, Bristol and Birmingham.

If traveling from the north on the M5 it is possible to leave from junction 9 and take the A435 south. The racecourse can also be reached from the East and West by the A40.

Please check with the AA Route Planner web site or set your sat-nav to the racecourse’s postcode: GL50 4SH. A map of the area can be viewed here and below.

The entrance to the racecourse is directly off the roundabout.

Accommodation

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Camping

The campsite is divided into 4 separate areas; an area for those with disabilities, a family area for those with er..children, a quiet for people who like an early night and a more chilled atmosphere and a general area for everyone else.

There are a number of facilities on the campsite including regularly serviced toilets (really, they are) showers (how posh) and water points. There will also be a café to get hot food and drinks and a shop on site for those last minute essentials. The security tent is staffed 24 hours, and campers should go there for information or help.

If you don’t fancy camping, Cheltenham and the surrounding area has arrange of accommodation to suite all tastes and pockets, from decent Bed and Breakfast establishments, to grand Regency hotels.

Site Information

You can securely charge your mobile, camera or other gadgets for £1- £2 over the weekend (bring a charger if you can, though some are available). They also provide a locker service for valuables.

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Food and drink

Wychwood provide a huge array of food offerings from a bleary eyed breakfast, to late night snack while you wind your way back to your tent, as well as wholesome and naughty food for all the family during the day.

Previous Wychwood caterers have included Pura Vida Mexican food, Goan Seafood, Asian Grub Foundation, Gado Gado Indonesian, The Real Meat Sausage Company, quick snacks from Toastie Kitchen, Gourmet Crepes and Cafe al Fresco, wonderful vegetarian food from Goodness Gracious and Lebanese from Vegetarian Wholefood Cafe. Refreshments (in real china) from The Tea Garden, fruit/veg boosts from Groovy Smoothies through to Ostrich burgers from Osgrow and Welsh food specialists Iechyd Da.

There are a number of bars on site serving real ale and cider and everything in between. They are also expecting to welcome the Pimms Bus back, bringing the taste of the English summer.

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Trivia

Wychwood Festival was first held in 2005 at Cheltenham Racecourse.

The festival quickly gained a national audience and reputation thanks to its eclectic mix of music and creative programming. Time Out described the Festival as ‘an excellent hybrid of the Big Chill, WOMAD and The Cambridge Folk Festival’.

Since launching in 2005, Wychwood has become one of the UK’s most successful independent arts events of the summer season and been nominated in the ‘Best Family Festival’ category at the UK Festival Awards every single year.

Past lineups

2012: Bellowhead, Howard Marks, Dr and The Medics and The Cuban Brothers. To read the line-up, click here.

2011: The Charlatans, Cornershop, The Travelling Band, Justin Fletcher and The Bluetones. For a full list of the 2011 line up, click here

2010 featured The Levellers, John Smith, The Leisure Society, Islet, The Happy Mondays and Seth Lakeman among many more.

2009 included Supergrass, Little Boots, Stornoway, The Happy Mondays, The Beat and The Lightening Seeds.