Wickham Festival News

The day the music starts – for those travelling in today…

 

The rain finally relented at around 3am and the forecast for today and the rest of the weekend is much improved.  We should hit a dizzying height of 20°C.  Today will be windy but we’re hoping that will help dry out the ground.  The tented campsites are in good condition. We’re planning to open the mixed camping field at 10am which is also in good condition. The entrance for mixed camping is located at the Junction of Blind Lane, Frith Lane and Pricketts Hill.

Mixed camping entrance at junction of Blind Lane, Frith Lane and Pricketts Hill.

Currently most campervans can get in. Massive motorhomes will still need to use the caravans and motorhomes field.  If you’re trying to get to the tent fields, to avoid traffic go through Wickham Square or via Mill Lane past Community Centre then double-back into Pricketts Hill.  This is also the best route for Camel Campers.

The caravan and motorhome fields are still very wet and muddy but will open to new arrivals from 10am.  However, if you’re in a campervan or similar please delay travelling if you can. We’ll post any updates as soon as we can.  Thank you to everyone that delayed travelling yesterday until today to help ease the steward’s operation.

Finally some blue sky at 8am

Our fields dry out very quickly but they have suffered an awful lot of rain. We’ve extra tractors and tonnes of chopped straw being put down today.

Lovely, absorbant hay!

Wickham Festival 2017 is getting underway today and we’re delighted to see so many familiar faces.  It’s been a testing start this year and we’re doing our utmost to help all those arriving today.  Our apologies for delays gaining access but yesterday’s storms would have stretched any festival.  For visitors with a day ticket, the arena will open at 4pm as planned.  Let the music and good times begin!

To end on some good news, the stage looks great! The KT Tunstall crew & 10cc crew are here setting-up and sound-checking. It’s going to be a great concert tonight!

The All Time Grates Stage is ready for action

3.30pm update for day ticket holders – Day parking for Thursday night is in Tichfield Lane, 100 yards south of the Winchester Road traffic lights. Please follow the signs and when walking to the Festival please wait for the engineer controlling the lights to stop all traffic so pedestrians can cross safely. Thank you for your patience and sorry for the delays resulting from yesterday’s torrential downpours.

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    We're pleased to say the Campaign to Ban Trophy Hunting will be at Wickham. Please visit their stall and support their campaign to stop people killing wild animals in the name of 'sport'. ... See MoreSee Less

    Were pleased to say the Campaign to Ban Trophy Hunting will be at Wickham.  Please visit their stall and support their campaign to stop people killing wild animals in the name of sport.

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    The Campaign has been in all the national newspapers this week. There's a great article by Lorraine Kelly in today's Sun.

    It’s hard to look at pictures of these senseless killings, and so easy to walk past a stall such as this when enjoying our musical freedoms at your wonderful festival. But these beautiful creatures now have no freedom and we applaud your stance on trying to do something to stop this appalling animal trophy tourism. Wickham will always be our favourite festival. 👏

    We'll be visiting the stall. Excellent, thank you Wickham xxx

    Well done wickham

    We will definitely be visiting the stall!

    Even putting cruelty, suffering and animal loss to one side. Is this now morally acceptable behaviour? No, it isn’t. We are but guests on this planet and will be gone eventually but while we are here is this really how we should be treating the only home we have?

    We'll see you there... this is despicable

    Great cause. Take a look at this recent senseless killing of a magnificent elephant that we are trying raise awareness of too: Desert Elephants & Friends Voortrekker the Desert Elephant

    Will do.

    Baffles me how beastly people can hold down a relationship and I cant ...I don't even kill animals then gloat lovingly over their lifeless corpses... maybe I'm going about things wrong...!

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    Aug. 1st-4th. Less than two weeks to go. Have a peep at our website www.wickhamfestival.co.uk/line-up to see who's playing when. Both main stages + Quay West Cave + Acoustic Stage timings all now added. Hope you've got your tickets - they're selling fast. ... See MoreSee Less

    Aug. 1st-4th.  Less than two weeks to go.  Have a peep at our website www.wickhamfestival.co.uk/line-up to see whos playing when.  Both main stages + Quay West Cave + Acoustic Stage timings all now added.  Hope youve got your tickets - theyre selling fast.

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    Can’t wait as love this festival, one thing I would ask is have you sorted the issue of entrances and exits to the stages/ tents being blocked by camping chairs as last year was an accident waiting to happen.

    Looking forward to our fourth consecutive year this year 👍. We've had torrential rain and mud (2017 or was it 2016?) and we've had scorching sunshine (2018). Whatever the weather we'll be there and having a fabulous time ⛺️☂️😎🌞🍹🍻🎹🎸🎪

    Fingers crossed the weather improves! We'll still have fun anyway, but come on the sunshine!

    See you there! 😎

    Found it eventually on a link to Clashfinder right at the bottom of the page.

    Keifer and lindesfarne overlapping, what shall I do

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    One of the world's finest photographers of football and festivals, Stuart Clarke, has a new book out 'The Game Revisited'. Stuart will be at Wickham on Saturday 3rd August giving an illustrated talk on his 30 year career photographing the British love of football. ... See MoreSee Less

    One of the worlds finest photographers of football and festivals, Stuart Clarke, has a new book out The Game Revisited.  Stuart will be at Wickham on Saturday 3rd August giving an illustrated talk on his 30 year career photographing the British love of football.

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    Richard Hall

    Helen Haigh this is a must!

    Andy Whittingham

    Do you have a time and venue please ⚽ ♥ 🎶 ♥

    Bet Helen can’t wait!

    Elizabeth Bailey ?

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