Wickham Festival News

Explore Wickham village, a rural delight steeped in history and culture

A real feature for our festival is the picturesque setting right on our doorstep. For city dwellers venturing out and visitors travelling from afar, Wickham village is a must see to make the most of your weekend and get involved with the local community. There will be a festival shuttle bus service every 15 minutes from 8.30am to 5.30pm each day between our festival campsites and Wickham Square.

Meet some wickham ghosts … the pub where horses are regulars and much more.

For those of you that want to learn more about the history of Wickham village there are guided walks led by expert volunteer guides. These walks proved very popular with festival-goers last year so we’re delighted they’re being organised again.

Building of the Meon Valley Railway in 1900, bridge over the Meon by Station Car Park

Our Wickham History Walks are a one and a half hour stroll around Wickham village learning about the local history. Wickham is special, not just because of the festival but also for its Market Square (one of the largest in England), our historic buildings, the Mill that owes its existence to the US Navy and much more. Wickham History Walks take place on:

FRIDAY, 3rd AUGUST at 10.30 and SATURDAY, 4th AUGUST AT 10.30 – the walks cost £3.

Please book in advance through the contact form on www.wickhamhistory.org.uk.  Places are limited and children under 16 must be accompanied.  Please also note that there are some steps on the walk.

Fancy ringing some church bells?

The Wickham St Nicholas Church bellringers will be opening their church tower between 10am and 12 noon on Saturday 4th August. Anyone wishing to know more or join in the bell-ringing please email Lisa Ashforth on wickham.ringers@gmail.com. This open morning is mainly intended for existing ringers, but any non-ringers who plan on coming along to try are very welcome. Please make yourselves known to Lisa on arrival and she will find someone to supervise you. If you are not a ringer, please DO NOT touch any ropes unless your helper tells you to. This is important as it can be dangerous if you don’t know what you’re doing.

St Nicholas Church, Wickham

Any experienced ringers down on the Thursday evening are welcome to join their regular practice. Sunday service ringing is at 9.30 for those of you who are not too hung over.  They look forward to seeing you at Wickham. Last year this proved popular with around 20 Festival goers popping in. As long as you can ring unaided you are very welcome to join them.

If you’d like to find out more about anything mentioned in this post, when you arrive at Wickham Festival 2018 please stop by our Wickham Village Table.  They’re a friendly team with plenty of information and happy to provide assistance to make the most of your weekend.

If you’re visiting Wickham prior to the festival you can purchase tickets from The Square Cow pub.

An open hall timber framed building dating back to the sixteenth Century

They provide delicious home cooked food, perfect pints, wonderful wine and OVER 25 GINS!

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