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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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    Presenting our official Wickham Festival 2022 video produced by Tim Bearder. Enjoy! 😃 www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8MRJHri1tw ... See MoreSee Less

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    Thank you to Peter Chegwyn and the whole team for putting on another great festival. For me, my favourite acts were: Grace Petrie, Spooky Men, Dhol Foundation plus Johnny Kalsi DJ set, Saw Doctors (unexpectedly good – never seen them before), Longest Johns – got to have them back again! Bar Steward Sons of Val Doonican, Lil’ Jimmy Reed, Show of Hands, Slambovian Circus of Dreams – probably the most outstanding and surprising band of the whole festival! For the future – all of the above will be great to welcome back. And Frank Turner if you can get him again, Boo Hewerdine – with a band, with someone else, or even on his own. Always good value. And how about David Ford? I don’t think he has been before but would love to see him. And a huge thank you to Steve Knightly and all who helped to put together the Song for Wickham. It was beautiful and very moving. A real anthem for the village and lovely for the whole audience to join in with.

    It was great ! but it is now so big it needs a real open air stage !! was cramed into those marqee,s watching bands !! real stage next years PLEASE !!

    Scott Doonican You made it into the video ... 🙂 Thanks, Wickham Festival team, it was a blast, cannot wait till next year ... ❤

    A week on and still buzzing! Discovered the The Saw Doctors and can’t get the N17 ear worm outta my head 😂😂

    Helen Coppock

    Cracking short video but Wickham Festival you are so much more than this!! A taster but you have to be there to feel the unique vibe!!

    Just back from dog friendly Cropredy .Guess what not a single person was killed by dog. Cmon Wickham you know dogs are better than people !!

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    The Slambovian Circus of Dreams. One of the most popular bands at this year's Wickham Festival. Thanks to Stuart Barry for a great live video.
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    My new favourite band! Saw them at Cropredy this weekend too. I then bumped into Sharkey and RJ on the field yesterday, they were enjoying the festval, and they spoke very highly of their experience at Wickham too.

    My discovery of the festival. They are absolutely brilliant, totally got me (and the lady wife!).

    Absolutely brilliant. Hill Billy Pink Floyd. Please invite them back.

    Not even heard of this band, but am now following them,great performance ,definately one of my highlights x

    Great band, one of many highlights 👍🤘

    I couldn't decide what I made of them I initially. Then after three or four songs I think I decided I liked them. They were perplexing 😁. But overall, yeah..... pretty good. I'd definitely watch them again 👍

    Tans Slambovian bio polar express 😀

    Brilliant really loved their sound

    Loved them at Wickham. Once I find out where Slambovia is I'm going to pay a visit 😉

    Enjoyed their set but it was loud!

    Great band

    They were fantastic 👍

    Love them xx

    Matt John these are the guys I was telling you about 😁

    Vanessa Sherlock x

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    Don't forget you can save a whopping £100 on every 4-day adult weekend season ticket for Wickham 2023 by printing the form below and returning it with cash or cheque to the address on the form. 2023 tickets also onsale via www.wickhamfestival.co.uk/tickets ... See MoreSee Less

    Dont forget you can save a whopping £100 on every 4-day adult weekend season ticket for Wickham 2023 by printing the form below and returning it with cash or cheque to the address on the form.  2023 tickets also onsale via www.wickhamfestival.co.uk/tickets

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    Purchased ours this eve online. Last time we were there was in 2015 when Billy Bragg and the Proclaimers were there. Loved every minute of it. So excited for 2023 🤗

    We managed to find a cheque book!! Sent ours off already!! Can’t wait!!

    What's a cheque? I know a few Poles and a Ukrainian but not these cheques? I can PayPal or Google pay

    Found my cheque book, the last cheque I wrote was also for Wickham. And the one previous!

    Bought before we left the site!

    Ours is in the post

    Got mine before I left. Can’t wait!

    Who has a cheque book these days and I certainly wouldn’t post cash. Shame 😞

    Posted ours off already!

    Sent ours off yesterday 😉

    Posted ours 👍

    Sent ours off pronto 💚👏👏👏🎶

    Sent mine off yesterday.

    Mine is in the post

    Cheque on way!

    Sandy Gunton please xx

    Michael Tindal-Vincent Not bad considering your just around the corner 😉

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    And we're off! Site completely cleared in 4 days. Now back to its natural state of very parched grass. But, oh, what wonderful memories we have of our best-ever Wickham Festival. Thank you one and all. We'll do it all again next year, Aug. 3-6. 'Earlybird' tickets now onsale via www.wickhamfestival.co.uk/tickets ... See MoreSee Less

    And were off!  Site completely cleared in 4 days. Now back to its natural state of very parched grass.  But, oh, what wonderful memories we have of our best-ever Wickham Festival.  Thank you one and all.  Well do it all again next year, Aug. 3-6.  Earlybird tickets now onsale via www.wickhamfestival.co.uk/ticketsImage attachmentImage attachment

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    Should add that not a speck of litter was left behind thanks to Smudger's amazing litter-picking crew.

    It was fantastic and no trouble at all and I live right across from it! Well done to all of you, look forward to next year x

    I walked past yesterday. We love having such a great festival within walking distance of our house and also nice to see it back to normal.

    Thanks for all the effort you put in. Much appreciated 🙏 it wouldn't be here without your good self taking the time to stage it. Great times and memories. Fortunate to see both sides of the festival

    Was great fun. Thank you. Tickets bought for next year already.

    Really enjoyed and have purchased my early bird tickets for 2023 👌👌

    Well done Wickham gang!!! At least you don't have to contend with discarded tents etc as per Glastonbury!

    Thank you for another brilliant festival,have already purchased tickets for next year. xx

    Was great thanks to all who make this festival work so well

    Absolutely loved it. First time we've been. Great bands, especially the Saw Doctors, but I'm a little biased, and everything was so well organised, including the weather 😆

    A wonderful weekend, thank you everyone so much. You were all amazing.

    Amazing weekend thanks for the fun, laughter and music

    Thanks to all involved. Loved our tent neighbours who were litter pickers from aardvark. Cheque in post for 2023. I CAN'T WAIT!!!!!

    The breakdown is the hard bit - adrenaline doesn't pump in quite the same way as on build-up. But four days.... wow!!! Get some serious Zzzzs.

    It was brilliant, saw lots of old friends and made more new one,see you next year.

    Thanks so much everyone who made Wickham Festival a fantastic Event to attend see you all next year ! x

    What a fantastic festival - looking forward to next year with Claire Hartt-Palmer, Paul Jerome, Alison Jerome, Deanna Gaze, Mark Gaze and many others!

    Thank you Wickham, thank you artistes, See you next year

    Brilliant! Well done to everyone - it was an amazing weekend! Do you have a list of any ‘left behind’ items? One of my friends lost a bunch of keys and would love to be reunited with them!!

    Great festival. Thanks for all your hard work.

    Fabulous festival, thanks very much! 👏👏👏 Look forward to it next year! 😀😀😀

    So much happiness right there ❤️ Next year…

    Very impressed with the infrastructure of the show. Such hard work by all. If I have one complaint, it's that the portaloos in the campervan field weren't replenished with paper and sanitizer as often as I was told. I had my own facilities but occasionally used the public ones and took my own supplies. Just a thought.

    Thank you for another fab weekend 😊

    One word…… AMAZING…. Booked for next year!!

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