It’s not all about the music! You can enjoy a wide range of family entertainment including cartoon cinema, storytelling, puppet theatre and make ‘n’ take crafts tent. In addition there is a digital funfair, playbus, laser arena, bouncy castles and children’s entertainers – and all are free once people are in the festival arena! Enjoy the entertainers who wander freely for your amusement including the return of the Sniffer Dogs.
‘What the Tortoise Taught Us’ will be joining us in 2019! Life lessons from the wisest creature on the planet! Meet Zelva, the beautiful giant Tortoise. Walk side by side with the world’s oldest and most awesome reptile, help to feed her, stroke her enormous shell and be inspired by a close up encounter with nature at it’s most incredible! Learn how to slow down, take life easy …and never forget to stop and eat the roses! Zelva can be shy though… will she come out of her shell? Lettuce hope so!!!
Or try out our giant deckchair – then take a pic and tweet it to us @festivalwickham. Or show your partner just how much they light up your life by holding hands under the electronic love heart. This was a huge hit last year so we are bringing back the giant heart which lights up only when two people hold hands beneath it to complete the circuit.
We’re delighted to say that Fit Up Circus will be back at Wickham this summer with 4 shows daily plus evening cabaret (new for 2019) and circus skills workshops. Fit Up proved very popular last year. Thea-cus! Fit Up performers are Natasha McGhie and Corey Pickett. Natasha has worked in circus and theatre since a child including Big Fun, No Fit State community and Bassline Circus. Corey is a polished all-round international performer with a background in theatre. He combines circus, music and physical theatre to create an energetic and eccentric performance. From 5 ball juggling to a 5 foot unicycle, you can guarantee Corey will enthral and entertain.
They are regulars at venues such as Covent Garden and will be performing a range of their street shows during the day and a cabaret performance in the evening. We’re not entirely sure what shows they have in mind for Wickham Festival, but we sure hope the acclaimed Felicity Footloose makes an appearance. She is best described as a fruitcake that lives in the 80’s and just wants to boogie! She juggles, dances and performs daredevil acrobatics, even going as far as to hang from her toes and juggle knives hanging upside down! It’s action-packed comedy to a fabulous 80’s sound track!
We’re delighted to have the Bug Beats Silent Disco at Wickham this weekend, the first time we’ve had a silent disco at Wickham. They’ll be operating in and alongside our beautiful new Cirrus Tipi Tent from 8pm to 1am nightly. So after the music ends on our main stages you’ll have the option of our late night comedy or a silent disco to carry on into the night. For those that don’t know a silent disco is wehere a DJ plays tunes to everyone that has a set of headphones to hear the music. All you hear when walking past is the crowd singing and dancing, like this!
Links to some of the other attractions
The Travelling Talesman (Storytelling)
Walk The Lines (Storytelling)
Bubble Inc – 10x Guinness World Record Breaker!
For our weekend visitors they’ll be something different happening on each day
On Friday 2nd August we’ll have ‘How to train your dinosaur’ workshops
Calling all dinosaur owners! Our friends at the hugely popular RentaDinosaur will be visiting on Friday 2nd August. Bring your little explorers to come and meet our dinosaurs – and learn how to train your own dinosaur. Volunteers needed. (If you dare!) How do you control a rebellious 2-month old T.rex with temper tantrums? Can you force a naughty Triceratops to sit on the naughty step? (And will the step survive?) Help us feed the cheeky Dino Babies too! All this and more! Interactive shows with audience participation and volunteers. (Warning – Feeding Times can be wonderfully wild and marvellously messy!) The Dino Shows are interactive, entertaining and educational – and full of silly songs and frivolous fun – as well as music, mischief and lots of laughter!
On Saturday 3rd August Stuart Roy Clarke will be giving an illustrated talk on his career photographing football
One of the world’s finest photographers of football and festivals, Stuart Roy 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. This will be at 11am on Saturday 3rd August in our main Valley Stage Big Top.
As always Sunday is ‘Kilt Sunday’ at Wickham
We hope as many of you that have an excuse to wear a kilt can show off your legs. Subject to change (which we’ll update here) we currently plan to have the Wickham Festival Kilt Group Photo at 18.15 on Sunday, Village Stage, just before Scotland’s Treacherous Orchestra.
For the first time ever we even have a kilt stall this year! So if you come without a kilt you’ll be able to join in.