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Wickham Festival goes from strength to strength

The Wickham Festival is here to stay! The best event yet has been crowned by the announcement of a two-year deal to stay on the same site.

There had been fears that the hugely popular four-day fiesta might have to move following the death of landowner Tom Houghton last year.

However his son Stuart has signed a new agreement to allow the festival to remain until at least 2020.

The festival is renowned for being family-friendly

Organiser Peter Chegwyn said: “We are absolutely delighted to be staying where we are as this really is the perfect home for us.

“We were very saddened by Tom’s death on a personal level as he was a great friend to me and to the festival. We did worry briefly how it might affect us but his son has been hugely supportive.

“He attended all four days and, like the rest of the crowd, he fell in love with the unique family-friendly, relaxed atmosphere. He has seen we run a very good event, not with military precision but one the audience really likes. It just works.

“It is great to know we are here for at least two more years and hopefully many more as it is such a wonderful location for us and for the thousands who come here.

“It truly is the best of all worlds as this scenic setting feels right out in the countryside but the village is just five minutes walk away for people to stock up on provisions. It is great for local businesses and we are so grateful for their support and that of the parish council.

“It is a partnership which really works. And it is not just a financial thing. The people in the village really enjoy having us here. They like the people who come here. There is never any trouble and long may it continue.”

Wickham Festival was bathed in a glorious sunset

The announcement comes on the back of another hugely successful event which saw record crowds enjoy music from Squeeze, Steve Harley, Tom Robinson, the Undertones and many more.

Chegwyn added: “It has been our best yet – for many reasons. The wonderful sunshine clearly helped but we had some amazing artists and record attendances including many who were here for the first time.

“It was very heartening to hear how much they enjoyed the close-knit feel. Although we can accommodate up to 7,000 quite comfortably, it is a bit of a secret treasure and we are happy to keep it that way.

There is plenty of fun for children of all ages

“We don’t want to be another Glastonbury. We want to keep the family-friendly, chilled atmosphere which is the secret of our success. There is plenty for children to do and they can roam the site unattended while parents enjoy top-class food and drink, tour the many stalls or just listen to the excellent music.

“We have already had hundreds of people booking for next year, august 1-4. We don’t know who the bands will be though we do have a wish-list including a couple of international artists we are hopeful of securing. But fans do know that all the acts will be top quality and crucially the atmosphere, the attractions and now the location will be the same.”

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Four-day tickets will be £180 but those who book by the end of August can get an £80 discount via the booking forms being emailed out or £60 via this website.

Another golden day at the Wickham Festival

Chegwyn said: “It is our way of thanking our regulars who turn up year after year and who trust that we will give them what they want. We are very grateful for that.

“Tickets are just £100 if they book now which is incredible value for four days where there is so much top quality entertainment. And in keeping with our relaxed policy, we are not too fussy if people are a little slow to send in their booking forms.

“They may be away on holiday or have spent all their money on beer! As long as we get the payment by early September people will still get the full discount and many have already done so.”

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    2020 FESTIVAL DATES CONFIRMED: We know some people need to book holidays a year in advance so you might like to know our 2020 Wickham Festival dates will be Thursday 6th to Sunday 9th August, slightly later than usual. ... See MoreSee Less

    2020 FESTIVAL DATES CONFIRMED:  We know some people need to book holidays a year in advance so you might like to know our 2020 Wickham Festival dates will be Thursday 6th to Sunday 9th August, slightly later than usual.

    Comment on Facebook

    P.S. And we won't clash with either Cambridge or Cropredy!

    Lyn Jones x birthday days for us x

    Excellent thank you I still need to do a deal on leave 😱

    Excellent, will book time off now 🤟👍

    Good to know you're not clashing with Cropredy, but what about Bloodstock and Rebellion??? Bloodstock is normally Cropredy weekend, and Rebellion on Wickham weekend. So our of my four favourite festivals I can only attend two a year. Still, looking forward to this year!

    Claire, Sarah, Jo. Let’s all go next year. Husbands and kids in tow or not?

    Jonathan Coppock bet we book before you!

    Sarah Billingham Nick Cráig xxx 💖 xxx

    Here's the dates Helen Stedman

    Alex Smith!

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    Just look at these little beauties. They're being given to runners competing in the Wickham 10k the weekend before our Festival. Maybe we should produce something similar as a Festival-themed souvenir? ... See MoreSee Less

    Just look at these little beauties.  Theyre being given to runners competing in the Wickham 10k the weekend before our Festival.  Maybe we should produce something similar as a Festival-themed souvenir?

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    great idea!

    Yes please! Or possibly some pink tshirts in more than just tiny sizes....

    Lovely medal. I am going to try to do a local parkrun on the Saturday of the festival is anyone else is interested -although I say this every year but haven’t managed to get up in time yet!

    Awesome x

    Anthony Charidge you up for this the weekend before Wickham??

    They are lovely, and will be enjoyed for a while, but if they are made of plastic are not good for the environment and will still be around for years and years after the fesival has ended.

    Oh I wish it was on during the festival! Too far to travel the weekend before

    Wendy Miles this has your name all over it 😘😘

    I can only find a Wickham 10k on the 18th August...

    Nice....

    Even better idea-have the run same weekend!!

    Katie Horton

    Definitely

    Scott Hill

    Please 🙏

    Rob Moore

    Kate Dawson-Brown I think you should do this run!! 😁

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    Aug 1st-4th. Just 2 weeks to go! Level 42; The Proclaimers; Frank Turner; Graham Nash; Kiefer Sutherland; Judy Collins; Gilbert O'Sullivan; Lucinda Williams; Alabama 3; Lindisfarne & many more. Voted the UK's Best Small Festival. Day tickets from just £40. www.wickhamfestival.co.uk/tickets ... See MoreSee Less

    Aug 1st-4th.  Just 2 weeks to go!  Level 42; The Proclaimers; Frank Turner; Graham Nash; Kiefer Sutherland; Judy Collins; Gilbert OSullivan; Lucinda Williams; Alabama 3; Lindisfarne & many more. Voted the UKs Best Small Festival.  Day tickets from just £40. www.wickhamfestival.co.uk/tickets

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    A little taster of some of the great music on offer at Wickham this year: www.youtube.com/watch?v=f7jywp49Hkk

    Gilbert and Keifer!

    Lyn Jones x yes we do x

    Adore ALABAMA 3.....WOKE UP THIS MORNIN XXXX

    Can’t wait for this! So pleased to be playing with my Country band Dirt Road Diary on Sunday at the Quay West Cave! We love playing this festival the crowds are always awesome! 🥳🥳🥳

    Yep,every year!

    Looking forward to it.

    And The Orchid Thieves! Playing Saturday 3rd Aug 🎶😀😀😀

    Oh yes! Camping kit preparations well under way Liz Ellcome

    YES

    Have you booked The Undertones and The Members for next year yet ??!!??

    So is it 180 plus an extra 30 to camp of 180 all in

    Clive Jackson

    Debi Reynolds & David Reynolds that’ll be us partying then 🍺😎 x

    What day is Kiefer on. I guess Sunday!!

    Karis Johnson, Maggie Johnson??

    No can hear most of it lying in bed!

    Dawn MacGuire?

    Have'nt seen Lindisfarne for years

    Natasha Ham

    Levellers?

    Carol Tucker and Freya Lark Davies. 😬🍺☀️🍟🌮🍔🍻🚐🎼🎪🎟

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