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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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    Great News! Thanks to the Govt. saying they intend to allow festivals from June 21 with no restrictions, this year's Wickham Festival will go-ahead as planned. Book now and save £60 on every 4-day adult season ticket. www.wickhamfestival.co.uk/tickets ... See MoreSee Less

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    Alex Edwards

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    Darren Taylor

    Hooray! Rolled over my tickets from last year, just booked hotel for the 3 nights! Now I have to hope Jelly Belly Bean shop in Wickham is still trading!

    How do you get information on having a trade stand?

    That's a bloody good line-up

    Best news this yr. Have so missed live music. Have my tickets from last yr safely put away.

    Can we roll over to next year if we can't go?

    Have you got covid safety restrictions in place? X

    Best news ive heard since last march, 🎊🎉🎶

    Looks amazing...what a lineup!

    Spent most of last march and April in hospital with covid and have been isolating ever since. You have no idea how much I am looking forward to this.

    Fantastic news ........if Leo Sayer can’t make it .......maybe worth asking The Undertones or The Members to replace him .

    Can I start packing my bags now - very excited! 🎼🎵🎶😃

    Brilliant, I love Show of Hands and Liza Carthy.

    Is Leo Sayer not playing now?

    Is it £60 off the advertised price or is already deducted?

    Yippppoeeeee the government must have heard me asking yous if it’s going ahead

    Excellent news! Bought tickets last year and have been keeping fingers crossed that it goes ahead. Can’t wait to see the SAS band again 😁

    I really hope this goes ahead - been waiting so long & such a fantastic line-up!

    Is there any way of upgrading a day ticket to the full weekend?

    Love Eddi Reader, which day will she be there?

    To get the saving to buy the 4 day adult season ticket do I click on tier 3 weekend plus Thursday plus Friday as I can’t see the season ticket as a one off. Am I being thick?

    All booked...thank you!😎🎵🌼

    Got our tickets and can't wait 🤗🤗🤗🤗

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    Thanks for posting Peter ... I hope your festival goers will share this link with their friends ... See you in August

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    Lovely photographs to accompany the song too

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    Brilliant

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    Really enjoyed watching this tonight. Thank you Wickham and Breabach! Our kids loved it too.

    Absolutely fantastic! Thank you

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