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Wickham Festival wins “Best Festival” category in The Portsmouth News Guide Awards, Hampshire!

What an incredible night we had at The Portsmouth News Culture Guide Awards winning the “Best Festival” category supported by the ever popular Victorious Festival. The Culture Guide Awards is the night that The Portsmouth News honour the best in local entertainment, from bands to artists and actors to films.

This is the second time we’ve won a Best Festival award, having previously won Best Festival (Capacity under 15,000) in the 2015 Live UK Music Business Awards. Tonight’s accolade means an awful lot to us as it’s a public vote in our local area, organized by our local newspaper. Of course we’d like to thank everyone that voted for us!

News reporter Millie Salkeld presents Peter Chegwyn and Graham Hiley of Wickham Festival with the trophy for Best Festival. Photo © Sarah Standing.

As many of you know we always support and promote our nearby Hampshire area, be it by having many local bands both signed and unsigned performing throughout the weekend, or supporting local businesses in and around the Wickham area. In 2018 we once again donated £5,000 from our Festival to the incredible Two Saints charity based in Fareham, Hampshire who do great work helping homeless and vulnerable young people in our area.

Festival organiser Peter Chegwyn handing over the cash to Hazel Newton from Two Saints.

To receive an award voted by our local community has been a real boost for our team morale! Our line up for 2019 is already strong but in the next two weeks we’ll be making more announcements so watch this space.

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    3am Wednesday morning and our amazing Site Crew headed by indefatigable Site Manager Richard Charidge are working through the night to get everything ready for when we open tomorrow afternoon. It's going to be a great Wickham Festival. 😊 ... See MoreSee Less

    3am Wednesday morning and our amazing Site Crew headed by indefatigable Site Manager Richard Charidge are working through the night to get everything ready for when we open tomorrow afternoon.  Its going to be a great Wickham Festival.  😊

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    Huge thanks to the hidden heroes who work so hard.

    Coming on Sunday just for the day. First time to Wickham. Very much looking forward to it!

    Well done!!! You deserve a nice hot cuppa and a good sleep now!! Can't wait for the festival. Will be up the campsite later this afternoon to pitch our tent!!. Fingers crossed for good tent pitching weather!!🤞🏕

    Wow it’s really coming together now!! Wickham Festival Crew 2021 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻😍

    Thank you all. We'll be on our way soon, ready to set up camp. See everyone later 😎

    Well done everyone!

    Well done, Wish you well with your event. Great to see events springing back to life.

    Have a fab time all. So jealous Babs 👶 xx

    IT'S WICKHAM DAY 🤩🤩

    Hoooray,well done workers.Hooray for Wickham.

    Safe travels everyone and see you in a field in a few hours 🎶🎸🍻🌞

    Well done everyone, its going to be great!

    Leaving soon so should be there for midday 🎶🎸🤘🍻🌞

    Gonna have to wait for next year and had so been looking forward to it. Too much virus around for me to risk it. Have fun everyone

    Does anyone know where the mixed camping field is yet at all please? Just want to try and avoid joining unnecessary queues 😊👍🏻

    Ps I've printed my 2020 tickets...hope these are OK at entrance?

    Top job.. we're on our way.

    I'll certainly be fit by end of weekend! Wonder how many step!?? Lol

    Looking forward to our Camel Camp later

    Travelling from Bristol tomorrow. How is the ground on site? Still dry I hope!

    Triffic! All on daily B12 injections , I hope. (Arcane Woodstock reference and I hope you aren't.)

    Wickham Music Festival We’re not camping but we’re coming to the opening concert tonight. Will it be obvious where we should park? And I’m guessing it means there’ll be a ticket/ wristband exchange open? Thanks😁

    We are here …lovely volunteers to welcome us in

    Enjoy yourselves!!xx

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    Great to have Bug Beats at Wickham presenting the world's first socially-distanced Silent Disco with full 'COVID-Secure' measures in place ... See MoreSee Less

    Great to have Bug Beats at Wickham presenting the worlds first socially-distanced Silent Disco with full COVID-Secure measures in place

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    Ooooooooo mmmmmmm ggggggggg. I was just thinking tonight about silent disco. Fiona Morgans Russell Martin Maureen Clapson .....I'll be here.....hope you'll be here too 🥰🥰🥰

    Absolutely brilliant. Love it. 😎

    Helen Manuel it’s back!!!!!! 😃😃😃😄🎧 xxx

    Alice Turner!

    Ivor Taylor Stephanie Taylor ooh I do like a silent disco 👏👏

    Brilliant!!!!

    That is SO cool!

    Loooooooove this !!!!!

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    Dawn over Wickham. Not long now... www.wickhamfestival.co.uk ... See MoreSee Less

    Dawn over Wickham.  Not long now... www.wickhamfestival.co.uk

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    See you tomorrow ….one more sleep 💤 - ridiculously excited 😆

    We drove down yesterday. A five hour drive. This is what it looked like on arrival😀

    Really excited for this weekend ♥️

    See you tomorrow. Really looking forward to it. Great picture ❤️

    It looks very spaced out, lots of room well done Pete and everyone for this

    Happy, happy days. Let's let the good times roll

    First timers! But we can’t get there until Friday. Save us a camping spot 😜

    Stupidly excited to be coming back. Safe travels everyone and thank you Peter and team for creating this for us xx

    Tomorrow tea time xx see you there xx

    Fantastic line up

    Hurrah!! And our ping enforced isolation ends so that we can be there on Sunday 😃

    Making the trip tomorrow…. Our first Time

    And us! See you tomorrow! 😊

    See you tomorrow!

    Can't wait for tomorrow. Do you have anywhere I can store a wardrobe full & several shelves of clothes as I still can't make up my mind what to take, arrrgh🤭🤣

    See you Tomorrow 🎪🎸🎻😷🥳😍

    See you later today 😀😀👌👌Pasta U Like

    looking bloody good…..

    See you tomorrow ⛺

    Woo hoo!!!!!

    🙌

    And as the sun goes down.......

    See you tomorrow.😀

    Who’s travelling more than 100 miles to the festival ?

    Will there be morning yoga this year?

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    Samba time! We're looking forward to Swan Samba bringing their Brazilian beats to our Festival on Sunday morning. The drumming/dancing band performs a fusion of samba styles including Samba Reggae, Funk, Maracatu, Ijexa, Batucada, Ragga and more. www.swansamba.co.uk ... See MoreSee Less

    Samba time!  Were looking forward to Swan Samba bringing their Brazilian beats to our Festival on Sunday morning. The drumming/dancing band performs a fusion of samba styles including Samba Reggae, Funk, Maracatu, Ijexa, Batucada, Ragga and more. www.swansamba.co.uk

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    Ooo, hope it is nice and early! might I suggest they parade around the camping fields for the listening pleasure of those who may have forgotten to pack alarm clocks and might otherwise miss the glory of a Hampshire dawn......

    Can anyone please tell me if I need to print my tickets? Help!

    What time on Thursday will the ticket office be open please?

    They are brilliant

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    Most excited!!! 🎶🎶🎶

    We are so so looking forward to this. First gig in 18 months!

    Time for some bag packing & swopping & adding & changing back again😆

    Can't wait 😊

    Getting excited. So looking forward to it

    Woo hoo will be reading and offering spirit board readings for groups xxx

    Can’t wait!

    Sooo glad you’ve held out and are going ahead! Best way imaginable to celebrate Wendy Carter’s 60th birthday.🙂

    Well done for your hard work. So looking forward to a brilliant weekend.

    Just done 10 days volunteering at Ventnor Fringe 2021 ! Looking forward to relaxing at Wickham. X

    Enjoy your big day Wendy Carter 🎂🎉wish l could be with you.. Sounds like it is a great gig 😘

    Really looking forward to our first Wickham festival

    I feel like I'm cheating on Cambridge (we've been seeing each other now since 1987) but I'm very much looking forward to Wickham.

    Really excited for this!

    I need to talk to someone about a change in circumstances which means I may need to swap tickets any chance of a reply before Wednesday because I have emailed twice and not had a reply.

    Who is on at the community centre on Wednesday?

    How do we book parking? Is it free with tickets or do we need to pay? Wickham Music Festival

    We're heading down from Cumbria on Wednesday. Is there a map of the festival site please?

    Where can I see Thursday line up?

    We have full festival tickets but cannot arrive until Friday. Will we struggle for camping space?

    Beth Justbeth Calderbank

    When is it happening?

    Jun Kershaw

    Elaine Puddicombe you going this year?

    Soooooooo excited 😆 Just been at the pub, planning with our Wickham newbie friends 😁😁😁 #faintoboblogymrubyddyndod

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