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Doing Wilderness Festival

Of all the British music festivals, Wilderness is one of our favourites. Posh? Maybe. But its unique blend of starry music acts, fine-dining pop-ups, craft workshops, wellness classes, arts performances, talks and more, all set in the idyllic Oxfordshire countryside, make it one of the most exciting and diverse cultural events of the summer. The good news? There are still General Camping and Sunday Day tickets available to buy online.

Highlights on the main stage include Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Peggy Gou and headliners Underworld, Jungle and Years & Years. For after-dark hijinks, head to the Valley where you’ll see sets from David Morales, Louise Chen and Storm Mollison, among others. For alternative and independent music, look to the Stargazer Stage and the new Fresh and Flamboyant programme, which offers a mix of cabaret and comedy as well as music by the likes of Queer House Party.

There’s also plenty to get stuck into beyond the music, from pottery workshops and phone photography classes to pilates and aerial yoga. Among the big names taking part in this year’s talks, comedy and debates programme are Deborah Frances-White of Guilty Feminist fame, comedian Russell Kane and journalist Poorna Bell.

When it comes to food and drink, you’re in for a real treat. Will Devlin, Skye Gyngell and Harriet Mansell will all be cooking up a storm as will Adam Handling and dynamic foodie trio Smokin’ Brothers. Elsewhere, you’ll find a diverse range of street food stalls and the Woodfired Canteen which is collaborating with food journalist and author Clare Finney. What more could you want from a weekend out of town?

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04 August 2022 — 07 August 2022
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