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Festival round-up

Festival season is nearly here!! Check out the Muddy round-up of what, when and where – then get ready to have some summer fun!

Chalke Valley History Festival, nr Salisbury, 25 June – 1 July

See history, hear history, even feel history at this extraordinary festival dedicated entirely to – you guessed it – history. Talks, workshops and debates bring alive an incredible living past on these rolling plains in the heart of the Wiltshire countryside – check out the stunning air displays, through-the-ages encampment, interactive events, plus sign up now for a mega-impressive list of speakers from Charlie Higson to Robert Peston, with a jaunt through Kate Mosse, Peter Snow and Simon Schama in between. Early ticket sales are available now.


Minety Music Festival, Minety, near Malmesbury, Wilts, Fri 29 June to Mon 2 July

Love Chesney Hawkes? Is he your ‘one and only’? Well, get yourself tickets for this not-for-profit, community festival then – and be transported back to 1991. He’s still cute people!


Chalfest, Chalford, near Stroud, Glos, Sat 21 July

Tickets are selling fast for the hippest village festival EVER. Basement Jaxx, The Proclaimers and Dick & Dom are headlining, with more acts to be announced soon (watch this space). It went off like a well-oiled festival fun machine in 2017 and is on a roll to be even bigger and better this year with more acts, more free stuff to do, more food, more cool stuff to buy – just more of everything! Get your tickets quick, there are less than 2,000 left! And if you’re local and are hiding a talent up your sleeve, put Sat 19 May in your diary when there will be auditions for Chalford’s Got Talent at the France Lynch church rooms.

Womad, Charlton Park, Malmesbury, Wilts, Thu 26 to Sun 29 July

In the warm blur of the festival season, this celebration of international music, arts and dance founded by Peter Gabriel in 1980 still stands out. Acts are yet to be announced, but there’s always a feel-good offering of global culture with large side dish of happy vibes.


Camp Bestival, Lulworth Castle, Dorset, Thu 26 to Sun 29 July

Bestival’s less wild little sister, the award-winning Camp Bestival is the Rolls-Royce of family festivals. There’s tonnes for kids to do and the music bookings are always high calibre – this year Simple Minds, Rick Astley and Clean Bandit have already been announced and there’s going to be an inflatable church and the world’s biggest bouncy castle and disco ball!


Fieldview Festival, Little Somerford, Wilts, Thu 2 to Sun 5 August

If you can’t face the magnitude of size or price of Bestival, Latitude or Cornbury Park, Fieldview is a small but perfectly formed bundle of summer festival loveliness, with a non-profit ethos that ploughs any surplus funds into charities and causes it loves and believes in. The line-up is yet to be announced and while you won’t find chart-topping outfits, you might well witness nascent stars in the making. Early bird tickets go on sale Thu 1 Feb.


Wilderness, Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire, Thu 2 to Sun 5 August

Bit posh? Then you’ll love Wilderness, which is a lot more genteel than its name suggests. Headliners at this year’s bash at the idyllic 400 acre country estate are yet to be announced, but last year Grace Jones blew everybody’s minds and an Ottolenghi banquet blew their taste buds. Early Bird and Lazy Bird tickets have already sold out, so think about booking soon – if you do it now, you can spread the cost.


Soul Circus, Yoga & Wellness Festival, Elmore near Gloucester, Glos, Fri 17 to Sun 19 August

The ultimate wellness festival, Soul Circus promises to blow your mind, body and soul, show you a good time and leave you feeling balanced and Zen-like at the end of it. Now in its third year, expect sunrise sessions with masters of yoga and sunset kickback parties, with a menu of healthy food and drink (yes there’s booze!). Tickets are going quick, so book now – it’s good for you!

Photo: Alastair Brookes / Entirety Labs

The Big Feastival, near Kingham, Oxfordshire, Fri 24 to Sun 26 August

As the name suggests food is at the centre of this festival held on Blur bassist Alex James’ farm, with turns yet to be announced, but expect some big hitters – Rick Stein and Antonio Carluccio were titillating taste buds last year, while Olly Murs, Madness and De La Soul were providing the soundtrack.


End of the Road, Larmer Tree Gardens, near Blandford, Dorset, Thu 30 August to Sun 2 September

Small but perfectly formed, this alternative music festival is perfect for anyone who balks at massive crowds and loves a bit of folk, Ameriana and alt country. They get some good headliners here – last year Jesus and Mary Chain for one. Early Birds and Tier 1 tickets have already sold out, so don’t dilly dally.

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