It has a reputation for being ‘posh’ – meaning there’s a lot of activities such as yoga and dance that could be perceived as ‘self-indulgent’ by some and thankfully, an emphasis on decent food. Last year Laurent Perrier did a ‘champagne garland’. You get the picture… This is boutique camping at its finest, so expect to see Airstreams, tepees, yurts, that sort of thing. Alongside the amazing musical acts, world-class chefs, talks and theatre programme there’s also something called The Sanctuary, a festival within the festival to explore every known strain of yoga, dance, HIIT, Barre workouts and meditation.
Foodwise…Yotam. Ottolenghi. Need I say more? At Wilderness no one need queue two hours for some desultory vegan burger – rather the chefs are seen as important as the entertainment (I told you it was posh!) so Sunday Ottolenghi presides over the Banquet (400 people dining together), Saturday sees Joel Åhlin and Filip Fastén from Stockholm (their restaurant just got its first Michelin star by the way) and Friday sees the AllStar Banquet where five talents from the London scene whip up some serious grub. The Opening Night Banquet is hosted by Ben Quinn of Woodfired and Simon Stallard of the Hidden Hut, so expect the best in Cornish cuisine.
Then there are the Feasting Restaurants, Café Murano, Petersham Nurseries, Homeslice, Berber & Q and the ever-delicious Patty & Bun.
And of course there’s music and culture. The main stage presents amongst others Nile Rodgers & CHIC, IAMDDB, Mahalia and others. Late Night Parties have among others Groove Armada. V&A presents Fashioned From Nature and Frida Kahlo’s Wardrobe, there’s Swing Patrol, Pecs Drag Kings, you could go on for hours.
2nd to 5th August 2018
Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire
Tickets from £168.50 + booking Fee
More info at www.wildernessfestival.com
Words by Anna Bang
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